My latest review is now posted at Title Trakk. It's of the second novel in the Lightfoot Triloy by Jo Kadlecek.
Here's how my review begins:
Jonna Lightfoot McLaughlan is back! But this time she's plunged from the mile-high city to below sea-level in the steamy streets of New Orleans. But she's still on the religion beat, still on the lookout for good news and a good man. Jo Kadlecek recaptures the blend of charm and social commentary from A Mile From Sunday in this second book in the Lightfoot Trilogy called A Quarter After Tuesday.
Kadlecek also does a remarkable job of immersing readers in the Crescent City to the point that readers can feel confident that if they stopped by the city today they could successfully navigate the streets and communicate in the Cajun English of the locals. Her central story this time - involving nursing homes, racial troubles, and political machinery - is grounded in the local milieu of this Southern, French- and Cajun-influenced urban landscape, yet expands to express troubles that can happen anywhere in any place.
Along with her middle brother, Mark RunningWind, and a colorful cast of local characters, including the voodoo-practicing mouth of Mama God, Ms. E, the fortune-telling PennyAnne, the drop-dead gorgeous community pillar Reginald William Hancock the Third (Renn), and her editor and colleagues at the "New Orleans Banner," Jonna Lightfoot gets dangerously involved in a possible murder case at an interracial nursing home in the middle of a proposed business district ...
Read the rest here.
Sunday, February 10, 2008