Greg Herren's love for the city of New Orleans shows in his latest mystery, Mardi Gras Mambo (Kensington, Mar.), and he translates that affection to his readers. Set during the ultimate party, and involving gay romantic affairs and the Russian mafia, the novel offers thrills through not only carefully plotted dangers but also the realistic emotions of its sleuth. It's Herren's third mystery featuring go-go boy—turned—gumshoe Scotty Bradley, following Bourbon Street Blues and Jackson Square Jazz. Herren's titles are very popular and good sellers at our store because he consistently gives gay readers what they want: fast-paced adventures in a troublesome world of Southern charm and decadence. With all the attention New Orleans has received in the news, our staff makes sure to mention Herren's mysteries and his devotion to the Crescent City; customers feel they are not only supporting the author when they buy but also the rebuilding efforts.
Volume 253 Issue 8 02/20/2006