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Review of Beaucoup Fracas

A woman from Wyoming inherits a Louisiana junkyard from a father she never knew.  When she checks it out, she meets Gideon Baker, private detective from New Orleans who is looking for a car that may have ended up in the junkyard.

A mystery in a junkyard.  I’m pretty sure, as a setting, a junkyard not the most popular.  But maybe it should be.  I mean, all that stuff that the rest of the world has ignored.  It can hide things.  And keep secrets. 

Unless you have the charming duo of Jessica Savoie and Gideon Baker.  Plus an even-though-its-a-junkyard-stiletto-wearing wise gal, Cinzia Calvino, who readers may recognize from Fais Do Do Die.  And the local (not bumbling) sheriff.  All these people looking for something: maybe the same thing, maybe not the same thing.  It is hard to tell until you get to the end.

I’m a fan of The Big Uneasy series for many reasons.  First, I am always delighted with Ms. Baird’s writing style and sense of humor.  Who else could make a sentence like ‘Not that there was a there there.’ (not a typo) work?  The author also tends to introduce pop culture that resonates with readers of a certain age.  Exhibit A in this book is Paul Drake.   Either you get it, or you don’t.  I enjoy the charming cozy mystery style and the engaging main characters who are inevitably headed for a kiss.  The series setting of New Orleans is great, but Beaucoup Fracas moves the action ‘back of beyond’ Louisiana small town.  Not as good, but the addition of the hot humid August, added to the sense of place.  And to the tension of the mystery.

Rummage through the junkyard with Beaucoup Fracas.  Finding a fun mystery will be your reward. 

Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.


About Beaucoup Fracas by Pauline Baird Jones

She doesn’t want to be there. He doesn’t either.

Private investigator, Gideon Baker, is on the trail of a missing husband. A tip about the man’s car sends him to the Savoie Salvage yard in steamy southern Louisiana, but the owner is dead and his daughter, Jessica, is trying to sort out the mess her father left behind.

Jessica would rather be anywhere than dealing with the debris left behind by the father she never met. His salvage—aka junkyard is giving her daddy issues and heat rash. Oh, and there is that a dead body.

Gideon and Jessica strike sparks—the good kind—as they find themselves following a trail of murder, betrayal, and classic cars.

Can they survive the heat and the gunshots long enough to fall in love?



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