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Review: 8. Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix...

January 14, 2011
I'd heard lots of good things about Black Dust Mambo, and finally (!!!) picked up my copy. This was inhaled. Like, INHALED!

black dust mambo
Title: Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo #1)
Author: Adrian Phoenix
ISBN-13: 9781439167878
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2010
Purchase at IndieBound, Amazon, The Book Depository
Source: Purchased

drey's thoughts:
Adrian Phoenix's Black Dust Mambo starts out with a dead body and takes off like a jet on rocket fuel. (Ok, I'm no rocket scientist, so if that means the jet explodes, that's so not what I mean!) Kallie Rivière is in New Orleans and finds out that passing out in the bathroom after drinking and doing the horizontal tango, isn't a good idea... Especially when the she wakes up and finds the tango partner dead in her hotel bed. Kinda kills the mood lickety-split, don'tcha think?

Before she can bat an eyelid (or get dressed), people are pounding on her door, and pretty soon a steady parade starts coming through--from the dead guy's clan brother, to the Carnival authorities. Lucky for Kallie, her BFF made it there too, and helps her clear her head so she can start pleading her innocence. After all, that's the first thing you do when you find a dead body in your hotel room, isn't it?

But things are not what they seem. And neither is Black Dust Mambo. Because while you may think that this is an urban fantasy mystery where Kallie sets out to find the perpetrator to prove her innocence, the web Adrian Phoenix weaves reveals that it is much, much, more... Of course, you'll have to read the book to find out what. *grin*

Character: I love the characters that Adrian Phoenix created for us in Black Dust Mambo. Kallie is (wait for it...) sassy and has a problem keeping her opinions (and her fist) to herself. What is it about these female characters that attract me so much? Hmm... Her BFF Belladonna is a hoot, and I love the smack-talk she gives to Kallie--you can tell these two have been through a lot together, even if you're not quite sure what, since there's no back history provided... The guys are cool (and gorgeous, but that doesn't even need saying), and having two people inhabit one body while conscious of each other, is a pretty neat concept brought vividly to life by Phoenix. And the language is what I'd imagine is Cajun through-and-through, but I'm no linguistics expert.

The only beef I have is with the bad guys. I mean, seriously? Big bad evil daddy plots revenge, and can't even get the most important thing right? Like, duh!

Pace & Plot: The pace is lightning quick, and your head will spin as you get to all the action thrown your way. The pace does slow a little bit once all the dead bodies have been exposed to sunlight (ha ha), and a bit of character and plot development take place. See paragraph above for my "beef".

drey's rating: Excellent: Black Dust Mambo is engrossing to the very last word. I cannot wait till Black Heart Loa comes out in July to find out more about Kallie!

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Have you read Black Dust Mambo? What did you think?


wheels209 said...

Hey drey,
I finished Unholy Ghost last night. The last 50-60 pages were a real romp....woot,woot!!! I downloaded a new book called Farlander I gave consideration to Black Dust Mambo but I am still thinking about that one.

Take care my friend. Have a wonderful week.

wheels209 said...

Hey drey,
I just started Black Dust Mambo. I kept thinking of your review and could not help myself.(I know big surprise... Grin)I like Kellie and Bell.

Take care my friend have a great week.

drey said...

lol, that was quick! :) make sure you tell me what you thought!

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