4.5 Stars I sometimes think I've become a reading snob. In that I mean, I'll give a book about twenty pages to pull me in. If it doesn't , I move on. I enjoy reading a book that grabs my attention from the first page and keeps it to the end. Iyer did that with The Scent of Murder. From the first page I wanted to know what would happen next. She built the characters into real people with flaws, flaws that sometimes annoyed me, but never the less, the flaws were part of people who seemed real. Lucier, Diana, Teo, and even the cops Lucier worked with felt real. If I closed my eyes, I could see Teo and I certainly could feel his pain.
The plot grabbed my attention, too. Who wouldn't want to find out why a ten year old boy was living on the street, no mother, no father, no one to care for him. As his story progressed, Iyer took me to the dreggs of greed, drugs, sex, infidelity. The lowlife crimes of the filthy rich as seen through the eyes of an honest cop and those of an innocent boy who had witnessed more in his ten years than most people do in their entire lives.
And she did it well. I found myself binge reading, not wanting to put the book down. Polly Iyer did a great job setting up each segment of the plot. She had me hooked as she set up yet another segment and then another. At one point in the book, I asked myself "Ok, how is the going to bring all these pieces to a fulfilling ending." I continued reading and well, Iyer not only brought each segment to a close, she did it with elegance. The ending is both happy and sad, leaving me wanting to read on, which, in my opinion, is the sign of a great book. Take a chance and read The Scent of Murder by Polly Iyer and let me know if you agree.
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The ending is both happy and sad, leaving me wanting to read on - the sign of a great bookReviewed in the United States on 11 October 2018
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A spellbinding keeper for your bookshelfReviewed in the United States on 16 January 2018
I enjoy all of Polly Iyer's books, and this may be her best one yet. This suspense novel explores two cases simultaneously, showing us how the other half live at both the top and bottom of the pecking order in New Orleans. This is the latest installation in her Diana Racine series in which a psychic and her cop boyfriend, Ernie Lucier, are on the case. Be aware that Polly doesn't shy away from tough subjects and adult situations, adding another layer of reality and depth to the storyline. In the first case, a kid purse-snatcher is on the street because his mother is missing. The path to finding her is a thorny twist of televangelism, substance abuse, sexual harassment, and more. Powerful people don't like others playing in their sandbox and they play for keeps. In the other case, a wealthy socialite with at least one screw loose is convinced her twin sister is missing and she wants Diana to use her woo-woo powers to find Delphine. A fragrance is the first step in the right direction to finding the missing person. Diana plays pivotal roles in both cases and has several harrowing adventures. Needless to say I was spellbound. The fast-paced writing kept me on the edge of my seat.
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First-rate suspenseReviewed in the United States on 14 March 2018
As usual with Ms. Iyer's books, the characters have real depth. She has an amazing ability to get into her characters' heads. The good guys are interesting, believable, and sympathetic, and the all-too-real bad guys are complex and fascinating. In one case, Diana investigates an eccentric couple haunted by a ghostly ancestor in Old New Orleans, and in the other, the death of a beautiful woman leads Diana and Ernie to uncover the dark secrets of the powerful old boys who aim to control the city. Diana loses her heart to the adolescent boy, too wise for his years, who was left behind by the dead woman. The plot will have you on tenterhooks. This book was definitely worth the wait. Highly recommended!
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Two Mysteries, One Fun ReadReviewed in the United States on 14 February 2018
Polly Iyer's The Scent of Murder offers suspense/mystery readers a great two-fer as psychic Diana Racine and her detective lover attempt to find out what;s happened to two women who've disappeared. The first woman is the mother of a smart, engaging boy made homeless by her disappearance and probable murder. The second woman s the twin of a flighty, high-society hostess who lives in a supposedly haunted house. While the two cases are in most ways unrelated, Iyer cleverly uses scents as clues to solving both cases. An entertaining read. Excellent dialogue and well developed characters. Loved the boy. Just the right amount of psychic flavoring for someone who normally reads straight mysteries.
I love Diana and Lucier so much.Reviewed in the United States on 25 November 2018
The Scent of Murder by Polly Iyer: Once you leave the books in this series, the characters stay with you. You have had to look bigotry in the eye & stare it down, to see how much racism Lucier faces down. Nola, Diana, and the readers support him and that gives him the backing to work his magic to nail the bad guys with evidence to back him. This newest character just may break your heart. You’ll love it!
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