Nearer Home – Book Review

Book:               Nearer Home

Author:            Joy Castro

This is the second book in the Nola Cespedes series.  Nola is a crime reporter for a newspaper in New Orleans.  While out jogging one morning she discovers her former university professor’s body. Nola begins to investigate and discovers that her professor was working on a couple of stories that may have gotten her killed.  We see a lot of development in this book with Nola and her little sister (sister as in the organization Big Sisters) as Nola seems to be developing some maternal instincts.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first one in the series, Hell or High Water (four stars out of five).  I don’t think the mystery was as interesting and I was disappointed that the author didn’t give a lot of description of well-known and not as well-known landmarks and locations in New Orleans other than she mentioned Lake Pontchartrain several times.  I give this book three stars out of five.

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