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The Bourbon Street Ripper by Leo King

The Bourbon Street Ripper (edition 2012)

by Leo King, Staci Reed (Illustrator)

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Title:The Bourbon Street Ripper
Authors:Leo King
Other authors:Staci Reed (Illustrator)
Info:Grey Gecko Press (2012), Paperback, 466 pages
Tags:e book

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Leo King's The Bourbon Street Ripper takes us to New Orleans, where an apparent copycat killer is intent on recreating the murders of the notorious Bourbon Street Ripper, who terrorised the city 20 years ago. The murderer back then, Doctor Vincent Castille, was from the high society of New Orleans, and his heir, Samantha Castille, also witnessed the last murder of the Ripper. Traumatized by this event, Samantha has ceased nearly all contact with the world outside her townhouse, but when the murders begin again, she is pulled into the limelight, as the heir to the Castille family fortune, as well as a crime novelist, whose knack for describing the killings makes her a suspect in the eyes of the law.

With a whirlwind story of interlocking snippets of the past and the present, some gruesome violence, a dash of New Orleans scenery, and a pinch of Louisiana Voodoo thrown in the mix, The Bourbon Street Ripper is an exciting first novel from Leo King. His style of writing is enjoyable to read, although sometimes there is too much of a good thing with regard to wordy descriptions for things and events. The characters in the story have a nice foundation, but their behaviour is sometimes a bit off; cases of extreme violence are shrugged off as nothing out of the ordinary, while some common day occurrences are made into huge deals.

It took me a while to get into the story, but when I finally did, I read the book in a couple of evenings, and the following day purchased the second book. ( )
  QueenOfEschnapur | Apr 15, 2015 |
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The Bourbon Street Ripper is a very good mystery that keeps the reader guessing what will happen next and from which direction the next body or clue will come. The basis of the novel is the twenty year old case of a serial killer that has been tried and executed, but now there is a copycat on the streets of New Orleans. One of the original detectives is thrown into the case with a new partner not up to speed on the original case.

The executed killer was a member of an old New Orleans wealthy family. His granddaughter is caught up in this new crime spree and begins to have nightmares from the past. Of course being in the area of New Orleans the Voodoo religion comes in to play.

Whodunit? That is the interesting part of this book because it will keep you guessing to the very end. I look forward to reading Leo King’s next book. ( )
  qstewart | Jul 11, 2013 |
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I can't remember the last time I read a book set in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities, so I was eager to read this. I enjoy thrillers and mysteries, and this fulfilled my every expectation. Unlike the Jack the Ripper tale, The Bourbon Street Ripper has the added element of voodoo which makes the story more interesting and suspenseful. Although it initially took a bit for me to get caught in the story, I found the mystery compelling. Like others have mentioned, it is a bit of a disappointment to come to the end only to find that the story is to-be-continued. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to book #2. ( )
  jonxangela | Jul 5, 2013 |
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I will be frank. I didn't finish this book. There is nothing especially wrong with it, but it just wasn't as interesting or as exciting as I expected it to be. When I start thrillers or mysteries I need to get drawn in really quickly. Otherwise, I find myself sighing in boredom or trudging through the book without any real interest.

However, just because this book didn't manage to draw me in doesn't mean it's a bad book. It's quite well written, the characters are interesting, and the plot has potential. The difficulty for me was caring about any of them. Another problem for me was the dialog. Sometimes, when the characters talked, I thought the author was purposely making them sound ridiculous. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Also, there was a lot of vivid description that wasn't always necessary. Sometimes, describing everything slows down the pace of the book and that was the case in this instance.

I know that it's very difficult to write a book and since this is a first novel, I'm sure King will get better as he gains more experience. I know lots of people enjoyed this book, it's just unfortunate that I wasn't one of them. ( )
  jadestar31 | Jun 25, 2013 |
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I forced myself to get about four chapters deep but couldn't go any further. I dislike criticizing anyone's work because I know writing a book is HARD and takes a lot of discipline and effort. With that being said, the author provided me with a free copy of the book and asked for an honest review in return.

My three main complaints:
1) Tiresome dialog that lacked realism
2) Descriptive passages that felt more like poetry than a novel
3) Use of adjectives that just don't "fit" the context.

These "distractions" kept me from feeling any connection with this story or the characters.

Passages like this just made the story feel artificial and lifeless with dialog that is repetitive and boring.

Three officers leapt on the biker, swinging their batons at his head. Jones seemed to ignore the repeated blows, and instead rammed his fists in two of the three’s midsections. As the sound of cracking ribs resonated throughout the room, Michael heard the one uninjured officer saying, “Shit! It’s like this guy’s immune to pain!”

That comment got Michael’s mind spinning, and he said, “Rodger! Sounds like this guy is high on something like PCP! Beating him with those batons isn’t going to do anything.”

This passage occurs right after one above. One of the characters (Michael) open-hand punches the biker's mouth shut causing him to bit off his own tongue...there is zero feeling or realism to it. They act like people biting off their tongues in the police station is a daily occurrence.

Joined by his partner, who whistled and patted him on the back, Michael did the only logical next step.
He straightened his tie.
“BERGERON!” came out a loud voice that reeked of authority. “LEBLANC! AUCOIN! GET YOUR ASSES IN HERE NOW!”
“Crap,” said Rodger, giving a defeated sigh. “The commander wants to see all three of us.”


My review is intended to be an honest review. If it comes across harshly, that is not my intention.

With all this being said, I would still tell everyone to judge for yourself and the comments above are MY OPINION which the authored asked me to provide. ( )
  Disco_grinch | Jun 25, 2013 |
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