Author: Scotty Cade
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 214 Pages
At a Glance: I love Scotty Cade’s stories, especially the books in the Bissonet & Cruz Investigations series.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: Beau Bissonet and Tollison Cruz are back, along with Bruce, Auggie, and now Bastien, Tollison’s ex-partner. From the initial spark between them in Zurich, Bruce and Bastien’s attraction has flared, and Bastien has come to the Big Easy to explore what lies ahead for them.
It’s Mardi Gras, and New Orleans is alive and festive, teeming with excited tourists and locals alike. The first few parades go off without a hitch. And then a man is targeted, shot, and killed right in the middle of a crowded street. Auggie and Bruce are called in to investigate, but before they even get started, more deaths occur, one at each of the next two parades. Auggie realizes he’s dealing with a serial killer and jumps into action.
Beau and Tollison join the investigation and stumble upon some similarities in the murders that are too strong to ignore. But before they can unravel the perpetrator’s motives and get ahead of him, he fires another shot that affects the tightly knit group of friends in a way none of them could have ever imagined. Together they must all come up with a plan to stop the killing and serve justice in the process.
Review: What happens when four exes come together? Lots of raw feelings and emotions, remembering what went wrong and blaming. Longtime friend, Auggie, has to face old emotional wounds too: losing partners, friends, and the break-up of Beau and Bruce.
Bastien Andros and Bruce Jenkins first met in Zurich during a rescue mission. They spent time together after the rescue, until Bruce had to leave for New Orleans. Even though they kept in touch, Bastien has made the trip to see where things will lead between him and Bruce.
Madri Gras is supposed to be a festive time in New Orleans, but not this time. There’s a murderer on the loose, and Tollison and Beau join Auggie and Bruce in the investigation. It also takes a toll on Bastien and Bruce’s time together. Bruce gets a little insecure and just doesn’t know how he and Bastien can manage a relationship. When tragedy strikes this group of friends, will they be able to forgive and forget the past, and move forward in love and happiness?
I love Scotty Cade’s stories, especially the books in the Bissonet & Cruz Investigations series. To get a thorough look into these four characters and their friends, I highly recommend reading The Royal Street Heist and Veiled Loyalties first. The stories are well written, easy to follow, and always have danger and humor. I thought the setup of this novel really gave a good look at the murderer’s POV, and there’s no better location for a thriller than New Orleans.
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