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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sleeping With the Crawfish by D.J. Donaldson

Publisher: Astor+Blue
Genre: Fiction/Mystery & Suspense
Pages: 310
Series: Andy Broussard/Kit Franklyn Mysterys

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Andy Broussard, the plump and proud New Orleans medical examiner, obviously loves food.  Less apparent to the casual observer is his hatred of murderers. Together with his gorgeous sidekick, psychologist Kit Franklyn, the two make a powerful, although improbable, mystery solving duo.
Strange lesions found in the brain of a dead man have forensic pathologist Broussard stumped.  Even more baffling are the corpse’s fingerprints.  They belong to Ronald Cicero, a lifer at Angola State Prison… an inmate the warden insists is still there.  Broussard sends psychologist Kit Franklyn to find out who is locked up in Cicero’s cell.  But an astonishing discovery at the jail and an attempt on her life almost has Kit sleeping with the crawfish in a bayou swamp. And Broussard, making a brilliant deduction about another murder, may soon be digging his own grave.

About the Author:
D.J. Donaldson is a retired professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology. His entire academic career was spent at the University of Tennessee, Health Science Center, where he published dozens of papers on wound-healing and where he taught microscopic anatomy to thousands of medical and dental students. He is also the author of seven published forensic mysteries and five medical thrillers. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two West Highland terriers. In the spring of most years he simply cannot stop buying new flowers and other plants for the couple’s prized backyard garden.

Astor+Blue asked me if I would like to review this book and even though New Orleans nor Louisiana nor the swap are settings I would normally pick up to read, I have heard good things about this series. So I said yes!

It is a good solid read! Strong, likable characters. Well plotted, believable mystery. I enjoyed the humor, Kit's strength and the relationships between the characters. I didn't even come close to figuring it out! Really liked the climatic chase scene at the end! Only drawback was I felt like I needed a fan to fan myself in all that heat and humidity! Good sense of place.

This book is actually the 6th in the series, but it went out of print a few years back and Astor+Blue is reprinting the series but only the last 3 and a new one, Bad Karma in the Big Easy. It was good as a stand alone, but it would have been even better if I had read the previous book to understand what it was that happened to make Kit quit her job in the last book. So I would recommend reading in order if you can. Hopefully they will reprint the first 3 in the series soon!

Peggy Ann


  1. I'm surprised I don't know about this writer, with the UT connection and all. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  2. Intriguing, Peggy Ann. A plump medical examiner and a svelte psychologist. Sounds good to me. The plot seems just convoluted enough. :)


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