Wicked Bleu: Simone Doucet Series Book 2 by E. Denise Billups

It’s rare that I read a second book before the first but a previous title by this author entertained me and other reviews said you did not have to read the first to enjoy the second – and they were right. If you’ve read my blog before you know that I don’t like creepy or horror so usually if there is a mention of ghosts -I’m gone. However, in the case of this author, they have the ability to intrigue more than creep. While some of the scenes may be a little eery, the majority stem from a true desire by the lead character, Simone, to assist and help these spectral beings with what they need to accomplish to move on. While at first Simone tries to do everything on her own, she quickly learns that you can be more productive when you include others, especially when you are not sure what the spirit is trying to tell you.

Set mostly in New Orleans, the atmosphere of the location adds a more realistic feel to the story line. The historical parts of the book were very well done and researched, lending an authentic feel.

I enjoyed this book and next time will not hesitate to pick up another one by this author.

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SUMMARY

A 103-year-old murder mystery.

An amateur sleuth.

Can a wrong be rectified in death?

Eight months ago, Simone experienced her first spectral encounter. It awakened a dormant second sight and opened a chasm to the afterlife. Now, another spirit from 1917 New Orleans has wandered through that passage, haunting her with an intoxicating jasmine fragrance and wicked antics.

To escape this mysterious ghost, Simone jumps at a seven-day complimentary Mardi Gras hotel package, unaware there might be an ancestral power behind her decision, an identity she grapples with. Is the ghost’s name Bleu?

She’s a lady of the night who lived a dangerous life in the infamous Storyville. A place lined with mansion-like brothels on the edge of the French Quarter run by unscrupulous madams and frequented by dangerous criminals. WWI is on the horizon, jazz music is burgeoning, and Bleu’s life unravels.

Visions of her past and horrific death beset Simone as she explores present-day New Orleans with her three roommates.

But why are the images fragmented? Has Bleu forgotten what happened the stormy night she died? Can Simone uncover Bleu’s murderer and reunite her with her loved ones before it’s too late?

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