CEZANNE MARTIN SERIES
*Starred Review* Cézanne Martin, on leave from the police department to set up a law practice, has hit an all-time low. For starters, she didn’t know her lover was married. After his wife kills him, she breaks out of jail and comes after Cézanne. Cézanne’s house is so thoroughly booby-trapped by the vengeful wife, she can’t stay there, what with razors in her sofa, poison in her food, and corrosive chemicals in her soap. Cézanne’s bad luck continues when her estranged father dies, leaving her his house, complete with devilishly demented Aunt Velda, who will do anything in her power—legal and otherwise—to keep Cézanne out. To make a horrible situation even more unbearable, Cézanne has inherited custody of Deuteronomy Devilrow, a juvenile delinquent with a flair for voodoo whose sole purpose in life seems to be making Cézanne as crazy as Aunt Velda. Full of dark humor, plot twists, an underlying mood of danger, memorable moments, and characters so colorful they glow neon, the third in Moore’s series, following The Lady Godiva Murder (2004) and The Wild Orchid Society (2004), is not to be missed. ~ Shelley Mosley, Booklist
If Stephanie Plum had a Texas cousin, Edgar-finalist Moore's Cézanne Martin, a Fort Worth cop turned lawyer, would be it. Adding extra pizzazz to the hilarious third installment (after 2004's The Wild Orchid Society) is Deuteronomy "Duty" Devilrow, Cézanne's African-American teenage ward, whose "words-from-the-hood" often threaten to steal the show. The action opens with a bang as Cézanne wakes up late one night to find a gun in her face-held by Darlene Driskoll, a soon-to-be-convicted crazed murderess and prison escapee. After eluding Driskoll in the course of a harrowing car ride, Cézanne seeks help from the FWPD's star detective, Wolfgang "Slash" Vaughn. News that Bob Martin, her long-lost dad, has died disrupts her life further when she discovers elderly Aunt Velda squatting in her inheritance, a Fort Worth house. Then Cézanne's brother, Henri Matisse Martin, suddenly appears, wanting his share of their dad's estate. Moore makes sure it's all a hoot and a half. (Dec.) ~ Publisher's Weekly
ABOUT THE BOOK
A month after solving two high profile murders, Cezanne takes a leave of absence from the Fort Worth Police Department to get her law office up and running. But after Cezanne gets an engagement ring, her fiancée disappears and her father dies."
Publisher: Five Star/Gale Group
Publication date: 12/10/2008
THE WILD ORCHID SOCIETY
"Having solved the LADY GODIVA MURDER does not liberate Cezanne Martin from being an anathema because of her affair with a married peer. Instead Cezanne is further punished by her relative Deputy Chief Daniel Rosen who announces at a press conference that she is the temporary head of homicide. Rosen informs the media that Cezanne will head up the newly formed Cold Case Squad and promises to solve the eight year old Great Dane Murder in two weeks. Rosen will keep the pressure on Cezanne because he expects her to resign after making the Fort Worth police a laughing stock.
Cezanne refuses to quit though she has just obtained her law degree. Instead she transfers in ostracized cop Klevenhagen because his personnel file is bigger than hers. As she watches a teen with the gift of sight, Cezanne obtains help from the FBI that leads her to digging undercover the Dungeons of Decadence, but soon learns that the Executioner stalks D&D participants seeking sacrifices of the top secret WILD ORCHID SOCIETY. If she is to solve her cold case, Cezanne will need to infiltrate this deadly group and unmask the Executioner. Besides her career in jeopardy, her life could be forfeit too.
The latest Martin police procedural is a fantastic tale that hooks the audience the moment that the reader realizes along with the heroine that she is being set up to fail. The story line moves forward on several fronts that not only never slows down the pace, but also cleverly merges together into a terrific investigative tale. Sub-genre fans will want Moore detective tales from a Five Star author." ~ Harriet Klausner
"Having been a fan of Ms. Moore's other police procedurals, I snatched up her latest offering hoping for more of the same zany characters, colorful mysteries, and laugh-out-loud humor. I was not disappointed. Not only is Orchid a fast-paced read, Ms. Moore has topped her own previous efforts. I'm looking forward to more from this fantastic author." ~ Britta Coleman, author
"Five Star rolls out two novels set in the American West: Laurie Moore's kinky sequel to The Lady Godiva Murder (2002), The Wild Orchid Society, in which Fort Worth homicide cop Cuzanne Martin joins a decadent secret society in order to track down a sadistic killer known as the Executioner and Harry Shannon's noirish mystery debut, Memorial Day, in which down-on-his-luck psychologist Mick Callahan, now a radio talk-show host near his hometown of Dry Wells, Nev., investigates the murder of one of his call-in listeners. Advance praise from Bill Pronzini and Barbara Seranella should give it a boost." ~ Publisher's Weekly
ABOUT THE BOOK
Shortly after solving a prominent murder case (The Lady Godiva Murder), Cezanne Martin is put in charge of the cold case squad of the Fort Worth Police Department. (Actually, the deputy chief resents her and hopes she'll fail.) Martin vows to succeed, however, putting together an unusual team dedicated to solving the eight-year-old murder of a wealthy criminal attorney. Sexual innuendo permeates from the outset (e.g., reputed adultery and sexist remarks) and sets the tone for a subsequent investigation of a frightening sex-club underworld. A few bumps for those who haven't read Moore's series debut, but after this gets going, crisp dialog, critical antagonisms, and shifty plotting rule. ~ Library Journal
Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
Publisher: Five Star (ME); First Edition edition
Publication date: May 2004
Hardcover: 402 pages
THE LADY GODIVA MURDER
"An exceptional novel." ~ Bestselling author Daniel Ransom
"... Moore (Constable's Run), a former cop and lawyer, knows the Texas justice system and writes credibly about its fools and foibles, ... the book is full of quirky characters, deft descriptions and razor sharp humor. And Cezanne is truly a work of art: a fiery mass of attitude, intelligence and barbed wit, haunted by a childhood best described as awful. Though facing an uncertain future after quietly earning a law degree, C‚zanne has handily earned a spot among contemporary female crime solvers like Evanovich's Stephanie Plum, Grafton's Kinsey Millhone and Garcia-Aguilera's Lupe Solano." ~ Publishers Weekly
"How's this for a conflict of interest? The same day Detective Cézanne Martin, of the Fort Worth Police Department, learns that she's passed the Texas bar exam, she catches a red-hot homicide: the slaying of Carrie Crane, the daughter of hard-nosed Captain Chuck Crane, Cézanne's boss. Acting on information Cézanne's partner, hard-drinking Roby Tyson, meant for her ears alone, the department moves swiftly to build a case against Roby, who offers her $50,000 if she'll take him on as her first legal client while she's still working the case. Not only does Cézanne see no ethical problem here but, realizing that the case file will be closed to Roby's attorney, she blackmails her old mentor, Deputy Chief Daniel Rosen, into reinstating her in Homicide-this after she's sidelined to the career graveyard of the Pawn Shop Detail, where she's run into more antagonism in the shape of new secretary Darlene Driskoll, the wife Cézanne never suspected departmental ladies' man Doug Driskoll was hiding when he swept her out of the squad room and into bed. As their colleagues circle the wagons against Roby and Cézanne, she reaches out to the one person she can trust: a hayseed sheriff from Johnson County. Clearly, debut novelist Moore isn't conflict-shy, and she's created a no-holds-barred heroine who does whatever she needs to in order to come out on top. Ignore the false notes here-the tough-but-vulnerable swagger, the overheated backstory, the witless Who's-on-First interlude, the interminable windup-and pray that Moore, who's well worth watching, sticks to her best stuff next time." ~ Kirkus Reviews
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this crisply written and witty novel, the day arrives when homicide detective Cézanne Martin achieves her goal and passes the state bar exam. When her partner is charged with murder, Cézanne won't resign from the police department until she knows Roby is out of danger. Assigned to work the Lady Godiva Murder, Cézanne sets out to clear her partner's name.
Publisher: Five Star/Gale Group, 1st edition
Publication date: July 9, 2010
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