City of Saviors (Detective Elouise Norton, #4)
Los Angeles Homicide Detective Elouise Norton encounters her toughest case yet in City of Saviors, the fourth installment in the critically acclaimed mystery series from author Rachel Howzell Hall.After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home. At first blush, his death seems unremarkable―heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue. But something in the way Washington died doesn’t make sense. LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise "Lou" Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington had was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate.But something wicked is lurking among the congregants of this church.Lou’s partner, Detective Colin Taggert, thinks her focus on the congregation comes from her distrust of organized religion. But Lou is convinced that the murderer is sitting in one of those red velvet pews―and that Bishop Tate may be protecting the wolf in the flock. Lou must force the truth into the light and confront her own demons in order to save another soul before it’s too late.

City of Saviors (Detective Elouise Norton, #4) Details

TitleCity of Saviors (Detective Elouise Norton, #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 8th, 2017
PublisherForge
ISBN-139780765381194
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Cultural, African American

City of Saviors (Detective Elouise Norton, #4) Review

  • Eric
    January 1, 1970
    City of Saviors is the fourth book by Rachel Howzell Hall involving homicide Det. Elouise Norton and returning characters of the Los Angeles Police Department.Norton has now been promoted to a detective sergeant, allowing Hall to weave this change into the story to bring additional layers to her story telling. Norton's promotion, along with other issues, bring new complexities to the life of the lead character. In this novel, the tale starts with the investigation into the death of an elderly ma City of Saviors is the fourth book by Rachel Howzell Hall involving homicide Det. Elouise Norton and returning characters of the Los Angeles Police Department.Norton has now been promoted to a detective sergeant, allowing Hall to weave this change into the story to bring additional layers to her story telling. Norton's promotion, along with other issues, bring new complexities to the life of the lead character. In this novel, the tale starts with the investigation into the death of an elderly man. Some believe it was either an accidental or natural death. The investigation of the hoarder slowly develops, with Norton being forced to persuade others of her gut instincts that this is more than an accident or mere food poisoning. Along the way, Norton is forced to deal with skeptical co-workers and bosses and even her own partner, Colin Taggert. Norton is also facing personal health issues and other conflicts in her life, while Hall has allowed her to keep her humor. When it comes to the dialog in her novels, one thing I enjoy about Hall's writing is how, just as in real life, she doesn't always make exactly clear what full intentions are meant in conversations between characters. In her Norton novels, she has also allowed her main character to grow and has not created characters that are not believable or in the possession of superhuman skills. This is an interesting series that includes gender, racial and office issues, but not in a overly distracting way that allows Hall to tell her stories while keep the reader interested and looking forward to her next novel. I forgot to add - each time I read a book in this series, my mind's eye pictures the great, underrated actress Michael Hyatt (Brianna Barksdale from The Wire) as Elouise Norton and the actor Chris Evans (Captain America) as Colin Taggert. Highly recommended, especially to fans of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch series.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A pure distillation of everything that makes Elouise Norton books great - all of the sass and the sincerity, all of the darkness and all of the heart. This is nearly perfect, both laugh out loud funny and creepy as all hell.
  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    Just. So. Good. Especially for those of us mourning Sue Grafton, this is a great series. You don't HAVE TO start at the beginning of the series. But I would (and I did).
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    But, but, where's the next one? I need more!So good. Want to know what happened the next day. Now!
  • The CurvyJones
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely perfect. I love love love me some Sergeant Lou Norton! She's like a Timex... takes a locking and keeps on ticking! This book was so worth the wait. Fabulous job, Ms. Hall!
  • Ariel
    January 1, 1970
    *frustrated sigh*Listen, I really love this series. It's interesting, gritty, and I can relate to Lou on a personal level. I love that when I'm reading this, I don't think of her as a character. This book is my favorite of the series so far and I hope it's continued. After the events of the last book, if Lou didn't have PTSD, I would have stopped reading and never picked it up again. I was shown that she was having a hard time. I was shown that she's still battling racism and sexism and I can re *frustrated sigh*Listen, I really love this series. It's interesting, gritty, and I can relate to Lou on a personal level. I love that when I'm reading this, I don't think of her as a character. This book is my favorite of the series so far and I hope it's continued. After the events of the last book, if Lou didn't have PTSD, I would have stopped reading and never picked it up again. I was shown that she was having a hard time. I was shown that she's still battling racism and sexism and I can relate to that being a black woman in a white male dominated field myself. I fell deeply in love with this series for that exact reason: Show, not tell.Know what I wasn't shown that keeps being pushed? These feelings Lou and Sam supposedly have for each other. Even when Sam was featured in the last book, he didn't have a personality outside of being a potential LI for Lou. Know what I was shown? Colin supporting Lou when people she's known longer didn't. I was shown them taking care of each other even when they didn't like each other very much in the moment. I was shown their respect for each other increasing as they navigated the personal and the professional. I was shown Lou paying attention to who Colin flirts with and who he wears a shirt to try to impress. I was shown Colin and Lou being vulnerable with each other. I was shown Lou and Colin being in love with each other and as oblivious to that as the sun is bright. So, no. I'm not buying that she wants Sam. That she needs Sam as her friends keep telling her. As she keeps telling herself. Nope.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Lou is a great kickass character but she is gravely wounded at the end of book 3. In this followup, she's back on the job too soon and a bit shaky. This book revealed genuine character development and struggle. A great book even with less action and a slightly diminished (and vulnerable) hero.
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  • Lisachinnery
    January 1, 1970
    Lou is back!!! She is wounded after catching her last killer but pushing through in true Lou fashion. In this fourth installment, we continue to really get to know Lou. She is a little like all of us when we have work to do, we push through and get it done. She’s got a murderer to catch. This time it isn’t a missing child but another vulnerable member of our society who is preyed upon by those who should be helping and not profiting. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning Lou is back!!! She is wounded after catching her last killer but pushing through in true Lou fashion. In this fourth installment, we continue to really get to know Lou. She is a little like all of us when we have work to do, we push through and get it done. She’s got a murderer to catch. This time it isn’t a missing child but another vulnerable member of our society who is preyed upon by those who should be helping and not profiting. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the pages turning. It is great to see Lou advancing in her profession against some stacked odds and resistance by her peers, standing her ground where she can and giving in when she must. In the end, as always, we are rooting for Lou to find peace within herself, real love and ultimately her health. If you are in Denver, Rachel will be at the Tattered Cover on Colfax on August 27th at 2pm
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  • Valarie
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel Hall has to be my favorite AA female author of mystery right now. And she did not disappoint in the 4th installment of the Elouise Norton novels. The only complaint I have is that there are not enough titles by her (Rachel) yet. I'm a fan of all of her works , even the first book I read years ago. I can say if you enjoyed the first three, you'll like this one. If you haven't read her other titles do yourself a favor and do so.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh. Now I have to wait in real time for the next Lou Norton book.I loved the mystery in this one. Very twisty and actually kinda gross in places (view spoiler)[ cannibalism (hide spoiler)] but it was fun to read through.It was also nice to see Colin getting saltier and giving back full quips. *dashes away a tear* My goodness how the boy has grown since the first book.The hardest thing to read, though, was Lou's personal issues. In the aftermath of the previous book -- which ended with her ramm Sigh. Now I have to wait in real time for the next Lou Norton book.I loved the mystery in this one. Very twisty and actually kinda gross in places (view spoiler)[ cannibalism (hide spoiler)] but it was fun to read through.It was also nice to see Colin getting saltier and giving back full quips. *dashes away a tear* My goodness how the boy has grown since the first book.The hardest thing to read, though, was Lou's personal issues. In the aftermath of the previous book -- which ended with her ramming her car into a truck to stop the serial killer of young girls who just so happened to be sitting in her passenger seat with a gun to her head -- Lou is going through some major PTSD. It is affecting her sleep, her relationships, and even more importantly her work. But she is under it all a great detective and despite getting a case that looks like nothing but a death by natural causes, hr instincts tell her there is more to what is going on. She is right of course and it leads to a twisty quagmire of insurance fraud, murder, identify theft and the aforementioned spoiler.Not only does she get her perp in the end but she manages to wrestle many of her demons to the ground. So yeah can't wait til the next one to see what happens next with Lou.
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  • Michael Martz
    January 1, 1970
    'City of Saviors' is Rachel Howzell Hall's latest crime novel starring homicide detective Eloise 'Lou' Norton. It's a competently executed 'whodunnit & why' with an interesting twist at the end. Lest you miss the constant reminders throughout the story (and all previous ones in the stack as well), Lou is African-American.It begins with a 'hoarder' found dead in his severely overstuffed home. It appears to be by natural causes, but something doesn't look right to the detectives so they begin 'City of Saviors' is Rachel Howzell Hall's latest crime novel starring homicide detective Eloise 'Lou' Norton. It's a competently executed 'whodunnit & why' with an interesting twist at the end. Lest you miss the constant reminders throughout the story (and all previous ones in the stack as well), Lou is African-American.It begins with a 'hoarder' found dead in his severely overstuffed home. It appears to be by natural causes, but something doesn't look right to the detectives so they begin to poke around. What appears to be a fairly straightforward investigation in the beginning quickly morphs into something much messier, as the victim's strange eating habits and other anomalies pop up. In the midst of all this, Lou continues to have physical problems related to her last case that threaten to limit or stop her participation in the activity. Throw in a megachurch, various other parties interested in what the police are finding, and internecine conflict among the investigators and it becomes a tough nut to crack. They eventually figure it out, though, and Lou's able to take some time off to mend herself.On the plus side, the writing is competent. The dialogue varies, though, with some passages being spot on and others rather stilted. The Colin character isn't portrayed as being quite as clueless as in previous novels in the series, although his hinted-at romantic interest in one of the women under investigation didn't make a lot of sense and was never resolved. The plot at a high level was pretty interesting, but I had a few minor quibbles with some of the investigatory work and the sort of rush at the end to wrap things up. It's a nice mystery but not a whole lot of explanation of what ended up to be a very complicated affair at the end.
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  • Nakia
    January 1, 1970
    This installment of the Detective Elouise Norton series gave me the heebie jeebies in more ways than one. Lou also started to get on my nerves, but that is mostly because anyone who is physically hurt but refusing to take care of themselves by sitting down somewhere, grinds my gears. The book starts off with Lou emerging from a terrible car crash in which she almost died. She's been promoted, and some people are not happy about taking orders from a Black woman, which fuels her desire to keep up This installment of the Detective Elouise Norton series gave me the heebie jeebies in more ways than one. Lou also started to get on my nerves, but that is mostly because anyone who is physically hurt but refusing to take care of themselves by sitting down somewhere, grinds my gears. The book starts off with Lou emerging from a terrible car crash in which she almost died. She's been promoted, and some people are not happy about taking orders from a Black woman, which fuels her desire to keep up her hustle, even though she hasn't yet fully healed from her accident. Dying or suffering from a preventative medical issue because you're trying to prove a point to people who don't give a damn about you is not cute and very annoying. Outside of that, I enjoyed this as much as the other three installments and I'm sad there are no more to pick up to continue the series.
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  • Columbus
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 4th and most recent book in the Elouise Norton crime series. Detective, no, now Sargeant Lou Norton is working the streets of Los Angeles busting heads while solving crime.This was my least favorite of the books thus far. A large chunk of this focused on her personal life and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, the story seemed to repeat itself and not advance forward. Hopefully if there’s a book 5 in the series it’ll be better.2.5 stars
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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Another solid entry to this newish series. I really appreciate the author's efforts in conveying the difficulties that Sgt. Elouise Norton has with her struggles in race and gender within the LAPD. And trying to hide her ptsd while juggling a really icky case and knowing that there is some sort of underlying issue at work. I also liked her support system. The case itself, while a solid procedural, was slightly predictable. There were some steps that I'm surprised that the detectives d 3.5 stars. Another solid entry to this newish series. I really appreciate the author's efforts in conveying the difficulties that Sgt. Elouise Norton has with her struggles in race and gender within the LAPD. And trying to hide her ptsd while juggling a really icky case and knowing that there is some sort of underlying issue at work. I also liked her support system. The case itself, while a solid procedural, was slightly predictable. There were some steps that I'm surprised that the detectives didn't first pursue.
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  • B.J. Smith
    January 1, 1970
    Can't wait to read more in the Detective Elouise Norton series. Hall is my favorite new crime fiction writer. Lou Norton is a badass detective with a likeable, vulnerable human side.
  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
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  • Lowrie
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! Mystery was great and very hard to guess!
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    City of Saviours is the fourth book in the series to feature Lou Norton but the first that I have read. Obviously, there is a lot of back story but it didn’t stop me enjoying the book and it was easy to read as a standalone. If anything, the back story has made me intrigued about what I have missed.Lou is my new favourite heroine. A female, black police officer, she has to prove herself more than necessary that she can do her job. She does get respect from her immediate team, although she isn’t City of Saviours is the fourth book in the series to feature Lou Norton but the first that I have read. Obviously, there is a lot of back story but it didn’t stop me enjoying the book and it was easy to read as a standalone. If anything, the back story has made me intrigued about what I have missed.Lou is my new favourite heroine. A female, black police officer, she has to prove herself more than necessary that she can do her job. She does get respect from her immediate team, although she isn’t entirely trusting of them. There are a few in the force who would be happy to see her fail.The murder is a strange one. Lou insists that it isn’t natural causes immediately and demands that the property and Eugene’s life is thoroughly investigated. It is when I read books like this that I am reminded that I would be useless working in forensics. With the vivid description of what they had to work through in the property, I could practically see, smell and taste everything. My skin was crawling at times even though living in the North West of England the weather was slightly different to a Los Angeles heatwave.It wasn’t all about the crime, there was also focus on her private life, the relationship with her ex-husband, best friends and a tentative relationship with Sam. It was this part of the novel where I noticed the back story more.It is a brilliant introduction to an established series that I plan on catching up with.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    A very good addition to Hall's Elouise Norton series. This well-written book had enough plot twists to keep me turning the pages and enough red herrings to keep me guessing until the end. Glimpses into Lou's personal life also continue to add depth to a her character. A nice tease on the last couple of pages had me looking forward to the next book in the series with a smile on my face.
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  • Pamela Scott
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.I enjoyed City of Saviours.I thought Lou was a great character; broken but not ready to give up, tough, resilient and passionate about her job. I found her relatable and sympathetic.The investigation into Eugene’s death becomes quite strange and sinister s Lou uncovers his dark and disturbing secrets. The more she finds out the more questions she has. I liked the way this played out and developed across the novel.The true cause of Eugene’s d ARC provided by the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.I enjoyed City of Saviours.I thought Lou was a great character; broken but not ready to give up, tough, resilient and passionate about her job. I found her relatable and sympathetic.The investigation into Eugene’s death becomes quite strange and sinister s Lou uncovers his dark and disturbing secrets. The more she finds out the more questions she has. I liked the way this played out and developed across the novel.The true cause of Eugene’s death isn’t really a surprise; this is hinted at throughout the novel and is a forgone conclusion. However, the reason for his death is a surprise. I was gripped from start to finish.
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  • Maryann Forbes
    January 1, 1970
    I am definitely a fan of Rachel Howzell Hall and her Detective Elouise Norton series. The first three books in the series are stellar, and the fourth, City of Strangers, may just outrank them.In City of Saviors, Lou has just returned to work full time after an accident and the killing of a heinous murderer. She is still dealing with the physical and emotional fallout of that as well as the resentment of some of the other detectives as Lou was promoted to detective sergeant after the case.Unfortu I am definitely a fan of Rachel Howzell Hall and her Detective Elouise Norton series. The first three books in the series are stellar, and the fourth, City of Strangers, may just outrank them.In City of Saviors, Lou has just returned to work full time after an accident and the killing of a heinous murderer. She is still dealing with the physical and emotional fallout of that as well as the resentment of some of the other detectives as Lou was promoted to detective sergeant after the case.Unfortunately some men in the LAPD resent strong and smart women.Following the Labor Day weekend, Lou and her partner Colin Taggert are called to investigate the death of Eugene Washington, a 73 year old Vietnam Vet apparently living alone in a cat infested- trash filled home.Although a gun was found near Eugene's body- there was no blood or visible gunshot wound to suggest murder. Lou's gut was another story, it said murder.So begins the investigation and the questions keep coming. Could Bernice Parrish, Eugene's on and off girlfriend and housekeeper killed him? Could his membership in the mega Blessed Mission Church generate any suspects? What actually happened to Eugene?The case is always the heart of these novels, however Lou still has to deal with her ex- husband Greg, her two best friends Syeeda and Lena and of course her mom and her new beau. Added to that mix is her dad who left the family years ago and is now trying to ingratiate himself into Lou's life.If you enjoy a hard broiled mystery that captures and holds your interest from the first page to the last, I highly recommend City of Saviors. It definitely can be read as a stand-alone, however there are occasional references to the previous books. They are excellent too; you won't be disappointed.* I received an ARC of City of Saviors; it in no way impacted my review.*
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book based on its title and comments that this was a fresh voice in crime fiction and had started reading. This book caught my attention right away, here is a young Black female Detective in charge of finding out what happened to Eugene Washington who was found dead surrounded by lots of cats and stuff. At first glance it looked like he had just died of a natural death especially since the area was suffering from a heat wave. When a woman living in the area arrived saying she was I picked this book based on its title and comments that this was a fresh voice in crime fiction and had started reading. This book caught my attention right away, here is a young Black female Detective in charge of finding out what happened to Eugene Washington who was found dead surrounded by lots of cats and stuff. At first glance it looked like he had just died of a natural death especially since the area was suffering from a heat wave. When a woman living in the area arrived saying she was promised some coins by Eugene, there was no knowledge of relatives and the veteran was a member of the Blessed Mission Ministries in the area led by Bishop Solomon Tate. Detective Norton started having doubt of a natural death. Then she finds an insurance policy naming the church as beneficiary especially when initially the pastor could not place him. Searching through his home which was so dirty that Norton and her partner needed to be suited up to avoid harm to themselves she found a will and lots of money. The condition of this house and then people started weaving stories and it seems many of them wanted something which had been promised by this deceased person. It was their interest which made Norton up her investigation that and other clues found in the house.This book caught my interest from the beginning and I didn’t want it to end. Now I am looking forward to reading the other books by this author.
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  • Breakaway Reviewers
    January 1, 1970
    Detective Lou Norton is a Kick Ass CopEugene Washington is found dead in what appears to be an unremarkable way. But when Detective Norton arrives at the scene she realises that not all is what it seems. Lou Norton becomes convinced that the Church of the Blessed Mission where Washington worshipped is somehow responsible for his death.Lou Norton is a hot new Detective; she is flawed but that only makes her more human and a better cop. This is the third book in the series but the first one I have Detective Lou Norton is a Kick Ass CopEugene Washington is found dead in what appears to be an unremarkable way. But when Detective Norton arrives at the scene she realises that not all is what it seems. Lou Norton becomes convinced that the Church of the Blessed Mission where Washington worshipped is somehow responsible for his death.Lou Norton is a hot new Detective; she is flawed but that only makes her more human and a better cop. This is the third book in the series but the first one I have read. That did not matter at all as the story was independent and any crossover was explained without giving too much away. A brilliant book from a comparatively new author, fast-paced, sexy and funny. Norton has an excellent sense of humour, which balances with the seriousness of the crime scenes. Well written and with likeable characters and original storyline, this author, I hope, will go far and will become a household name. She certainly deserves it.ShesatBreakaway Reviewers were given a copy of this book to review.
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  • Peacejanz
    January 1, 1970
    Hall is demonstrating that she is a true member of the detective writers club. This is her fourth book featuring a black female detective who is strong, persistent, always always finds her guilty person. This book takes a bit of a weird turn - no spoiler - but the whole thing is clear at the very end. Lou was born in LA in the ghetto and was determined to bring some justice to the city, while managing to get physically hurt much of the time. In this mystery, Lou has returned to work and is calle Hall is demonstrating that she is a true member of the detective writers club. This is her fourth book featuring a black female detective who is strong, persistent, always always finds her guilty person. This book takes a bit of a weird turn - no spoiler - but the whole thing is clear at the very end. Lou was born in LA in the ghetto and was determined to bring some justice to the city, while managing to get physically hurt much of the time. In this mystery, Lou has returned to work and is called out, with her partner, for a death of an old man, sitting in a filthy home with a zillion cats running loose. There is no obvious cause of death, but Lou "knows" something is not right. No one wants to search the messy stinking house but the detectives much discover any clue that leads to the cause of death, the heirs, and whether the young hussy who claims that he has left her a vast fortune knows anything about his death. This is a complex wonderful thriller. I suggest that one read these beautifully written books in order. Hall is a winner!
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  • Larry Fontenot
    January 1, 1970
    I have read several of Rachel Hall's Lou Norton novels and they are all entertaining. This one has Lou dealing with the aftermath of action in prior books as well as a mysterious death. I like the character of Lou Norton, her desire, her anger and her persistence, which sometimes affects her physical and mental health negatively. Her partner, Colin, is a well drawn character and the stark differences between Colin and Lou are interesting aspects of the book. These are good books, a bit on the li I have read several of Rachel Hall's Lou Norton novels and they are all entertaining. This one has Lou dealing with the aftermath of action in prior books as well as a mysterious death. I like the character of Lou Norton, her desire, her anger and her persistence, which sometimes affects her physical and mental health negatively. Her partner, Colin, is a well drawn character and the stark differences between Colin and Lou are interesting aspects of the book. These are good books, a bit on the light side compared to a Michael Connelly or a James Lee Burke or a John Connolly, but still worth reading.
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  • Carole Murphy
    January 1, 1970
    Read "Land of Shadows" and couldn't put it down.I got this one the other day anc judt finished it with my name on a list for her other two Det. Elouise Norton novelss.Elouise is a take charge detective who happens to be African-American so has two "strikes" against her....her gender and her color. She is recently divorced and recently almost been killed by maniacs she has been tracking (in one of my yet-unread books). In this volume she encounters modern-day cannabilism, ministry, deaths and her Read "Land of Shadows" and couldn't put it down.I got this one the other day anc judt finished it with my name on a list for her other two Det. Elouise Norton novelss.Elouise is a take charge detective who happens to be African-American so has two "strikes" against her....her gender and her color. She is recently divorced and recently almost been killed by maniacs she has been tracking (in one of my yet-unread books). In this volume she encounters modern-day cannabilism, ministry, deaths and her pain from previous injuries.Once you read the first few pages, you will be hard-pressed to stop. Try it...you won't be sorry.
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  • Megan Lillian
    January 1, 1970
    3+. These books are really enjoyable to read. I like the heroine very much - her depth, humor, grit, and the way she handles the daily challenges of living in an (often) messy world. The characters are well-written, even the tangential ones, and the story arcs are interesting. Some aspects of the cases were too foreshadowed, too easy to piece together as the reader, but that's the only negative I found. Overall, I appreciate what Rachel Howzell Hall has done with this series. I'll keep reading a 3+. These books are really enjoyable to read. I like the heroine very much - her depth, humor, grit, and the way she handles the daily challenges of living in an (often) messy world. The characters are well-written, even the tangential ones, and the story arcs are interesting. Some aspects of the cases were too foreshadowed, too easy to piece together as the reader, but that's the only negative I found. Overall, I appreciate what Rachel Howzell Hall has done with this series. I'll keep reading as long as she keeps writing.
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  • Karla
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy this series because I don’t see many opportunities to read mysteries/thrillers from the POV of an African American police detective. The character Lou makes sharp observations about his changing city and the challenges in her workplace. The featured murder in this book took many twists and turns to reach its conclusion. The mystery almost felt secondary due to Lou’s other issues regarding her physical and emotional wellbeing. I did enjoy it, though, and can’t wait for the next one I really enjoy this series because I don’t see many opportunities to read mysteries/thrillers from the POV of an African American police detective. The character Lou makes sharp observations about his changing city and the challenges in her workplace. The featured murder in this book took many twists and turns to reach its conclusion. The mystery almost felt secondary due to Lou’s other issues regarding her physical and emotional wellbeing. I did enjoy it, though, and can’t wait for the next one.
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  • Michael Bell
    January 1, 1970
    This was maybe the weakest of her novels to me. I love her alliterative skills. She writes in an excellent style. She rushed back, in the novel, from a devastating accident in her last book. She is having nightmares and not getting proper rest. The plot for the story was a retired military man who was found dead in a roach infested apartment with serious riches. A holy church with a secret was the backdrop. Eugene Washington also had a crazy secret. I love the L.A. based novels but the ending wa This was maybe the weakest of her novels to me. I love her alliterative skills. She writes in an excellent style. She rushed back, in the novel, from a devastating accident in her last book. She is having nightmares and not getting proper rest. The plot for the story was a retired military man who was found dead in a roach infested apartment with serious riches. A holy church with a secret was the backdrop. Eugene Washington also had a crazy secret. I love the L.A. based novels but the ending was somewhat predictable.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    This was good, although I had a hard time warming up to the main character female detective. I didn't realize it was #4 in the series, and think I may go back and read from the start. The book referred to previous cases/personal history for Elouise and I think I'd have understood her better if I knew the full story.But the mystery and characters were great - well paced, interesting, surprising, fun.
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