Book Of The Day – Big Easy Bonanza

by Ron on June 4, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Mystery boxed set by Julie Smith and Tony Dunbar and it’s 67% off for a limited time. Big Easy Bonanza has a 4.0 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $2!

“Julie Smith’s mysteries are full of the flavor of New Orleans and tell interesting stories about her three dimensional characters that inhabit them.” Ed – Amazon Reviewer



Big Easy Bonanza
by Julie Smith
Rating: 4.0 Stars
Genre: Mystery
Price: $0.99 save $2

 

Amazon Bestselling Author

INTRODUCING THREE OF NEW ORLEANS’ BEST-LOVED DETECTIVE SERIES…

Includes an Edgar-winner, an Edgar nominee, and a perennial Amazon best-seller. How can you go wrong?

STEP RIGHT UP AND meet NOPD Detective Skip Langdon; quasi-honest gourmet lawyer Tubby Dubonnet; and poet/computer nerd/PI Talba Wallis.

As a bonus (or lagniappe, as we say on Frenchmen Street) we have a hilarious short story starring glamorous drag queen detective Diva Delish.

And that’s what this package is: simply Delish!

HERE’S THE BREAKDOWN:

NEW ORLEANS MOURNING by Julie Smith — The King of Carnival is shot off his throne during the fanciest parade of Mardi Gras, and, for reasons she’d rather forget about, rookie cop Skip Langdon is assigned to the case. Rich in New Orleans lore and characters. Won the Edgar for best novel.

CROOKED MAN by Tony Dunbar — Lawyer Tubby Dubonnet’s honesty is tested — and found wanting — when he finds a gym bag full of money. But how to keep it and stay alive? Tubby’s Mr. New Orleans — laid back to a fault, yet everywhere at once. His riffs on New Orleans food will make you want to race right out and find the nearest oyster po’ boy. Creole Foodie Noir. (But funny.)

LOUISIANA BIGSHOT by Julie Smith — Odd couple PIs Talba Wallis and Eddie Valentino dodge bullets as they unravel a crime and cover-up so shocking it has an entire town clammed up. Half the fun is in Talba and Eddie’s tentative relationship– if this were a movie, they’d be Queen Latifah and Danny de Vito.

PRIVATE CHICK by Julie Smith — this short story introduces drag queen detective (and mixologist) Diva Delish. In the Marigny, the most fun neighborhood in New Orleans, Diva rules. Really, her name says it all!

So…if you feel like a trip to New Orleans…

…complete with the requisite steamy romance, succulent food, colorful characters, and delicious danger, this is your digital ticket. Danger in the Big Easy comes in so many forms—you could meet a stranger and never want to go home again, or maybe the wrong guy in a dark alley; or discover a penchant for po’boys that puts ten pounds on before you’ve finished your Abita amber.

Every bit of that—and so much more!—is guaranteed to happen within these digital pages (except the unseemly weight gain).

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

Two of my favorite New Orleans series are here, written by Julie Smith and by Tony Dunbar. Characters are interesting and believable, and the city is a character, without being a cliche.

*******

You’ll love Big Easy Bonanza! While I enjoyed reading the crisp plots of the three mysteries, I could hear the jazz music, smell the variety of French Quarter smells and feel the heat and humidity.

*******

A great introduction to four clever crime solvers. Four, you say? Yes, because the sample has a short story in addition to the three novels.
A very good read! And a bargain to boot!

*******

What a great series! I have read them all and I feel like I’ve known Skip Langdon my whole life. Julie Smith is one of my favorite authors! The story lines are great, interesting and believable.

*******

I would recommend this to any mystery reader, but I especially like the New Orleans settings. The author brings you along with her descriptions. She also has a nice steady pace with her plot and character development allowing you to enjoy all the details work out the clues as she moves along to an unexpected ending.

Get Big Easy Bonanza here: Big Easy Bonanza

About The Authors

I first knew I wanted to be a writer at seven, knew it was mysteries I’d write at 12, was desperate to win the Edgar at 13, but became a journalist to…well…keep from starving till I had the courage to actually try it. I had a great time and learned more than ten colleges could have taught as a reporter for first the New Orleans Times-Picayune and later the San Francisco Chronicle. Finally, I wrote six or seven mysteries (I’ve lost count!) over a period of eight years, to absolutely no avail, and was about to give up when I made my first sale. DEATH TURNS A TRICK was my first published book, and the Rebecca Schwartz series was born. I later added a second San Francisco series, plus two in New Orleans, and guess what? My first New Orleans book, NEW ORLEANS MOURNING, won the Edgar for Best Novel.

So some dreams come true! Boy, it was hard, and it took forever, but mine actually did. I’m still pinching myself. After wanting something so much and finally getting it, who would have thought I’d turn to something else after twenty-one books? (That’s right, twenty-one not counting a non-fiction one on writing itself. So, twenty-two, really.) My whole identity was writing. But along came ebooks! Suddenly a gigantic opportunity opened up. I realized I could be a publisher myself—I could help other people achieve their own dreams. I couldn’t help it, I got the publishing bug. Bad.

In 2010, I founded www.booksBnimble.com, a digital publishing company that focused at first on video-enhanced ebooks, but now not so much enhanced as just great quality—and, as you might imagine, with an emphasis on mysteries. So far, we’ve published eight authors (including me). It’s been a treat to learn to function in another whole world and it’s been incredibly rewarding to be able to help other writers, to bring back people’s backlists, and to discover new, exciting talent.

Check out some of our terrific authors–Patty Friedmann, Marika Christian, Tony Dunbar, Anneke Campbell, Whitney Stewart, and Lee Pryor. Coming soon: mystery authors Greg Herren, Liz Zelvin, Shelley Singer, and Mickey Friedman.

Tony Dunbar started writing at quite a young age. When he was 12, growing up in Atlanta, he told people that he was going to be a writer, but it took him until the age of 19 to publish his first book, Our Land Too, based on his civil rights experiences in the Mississippi delta. For entertainment, Tony turned not to television but to reading mysteries such as dozens of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories. Among his favorites are: Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, and Tony Hillerman, and John D. MacDonald, and Mickey Spillane, and…

He has lived in New Orleans for a long, long time, and in addition to writing mysteries and more serious fare he attended Tulane Law School and continues an active practice involving, he says, “money.” That practice took a hit in the Hurricane Katrina flooding, but the experience did produce a seventh Tubby Dubonnet mystery novel, Tubby Meets Katrina

The Tubby series so far comprises seven books: The Crime Czar, City of Beads, Crooked Man, Shelter from the Storm, Trick Question, Lucky Man, and Tubby Meets Katrina. The main character, Tony says, is the City of New Orleans itself, the food, the music, the menace, the party, the inhabitants. But Tubby Dubonnet is the actual protagonist, and he is, like the author, a New Orleans attorney. Unlike the author, however, he finds himself involved in serious crime and murder, and he also ears exceptionally well. He is “40 something,” the divorced father of three daughters, a collector of odd friends and clients, and he is constantly besieged by ethical dilemmas. But he is not fat; he is a former jock and simply big.

Tony’s writing spans quite a few categories and is as varied as his own experiences. He has written about people’s struggle for survival, growing out of his own work as a community organizer in Mississippi and Eastern Kentucky. He has written about young preachers and divinity students who were active in the Southern labor movement in the 1930s, arising from his own work with the Committee of Southern Churchmen and Amnesty International. He has written and edited political commentary, inspired by seeing politics in action with the Voter Education Project. And he has had the most fun with the mysteries, saying, “I think I can say everything I have to say about the world through the medium of Tubby Dubonnet.”

Hurricane Katrina and the floods, which caused the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans for months, blew Tony into an off-resume job serving meals in the parking lot of a Mississippi chemical plant to hundreds of hardhats imported to get the complex dried out and operating. It also gave Tony time to write Tubby Meets Katrina, which was the first published novel set in the storm. It is a little grimmer than most of the books in the series, describing as it does the chaos in the sparsely populated city immediately after the storm. “It was a useful way for me to vent my anger,” Tony says. Still, even in a deserted metropolis stripped of electric power. Tubby manages to find a good meal.

The Tubby Dubonnet series has been nominated for both the Anthony Award and the Edgar Allen Poe Award. While the last one was published in 2006, the author says he is now settling down to write again. But about what? “Birds and wild flowers,” he suggests. Or “maybe television evangelists.” Or, inevitably, about the wondrous and beautiful city of New Orleans.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Julie Smith, Tony Dunbar and ENT appreciate it.

 

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