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  • Thomas
    2019-06-10 14:06

    I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. Talba Wallis is a smart, sassy, computer whiz who applies for a job with a private detective agency run by Eddie Valentino. She shows off her computer skills by handing him a folder with his personal info. Julie Smith writes well drawn characters across racial lines--Talba is black and Eddie is white.One quote from the book that I liked: "... a shrimp po'boy was still finer than nightingales' tongues."This is book 1 of the series.

  • Mike French
    2019-06-11 11:54

    Very enjoyable and entertaining read. If you like mysteries and New Orleans, I feel you will enjoy this Julie Smith series.

  • Carl Brookins
    2019-06-12 06:52

    You like unusual, flamboyant, poetical, characters in your mysteries? Meet Baroness Pontalba. You like strong female detectives, willing to step in when it's required? Meet Talba Wallis. You want atmospheric, moody, exotic and even dangerous settings in your crime fiction? Meet New Orleans. Read Louisiana Hotshot. Julie Smith, author of over a dozen good novels already, has fashioned a top-notch story with a vast cast of eccentric, often lovable, sometimes dangerous, characters and put them into out of the ordinary action. And, if the resolution is a little out of focus, it certainly is consistent in tone and true to the characters and the situation. Poets, whether in New Orleans or elsewhere, generally don't make much money. And even with her exotic good looks, her undeniable talent, the Baroness Pontalba requires something a little more substantial to maintain her life style. She's gaining considerable respect in the avant guarde circles of smoky clubs and loose societies of struggling writers, but that respect and even acclaim doesn't pay the bills. So the Baroness, as Talba Wallis (almost her real name), cranks up her top-of-the line computer skills and answers an ad for a young computer nerd. Turns out, a small private investigative agency operated by Eddie Valentino placed the ad and Talba soon has a day job, her investigator's license, and is neck deep in an investigation of a nasty child abuse case. Eddie Valentino is white, old, from New Jersey, and comes with an unusual family. He hates computers. Talba Wallis is black, native New Orleans, and comes with an unusual family. She's a computer whiz. The case starts with a very angry woman who tells Valentino that her young daughter was raped at a party by a man known only as Toes. The case is complex, convoluted and you'll have to read to book to learn more. Anyway, it is the writing, the atmosphere and the characters that make this an outstanding novel, a great read. I look forward eagerly to more encounters with Eddie and the Baroness, mama, Angie and the rest.

  • Linda Barnett
    2019-05-26 12:53

    Ummm, really good for the rest, where to start? I understand it's billed as a humorous New Orleans Murder, but I seriously missed most of the humor. She insults both the New Orleans police department and all Sheriff departments everywhere, saying that Sheriffs aren't "real" cops, and portraying the police department as thoroughly bought and paid for by a rich, local rapper to cover his brother's crimes. I sure hope she never needs their assistance, in the future, or that none of them have read her book.Veteran PI, Eddie, is so wrapped up in his own personal angst that he pays little attention to his neophyte PI wannabe, or the case. Talba, the neophyte in question, has her own issues and until the very end not much is done towards bringing a child rapist/murderer to justice and without the police that would have gone badly, too.In real life Talba's career as a PI would have ended there. Already surrounded by police who don't know she is there, she stands and shoots "at" the bad guy, but would more likely have hit one of the cops on the far side of the circle and then been shot dead herself because they would have no idea if she was a good guy, or a bad guy, just that she appeared out of nowhere with a gun.The dialogue is stilted, the narrative wooden and there are a lot of really weird, and not in a funny way, metaphors that don't really belong anywhere.The only character I could really care about was her boyfriend Darryl, a truly kind, caring, with you to the end, kind of guy. We need more Darryl's in the world!

  • So, I Read This Book Today
    2019-05-31 06:05

    Ah, New Orleans. The drug that is the heat and scents, the music and moans, life and death and destiny. The heart of a world both magical and profane. Where “church ladies” still wear hats and movements in the dark often presage the advent of violence and death.Julie Smith knows New Orleans. She knows it beauty and it’s darkness. The sound of a young girls voice, raised in a pure gospel song. The poverty, the loss, the scent of fresh blood and death. Julie first caught my attention with “New Orleans Mourning” and that attention has never wavered. Her words paint the soul of New Orleans and it’s people, a painting by Diane Millsap rendered into nouns and verbs, vibrant and thrumming with life.Julie’s newest character, The Baroness de Pontalba, also known as PI Eddie Valentino’s humble assistant Talba Wallis, is one of those characters I find myself instantly liking. A smart, sassy computer geek with potential to spare – if only she could drag herself out of New Orleans and find a real job. Living with mamma, Miz Clara, is fine and dandy with the Baroness, but she really has to get a job. When she does, with the erstwhile Eddie Valentino, what happens is by turn exciting, terrifying, funny and fascinating. It is, all-in-all, exactly what I would expect from the amazing Julie Smith.When I have gone looking for new books by Julie, I have always searched for “Skip Langdon” by name, her famous New Orleans policewoman character. Therefore, I have missed the Talba Wallis series, a situation I have every intention of rectifying immediately. Talba is smart and accomplished, but she is also deeply damaged by a past she cannot remember and that no one seems to want to fill her in on. As she begins to have flashes of memory regarding her early life, the seemingly simple case she is working on with Eddie heats up to something that quickly spins out of control. The story is by turns heartbreaking and uplifting and I look forward with great eagerness to read the next installment and the next.

  • RJ
    2019-05-30 09:10

    Well, I quit. Can't spend precious reading time on a book that's a chore. I got to 26% and I couldn't take the dialogue-- "What'cha talking' about? I'm here with ya." --over and over. If it was used sparingly, I would still get that idea that this is supposed to be a "New Orleans" accent. No need to bang me over the head with it.But more importantly, I did not care about any of the characters. I don't mean that they were too mean, but they just didn't come alive. And I did not like reading about an older PI guy with constant obsessive thoughts about his health and relationships. It was so weird.And I normally like character driven books, even if it is a mystery, so side plots do not bother me. But in this novel I had no interest in his family issues.No thanks.

  • Mish Middelmann
    2019-05-23 05:48

    At one level - a fun and over-the-top detective novel about a PI in New Orleans. At another level, I found deeper elements that made a big impact. What touched me the most was the vivid description of PI Talba Wallis's response to family - her sense of outsiderhood, and the very keenly observed trajectory she followed when triggered (into her shell). Plus the way she slowly works herself out of the withdrawal.On the other hand, there were times when I felt as if some of her blackness was almost painted on. I'm curious whether anybody else felt this way. What I thought the writer did well was to observe the way white people responded and reacted to the black characters including Talba.

  • Pamela
    2019-06-11 13:00

    I liked this book. But it felt like it ended too soon. Talba Wallis is a complex character and too many things were left unexplained. If this were not part of a series the book would have to be rated much lower. It does not stand well on it's own. It could if Talba was not so complex. I suspect Miss Smith was asked to create a series on this character not a single novel. I must decide if I am willing to commit to the series. Right now, just finishing the book, I am irritated because the story is not finished. And I am more curious about Julie Smith's other New Orleans character, Skip Langdon. I know I want to dig into that series.

  • April
    2019-06-20 06:00

    I liked this strange little New Orleans mystery starring Talba Wallis, aka The Baroness, who lives with her aging but still scary mother and does computer work during the day and poetry at night. At first for a lark, but then more seriously, she becomes the assistant to a cantankerous but lovable middle aged Italian American private detective. Their two New Orleans (his, Italian American, hers, African American) are both explored as they collaborate on their first case. I liked the way their detecting seemed more realistic, with many false starts and a lot of confusion. But I liked the characters even more: The Baroness is the most interesting, with some question in her childhood that her family refuses to tell her about. I felt that Smith's racial and social class portrayal of New Orleans is a great side benefit to a mystery that is already interesting.

  • Susan Vereen
    2019-06-13 07:12

    Cant put it down!Smith's poetic PI in training does everything her new boss is afraid she'll do and still gets the case wrapped up and tied with a bow. Storyline flows well; no lags or redundancy. She is going to be a hit for readers of call shades and colors. I am certain the Baroness, herself, thanks me!

  • Eunice Korczak
    2019-05-24 08:04

    Louisiana HotshotTrue, Louisiana Hotshot is an enjoyable humorous murder mystery as billed, but the plot is fear less lightweight than expected. It seems to be somewhere between "hard-core murder mystery" and "cozy mystery" with a generous dose of humor tossed in. An entertaining read.

  • stacy reynolds
    2019-06-03 08:54

    TerribleWhy does the writer feel the need to constantly bring up someone's color or race. A really great writer with a good story wouldn't spend time doing this unless it has is relevant to the story and in this case the race of these characters has nothing to do with, and actually deterred us from following what could have been a great story.

  • Pat Beard
    2019-06-16 09:02

    My problems with this book are that I just found it, it is the first of what seems to be an abandoned series, and I really like it! Love the NO setting. The characters are believable, engaging, multidimensional, and fit into their setting. The plot is altogether too believable. Well I have at least three more to look forward to.

  • Arlene Schulman
    2019-06-07 06:11

    This is a fun book with a delightful and complex leading lady from an author who specializes in multi-leveled, complex female characters. While it is described in reviews as a humorous book, there is a darker, more serious side to it that makes it a wonderful mystery on many levels. Recommended.

  • Belinda
    2019-05-29 07:09

    Julie Smith has written a thrilling mystery with great characters. She deals with the psychological characteristics of individuals who have their personal secrets. Her plot is multifaceted and a page turner.

  • Donna
    2019-06-03 08:10

    I think I read another novel by Julie Smith, and didn't enjoy it nearly as much as this one. This was the perfect light read for a New Orleans vacation, and I would read another in the Talba Wallis series.

  • Rachel Phillips
    2019-06-14 11:54

    Hey, it's a pretty good readI spent three hours listening to this book while driving from the middle of Kentucky to somewhere in Ohio. Not only did it make the time fly, it sucked me deep enough into the story that I sat down and read the rest after I arrived.

  • Sherry McWilliams
    2019-06-10 14:13

    Loved this book and all the characters. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. A few chuckles and a lot of drama later, I had to say wow, what a story. I can't wait to read more of Julie Smith's stories.

  • Vicki
    2019-06-09 14:10

    A poet? Or private investigator?Talba, aka The Baroness, a poet famous in New Orleans, has taken a job with a private detective as his apprentice. She's smart and sassy and gets right into a case of a young girl in trouble.

  • Angaline Meyers
    2019-06-11 09:47

    This book was funny, exciting, and even sorta nutty! A total blast from first to last! Would recommend for anyone with a boring afternoon to kill! Can't wait for the sequel!It also promises answers I hope?

  • Carlton Phelps
    2019-06-09 06:46

    Ms Smith delivers a great story.I have read quite a few of Ms Smith's books and they all deliver a enough twist and turns to keep you guessing.No need for traveling to New Orleans. Just read this book and you will feel the vibe of the city.

  • Laura Towns
    2019-05-24 07:54

    Couldn't put it downI've read a number of whodunits and have to say that this one is one of the best. Well rounded characters and a plot that kept you guessing.

  • Sandra Olson
    2019-06-01 10:47

    Loved itMix crawfish and fried chicken, Italians and blacks to come up with a great New Orleans duo. Loved the characters and the story. Great job

  • Carol
    2019-06-02 10:03

    Love Julie Smith and this was a really good one. I am living in Nola right now so enjoy reading books that are set there. Great characters too.

  • Ronald Keeler
    2019-06-07 06:01

    This is a read one get one free type of crime novel with lots of humor delivered by dialogue. First there is the primary mystery from page one to page 328. (I read on a Kindle, your page numbers may vary). Cassandra Scott is a fourteen-year-old molestation victim. Who did it? Even when we find out she was molested by Toes (a name, not an appendage) there are lots of questions remaining. Hero, poet, and almost private detective Talba Wallis wants to pursue and develop any leads to bring Toes to justice. Cassandra makes this more difficult as her and her party-going colleagues refuse to identify the man with the ridiculous name, Toes. Solving the mystery following a linear path from beginning to end of the book is the first big mystery. A quick resolution is desired because people Cassandra’s friends begin disappearing. It turns out Toes is not a nice man. Few psychopaths are.Mystery number two is embedded in mystery one. Talba discovers leads to solve Cassandra’s problems but each one serves as a trigger for hidden memories in Talba’s past. She doesn’t know her father. Miz Clara, Talba’s mom, refuses to mention his name and gets very angry if Talba asks any questions about him. So far Talba’s research of documents has only revealed one name, her birth name, Urethra Tabitha Sandra Talba Wallis, also known as the Baroness de Pontalba. OK, the last part was not on her birth certificate; it is a title she conferred on herself while promoting her career as a poet.Talba initially doesn’t think of herself as a detective. She is a poet, but that doesn’t pay the bills. After answering a rather tongue-in-cheek ad offering employment, she meets aged, experienced, outdated detective Edward Valentino. Old in experience as a street detective, he barely had the computer skills to answer emails and he didn’t intend to learn at his advanced age. Other social attitudes follow logically for the brain-fossilized Eddie. He has a stereotypical attitude towards African-Americans that we have come to expect from a white guy raised in New Orleans. Talba, however, is a modern, free thinking poet and computer whiz, just what is needed in the one detective and one not very competent secretary agency. She will learn all she needs about being a detective while serving as an intern with a provisional license to Eddie.The novel is fast paced partly due to the plethora of themes. Race relations are covered very well not by confrontation but by acceptance of the existence of attitudes and positive steps to encourage change. And it’s done with humor. There is a layman’s examination of repressed memories, of how powerful they can be, of how difficult it is to force them to surface. There are the stories of parent-child relationships, first between Cassandra and mother Aziza, then between Talba and her mother Miz Clara. There is a romantic story going on at the same time, between Talba and Darryl, a high school guidance counselor who has been through a marriage before. There is the story of the music “scene” with associated drug use and criminal conduct that includes murder. Guess where “Toes” comes from. And nope, it is not a spoiler to have mentioned his role a few times in this review.And there is poetry; after all, the Baroness is a poet.This is the first book in the Talba Wallis series. I am sure I will read follow up novels to vicariously enjoy her experiences as she becomes a more experienced detective.

  • Lauren
    2019-06-08 11:46

    As I said on #FridayReads Talba is a firecracker! She has jumped in on this job, not really knowing what she is doing. Driving Eddie completely crazy, and making him like her all at he same time. This woman has something every woman on this earth should have...confidence in herself!With a strong female role model in her mom, an uppity brother, and a 'never knew' dad, Talba is trying to find answers to questions she never knew she had. On top of that, dealing with her new job as a private investigator. She is digging down deep for both of these things going on in her life. While Eddie, poor Eddie, is also dealing with personal things. They come together to make a great team, and I never would have expected the outcome.Lets start from the beginning. When Talba shows up in Eddie's office he thinks she wont work for the job. Talba is a woman, black and a poet..nothing Eddie likes in his office. Until he gets to know her. I have to admit, at first I didn't like Eddie at all. He was painted as a typical Southern racist, only to find out he really isn't. Just doesn't know how to handle her..After Talba brings in business before she is ever hired, he's still having doubts. When she contacted his 'long lost' son, he had even more doubts. When he wasn't able to show up at work, and Talba handled everything as best she could, he started coming around. And just in time if you ask me. Talba was able to help blow the case wide open, and cause more people to become a target. While handling the case, she was also dealing with personal things, her dad. She didn't know anything about him, or how he died. No one in her family was willing to talk about him and that threw her radar up.After finding out exactly who they were looking for, Eddie was ran over. Not just a scratch either, more like left for dead. Too bad for him it wasn't as bad as he thought. Talba of course was going after the guy. She was right on time to save possibly another two victims. After this unfolds she goes into her shell. Not wanting to talk to anyone, not even family or her boyfriend.Then her mom shows up one day and starts talking about Talba's dad. Thankfully, what Talba believed had happened wasn't the case at all. They were just hiding something that could (and in my opinion, did) shape the person she is. I don't know the whole story yet, but I will be finding out!!I know that's prolly vague, or not enough details, but you'd have to read Louisiana Hotshot to find out more. This book is funny, crazy, full of suspense and a bit sad. It all comes together to make a perfect story, and would be a wonderful movie!Talba Wallis PI SeriesLouisiana HotshotLouisiana BigshotLouisiana LamentP.I. On A Hot Tin Roof

  • Jill
    2019-06-10 09:58

    I wanted to like this book because I love New Orleans. The thing that irritated me was the dialogue. Would have been better written in third person rather than a 70+ author trying to sound like a twenty year old

  • Audiothing
    2019-06-06 07:52

    AUDIOBOOK EDITIONFirst up, just a little warning, this book is described as a Humorous Mystery but if you are expecting a cozy, just be aware that there is some strong language flying around!It all begins with Talbas' mother, Miz Clara, thinking it about time her daughter got herself a job, she scans the ads. and discovers this gem:"Nerd wanted. Nerdette wouldn’t be too bad. Young hotshot, under thirty, 5 yrs. computer, 10 yrs. investigative exp. Harvard ed., no visible piercings. Must play the computer like Horowitz played piano. Slave wages". The ad. was placed by private detective Eddie Valentino but what neither he nor Talba knew was that Angela, Eddies daughter, had written a spoof ad., never imagining that he would actually run it!Not worrying about such trifles as arranging an interview, Talba goes online, gets the lowdown on Eddie (and his family) and off she goes to see him. Eddie, feeling a bit blindsided isn't sure that Talba is quite suitable, despite the fact that she tells him that she is as much of a hotshot as he is likely to get.Angela can't believe that someone actually answered the advertisement, she does a background check and discovers that Talba is a poet, the Baroness de Pontalba no less!That night Angela takes Eddie and her mother to watch Talba perform. Talba gets the job.The PoemTabitha raps out a poem about how she got her name, not Tabitha, not the Baroness, but a name that a cruel minded doctor suggested to Miz Clara. I loved this poem, and this is where audiobooks come in to their own, actually hearing it being recited (or rapped?) really conveyed the story in all its poignancy. The cruelty and humiliation of the name becomes more evident as the story progressesEddie has problems of his own so Talba takes on more than she ought, her lack of experience lands her in a few difficulties. She then adds to her problems by going against the wishes of her family by insisting on uncovering a long held secret.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery and humour, but wants something a little deeper and more complex.NarratorNarrated by Nan McNamara who did such a wonderful job of giving each character a distinct voice and personality. I've never been a follower of rap poetry but I have to say, her rendition of Talbas' poem was, quite simply, outstanding and not likely to be soon forgotten.Audiobook provided by the producer, author or narrator for an unbiased review

  • Pam Pittman
    2019-05-30 11:48

    I'll be looking for more from Julie SmithI love Talba Willis. The New Orleans patois is perfect. Lived in Gretna in the 60's and it felt like I was home again!

  • Lisa
    2019-05-31 14:12

    Talba Wallis thinks she's all that, and she exudes an air of baroness, like the persona she uses to perform her poems. Her mom thinks she needs to get a job, and so she does...she muscles her way into Eddie Valentino's PI agency when he places an ad and she fits the bill.He's not so sure, but she's so convincing he gives it a whirl at the behest of his wife and daughter. In between their caseload, Talba's past and Eddie's past come to light and threaten to blow up their respective lives. There's so much going on in this book, plotlines sometimes overlapping, much like everyone being in everyone else's business in that area. Even with Smith's writing, I felt like this book dragged a bit...maybe I'm not used to the slow and steady style, but I understand that she was making her style match the setting. Entertaining? Yes. Talba and Eddie make a good team, though who knows how much longer Eddie will last with his lifestyle!The Queen Latifah/Danny Devito comparison is spot-on! Julie Smith shows non-Southernors an authentic window into the South, and her writing is stylistically compatible with her settings...laid back, she'll get there when she gets there.