Want something a little steamy? My review of Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson #HotBlooded #LisaJackson

Hot Blooded by Lisa Jackson, the first book in the New Orleans series, begins with the death of a prostitute, strangled to death with a rosary by a guy in sunglasses during a radio broadcast of a female psychologist giving advice. As the story unfolds, you find that all of the elements of the prologue connect in a hunt for a serial killer who has fixated his feelings on Samantha Leeds, a psychologist and host of Midnight Confessions, a radio talk show that addresses relationships and emotions surrounding them.

Lisa Jackson kept me guessing through the entire story, throwing suspects at me right and left – a missing brother, an ex-husband, a mysterious ex-cop neighbor, a greedy boss, the brother of a girl, Annie Seger, who committed suicide years ago and whom Sam felt responsible for, Annie’s step-father, Annie’s ex-boyfriend, Sam’s ex-boyfriend the list goes on. Keeping everyone straight was a challenge, but it was doable and the author was good at tying up all the loose ends toward the end of the story.

I really appreciated the way Lisa Jackson described the atmosphere and the heat of steamy New Orleans. She never let you forget that it was hot and sultry. Phrases such as:

A hot June breeze, heavy with the dank breath of the Mississippi, blew through the open window. It ruffled the yellowed lace curtains and cooled the beads of sweat collecting on Cherie’s forehead, but didn’t ease her case of nerves.

Or,

A fine, steamy mist shrouded the live oaks surrounding her rambling old house in this unique community tucked along the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, a few miles west of New Orleans.

Sam is a likeable damsel in distress. She is smart, compassionate, and strong. The police involved in the murders which are later connected to the harassment of Sam during her radio show, as well as phone calls and personal mail, are likeable. Both dedicated, determined, and unstoppable. The ex-cop neighbor moves in closer to Sam. Should she trust him? The conflict around their relationship keeps you focused there when so much more is going on. It is a delightful roller coaster ride with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

I would recommend this book if you are looking for an easy read with a who-dun-it that keeps you guessing to the very end.

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