New Orleans Noir

Below are three great mysteries set in New Orleans.  If you are craving New Orleans noir, these titles are sure to satisfy.


Hell or High Water by Joy Castro (2012)

Nola Céspedes, an ambitious young reporter at the Times-Picayune, finally catches a break: an assignment to write her first full-length feature. While investigating her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in the French Quarter. As Nola’s work leads her into a violent criminal underworld, she’s forced to face disturbing truths from her own past.


The Cutting Season by Attica Locke (2012) cutting season

Some days, Caren Gray can hardly believe she is still rooted to Belle Vie, the Louisiana plantation where she grew up, where her mother was a cook and her great-great-great-grandfather was a slave. When a cane worker is found with her throat slit, Caren is drawn into the investigation as the police target one of her employees as the murderer.


Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran (2011)

Claire DeWitt

Claire has just arrived in post-Katrina New Orleans, where she is investigating the disappearance of Vic Willing, a prosecutor known for winning convictions in a homicide- plagued city. Claire follows the clues, finding old friends and making new enemies – foremost among them Andray Fairview, a young gang member who just might hold the key to the mystery.




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