City of Spirits

City of Spirits

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by Eric Wilder
     
 

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Murder, lust, and a hundred-fifty year old voodoo curse. It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, an escaped killer’s on the loose, and French Quarter paranormal detective and private investigator Wyatt Thomas has his hands full. Wyatt's new client wants him to prove he isn't a passeblanc. He soon falls for the man's daughter, an incredibly attractive

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Murder, lust, and a hundred-fifty year old voodoo curse. It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, an escaped killer’s on the loose, and French Quarter paranormal detective and private investigator Wyatt Thomas has his hands full. Wyatt's new client wants him to prove he isn't a passeblanc. He soon falls for the man's daughter, an incredibly attractive super-model that has a twin sister. Will Wyatt solve his client's social problem? A houseful of French Quarter ghosts may decide the answer in this paranormal mystery thriller set in the Big Easy. Eric Wilder is the author of the French Quarter Mystery Series that includes Big Easy, Primal Creatures, Black Magic Woman and the soon-to-be released River Road.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940033184774
Publisher:
Eric Wilder
Publication date:
04/24/2012
Series:
French Quarter Mystery , #2
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
260,861
File size:
352 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eric Wilder grew up near Black Bayou in northwest Louisiana, and began listening to his grandmothers' tales and ghost stories at an early age. He has penned seven novels, including the French Quarter Mystery series featuring New Orleans' favorite sleuth Wyatt Thomas. He now lives and writes in Edmond, Oklahoma along with his wife Marilyn, four dogs and a cat named Buttercup.

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City of Spirits 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the French Quarter setting, the mystery, and the characters. The twisted though enjoyable plot kept me reading to the conclusion that I didn't see coming.
Pacificbookreview More than 1 year ago
In a city that takes on a life of its own, Wilder gives breathe to an edge-of-your seat tale full of plot twists, mystery, intricate characters, and romance in his novel City of Spirits. Set in New Orleans during the infamous Mardi Gras, Wilder captures the uniqueness and the spirit of a city that has a rich and diverse culture in a way that makes readers feel as if they are actually there eating some gumbo and drinking a Dixie. Through Wilder’s writing, the city comes alive for the reader in a way that few authors can achieve. While describing a city that is by no means perfect, yet better off for it, Wilder introduces the reader to an eclectic cast of characters, each with their own flaws and story lines. Mixed with voodoo, mysticism, murder and a good ole curse or two, the reader follows each character on their journey as they navigate the mysteries that unfold. Whether following Wyatt Thomas, the French quarter sleuth, as he strikes out to find the truth and fall madly in love, or N.O.P.D officer Tony, as he struggles through a personal crisis of his own as he chases a killer, there are times when you want to cheer for the characters and others where you wish they would get their act together. The book’s ending, one that I would never have guessed, does a good job of closing this chapter but leaves many of the characters’ storylines unresolved, which leaves the reader wanting more. Woven into the storyline are several real life topics, including the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, alcoholism, and the deep racism that can still be found in the South today. It brings a deeper meaning to the text and makes it all the more honest for the reader. As for the writing, there are several different story lines woven into this novel, yet Wilder does a great job of sealing them all together in the end. There is truly a lot going on in the novel, with many characters and twists and turns, which forces the reader to be active in the story as they follow the ups and downs. I found myself taking time with this book to keep up with the details, and I must admit I actually enjoyed the read better for that fact. It’s a book that drags you in and makes you become emotionally and mentally invested in the city and in the characters.
wazdat More than 1 year ago
Well written. Great story line and real characters. I gravitate toward books set in New Orleans. This did not disappoint. Many threads to follow yet Mr. Wilder never loses you. I will read more Wilder books even if they are not based in New Orleans. I found a new author for me to enjoy and my intro to him could not of been better. Mystery. Life. Murder. Voodoo. History. Great setting. Could not ask for more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant believe this book was free!
wiccawitch4 More than 1 year ago
OMG! I loved this BOOK! I couldn't put it down from start to finish, wow amazing! It was nice to see Wyatt get some womanly action in this book, as he is forever the ladies man he doesn't sleep around and it was nice to see him in a sort of relationship atmosphere. I loved that this book takes place in the middle of Mardi Gras as the the sights and the goings on that Eric describes makes you feel as if you are in the think of it and partying along with the characters. In This book Wyatt Thomas Takes on a case of New Orleans most social elite Mr. Gordon Vallee. Someone is spreading nasty rumors that Mr. Vallee is a Passeblanc (half black and half white. Mr. Valle is pretty sure the person spreading the the rumor is his rival and ex-best friend Mr.Claude Sonnier. Sonnier has based his claim's on a ancient curse and the word of some 100 year old ghosts! never a dull moment in the Big Easy when Wyatt's on the case. Meanwhile Tony and the New Orleans Police are trying to track down a wanted F.B.I escaped criminal. He is almost 7 feet tall and on the loose killing people in New Orleans, and he has already put several people in the hospital, including Tony's partner Tommy. Tony is going to bring this guy down no matter if he has to beat everyone in town for information to do it, and no one is going to stop him. Amazing book I couldn't get enough of it! I never wanted the book to end! Eric is a master at creating a scene and making you feel like your living right in it. You can taste the food, hear the music, and feel the fear right along with the characters. Eric is a Master at what he does and I am on pins and needles to read his next Wyatt Thomas adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the concept
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. Love New Oleans? You will love this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intense for a short read. Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a free book this was amazing! The inly reason it did not get 5 stars is because that rating is reserved for William Shakespeare. Great character development, awesome plot, and phenomenal setting. My only complaint is that it jumped from pov to pov a little too quickly & was confusing, and I am not a fan of the ending. I'm not saying I needed a happy ending, I'm just not sure that was the "right" way tilo end it. Kind of off a little-unlikely.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
Book exchanged for an honest review~ Lieutenant Anthony "Tony" Nicosia of New Orleans Police Department doesn't feel like celebrating Madri Gras. He'd rather have quiet night at home over this mess. What Tony didn't realize was his night and life were about to change in drastic ways. Tony's partner Tommy Blackburn is fighting for his life spins Tony into a direction he didn't think he'd go. Meanwhile Wyatt Thomas, a former lawyer, now turned investigator is hired by Gordon Vallee to prove that Gordon isn't passeblanc. Wyatt does his usual search of Notarial Archives while following leads he's garnered. Wyatt has the proof that Gordon isn't passeblanc on paper but according to rumor he's definitely got Creole in his blood. Wyatt meets Gordon's daughter Desire and the two become an instant couple. Is Tony on a path of destruction? Will Wyatt learn the truth about Gordon? Will Wyatt keep Desire's heart? Your answers await you in City of Spirits. I'm definitely enjoying this series. I've always wanted to visit New Orleans for the culture, the food, and the music. Mr. Wilder definitely has a flair and excellent voice as writer. His characters are real, down to earth, honest, compelling, and intriguing too. His story is thoughtful, complex, and compelling too. Look forward to the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of plot lines running thru this book made it feel chopped up. Some really far-fetched scenes, especially where the women in the book were concerned. A good story and nice feel for the madness of Mardi Gras.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting and an easy read npt bad for a freebie
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Your brain doesn't have to work all that hard while reading City of Spirits, but that is exactly what I was looking for... Enjoyable characters, great city feel.
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I want to read it
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To the poster on aug 29, 2012... i take offense at your statement ' the deep racism that still exists in the south today'. Have you ever lived on the south? Racism goes both ways buddy and i see a hell of a lot more racism towards whites than ever was towards blacks. Get your facts straight before you malign sn entire nation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not good