Louisiana Hotshot

Louisiana Hotshot

Julie Smith / Jul 17, 2019

Louisiana Hotshot Can t wait for the next Evanovich Louisiana Hotshot s Stephanie Plum with Tabasco dawlin The Clarion Ledger The FIRST book in the Talba Wallis series by Edgar Award winning author Julie SmithWANTED H

  • Title: Louisiana Hotshot
  • Author: Julie Smith
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  • Can t wait for the next Evanovich Louisiana Hotshot s Stephanie Plum with Tabasco, dawlin The Clarion Ledger The FIRST book in the Talba Wallis series by Edgar Award winning author Julie SmithWANTED HOTSHOT P.I WITH NEAR SUPER HUMAN SKILLS.Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad Hotshot twenty something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it And thus w Can t wait for the next Evanovich Louisiana Hotshot s Stephanie Plum with Tabasco, dawlin The Clarion Ledger The FIRST book in the Talba Wallis series by Edgar Award winning author Julie SmithWANTED HOTSHOT P.I WITH NEAR SUPER HUMAN SKILLS.Confirmed grump Eddie Valentino placed the ad Hotshot twenty something Talba Wallis knew exactly how to answer it And thus was born the dynamic duo of New Orleans private detectives, one cynical, sixty five year old Luddite white dude with street smarts, and one young, bright eyed, Twenty First century African American female poet, performance artist, mistress of disguise, and computer jock extraordinaire Think Queen Latifah and Danny DeVito.In Louisiana Hotshot, their job is to hunt down a sociopath and pedophile who s molested the fourteen year old daughter of their client, hangs out on the ragged edges of the rap and recording industries, and has powerful allies than a Cabinet member.But both detectives have unfinished business from the past in Eddie s case, something he deeply regrets in Talba s, a personal mystery, one so frightening no one will help her investigate But she knows she won t sleep till she solves it and the truth will change her forever.Excerpt They were not eyes that cried, they were themselves the tears they were the fatal tip off that that mutilated and now aggressively ard soul needed to be kissed and made well That the imaginary tears must be wiped away crying, desperate eyes replaced by the carefree, corner crinkled eyes of a man who has just been made to laugh by his beloved or the devoted, follow you to the grave eyes of a man who has just made love to her Or to anyone Or to a plank with a mink lined hole in it.Oh, yes Talba was not only under thirty, but well under twenty five, and already she knew everything about eyes like that everything except what they meant when they were underscored by velvet soft pouches so big they needed a bra so bloodstained, so seemingly bruised you wanted to order emergency ice.When Eddie Valentino spoke again, interrupting her silent ocular love song, she nearly did a double take I ll think about it, Ms Wallis You ll think about it Here I stay up half the night to show you what I can do, and then I get here before sunrise, and you ll think about it And for the first time in the interview, sad, soulful Eddie Valentino really did smile a broad, amused, gotcha smile I thought it only took you ten minutes Hour and a half at the most I m making a point, Mr Valentino I tend to exaggerate when I m making a point And the point is, I m your hotshot Who else was here before your door opened with a complete dossier on you I mean, what s the definition of a hotshot He smiled again, You re a ball of fire, all right I just gotta sleep on it, that s all Oh Well Twice Talba had made him smile Maybe that s what her mission was maybe that was all she was meant to do Of course he had to sleep on it What was she thinking I m believing my own P.R she thought, and felt embarrassed.

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    About "Julie Smith"

      • Julie Smith

        Author of 20 mystery novels and a YA paranormal adventure called BAD GIRL SCHOOL formerly CURSEBUSTERS Nine of the mysteries are about a female New Orleans cop Skip Langdon, five about a San Francisco lawyer named Rebecca Schwartz,two about a struggling mystery writer named Paul Mcdonald whose fate no one should suffer and four teaming up Talba Wallis, a private eye with many names, a poetic license, and a smoking computer, with veteran P.I Eddie Valentino In Bad GIRL SCHOOL, a psychic pink haired teen age burglar named Reeno gets recruited by a psychotic telepathic cat to pull a job that involves time travel to an ancient Mayan city Hint It HAS to be done before 2012 Winner of the 1991 Edgar Allen Poe Award for best novel, that being NEW ORLEANS MOURNING.Former reporter for the New Orleans TIMES PICAYUNE and the San Francisco CHRONICLE Recently licensed private investigator, and thereon hangs a tale.Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana


    1. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Talba Wallis is a smart, sassy, computer whiz who applies for a job with a private detective agency run by Eddie Valentino. She shows off her computer skills by handing him a folder with his personal info. Julie Smith writes well drawn characters across racial lines--Talba is black and Eddie is white.One quote from the book that I liked: " a shrimp po'boy was still finer than nightingales' tongues."This is book 1 of the series.

    2. Very enjoyable and entertaining read. If you like mysteries and New Orleans, I feel you will enjoy this Julie Smith series.

    3. You like unusual, flamboyant, poetical, characters in your mysteries? Meet Baroness Pontalba. You like strong female detectives, willing to step in when it's required? Meet Talba Wallis. You want atmospheric, moody, exotic and even dangerous settings in your crime fiction? Meet New Orleans. Read Louisiana Hotshot. Julie Smith, author of over a dozen good novels already, has fashioned a top-notch story with a vast cast of eccentric, often lovable, sometimes dangerous, characters and put them into [...]

    4. Ummm, really good editing. for the rest, where to start? I understand it's billed as a humorous New Orleans Murder, but I seriously missed most of the humor. She insults both the New Orleans police department and all Sheriff departments everywhere, saying that Sheriffs aren't "real" cops, and portraying the police department as thoroughly bought and paid for by a rich, local rapper to cover his brother's crimes. I sure hope she never needs their assistance, in the future, or that none of them ha [...]

    5. Ah, New Orleans. The drug that is the heat and scents, the music and moans, life and death and destiny. The heart of a world both magical and profane. Where “church ladies” still wear hats and movements in the dark often presage the advent of violence and death.Julie Smith knows New Orleans. She knows it beauty and it’s darkness. The sound of a young girls voice, raised in a pure gospel song. The poverty, the loss, the scent of fresh blood and death. Julie first caught my attention with [...]

    6. Well, I quit. Can't spend precious reading time on a book that's a chore. I got to 26% and I couldn't take the dialogue-- "What'cha talking' about? I'm here with ya." --over and over. If it was used sparingly, I would still get that idea that this is supposed to be a "New Orleans" accent. No need to bang me over the head with it.But more importantly, I did not care about any of the characters. I don't mean that they were too mean, but they just didn't come alive. And I did not like reading about [...]

    7. At one level - a fun and over-the-top detective novel about a PI in New Orleans. At another level, I found deeper elements that made a big impact. What touched me the most was the vivid description of PI Talba Wallis's response to family - her sense of outsiderhood, and the very keenly observed trajectory she followed when triggered (into her shell). Plus the way she slowly works herself out of the withdrawal.On the other hand, there were times when I felt as if some of her blackness was almost [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. I liked this strange little New Orleans mystery starring Talba Wallis, aka The Baroness, who lives with her aging but still scary mother and does computer work during the day and poetry at night. At first for a lark, but then more seriously, she becomes the assistant to a cantankerous but lovable middle aged Italian American private detective. Their two New Orleans (his, Italian American, hers, African American) are both explored as they collaborate on their first case. I liked the way their det [...]

    10. Cant put it down!Smith's poetic PI in training does everything her new boss is afraid she'll do and still gets the case wrapped up and tied with a bow. Storyline flows well; no lags or redundancy. She is going to be a hit for readers of call shades and colors. I am certain the Baroness, herself, thanks me!

    11. Louisiana HotshotTrue, Louisiana Hotshot is an enjoyable humorous murder mystery as billed, but the plot is fear less lightweight than expected. It seems to be somewhere between "hard-core murder mystery" and "cozy mystery" with a generous dose of humor tossed in. An entertaining read.

    12. TerribleWhy does the writer feel the need to constantly bring up someone's color or race. A really great writer with a good story wouldn't spend time doing this unless it has is relevant to the story and in this case the race of these characters has nothing to do with, and actually deterred us from following what could have been a great story.

    13. My problems with this book are that I just found it, it is the first of what seems to be an abandoned series, and I really like it! Love the NO setting. The characters are believable, engaging, multidimensional, and fit into their setting. The plot is altogether too believable. Well I have at least three more to look forward to.

    14. This is a fun book with a delightful and complex leading lady from an author who specializes in multi-leveled, complex female characters. While it is described in reviews as a humorous book, there is a darker, more serious side to it that makes it a wonderful mystery on many levels. Recommended.

    15. Julie Smith has written a thrilling mystery with great characters. She deals with the psychological characteristics of individuals who have their personal secrets. Her plot is multifaceted and a page turner.

    16. I think I read another novel by Julie Smith, and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as this one. This was the perfect light read for a New Orleans vacation, and I would read another in the Talba Wallis series.

    17. Hey, it's a pretty good readI spent three hours listening to this book while driving from the middle of Kentucky to somewhere in Ohio. Not only did it make the time fly, it sucked me deep enough into the story that I sat down and read the rest after I arrived.

    18. Loved this book and all the characters. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. A few chuckles and a lot of drama later, I had to say wow, what a story. I can't wait to read more of Julie Smith's stories.

    19. A poet? Or private investigator?Talba, aka The Baroness, a poet famous in New Orleans, has taken a job with a private detective as his apprentice. She's smart and sassy and gets right into a case of a young girl in trouble.

    20. This book was funny, exciting, and even sorta nutty! A total blast from first to last! Would recommend for anyone with a boring afternoon to kill! Can't wait for the sequel!It also promises answers I hope?

    21. Ms Smith delivers a great story.I have read quite a few of Ms Smith's books and they all deliver a enough twist and turns to keep you guessing.No need for traveling to New Orleans. Just read this book and you will feel the vibe of the city.

    22. Couldn't put it downI've read a number of whodunits and have to say that this one is one of the best. Well rounded characters and a plot that kept you guessing.

    23. Loved itMix crawfish and fried chicken, Italians and blacks to come up with a great New Orleans duo. Loved the characters and the story. Great job

    24. Love Julie Smith and this was a really good one. I am living in Nola right now so enjoy reading books that are set there. Great characters too.

    25. This is a read one get one free type of crime novel with lots of humor delivered by dialogue. First there is the primary mystery from page one to page 328. (I read on a Kindle, your page numbers may vary). Cassandra Scott is a fourteen-year-old molestation victim. Who did it? Even when we find out she was molested by Toes (a name, not an appendage) there are lots of questions remaining. Hero, poet, and almost private detective Talba Wallis wants to pursue and develop any leads to bring Toes to j [...]

    26. As I said on #FridayReads Talba is a firecracker! She has jumped in on this job, not really knowing what she is doing. Driving Eddie completely crazy, and making him like her all at he same time. This woman has something every woman on this earth should have.idence in herself!With a strong female role model in her mom, an uppity brother, and a 'never knew' dad, Talba is trying to find answers to questions she never knew she had. On top of that, dealing with her new job as a private investigator. [...]

    27. I wanted to like this book because I love New Orleans. The thing that irritated me was the dialogue. Would have been better written in third person rather than a 70+ author trying to sound like a twenty year old

    28. AUDIOBOOK EDITIONFirst up, just a little warning, this book is described as a Humorous Mystery but if you are expecting a cozy, just be aware that there is some strong language flying around!It all begins with Talbas' mother, Miz Clara, thinking it about time her daughter got herself a job, she scans the ads. and discovers this gem:"Nerd wanted. Nerdette wouldn’t be too bad. Young hotshot, under thirty, 5 yrs. computer, 10 yrs. investigative exp. Harvard ed no visible piercings. Must play the [...]

    29. I'll be looking for more from Julie SmithI love Talba Willis. The New Orleans patois is perfect. Lived in Gretna in the 60's and it felt like I was home again!

    30. Talba Wallis thinks she's all that, and she exudes an air of baroness, like the persona she uses to perform her poems. Her mom thinks she needs to get a job, and so she doese muscles her way into Eddie Valentino's PI agency when he places an ad and she fits the bill.He's not so sure, but she's so convincing he gives it a whirl at the behest of his wife and daughter. In between their caseload, Talba's past and Eddie's past come to light and threaten to blow up their respective lives. There's so m [...]

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