“I have read ten books this year that I have gotten free for my Kindle and four of them have been mysteries. I think that the publishers hope that once they hook readers into a mystery series, we will purchase the others in the series. I suspect this works for some readers, but I am an omnivore and there is only one mystery series that I actually try to keep up with. I do really like listening to Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series. Otherwise, one or two books by a mystery author usually has to suffice. I just have too many other authors that I want to experience.
I had read at least one mystery by Julie Smith before and remembered liking it. So when this one became a freebie, I was happy to add it to my reading queue. It turned out to be a perfect book for a day that I was not feeling well. Jazz Funeral is entertaining, the setting is one of my favorite cities and I wouldn't mind going to the New Orleans Jazz Festival so the inclusion of music was good for me. I think Smith did a good job with the writing so all in all I had fun with this mystery.
The murder takes place off stage for those readers who are squeamish. I will say that the mystery is not too hard to figure out if that is your reason for reading mysteries. This is an early book in Smith's series, so figuring out the crimes in her later ones may be harder. As I said the setting was a plus for me and so is the detective, who appeared to be an interesting woman.
I recommend this book to others who are looking for light entertainment, for anyone who enjoys visiting New Orleans and those readers who are interested in books with a musical tone.”
“Julie Smith in Jazz Funeral presents a Homicide Detective, Skip Langdon who is big, beautiful and brash. She also presents a wide array of intriguing suspects in the death of Jazz Festival promoter, Ham Brocoto.
The deceased himself turns out to be an interesting study for Skip as she uncovers his true personality, you may wonder why any one would want to kill him.
His sister, Melody has run away and is looking for love in all the wrong places. She is a very sympathetic character and you find yourself hoping that she doesn't self destruct along the way.
This is a good mystery with lots of intricate plots and sub-plots. I was guessing until the end. I loved the atmosphere and the character and the story of their lives.