What starts out as as a simple missing persons case lands Detective Michele (Mickey) Knight in the middle of a mystery involving organised crime, beautiful women an incident from her childhood she would rather forget.
Death By the Riverside is a hard boiled detective novel, in the style of Raymond Chandler or Mickey Spillane, with a twist since the detective is a lesbian. It's set in New Orleans and the sultry atmosphere of the bayou permeates the story. It's packed full of action, with blackmail, a car chase and multiple sex scenes in just first two chapters. It doesn't slow down from there, as Mickey's personal and professional lives becoming increasingly messily intertwined and her involvement with the police forces her to relive the terrible night her father was killed and her life changed forever.
Mickey is a complex and interesting character. Like many private eyes in the genre she is a hard drinking womaniser with a dark past. However, she also loves her cat, Hepplewhite, and enjoys classical music and Jane Austen novels. The supporting cast are also a diverse and interesting bunch and I found myself wanting to know more about them.
I highly recommend this book for fans of hard boiled crime or lesbian fiction. Death by the Riverside has been out of print for a couple of years but is now available for Kindle, along with the rest of the Mickey Knight series (seven books in all).