If you’ve read any of my books, perhaps you’re already familiar with Charlotte Reade, the L.A. actor who returns to her family home in New Orleans to attend a funeral and ends up helping to find a birth mother in The Secret of the Other Mother: A Charlotte Reade Mystery. Charlotte’s search takes her down a path that starts in a laundromat in the 1950’s and winds through costume experts and a burlesque tour before landing her on the infamous Bourbon Street. Set during the Saints’ 2009 march to Super Bowl victory and the most-amazing-Mardi-Gras-ever, many of the details of those events are based on this blog.
Charlotte’s back in this second installment of the local best-seller Charlotte Reade Mystery series, The Hidden Huntsman. This time, she takes on a role in a Hollywood South movie opposite New Orleans native, Bryan Batt of Mad Men. When things get menacing on set, he enlists her help in tracking down a stalker. While researching her role, Charlotte stumbles onto clues to her own family mystery and the chandelier with the habit of moving on its own.
I’m very excited about the new story. Everyone’s favorite BFF, Sofia, is back and there are plenty of New Orleans’ real-life characters like Dancing Man 504 and Derrick Tabb, founder of The Roots of Music and snare drummer for Grammy-winners Rebirth Brass Band. Charlotte experiences vivid moments at French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest and the spectacular Mardi Gras Indians’ Super Sunday and feasts at Commander’s Palace and Susan Spicer’s Bayona.
I’ll be signing copies of one of The Hidden Huntsman: A Charlotte Reade Mystery and The Secret of the Other Mother at Jazz Fest Saturday, May 6th at 3pm! All the proceeds from the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association (NOGSBA) Book Tent go to children’s literacy.
I hope to see you there but you can always order signed copies of any of my books from Garden District Book Shop and all books are available on Amazon and Kindle.