Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Review - Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix

Black Dust Mambo
Kallie Rivière, Book 1
Adrian Phoenix
Pocket Books
ISBN# 978-1-4391-6787-8
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Excerpt: Browse Inside

About the Book:

"There will be times, girl, when all your magic ain't going to be enough, times when it will seem to dry up like mud under the noonday sun, or even make matters worse. . . ."

Kallie Rivière, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice with a talent for trouble, finds herself smack-dab in the middle of one of those times her mentor warned her about when she visits New Orleans to attend the Hecatean Alliance's annual carnival: her hard-bodied conjurer hookup ends up dead in her blood-drenched bed. And he was killed by something that Kallie would never dream of touching—the darkest of dark juju, soul-eating juju—a black dust hex that may have been meant to kill her.

Now Kallie has to use every bit of hoodoo knowledge and bayou-bred mojo she possesses to clear her own name and find the killer—even as that dark sorcerer hunts Kallie and her friends. But Kallie's search for the truth soon leads her in a direction she never anticipated—back home to Bayou Cypres Noir, and to Gabrielle LaRue, Kallie's aunt, protector, and hoodoo mentor . . . who is looking more and more like she just might be the one who wants Kallie dead.

My Thoughts:
Black Dust Mambo is a fabulous start in the Kallie Rivière series about a young women with strong hoodoo talents and a penchant for trouble. One night spent between the sheets with a sexy conjurer unleashes murder and mystery for Kallie, and she finds it waiting around every turn. Ms. Phoenix does a lovely job of introducing readers to this new heroine and those she calls family and friends. Black Dust Mambo will hook you quickly, and it will reel you right in for a fast paced taste of temptation and deadly mystery. I'll be looking forward to the second book.

Kimberly Swan, Darque Reviews


Mandi said...

Thanks for the review..I've had my eye on this one!

Kimberly Swan said...

My pleasure Mandi! Hope you get a chance to read it too. :)

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Dang it...Mandi said what I was going to! What was your favorite aspect about this book?

Kimberly Swan said...

Hi Jen - For me it was the magical hoodoo elements in the story that pulled me in. It's a fresh storyline, and I love that Ms. Phoenix pushes the boundaries. You never know what's coming next. :)

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Thanks Kimberly. Not to come up with a plan to buy the book and sneak it into the house undetected...hmmm.

Kimberly Swan said...

Jen - I can so relate to that! lol :)

Marta said...

Hi, Kimberly, nice review! I've been wondering about this book and I'm interested in books with magic themes. Love the title and the cover and may pick this up on my next trip to the bookstore.