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Edgar Award-winning author Julie Smith returns to the scene of her acclaimed crime novel series starring Skip Langdon. A computer genius dies after an apparent fall from a ladder, but the computer nuts with whom he associated believe his death was no accident. Now Skip is delving into the past to solve two murders....

Title : New Orleans Beat
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ISBN : 9780804113366
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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New Orleans Beat Reviews

  • Gail
    2019-01-22 07:45

    Confusing is what Julie Smith's novel Death Before Facebook was for me. I had trouble following the story and all the characters in it. I just can not recommend this book to anyone. I've never read a book by this author and most likely will not so again.

  • Nola Arganbright
    2019-02-12 09:00

    Skip is a detective and is investigating a murder that is linked to a social media site. The victim has been posting at the site concerning memories he seems to be having regarding the night is father was killed. I enjoy the books by Julie Smith. This is the first of this series that I have read but it will not be the last. It is a revised version of an earlier work by Ms. Smith. I thought the subject matter was very current given the surge of people sharing their lives through the Social Media sites. I enjoyed the characters and found them a little quirky and the main character is a smart cop but experiencing the ups and downs of the regular person. The flow was good but not being much of a computer nerd I was a little lost at a couple of places in the story. Very enjoyable!

  • Anne
    2019-02-17 09:53

    I must have read this before because I've read all of Julie Smith's New Orleans books. And I was a bit disappointed when I got this one and found it was a revised version of an earlier book. But I'm read it long enough ago that I enjoyed it all over again. As others have said, there are a lot of characters. But it wasn't hard to keep the main ones straight. And the plot flowed along quite nicely. BBS's, and early Internet, was actually a bit more intimate than Facebook because everyone on it was a geek of some sorts. And yes, just this sort of sharing did go on. So having the sort of close knit community was very plausible.

  • Alice Williams McGrath
    2019-01-26 08:44

    Good read-a little complexMaybe it was me, but the relationships were a little confusing to remember when I went a day or two with no time to read. Binge reading it would be great. Skip is the type one is pulling for and the New Orleans setting is spot on.

  • Cheryl Turner
    2019-02-01 09:55

    Pretty goodI really enjoyed this. I have been reading these series in chronological order. It's like watching a good movie. I would like to see if skip gets back with Steve in the next series.

  • Lorraine Overturf
    2019-02-17 03:55

    YuckI found this book to be a chore to read. I hNnNad trouble keeping the characters straight. Not my cup of tea.

  • Iris Smale
    2019-01-30 09:06

    Did not read. Language was foul in the first couple of pages. Don't think much of an author that can't write without that.

  • tomlinton
    2019-02-18 04:09

    Difficult to keep the characters straightEnough story to keep readingbut barely thatYou may want to quit earlybut good luck finding the finale

  • Michael Bafford
    2019-02-10 06:54

    This is an old book - in the digital age - but being an old man I can recall coupling up to the Information Super Highway via modem. Holy Cow. I was never involved, much, in any bulletin board groups though, and nothing like the TOWN. Our book circle had as theme; bookface. I supposed they meant facebook. I was wrong, but by then I'd found this book and the free sample was a bit interesting and it was cheap on Mighty River Mall so I bought it and then had to read it. New Orleans in the winter. I've read a few New Orleans set books, mainly James Lee Burke, which I enjoyed. But other than learning it is cold in large houses without central heating there was not that much local atmosphere. Bars and houses and the cop station could have been anywhere. There were many characters and as I read sporadically I tended to forget them. Messed up families and relationships and a defiant teenager left me cold. The murderer surprised me but the thrilling climax is among the worst thrilling climaxes I have ever read, just silly.

  • Christine Kayser
    2019-02-12 03:40

    I was pleasantly surprised by this used book store find. I bought it because the back of the book description featured one of my favorite things - '90s books talking about modern technology. In this case it was a murder investigation that hinged on an online community called The TOWN. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that the series detective named on the cover - Skip Langdon - is a woman. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I'm considering picking up some more in this series. Skip was great. The murder mystery was tangled and had a great payoff. Worth whatever few bucks I spent on it, for sure.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-13 11:47

    The worst written I've ever seen from this author. Disappointed me because I really expected better--often tend towards thriller but always pretty clean writing and consistent. The inconsistencies here really bugged me. 2.5 star. Being generous because I suspect disappointment is big piece of urge to give lower. Author says this is partial rewrite from original published version. I suspect it wasn't cleaned and edited properly after rewrite and inconsistencies stem from missed bits when reworking some scenes....

  • Bob
    2019-02-16 11:58

    Skip Langdon is involved in the mysterious death (accident or Murder?) of a father reclusive young man who "lived" on the internet in various groups. Besides dealing with the case Skip is trying to deal with her California friend and a mutual seeming ambivalence about their future. More twisted New Orleans families and relationships keep her trying to get a solution to the case.

  • Pat Beard
    2019-02-08 11:02

    Just outstanding. A page turner. And I didn't figure it out at all. In fact I was reading and feeling disappointed that the guilty party was made so obvious to the reader, though not to Skip who didn't have some of the asides, and was thinking that it was too bad since I really liked every thing else about the book when I was hit with an entirely different culprit.

  • Louise Pass
    2019-01-30 11:01

    Skip really grows on you.Fitting in, or not, is something we all question. Who we are and how we fit in matters. And as a part of a mystery and a complex life, Skip's story just gets better and better.

  • Patty
    2019-02-13 05:57

    This book was entertaining, but dated. It is a good thing that Smith changed the title.

  • Yvonne Meyer
    2019-02-19 11:55

    Good ReadDetective Skip Langdon of New Orleans Police Department is a tough but sensitive woman. She juggles her career and helping raise her "niece and nephew".

  • Marisa
    2019-02-10 04:52

    Amazon - 16/01/2013

  • Casceil
    2019-02-17 10:08

    This book was published originally in 1994 under another title. The book is a creature of its time, and the discussion of the internet and social media is more historical than current. Allowing for that, I still enjoyed the book.

  • Scot
    2019-01-29 04:57

    I was drawn to this mystery by its setting (New Orleans) and its provocative title. It was interesting as a bit of a period piece: set in 1994, we are in a world that still used floppy disks, and where interacting via online bulletin board communities was perceived as a fascinating and intriguing new experience. A shy and lonely misfit, an adult who lives with his parents and escapes into such an online community called the TOWN, appears to have died accidently while rescuing his cat. Policewoman Skip Langdon, however, suspects more is going on, and uncovers evidence not only about this death and a few more to follow, but also a cold case perhaps connected in some way, from 27 years earlier. It was hard to keep interested in this novel. Lots of shallow characters are pulled in with rather careless abandon. The protagonist is inconsistent and sometimes rather selfish, and I was more interested in several secondary characters in her personal life much more than in her. Occasionally it is clear--like when she thinks to herself about works of literature she enjoys or furniture she'd get if she redid her interior design--she is channeling the author directly, but to no real useful purpose for the plot advancement or character believability. Sometimes we get detailed descriptions of everyone's outfits and menu selections that are also unnecessary. A coven is uncovered and tracked, which does make it more exciting for awhile, but only a while.

  • James
    2019-02-09 09:47

    I read the first Skip Langdon novel, "Jazz Funeral," and didn't like it very much but decided to give the series one more chance. This one was no better so I'm done now. The plot and the bizarre relationships of the players were very difficult to follow. The background descriptive details of the story were overdone and boring. If you decide to read this book, keep a list of who is who, who they've been married to, and with whom they are currently sleeping. Otherwise, you're going to get confused in this laborious plot. There was too much "teaching" of attitudes that I believe are destroying American culture. "Good witches" and loose morals are OK, but anything or anyone even remotely associated with Christianity or good morals is automatically bad. The author is certainly entitled to her opinion, and I would fight to maintain those rights for her, but those opinions are so counter to my own that I am unable to enjoy her writing. I also have the right to discredit the entire series because I find her "teachings" to be in serious error and culturally destructive.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-22 06:49

    Homicide detective Skip Langdon (New Orleans Police Department) is a respected officer but she is a bit of a loner and she has personal issues mainly about her long-distant relationship and self-esteem. She is too tall, not a sharp dresser, and often feels that she doesn't "fit in" with her colleagues. She's not the only woman with problems and her current case brings her in contact with several very needy women. Can she solve the murder and put her life in order?There is some humor as she tries to understand the landscape of social media. Interesting female characters -- Skip's friend Cindy Lou, a teenage orphan, a nurse, a young mother, the fragile mother of the victim, and the witches. The main characters were introduced in earlier books in the series and there is enough information in this book to tie them together. More use of swearing than I remembered in the previous books.No sexNo violence

  • Marty
    2019-01-30 11:51

    I chose this book because it was set in New Orleans. – But New Orleans doesn’t really figure in the story much at all. Same story could have been told about any place in the US. – Skip Langdon (female) is a homicide detective in the NO police department. The death of a 32 year old computer whiz (but socially insecure) young man was thought to be an accident, but Skip realized that it was no accident but a murder. In investigating the crime, she finds links to a more than 25 year-old cold case involving department personnel. As she further investigates, the crime hits closer and closer to home.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-04 05:57

    I've finally started to give up with books that just aren't for me. I haven't got time to waste reading books that I just cant get on with.I got to about 9% before packing this in. The premise seemed great and although the title here confuses me a little (the book I was reading was called Death Before Facebook which makes more sense), it failed to deliver.Glad I didn't come across many spelling or grammatical errors but the story is just far too slow for me and I can't get into it at all. Believe me, I tried. It could have been done so well.

  • Sandra Strange
    2019-01-23 05:55

    The main reason I didn't like this novel was its overall bleak and tired feeling. I kind of liked the protagonist, a policewoman with history in New Orleans, but I didn't like the author's manipulating her into dropping her long distance boyfriend and his kind of contradictory reactions to her. The mystery was ok, but it was hard to sympathize or identify with anyone in it. Also, the author added a bit of explicit sensuality where it wasn't needed. The book also includes lots of objectionable language.

  • P.M. Briede
    2019-02-13 12:01

    Having now read three of the Skip Langdon series, this one was a little harder for me. There were a lot of characters involved in the case and sometimes I was confused on who was who. The storyline around Skip's personal life was frustrating and while not necessarily out of character it did disappoint me in her. That being said, the book was still solid, just not my favorite when compared to the others. The case was interesting and I was surprised by who was actually guilty.

  • LJ
    2019-02-18 08:55

    NEW ORLEANS BEAT - PoorSmith, Julie - 4th in Skip Langdon seriesSkip investigates the mysterious death of a computer genius who frequented the TOWN, a computer network of some 10,000 faceless voices. In this extraordinary community, strangers achieve an odd intimacy, sharing the darkest of secrets. Skip learns that the victim had confessed his own deep secret--and the TOWN believes it was murder.Loved the setting but not the book. I just couldn't get into it.

  • Kyrie
    2019-02-02 10:43

    This book was published in the early 90s, and the plot involves computers. It's amusing to read about the early internet, dial-ups and realize words like "lurker" needed explanation then. It's also about a love affair from the 1960s, which seems really long ago, now. Throw in the idea of a coven, which was kind of on the edge inthe early 90s, and the whole story takes on the air of a time warp. Still, it's a well written story with a ton of suspects, and lots of twists.

  • Christy
    2019-02-11 07:08

    I love reading New Orleans mysteries while in New Orleans!!!! This was a great and fast read and one I would recommend to anyone who likes to devour a quick mystery. It had a lot of computer orientation that was, of course, totally outdated at this point, but it was nice to see an author incorporate things akin to chat rooms in her story and then create a murder mystery out of it.

  • Nancy
    2019-01-27 08:41

    I like Julie Smith's style and I love books set in New Orleans, but sometimes I find Skip Langdon a little hard to take. Oh well, her personality quirks make for entertaining reading. This story had so many characters that I had some trouble keeping track of what was going on, but it was an entertaining read.

  • E.
    2019-01-31 07:59

    It's complicated ... but goodThis, as with many of her books, is complicated. Sometimes it is difficult to keep the characters straight. But it is worth the effort. The Skip Langdon books are stand alone books and so they can be read in any order but you get more enjoyment from them if you read them in order. I am enjoying getting to know these people.