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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (534 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Smith Narrator: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2004 ISBN:
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This Edgar Award-winning work offers a revealing glimpse into the hidden world of New Orleans high society and an intricately plotted murder mystery. The novel introduces rookie cop Skip Langdon, as she investigates a seamy Mardi Gras murder.

Everyone in town is shocked when Chauncey St. Amant, a prominent citizen and this year's King of Carnival, is killed on his parade float by a shooter in a Dolly Parton get-up. Skip Langdon is assigned the case because of her own upper-crust background. Skip's investigation takes her deep into the Garden District to dig up the St. Amant family skeletons and a dangerous ancient secret.

Julie Smith, who was a reporter at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, writes with authority about the Big Easy, and Cristine McMurdo-Wallis' performance puts you on the streets of the French Quarter at Skip Langdon's side. Wallis' dramatic delivery breathes life into the novel's menagerie of exotic characters, enhancing the intense psychological drama.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/30/2014

    " A well written mystery. I can see why it won an Edgar award. It's a bit sad reading about the pre-Katrina New Orleans. I didn't like the ending which is why this isn't 5 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 WK | 1/30/2014

    " I was expecting more from this book because I knew it had won the Edgar Award. I gave it 4 stars just in case the 3 I wanted to give it was misguided by over expectations. It a good mystery, but I was hoping for Great and didn't get it. But don't let my judgment prevent you from trying it, I also don't agree with 8 out of 10 Pulitzer Prise winning selections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jahni | 1/28/2014

    " I just returned from a trip to New Orleans, so maybe I'm being a little biased because I love reading about places I've visited, but I loved this book. Well...Most of it...there were awkward moments (grown up love stuff), but having an insiders view of NOLA social strata was fun. The storyline was interesting and full of surprises and I really was kept guessing until the end. Great retro read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 1/20/2014

    " I heard Julie Smith interviewed on NPR recently and enjoyed that and anything to do with NOLA is on my list of things to read. I'm looking forward to getting to know Skip Langdon better now too! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelly | 1/20/2014

    " The good: interesting mystery, vivid background with the NOLA setting. The bad: All the rich people were stereotypes from some liberal's fantasy - they were shallow, nasty, evil people and the closest we get to a "good" one was Marcella, an emotional train-wreck of an airhead. Skip also has a huge chip on her shoulder about wealthy people. The worse: The ending was very cliche (evil rich people get away with murder, literally) and Skip is now disillusioned about being a police officer because the higher-ups weren't morally correct (but it's ok for her to smoke pot, break into a suspect's apartment, and take her boyfriend along on the job?). Verdict: I will probably read the next in the series since I got it for free for my Kindle, but unless there's drastic improvement, I won't go looking for any of the rest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 1/16/2014

    " Dolly Parton shoots the King of Mardi Gras. Detective Skip Langdon uses her social connections to solve the crime. Not to my taste at all, so I didn't bother finishing this one. It seemed very dated to me, even though it's only 20 years old. I won't try this author again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/22/2013

    " This early history of the Carnival origens was one of the most fascinating parts of the book. Most of the characters were otherwise unlikeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Kotch | 12/15/2013

    " As I live in New Orleans, I could visualize the places she mentioned in her book. Some of the places I had visited, some I had not. It was not they type of book that I say is a "can't put it down"; but it was an enjoyable beach read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Cambridge | 12/9/2013

    " Wow! Culturally entertaing murder mystery set in New Orleans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vfields needs to be happy! | 12/8/2013

    " Nope. This was not my thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meaghan | 11/22/2013

    " A little rushed but enjoyable overall. The setting reminded me of my college time in NOLA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 11/21/2013

    " I have read all of her books and enjoyed them all...I am not going to review each one individually, but her Skip Landon and Rebecca Schwartz novels are my favorites....I also love that her two cities she uses are San Francisco and New Orleans. My two homes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 11/7/2013

    " This is the first Skip Langdon novel and I am re-reading all of them before having them recorded for Bob and another friend. It's as good as I remembered. Hope they'll enjoy them all too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 9/10/2013

    " My first real endeavour into the mystery genre. Good pick Nora! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/18/2013

    " Good reader, decent police mystery and I like the protagonist, but nothing faaabulous. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris Robinson | 7/6/2013

    " Hard for me to get into at first. But then it got REALLY good! Suspenseful and had me thinking! I really loved all the descriptions of the New Orleans architecture...I've been there twice, so I really felt like I was there again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/19/2013

    " Aside from really not liking the main character, I loved the elements of one of my favourite places in the world woven into the murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Del | 5/10/2013

    " First book in a series, I'll read the next to see if the main character Skip is developed more. In this book she was as dynamic a character as I believe she could be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 4/9/2013

    " This is the first in a series of mysteries set in New Orleans, all with the leading character of Skip Langdon. I found them to be great fun, especially since I read most of them while living there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 1/4/2013

    " I really like all the mysteries in the Skip Langdon series by Julie Smith. They are all set in New Orleans and there is enough local color to make me happy and at home. The mysteries in this series are well-paced and complicated enough to challenge the avid mystery buff. Good characters too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 9/14/2012

    " Unearthed my cache of Skip Langdon books and stacked them for light summer reading. Starting over at the beginning. RIYL big, awkward, rebellious Southern female detective heroines and the mythos of pre-Katrina New Orleans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Jacobson | 6/25/2012

    " This is the first book in the series introducing Skip Langdon. While it started out slowly, I really liked the main character and the mystery was pretty good too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 6/12/2012

    " I hadn't read the first in this series. Interesting to see Skip Langdon in the beginning of her journey at conflict between her roots and her profession. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 7/12/2011

    " LOVE this writer and her protagonist....Skip Langdon. There is apparently a whole series and I am attacking them one by one.....ENJOY! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roberta Stewart | 4/9/2011

    " If you like detective novels or New Orleans or both, these books are for you. Great detailed descriptions of the Crescent City, its culture, and all its quirks. NOPD detective Skip Langdon breaks all the molds, and the rules, as a tall, tough Uptown-raised woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andra | 2/20/2011

    " recommended by a friend. The first of a series abour Detective Skip Langdon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 2/2/2011

    " This is the first Skip Langdon novel and I am re-reading all of them before having them recorded for Bob and another friend. It's as good as I remembered. Hope they'll enjoy them all too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 12/7/2010

    " I really like all the mysteries in the Skip Langdon series by Julie Smith. They are all set in New Orleans and there is enough local color to make me happy and at home. The mysteries in this series are well-paced and complicated enough to challenge the avid mystery buff. Good characters too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 10/29/2010

    " The first Skip Langdon mystery. It was a pretty good read. Didn't dissuade me from reading others anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 8/5/2010

    " Good reader, decent police mystery and I like the protagonist, but nothing faaabulous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deanna | 6/18/2010

    " This story is just ambling along with lots of family information and New Orleans descriptions. So far I would rate it at 2 but it might have a good ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy | 5/29/2010

    " Dolly Parton shoots the King of Mardi Gras. Detective Skip Langdon uses her social connections to solve the crime. Not to my taste at all, so I didn't bother finishing this one. It seemed very dated to me, even though it's only 20 years old. I won't try this author again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/5/2009

    " This early history of the Carnival origens was one of the most fascinating parts of the book. Most of the characters were otherwise unlikeable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mickie | 10/9/2009

    " Very complicated New Orleans liaisons add colorfully to the suspense. In my top five for mystery genre. That could change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/29/2008

    " LOVE this writer and her protagonist....Skip Langdon. There is apparently a whole series and I am attacking them one by one.....ENJOY! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 9/18/2008

    " This is the first in a series of mysteries set in New Orleans, all with the leading character of Skip Langdon. I found them to be great fun, especially since I read most of them while living there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 9/6/2008

    " My first real endeavour into the mystery genre. Good pick Nora! "

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About the Narrator

Cristine McMurdo-Wallis has appeared on stages from Connecticut to Alaska. She appeared in the Seattle Shakespeare Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has also worked with the Alaska Repertory Theater, the Seattle Repertory Theater, and the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, New York. Cristine’s film credits include The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and American Heart, with Jeff Bridges. She lives in New York City.