I'd read the Skip Langdon mysteries previously, but this is the first in the Baroness Pontalba series that I've read. She is quite the character and I enjoyed the book.
Julie Smith and her character is a best buy in my book. No pun intended. i liked the writing a lot
My first Talba Wallis mystery although not my first Smith mystery. I'd like to read some other Wallis ones - this one just whet my appetite.
I liked this book. But it felt like it ended too soon. Talba Wallis is a complex character and too many things were left unexplained. If this were not part of a series the book would have to be rated much lower. It does not stand well on it's own. It could if Talba was not so complex. I suspect Miss Smith was asked to create a series on this character not a single novel. I must decide if I am willing to commit to the series. Right now, just finishing the book, I am irritated because the story is not finished. And I am more curious about Julie Smith's other New Orleans character, Skip Langdon. I know I want to dig into that series.
Meet the snazziest P.I. in the land. By day she is Talba Wallis; smart, ebony and a fledgling dective. By night she is the Baroness Pontalba; poet laureate of the city's smoky rooms. goadeded into a day gig by her pushy mom, she finds herself employed by Eddie Valention, and she is plunged into a world of fame, money and power run amok.