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Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead | Sara Gran
"Delicious and addictive."--Salon.com "Reads . . .as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel."--CNN "What would you get if that punkish dragon girl Lisbeth Salander met up with Jim Sallis's Lew Griffin walking the back streets of New Orleans? Or Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone transformed herself into a tattooed magnolia driving a 4x4? Clare DeWitt, that's what you'd get . . . DeWitt's mesmerizing character and memorable voice take your breath away."--New Orleans Times-Picayune This knock-out start to a bracingly original new series features Claire DeWitt, the world's greatest PI--at least, that's what she calls herself. A one-time teen detective in Brooklyn, she is a follower of the esoteric French detective Jacques Silette, whose mysterious handbook Dtection inspired Claire's unusual practices. Claire also has deep roots in New Orleans, where she was mentored by Silette's student the brilliant Constance Darling--until Darling was murdered. When a respected DA goes missing she returns to the hurricane-ravaged city to find out why. "The hard-living, wisecracking titular detective bounces around post-Katrina New Orleans trying to track down a missing prosecutor in this auspicious debut of a new mystery series--and the Big Easy is every bit her equal in sass and flavor."--Elle "Reminds me why I fell in love with the genre."--Laura Lippman "Ilove this book!" -- Sue Grafton
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ralexist
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Mehso-so

This has a noir-like feel to it and everything about it screams that I would really love it, but I just could not find the awesome in here that so many other people love about this book. I thought the parts were good but the marrying of them all just didn't work for me. I think I was expecting some other element to show up and I just didn't find it. So I know it's a well loved series but I don't know that I'm gonna be picking up the next one.

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kspenmoll
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#garden #cemetery #lLetsTravelJuly #ClaireDeWittandtheCityoftheDead

A walk with my sister (pictured) among the plants, flowers & gardens in the cemetery where our parents are buried.

Tagged book is set in post Katrina New Orleans, 2005, hence the “City of the Dead.”

OriginalCyn620 🖤🖤🖤 5mo
Crazeedi Now I'm needing to visit my parents grave, my dad and I always took care of them every year...❤️❤️ 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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kspenmoll
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#Bfcr2 #fitlit #audiowalk #checkin
Approx 3.5 miles walking so far this week. Planning to walk tomorrow & Saturday so should reach my 6 mile goal.
Almost finished tagged book and will surely finish a second. 🙌🏻😃

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻🎉 5mo
TheSpineView Good job!😍 5mo
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Tex2Flo
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New Orleans is a complicated place and not for the faint of heart.

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valeriegeary
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Really. We are having the most marvelous spring. If you're looking for an unconventional Private Investigator then I've got just the slueth for you. Meet Claire DeWitt who is smart and strange but also kind of a pain in the ass. A great combination if you ask me.

valeriegeary @Cinfhen this is book one 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m stacking and im tagging @TrishB because she‘s the Queen of serials 👑thanks for the recommendation 6mo
TrishB So I‘m thinking, another series I haven‘t heard of! Check kindle, have this one. Just not got to it as yet..... 6mo
valeriegeary @TrishB 😄👏👏👏 6mo
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valeriegeary
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Oh dear. Our fearless detective is gathering fingerprints from a missing persons' house... From doorknobs, televisions and the refrigerator. Only thing is....a few pages ago there was no refrigerator in the house. It's quite clear when they first go inside that the fridge is gone. So what, then, did our dear detective collect fingerprints from? 🤔🙈 (I'm still enjoying the book though. Minor mistake. These things happen. 🤷)

MrBook 😂👏🏻 The replica. 6mo
valeriegeary @MrBook ghost fridge?? 👻👻 6mo
mcipher I don‘t remember catching that! 😆 Too funny. Love this series though!! 6mo
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valeriegeary @mcipher I had to go back and triple check! 6mo
kspenmoll Love the “ghost fridge”! 6mo
valeriegeary @kspenmoll Now I kind of want that to be it's own book. "The Ghost Fridge" ? 6mo
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valeriegeary
City of the Dead | Sara Gran
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The hammock was calling.

kspenmoll So glad you answered its call! 6mo
readordierachel Isn't the hammock always calling 😃 6mo
valeriegeary @readordierachel except for when it's raining.... 😋😄 6mo
readordierachel Ha! Good point 6mo
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Eyelit
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Got a nice surprise at book club last night! @Soubhiville gave me a book from my tbr 😍
Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated, Soubhi!

Soubhiville Yay! I hope you‘ll enjoy it! It wasn‘t what I was expecting. Which is kind of cool! (edited) 8mo
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Tonton
City of the Dead | Sara Gran
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Pickpick

Claire DeWitt‘s vocation is a detective, trained in her calling by a disciple of a French detection theorist, incorporating not just subtle physical clues but emotional visceral reactions and omens/signs. A New Orleans DA is missing in the aftermath of Katrina, and Claire wades through the physical and mental morass of the city to find answers. Not the same at all but I was getting echoes of Angelheart. New Orleans can put a spell on you.

Tonton Argh! Vocation is detection! Apologies 🥺 9mo
kyraleseberg I absolutely love this series! 9mo
Tonton @kyraleseberg so glad I discovered this! 9mo
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mlzbthc

“Most people who‘ve been abused as children never hurt a fly. But of all the people who hurt flies, almost all of them have had their wings broken themselves.”

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mlzbthc

“People bury things in their house; things they can‘t get rid of but can‘t take with them. They weren‘t physical, but they were there all the same. All houses were haunted. Some by the past or the future. Some by the present.”

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Soubhiville
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Pickpick

I don‘t read a lot of mysteries or detective books. I think this may have ended up on my TBR because it takes place in New Orleans. There‘s a lady private detective, trying to find out what happened to a missing guy after Hurricane Katrina‘s floods.

The first half was just so-so for me, and I thought of bailing. But the second half picked up and I started caring about some of the characters. Between a Pick and So-So.

JoScho Yay! Naked kitties! 10mo
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Leftcoastzen Oh, seriously cute! 10mo
CareBear Oh my gosh 😻😻😻 10mo
TK421 I don't want to alarm you, but there appears to be a chupacabra paw coming out of the blanket between the kitties. 10mo
Soubhiville @TK421 🤣😂 Don‘t worry, Froedrick would kick it‘s a**! 10mo
LauraJ It‘s so nice to see the boys! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 10mo
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Soubhiville
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So I was reading in my car waiting for my hair appointment, and came across these lines in my current read. I may have snort-laughed. This was published in 2011. 🤣😂🤣

AmyG Ha. Still true today. 10mo
BookNerd9906 If I had a dollar for every time I said those words, we could repay the cost of the government shut down. 10mo
LauraBeth 😂😂 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 10mo
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gradcat
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1. Farewell My Concubine 🇨🇳
2. Leaving Las Vegas 🥃🥃🥃
3. The Bonfire of the Vanities 👎
4. I‘ll watch anything with Anthony Hopkins, but also love Idris Elba; Mahershala Ali; Viola Davis; Catherine Keener; Margo Martindale 🎭
5. I wish Sara Gran‘s entire “Claire DeWitt” series would be made into movies!! 🤞🏼

#frideas

SailorMoon Thanks for playing!!! 🥰🌙 10mo
gradcat @SailorMoon Indeed! Anytime—it was fun!! 😊 10mo
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Soubhiville
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My tentative February TBR. I‘m about 1/3 through the tagged book and also A Ladder to the Sky on audio. I‘m expecting to get my holds on Becoming on audio and The Library Book on audio this month too.

My mood may change this up, plus it‘s a short month, so let‘s see where the reading muse takes me!

AmberWB Claire Dewitt was really good!! 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oooooo Once Upon A River!! ❤️❤️I just couldn't get into The Virgin Suicides😔can't wait to know what you think when you get to it! I still love his Middlesex tho! One of my all-time favs! 10mo
Emilymdxn I LOVE the virgin suicides 10mo
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BookNerd9906 City of the Dead is on my #tbr too. Lmk what you think. 10mo
Soubhiville @BookNerd9906 it‘s a mystery that takes place in New Orleans. Honestly I‘m not sure why I put it on my TBR, as I don‘t usually read mysteries. Probably because of NO, but 🤷‍♀️. It‘s interesting though. 10mo
BookNerd9906 I don‘t either. But I think it has a female detective so it made it to my tbr for #booked2019 10mo
Soubhiville @BookNerd9906 yes it sure does! And it‘s cool to see her go to places I know in NOLA. 10mo
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Nessavamusic
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I liked this far more than I thought I would. Hard boiled detective novels are not typically my cup of tea but this was well written and great characters. Not necessarily automatically likable but entertaining for sure. Also another #Booked2019 done! #femaledetective Also #LitsyAtoZ

4thhouseontheleft You‘re on a roll! 🎉🎉 11mo
Nessavamusic @4thhouseontheleft yes! Winter break helps a lot. 11mo
Cinfhen Great!! Two down 11mo
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TieDyeDude
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. It was a good mystery, in addition to a excellent study of New Orleans culture (the good and, especially, the bad) and issues surrounding poverty. It was much more nuanced than I expected from the genre. If also made my very nostalgic for New Orleans. Not a fan of the narrator, though. The voice was certainly not nuanced, and a little too tongue-in-cheek, old school P.I. for the WHOLE thing...

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AmberWB
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Pickpick

This was really good, for so many reasons. It took me a few chapters to get hooked—Claire is not always the most likable character. Set in New Orleans, post Katrina, Gran uses the storm and its after affects as a huge part of the story. But she also focuses on Claire‘s past and a mystery that she has yet to solve. I am anxious to read the next book.

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AmberWB
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As a parent, as a teacher....as a human, this quote speaks to me.

overtheedge Love that! 1y
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Decalino
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Pickpick

This was one of the most mysterious mysteries I've ever read. Private detective Claire DeWitt returns to New Orleans to solve the disappearance of a local DA. In a city still reeling from Hurricane Katrina, Claire uses her quasi-mystical methods of detection to retrace the missing man's steps. Fans of Jessica Jones will appreciate Claire's people skills. I enjoyed this strangely philosophical novel and will read the next book in the series ASAP.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

This mystery is so smart and fun. Claire DeWitt is a great, quirky detective and this case takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans.

mcipher I just found out that the 3rd in this series comes out in September and I‘m so excited! She‘s become one of my favorite authors. 1y
minkyb Oh no! Another series. Shoot me now. 1y
Lindy @mcipher Good to know. I loved the first two. 😊 1y
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kyraleseberg I loved this too! I have the second on hold at the library so I can read the ARC of the third! 1y
mcipher @Lindy @kyraleseberg I‘ve read at least one other of hers and loved it too. 1y
CaitlinR New-to-me author, and thanks! 1y
Blaire Sounds great! 1y
AmyStewart She has a new one coming out this fall! 1y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Picked up these today on the Kindle “build your summer reading list” sale. Going on this week!

https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=kc_deals-GB-ILM?node=6165845011&pf_rd_p=43ada719-42...

CarolynM I love Alison Lurie's novels. Foreign Affairs is great, if you haven't read it's well worth that price! (edited) 2y
Lcsmcat I second @carolynm ‘s comment. 2y
REPollock Omg I love Foreign Affaires!!! 2y
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charl08
City of the Dead | Sara Gran
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A house fell down on Josephine Street...

BarbaraBB That alinea pulls me right in! 2y
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charl08
City of the Dead | Sara Gran
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Parrot immigrants...

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SomedayAlmost
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Pickpick

Read this book tomorrow! If you like an off-beat, flawed yet defiant heroine & love a layered mystery in a gorgeous, heartbreaking setting, read this. It's a mystery, a story of survival, a literary depiction of Hurricane Katrina, in short, a bloody brilliant book. #6stars #mystery #NOLA #moving #clever

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SomedayAlmost
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"Houses are like people, only less annoying. To take them in you start with the big and work your way down to the small." -Sara Gran

JessClark78 🐱❤️ 2y
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SomedayAlmost
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Happy birthday to me-what beats an atmospheric NOLA mystery and a pedicure while wee boy is at gymnastics class? #metime #grippingbook

Cinfhen Happy birthday 💞enjoy🎉📚💅🏼 2y
SomedayAlmost Thanks! 2y
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JanJan
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Staying up late to read a mystery.

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MDodge
Pickpick

Finished this on audiobook a few days ago and forgot to post. Sososo much fun!! Totally in my wheel house:) thanks to Get Booked for the rec!

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AmyStewart
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I love the Claire DeWitt novels so much and only wish Sara Gran would write them faster. Claire is the ultimate anti-heroine, rifling through witnesses' medicine cabinets in search of prescription drugs she can palm, running with a rough crowd, making a glorious mess of everything.

Liberty Oh, how I love these books. She is so rad! 3y
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