Publication date: Oct 2020
When Detective Lawrence Ribaud wakes alone in a bloody bed with his wife
missing, he knows this is more than justa mysterious case of murder. His wife
is the latest victim in astring of bizarre disappearances. All across New
Orleans, on one night each month, people are vanishing, leaving behind
nothing bu ta pool of blood on the bedsheets… and an abandoned heart.
Ribaud doesn’t believe in voodoo, but he soon finds himself moving
through the underbelly of a secret society of snakes, sacrifices and obscene
rituals in search of the mysterious Black Queen … and the curse of her
My first read by this author and hopefully not my last. A book full dark menace, voodoo rituals and a hard boiled detective who is tasked with investigating a series of brutal murders. All that is left on the scenes is a blood soaked bed and human heart. The main character is not easy to like, he’s a serial cheater and a bit lazy for a detective. I usually need to get behind a character to engage with a book and although I disliked him a lot he was strangely appealing and I had a bit of a soft spot for him.
The book is well written and you can overlook the flaws in the main character. I thought the while gory in places was never over the top. I also thought the voodoo was well handled. It seemed to ring true for me and I’m sure the author did his research.
On the whole a dark, scary and enjoyable book and though not about vampires seems to inhabit the same world as the True Blood novels. I’m sure you will enjoy reading this book if you are into horror.
JOHN EVERSON is a staunch advocate for the culinary
joys of the jalapeno and an unabashed fan of 1970s
European horror cinema. He’s also the Bram Stoker
Award-winning author of Covenant and eight other
novels, including Night Where and Siren.
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing.
Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more
established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.