Death By The Riverside by JM RedmannDeath By The Riverside by JM Redmann is the first book in the Micky Knight Mystery series.

Private investigator Michele Knight, also known as Micky to her associates, accepts an easy job that requires her to snap photos for her client. However, things take a drastic turn as Micky finds herself fleeing thugs and crawling through the bayou to uncover a drug ring. The path of the drug ring leads her to the Hundred Oaks Plantation, a cross-dresser called Eddie, a beguiling doctor by the name of Cordelia and recollections she had thought were put to rest twenty years ago.

The Characters

I enjoyed the main characters as well as the secondary characters.

Micky Knight is a complex individual with various problems and I have a soft spot for her because I can see a lot of potential in her. Micky has a very low opinion of herself despite her brilliance as a private investigator. Her poor self-image causes her to expect very little from the people in her life and it has tainted her previous romantic relationships. Despite Micky’s shortcomings, her heart is in the right place but she does not always get the results she hopes for because many people see her past failings and not the woman she is striving to become.

The Writing Style

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s dry sense of humor within the story and the author painted a very realistic picture of New Orleans and its inhabitants. I was completely sucked in as the fast pace of action commenced from the beginning of the story.

The Pros

I enjoyed learning about how Micky met Cordelia for the first time and I had a hearty laugh about the type of cases Micky was subjected to solve. I really appreciated Micky’s sharp, analytical mind and her determination to solve any case she took on.

The Cons

I did not like Micky’s heavy use of alcohol because she uses it to numb her pain instead of dealing with her issues.

The Conclusion

JM Redmann takes you on an emotional and exhilarating journey with her very ingenious private investigator Micky Knight who has a big heart and is always willing to help others despite her many flaws. Once you have read this book you will want to continue reading the other books in this series so that you can follow Micky as she forges on to numerous compelling adventures.

Excerpt from Death By The Riverside by JM Redmann

The phone rang. It took me a while to figure out which pile of junk it was under. It kept ringing. Bill collectors are persistent. “Hello, this is the M. Knight Detective Agency,” I said, trying to sound like the secretary I couldn’t afford. “Hello,” came the reply. A woman’s voice. All my bill collectors are men. Big, burly men.

“I need to see Mr. Knight as soon as I can. It’s urgent.” I told her to come on down, that we could fit her in this afternoon. I didn’t tell her there was no Mr. Knight. She would know soon enough. Besides, once she made the trip all the way down to this section of town, she would be less likely to dance off to some all-male dick shop. I needed the business. I straightened up a little bit, trying to make the piles look like important cases in progress rather than things I was too lazy to move to their rightful home, the junkyard.

Half an hour later she knocked. A brief knock that I barely heard because I was blasting trumpet concertos by Vivaldi. I let her in. She was a blond with pearls. She had on a tastefully conservative gray suit. Her hair was tastefully done. Her shoes and purse matched tastefully of course. I was getting a bad taste in my stomach. I don’t run a detective agency patronized by tasteful ladies.

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The Micky Knight Mysteries Series

Death By The Riverside

Deaths Of Jocasta

Lost Daughters

The Intersection Of Law And Desire

Death Of A Dying Man

Water Mark

Ill Will

The Shoal Of Time

Bits and Bobs

ISBN number: 9781602820722

Publisher:  Bold Strokes Books

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Death by the Riverside Book Cover Death by the Riverside
J.M. Redmann
Fiction
Bold Strokes Books Inc
January 1, 2009

Among the moss-covered trees and wrought-iron balustrades of southern Louisiana, Detective Michele Knight (Micky to her friends) takes on the seemingly simple job of shooting a few photos for a client, but the going gets rough as Micky finds herself slugging through thugs and slogging through swamps in an attempt to expose a dangerous drug ring. The trail leads to the Hundred Oaks Plantation, a transvestite named Eddie, a beautiful doctor named Cordelia, and memories Micky thought she had buried twenty years ago. Hard-hitting prose in the style of Sam Spade and Mike Hammer with a lesbian twist. The first book in the Micky Knight mystery series.