Holli Castillo is a criminal appellate public defender and a former New Orleans prosecutor. She was born and raised in New Orleans, where she received a BA from the University of New Orleans as a theater major and a JD from Loyola Law School. She currently resides in the metropolitan area with her husband, two children, dog, and deaf cat. She and her husband also own a bar, the Last Stand, on the westbank of New Orleans.
Jambalaya Justiceby Holli Castillo
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When the body of a hooker is discovered in a crackhouse, New Orleans prosecutor Ryan Murphy refuses to let the case languish into yet another unsolved homicide. She has a connection to the victim and won’t back down until the murder is solved, even if it means insinuating herself into the investigation. And if she hides her involvement from her detective boyfriend, it’s only because he’s busy working late nights on a secret case of his own.
When Ryan isn’t hounding the homicide detective for information or investigating the murder behind his back, she’s juggling her Strike Force cases, including a four-victim mob hit, a nasty domestic violence assault, and the armed robbery of a strip club.
At first, Ryan’s only concern is getting justice for her victims. By the time the weekend ends, she’ll settle for staying alive.
Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Jambalaya Justice is the second in the Crescent City Mystery Series.
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This is the second book in the Crescent City Mystery Series by Holli Castillo. This is an entirely new mystery series to me. You don't need to have read the first book to read this one. Our heroine, Ryan Murphy, is a New Orleans prosecutor whose father is a police captain and her four brothers are all members of the New Orleans Police Department. Her boyfriend Shep is a member of NOPD as well. Ryan has deep roots and many connections in New Orleans. She is feisty and brave and sometimes a little naive. And she is working hard at funneling a love of alcohol into a love of shoes....Jimmy Choo's of course. This novel is set in pre-Katrina New Orleans. I have only seen New Orleans post Katrina so it is good to be able to feel the pulse of the city through these pages. Ryan has a heavy caseload and the story kicks off with the murder of a prostitute who had been an informer of Ryan's. She becomes personally involved in the case and puts herself in danger as she strives to find the prostitute Cherry's murderer. She also is haunted by the loss of a dear friend, Edie, whose story unfolds throughout the book. I love the setting of New Orleans...I have always found that city incredibly fascinating. There are great characters in this book who are completely fleshed out by the author. Ryan's relationships are very realistic. Twists and turns in the book kept the killer a mystery to me until close to the end. In total, a very enjoyable read. I am looking forward to reading more of the Ryan Murphy adventures. The author is planning to follow Ryan through Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath in upcoming volumes of the series. Definitely looking forward to that.