Thursday, July 27, 2017

You, Me and the Voodoo Queen: A Malveau Curse Mystery

Welcome!  Covered in Darkness by Heather Sunseri will be out on August 1.  It is the third book in the In Darkness series.  The first two books in the series are Exposed in Darkness and Cut in Darkness.  If you have a Nook, Covered in Darkness is available now!

You, Me and the Voodoo Queen by G.A. Chase is the second novel in A Malveaux Curse Mystery series.  Kendell Summer is enjoying a day with her boyfriend, Myles Garrison.  A steamboat passes by playing a tune that Kendell recognizes, she says goodbyes to Myles, and runs to jump aboard the boat.  Her friends and fellow bandmates are in trouble and need her assistance.  It seems that Kendell is not done with the Malveaux curse (or the curse is not done with Summer).  The kidnappers want Baron Malveaux’s possessions in exchange for Kendell’s friends.  Kendell and Myles team up with Madam Delphine de Galpion, the voodoo practitioner, to outwit the Broussard’s.  Unfortunately, things do not go as planned and Myles life ends up endangered.  Kendell sets out to save Myles and eliminate the threats against him.  Can she accomplish the task in time?

You, Me and the Voodoo Queen is not what I expected.  G.A. Chase is the husband of Deanna Chase who writes entertaining paranormal mystery novels.  What I love about Deanna’s novels is missing from You, Me and the Voodoo Queen (lacking in humor, the easy flow, and great characters).  I found the writing to be awkward (clunky) and the pace slow (gets better at the end of the story).  Information is repeated throughout the story.  You, Me and the Voodoo Queen is not a stand-alone novel.  It is necessary to read Dog Days of Voodoo or you will be lost.  The Malveaux curse is complicated with various components and there are numerous characters in the book (too many).  My rating for You, Me and the Voodoo Queen is 3 out of 5 stars (it is okay, but I like the premise—the curse).  I thought the main characters were underdeveloped and lacked depth (especially Myles).  The author is trying to jam too much into one short book (218 pages).  I do want to mention that Kendell and Myles have graphic intimate relations in the book.  At the end of You, Me and the Voodoo Queen, readers are left with a cliffhanger.  We must wait until Voodooed Again to find out what Kendell will need to do to save someone she loves.

Thank you for stopping by today and reading my book evaluation.  I will be sharing my thoughts on The Forgotten Family of Liverpool by Pam Howes on Friday.  I hope you have a fabulous Thursday! Until next time, take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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