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A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred. Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond runs a healing practice from her New Orleans home. Gifted with water magic since she was a child, Reina is devoted to the benevolent traditions of her ancestors. After a ritual slay A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred. Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond runs a healing practice from her New Orleans home. Gifted with water magic since she was a child, Reina is devoted to the benevolent traditions of her ancestors. After a ritual slaying in the French Quarter, police arrest a fellow vodouisant. Detective Roman Frost, Reina’s ex-boyfriend—a fierce nonbeliever—is eager to tie the crime, and half a dozen others, to the Vodou practitioners of New Orleans. Reina resolves to find the real killer and defend the Vodou practice and customs, but the motives behind the murder are deeper and darker than she imagines. As Reina delves into the city’s shadows, she untangles more than just the truth behind a devious crime. It’s a conspiracy. As a killer wields dangerous magic to thwart Reina’s investigation, she must tap into the strength of her own power and faith to solve a mystery that threatens to destroy her entire way of life.


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A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred. Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond runs a healing practice from her New Orleans home. Gifted with water magic since she was a child, Reina is devoted to the benevolent traditions of her ancestors. After a ritual slay A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds sacred. Haitian-American Vodou priestess Mambo Reina Dumond runs a healing practice from her New Orleans home. Gifted with water magic since she was a child, Reina is devoted to the benevolent traditions of her ancestors. After a ritual slaying in the French Quarter, police arrest a fellow vodouisant. Detective Roman Frost, Reina’s ex-boyfriend—a fierce nonbeliever—is eager to tie the crime, and half a dozen others, to the Vodou practitioners of New Orleans. Reina resolves to find the real killer and defend the Vodou practice and customs, but the motives behind the murder are deeper and darker than she imagines. As Reina delves into the city’s shadows, she untangles more than just the truth behind a devious crime. It’s a conspiracy. As a killer wields dangerous magic to thwart Reina’s investigation, she must tap into the strength of her own power and faith to solve a mystery that threatens to destroy her entire way of life.

30 review for The Quarter Storm

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    There are a lot of positive things I could say about the Quarter Storm. I really liked the characters. I thought they were well developed and I loved the sense of community and friendship that many of them shared. I wish the mystery part had been as well developed as the characters, but it was still interesting and held my attention until the end. If I were to complain about anything I would say I was a bit disappointed with the main character's negativity towards other religions. The author had There are a lot of positive things I could say about the Quarter Storm. I really liked the characters. I thought they were well developed and I loved the sense of community and friendship that many of them shared. I wish the mystery part had been as well developed as the characters, but it was still interesting and held my attention until the end. If I were to complain about anything I would say I was a bit disappointed with the main character's negativity towards other religions. The author had done such a beautiful job describing Vodou that the negativity tended to take me out of the story a bit. There were a few story lines that were introduced but were not resolved, however, I have learned there will be a sequel so perhaps there will be answers later. I am definitely interested enough to give the second book a try.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    A young woman enlists Reina, a Vodou priestess, to make a love charm for her. Then the man who was the target of the charm is murdered and a fellow vodou priestess is charged with his murder. Reina begins to investigate. Corruption is rife in the New Orleans police department and her fellow practitioners want Reina to back down so as to not bring the police down on them all. But as she investigates she learns that everyone involved has secrets and some of them would kill to keep them. This is su A young woman enlists Reina, a Vodou priestess, to make a love charm for her. Then the man who was the target of the charm is murdered and a fellow vodou priestess is charged with his murder. Reina begins to investigate. Corruption is rife in the New Orleans police department and her fellow practitioners want Reina to back down so as to not bring the police down on them all. But as she investigates she learns that everyone involved has secrets and some of them would kill to keep them. This is such a great book. Deeply flawed characters who you somehow love anyway carry what is almost a hard-boiled detective story. With a strong vein of magical realism running through it, it's everything I want. There are little things I didn't much like, but the good in the book completely blows all of that out of the water. 5 Stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I loved how atmospheric The Quarter Storm was. While we didn't get a full immersion into New Orleans, what locations we visited were always well drawn out. But my favorite part was definitely the Vodou and how it was depicted and how Veronica Henry managed to world build this novel with magic. The scenes where the main character, Mambo Reina Dumond, used her magic were the best parts of this book. Unfortunately, I felt like the book blurb for The Quarter Storm over promised and the novel under d I loved how atmospheric The Quarter Storm was. While we didn't get a full immersion into New Orleans, what locations we visited were always well drawn out. But my favorite part was definitely the Vodou and how it was depicted and how Veronica Henry managed to world build this novel with magic. The scenes where the main character, Mambo Reina Dumond, used her magic were the best parts of this book. Unfortunately, I felt like the book blurb for The Quarter Storm over promised and the novel under delivered. The murder mystery of the novel took away from the stronger writing of the setting and the Vodou, in my opinion. It distracted and the problem never felt like an actual threat until the very end. Plus, the plot felt weakly constructed. There was never a pull or an understanding as to why the MC needed to figure out what was going on instead of letting the professionals handle it. On top of that, the "love interest" was a terrible human being and it made no sense while the ex would even have been a thing to begin with and making the detective her ex who was still slightly in the picture felt forced to help move the plot. Honestly, if this book would have been just about New Orleans and Vodou and Mambo Reina Dumond's magic and powers, I would have enjoyed it quite a bit more. Thank you to NetGalley and 47North for the eARC in exchange for an honest review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Pogo Dragon

    2 stars? 3 stars? Something in that area anyway. I wanted, like so many other people have said in reviews, to love this book. It has so many appealing elements, New Orleans, magic, murder mystery, food. It could have been great. But it fell as flat as a pancake. I found myself skimming quite a lot of the book. The characters were a bit like Plasticine when you've sludged it all together - they were all written in the same note, so hard to remember who was which and what was what. My main problem 2 stars? 3 stars? Something in that area anyway. I wanted, like so many other people have said in reviews, to love this book. It has so many appealing elements, New Orleans, magic, murder mystery, food. It could have been great. But it fell as flat as a pancake. I found myself skimming quite a lot of the book. The characters were a bit like Plasticine when you've sludged it all together - they were all written in the same note, so hard to remember who was which and what was what. My main problem with the book though was that the author seems to have taken on board writing advice given to junior school children and there are just So Many Iffy Metaphors in there. Everything is "as X as a Y", and the X and Y rarely relate to each other or make sense. If ever a book were in need of a good editor this was it. As a personal stylistic preference I am not a fan of books written in the first person, this one is and it started grating quite early on. At least it wasn't written in the present tense as well, that would have made it unfinishable for me. Sadly, much as I love the premise of the book I'll not be trying any more from this author. I think I paid about the right price for it as a Kindle First choice. And it was better than many in that I did at least finish it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cari

    The Quarter Storm by Veronica Henry was my Kindle First Read selection for February 2022... The Quarter Storm is an atmospheric read set in one of my absolute favorite cities (New Orleans) and I loved being transported there. I swear I could just about smell Bourbon Street--HA... kidding. It features Voodou, a ritualistic murder-mystery, and some good old Cajun cooking (not to sound like a psycho, but all things I happen to find very interesting, if not enjoyable). Interesting little tidbit, The Quarter Storm by Veronica Henry was my Kindle First Read selection for February 2022... The Quarter Storm is an atmospheric read set in one of my absolute favorite cities (New Orleans) and I loved being transported there. I swear I could just about smell Bourbon Street--HA... kidding. It features Voodou, a ritualistic murder-mystery, and some good old Cajun cooking (not to sound like a psycho, but all things I happen to find very interesting, if not enjoyable). Interesting little tidbit, and I'm sure this was probably a source of inspiration for the author, but the heinous murder at the center of this story (which occurred in the apartment above a Voodou shop) is extremely similar to a real life French Quarter homicide that haunted me for a long time after reading about it. It occurred on North Rampart Street in 2006 in an apartment above a former house of voodoo and shared a lot of the same grisly characteristics. Google "Zack and Addie New Orleans" and you'll see a ton of links if you're curious. Anyways, The Quarter Storm appears to be the first in a series the author intends to write and I look forward to revisiting Mambo Reina in NOLA in future books. P.s. Apparently Netflix made a documentary about Zack and Addie in 2018 so you know what I'm doing next, if I can find it. ☆☆☆☆

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mackey

    The Quarter Storm is not for the faint of heart. The crime is set in New Orleans, primarily in the French Quarter but more on the fringe where you either know to go for the authentic Quarter or know to avoid it because you fear it. Everyone knows there is voodoo (not the proper spelling) in New Orleans, right? Few know how far reaching the beliefs reach. The Quarter Storm will take you deep into the belly of that world, into the layer of the Quarter that tourists rarely see. There are parts of t The Quarter Storm is not for the faint of heart. The crime is set in New Orleans, primarily in the French Quarter but more on the fringe where you either know to go for the authentic Quarter or know to avoid it because you fear it. Everyone knows there is voodoo (not the proper spelling) in New Orleans, right? Few know how far reaching the beliefs reach. The Quarter Storm will take you deep into the belly of that world, into the layer of the Quarter that tourists rarely see. There are parts of the book that I absolutely loved, truly, and since moving to the northern part of the US, it reminded me of how much I miss our frequent treks down to the French Quarter. The atmosphere is so thick in this book that I could smell the beignets and hear the music - no lie. There were parts, however, that did make me feel uncomfortable. I'm a pagan, I know white magic witches. Voodoo is different. Or least for me it is. Maybe it shouldn't be. Maybe that's racist of me - probably it is. For this reason, I struggled. But, overall, I really did like the writing style and did like the book. I think. I may read it again. LOL!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Daniella

    Thank you to 47North and NetGalley for providing me access to an eARC to review! I picked this up because I've had Bacchanal on my radar for a little while and thought this might be a good way to introduce myself to the author. Maybe my lack of enjoyment was partly my fault as I wanted to go into it pretty blind so I was expecting this to lean more fantasy/horror like Bacchanal seems to, but it is definitely in the crime/mystery camp (with some fantasy/magical bits sprinkled in). There were some e Thank you to 47North and NetGalley for providing me access to an eARC to review! I picked this up because I've had Bacchanal on my radar for a little while and thought this might be a good way to introduce myself to the author. Maybe my lack of enjoyment was partly my fault as I wanted to go into it pretty blind so I was expecting this to lean more fantasy/horror like Bacchanal seems to, but it is definitely in the crime/mystery camp (with some fantasy/magical bits sprinkled in). There were some elements I enjoyed though. The book deals a lot with the city of New Orleans and its development post-Hurricane Katrina, and there were some interesting conversations about gentrification, community, and the commodification of voudou. The main character was also dealing with issues of belonging and identity, especially as she finds herself losing memories each time she uses voudou to try and find her missing mother. The voudou rituals and local dishes themselves were also described in a lot of detail, and the author had clearly done her research in this regard! I did find the mystery and characters a bit lacking though. A lot of the story is the protagonist just going around talking to people, them warning her away from her investigation, and then her convincing herself that she must continue anyway. Despite all the history included, I feel that the book read at times like you were being presented a lot of facts about New Orleans and its people without being fully immersed in the more intimate elements of the setting. When a lot of the book is the protagonist having conversations with people, I feel you need to really connect with the characters and the situation and I found this unfortunately lacking. I think in particular I didn't understand a lot of the main character's motivations or personality traits - she has a cop ex-boyfriend who is nothing but a douchebag to her and openly discredits her voudou practices but she still swoons over him when he does the bare minimum (he also threatens to beat up her teenage friend and she doesn't seem concerned in the slightest), in the beginning there are a few paragraphs which interrupt the story to explain how much the character wants a child of her own but then we never talk about it again, and she didn't seem to be particularly passionate about her voudou business (though maybe this is part of the commentary on the commercialisation of her spirituality). I was also surprised that the main character is never considered a suspect in the murder despite interacting with his girlfriend the day before and doing a voudou ritual for her, and also being a witness to another murder - perhaps this may have added more tension to the story rather than just having everyone trying to chase her off? Apart from the rather gory description of the murder, this read a lot like a cozy mystery, but without the charm. In Daisies for Innocence there was murder, complicated relationships with exes, and a main character with a small business, but there was also time spent with friends and doing leisurely tasks which made you feel more connected to the characters and the community. I think this would have benefitted from the protagonist having more down time alone or with friends where she was doing things she loved, instead of her being so focused on the mystery the whole time. I also didn't find the mystery element itself very compelling (the dark magic working against her that's mentioned in the blurb never really appeared in my opinion) so I think more elements like the above could have strengthened the overall story. While there was a little of this right at the end, I don't think enough time was spent fleshing out the main characters and the setting to make me want to continue with the series. I think Henry tries to tackle some big topics - commercialisation of spiritual practice, police brutality/abuse of power, poverty - but these are not interwoven with the central mystery enough to fully explore them and flesh out the world of the story. The inclusion of cultural elements like food and voudou were interesting to read about, but I didn't find the mystery compelling or the characters particularly interesting. CW: mentions of police murders/brutality, description of dismembered corpse, gun violence, neglected children

  8. 4 out of 5

    A.E. Santana

    Veronica G. Henry works her magic with her second novel, The Quarter Storm, by bringing a fresh cast of characters, intrigue, and fantastical elements to a solid murder mystery. Henry cleverly spins a tale loaded with conspiracy, secrecy, and thrills with elegant and concise storytelling. She also balances the suspense-filled plot with magnetic and delightful characters that bring the story to life. In this novel of death, magic, and secrets, Henry moves readers through the backdrop of post-Katr Veronica G. Henry works her magic with her second novel, The Quarter Storm, by bringing a fresh cast of characters, intrigue, and fantastical elements to a solid murder mystery. Henry cleverly spins a tale loaded with conspiracy, secrecy, and thrills with elegant and concise storytelling. She also balances the suspense-filled plot with magnetic and delightful characters that bring the story to life. In this novel of death, magic, and secrets, Henry moves readers through the backdrop of post-Katrina New Orleans with Reina Dumond who is equally relatable—kind, honest, fallible—and impressive as a powerful Vodou priestess adept in water magic. Reina is pulled down by a past of broken hearts and promises but is pushed forward by a sense of duty and honor. Her dedication to her beliefs and community drives her actions, making her desire to solve the mystery realistic and just, rather than meddlesome. Her sincere heart, impassioned efforts, and logical caution are welcomed additions to literary amateur sleuths. Reina isn’t just some nosy neighbor, she’s a leader in her spiritual community and will do what it takes to set things right. Along with Reina, The Quarter Storm is populated with a cast of well-rounded characters. Even those with the smallest roles are individual with dreams, desires, and goals (and motives) who either help or hinder Reina on her quest to discover the truth. Henry’s awesome ability to create impactful and endearing characters is obvious with each new person readers meet on Reina’s journey. Good or bad, friends or foe—they are all human in their flaws and talents, misfortunes and luck, courage and greed. The scenery used in The Quarter Storm is beautifully used to help place characters, who they are sometimes corresponds with where they are from. With contemporary New Orleans as a magical and majestic setting, Henry skillfully weaves scenery and fantastical elements into the novel, illustrating the city’s storied history and culture with admiration and allure. The varied eco-systems and architecture of New Orleans thrive throughout The Quarter Storm, creating an enthralling venue of a bustling metropolis, tight-knit neighborhoods, and flourishing wetlands—all enchanting and vibrant. For lovers of murder mysteries, fantasy stories, and compelling characters, The Quarter Storm is brilliant and entertaining read from start to finish. Readers who are especially interested in strong female protagonists with intelligence and heart, Henry’s novel of intrigue, greed, and passion is sure to satisfy. This review is based on the ARC of The Quarter Storm received in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    VICKI HERBERT

    Human Stew... It's What's for Dinner... No spoilers. 3 1/2 stars. Vodou, similar to Voodoo, is a religion believing that everything is spirit and its practice encompasses philosophy, medicine and justice as well as religion... The setting for this story is current-day New Orleans where our main character, Mambo Reina Dumond practices Vodou from her house for money... One day... Reina learns that an undercover policeman has been murdered in the French Quarter. Someone has cut his body up with some ve Human Stew... It's What's for Dinner... No spoilers. 3 1/2 stars. Vodou, similar to Voodoo, is a religion believing that everything is spirit and its practice encompasses philosophy, medicine and justice as well as religion... The setting for this story is current-day New Orleans where our main character, Mambo Reina Dumond practices Vodou from her house for money... One day... Reina learns that an undercover policeman has been murdered in the French Quarter. Someone has cut his body up with some vegetables and made him into a stew... ... because the crime was committed in the apartment above a Vodou shop owned by Mambo Priestess Saliman, Saliman is arrested for the crime... ... and the entire Vodou community is under scrutiny and being blamed by law enforcement along with Saliman... Reina believes in the innocence of the priestess and is using her powers to get her released... ... much to the displeasure of her one-time boyfriend and policeman Roman Frost... The reason I started this review with the definition of Vodou was to clear up some confusion. One reviewer falsely stated that Vodou is misspelled; it isn't and further, it is similar but slightly different from Voodoo. I like a good story about New Orleans and its unique population but this one was a so so story for me. While the author drops the reader atmosphericly into the city of New Orleans, most of the action takes place in the heads of the characters instead of on the streets. I found the story to be a little confusing at times... a lot of jumping around between scenes. Overall, the story was mediocre and needed more structure and action. The last 20% was like beating a dead horse; it should have ended at the 80% mark. Know when the stew is ready!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna Foster

    A ghastly New Orleans murder mystery swirling in spiritual practices, core beliefs and encompassing all things Vodou.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    I received an ARC from Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review. The Quarter Storm (Mambo Reina #1) by Veronica Henry is a decent urban fantasy mystery series opener. It didn't quite hit all the right notes for me but for the most part it was an engaging read. My favorite aspect was easily the world-building of the New Orleans itself. I felt really absorbed in the location. It almost felt like a character on its own. I didn't find myself nearly as invested in any of the cast members though. I received an ARC from Wunderkind PR in exchange for an honest review. The Quarter Storm (Mambo Reina #1) by Veronica Henry is a decent urban fantasy mystery series opener. It didn't quite hit all the right notes for me but for the most part it was an engaging read. My favorite aspect was easily the world-building of the New Orleans itself. I felt really absorbed in the location. It almost felt like a character on its own. I didn't find myself nearly as invested in any of the cast members though. The murder mystery didn't quite stick as well either. Overall, this wasn't quite as good as I was hoping it was going to be based on the description. That said though, I may like to try more from Veronica Henry in the future.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    A solid 3 star rating for a murder mystery/supernatural story. The author does a nice job describing New Orleans and it felt like I was experiencing that atmosphere. The story main character, Mambo Reina, is relateable and interesting as a Vodou Priestess. The magic and ritual surrounding the practice of Vodou was the most interesting to me. The "murder mystery" part was a bit mundane and I wish the author would have worked on that angle a bit more. It did not feel like part of the novel most of A solid 3 star rating for a murder mystery/supernatural story. The author does a nice job describing New Orleans and it felt like I was experiencing that atmosphere. The story main character, Mambo Reina, is relateable and interesting as a Vodou Priestess. The magic and ritual surrounding the practice of Vodou was the most interesting to me. The "murder mystery" part was a bit mundane and I wish the author would have worked on that angle a bit more. It did not feel like part of the novel most of the time and it did not integrate wholly into the entire story for me. I feel like the murder actually detracted from the potential richness of the Vodou culture and the characters. It was interesting, however, the jury is out whether or not I will read other novels by this author.

  13. 4 out of 5

    seku

    3.5 stars First things first, we do not go piggy dippin. ESPECIALLY if that piggy is disrespecting your whole ass religion when he doesn’t even practice his. So we got a murder mystery with heaping helping of vodou magic thrown in. I really liked how the magic was depicted, especially at the end. However, I felt like I spent most of the book waiting for something to happen. It dragged. Even when things were happening, it dragged. The red herrings were great in keeping me guessing who the killer w 3.5 stars First things first, we do not go piggy dippin. ESPECIALLY if that piggy is disrespecting your whole ass religion when he doesn’t even practice his. So we got a murder mystery with heaping helping of vodou magic thrown in. I really liked how the magic was depicted, especially at the end. However, I felt like I spent most of the book waiting for something to happen. It dragged. Even when things were happening, it dragged. The red herrings were great in keeping me guessing who the killer was, but in the end it left me a little confused about why certain people were killed based on what the motive ended up being. Also, I’m not done with Reina’s cop ex-boyfriend. He is so fucking abusive and manipulative and trash. He’s the guy that goes “sup girl ur hot” and when you say “no thank you I am not interested” he calls you a bitch. Like ew. EW! And how they met?? eeeEEEWWWW N E WAYS this one wasn’t really for me, but it may be for someone ✌🏽

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    A Good Story I enjoyed most parts of this tale and also learned some things. My problem was that it was so, so wordy. There was so much introspection and description that I wasn't even fully aware of what was actually going on and who was who until fully a third through the book. I was more comfortable through the center and the plot thickened nicely and provided some excellent tense reading for a while. Alas, the last few chapters also dragged and went on for a long time. There was no cliffhange A Good Story I enjoyed most parts of this tale and also learned some things. My problem was that it was so, so wordy. There was so much introspection and description that I wasn't even fully aware of what was actually going on and who was who until fully a third through the book. I was more comfortable through the center and the plot thickened nicely and provided some excellent tense reading for a while. Alas, the last few chapters also dragged and went on for a long time. There was no cliffhanger, which is a blessing. I did like Reina and the story too. And the characters were individuals and full of personality. It just was too wordy for me to give it four stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Piper

    This is a quick read and I feel like that was part of the why it ended up falling a bit flat for me. While the beginning was slow, I found the plot and characters interesting and things were getting good and then the past of the book felt a bit flat. I think if the authors had written a few more chapters then maybe I would've enjoyed it a little but the ending felt rushed and I didn't feel like things were tied up. In all, it's still a good quick read but I just wished things were fleshed out mo This is a quick read and I feel like that was part of the why it ended up falling a bit flat for me. While the beginning was slow, I found the plot and characters interesting and things were getting good and then the past of the book felt a bit flat. I think if the authors had written a few more chapters then maybe I would've enjoyed it a little but the ending felt rushed and I didn't feel like things were tied up. In all, it's still a good quick read but I just wished things were fleshed out more.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Barbee

    The Quarter Storm The Quarter Storm started a bit slow for my tastes. But the longer I read, an amazing group of characters were introduced. Mango Reina was determined to not let Salimah be found guilty of a crime she didn't commit. Against everyone warnings she is determined to find out what was going on. As the facts unfold, the danger to Mango Reina increases. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. The Quarter Storm The Quarter Storm started a bit slow for my tastes. But the longer I read, an amazing group of characters were introduced. Mango Reina was determined to not let Salimah be found guilty of a crime she didn't commit. Against everyone warnings she is determined to find out what was going on. As the facts unfold, the danger to Mango Reina increases. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wolf (Alpha)

    I did not like this book at all. It was just very confusing and it feels like the author trying to cram a bunch of stuff into this book. I like the mystery aspect and the fact that they had to figure out who killed somebody. The rest of it was just confusing. I would definitely not recommend this book

  18. 5 out of 5

    leener1220

    I almost DNF'd this book multiple times. This book had such a fascinating premise, but ultimately just doesn't live up to its potential. The basic premise teases an urban fantasy set in a post-Katrina New Orleans. The main character, a mambo who guides us through the world of Vodou, becomes involved in a murder investigation that suggests a cover-up of sinister events which took place amid the chaos of Katrina. The problem, however, is that the above description is far more intriguing than any o I almost DNF'd this book multiple times. This book had such a fascinating premise, but ultimately just doesn't live up to its potential. The basic premise teases an urban fantasy set in a post-Katrina New Orleans. The main character, a mambo who guides us through the world of Vodou, becomes involved in a murder investigation that suggests a cover-up of sinister events which took place amid the chaos of Katrina. The problem, however, is that the above description is far more intriguing than any of the actual events in the book. Part of the issue for me was simply the writing style, which seems to spend too much time focusing on mundane pieces of the main character's life without ever using these details as building blocks for more compelling plot points. This is all the more a let down when you consider the potential for world-building, and the lost opportunity to craft a universe in which Vodou and its influence was more fully explored. But the main disappointment is how the premise is set up to unfurl an intriguing, twisty tale, but ultimately just tells a quite pedestrian story without any great elegance to how the story is unfurled. There are many interesting ideas brought up, and several very timely real-world concerns, but these points never seem to be woven into anything more. Pretty disappointing for a concept that seemed to have some great potential.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kendall Grey

    A fun mystery set in New Orleans. I loved the characters, setting, and vodoun parts. It was just magical enough to quench my thirst. Looking forward to book 2!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    DNF @ 44%. This book has so much potential for me and it started off like it was gonna be a page turner but after while, it got boring and confusing. I couldn’t keep up with the lapse of present time and then the magic time and then characters was just not meshing to what was going on in the story at that time. I don’t force to read a book that fails at keeping my interest just for the sake of finishing a book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsee Mugford

    The Quarter Storm was a good quick read. I love reading anything that takes place in New Orleans, and Veronica writes about the city beautifully. The plot and characters were good, but I felt there were a lot of things still up in the air when I finished the book, which is a pet peeve of mine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds scared. Thank you 47North for the ARC! Blog • Twitter • Instagram • Pinterest • Ko-fi • Patreon A practitioner of Vodou must test the boundaries of her powers to solve a ritual murder in New Orleans and protect everything she holds scared. Thank you 47North for the ARC! Blog • Twitter • Instagram • Pinterest • Ko-fi • Patreon

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erricka Hager

    2.5 Stars This was just okay...this is my second time reading a book by Veronica Henry and they both had similar issues. I was hoping for more of the mystery in this story but it seemed to get lost behind other parts of the story. I loved the Voudou history and the times when Mambo Reina used her powers. I was hoping for more information about her magic but we really didn't get a lot of information about it. I'm not sure if I want to continue with this series. 2.5 Stars This was just okay...this is my second time reading a book by Veronica Henry and they both had similar issues. I was hoping for more of the mystery in this story but it seemed to get lost behind other parts of the story. I loved the Voudou history and the times when Mambo Reina used her powers. I was hoping for more information about her magic but we really didn't get a lot of information about it. I'm not sure if I want to continue with this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ebony

    The Quarter Storm was cool. It was a fine way to pass a handful of hours on a plane, but there’s no need to move it up your to-read list. The denouement was a disappointment. I had trouble envisioning the magic in the main character’s heated conflict. The character in the center of it all chooses not to divulge his entire involvement when confronted, which, I might add, I spent the entire book looking forward to. The mystery that undergirds everything with her mom is never resolved not even a li The Quarter Storm was cool. It was a fine way to pass a handful of hours on a plane, but there’s no need to move it up your to-read list. The denouement was a disappointment. I had trouble envisioning the magic in the main character’s heated conflict. The character in the center of it all chooses not to divulge his entire involvement when confronted, which, I might add, I spent the entire book looking forward to. The mystery that undergirds everything with her mom is never resolved not even a little bit. The best friend’s ailment is never clarified. The dead man's lover is never confirmed. How the murder happened is left up to our imagination. We don’t find out why her car needed new plates. Sure, the plot is resolved but all the other missing pieces, are well, missing. Little things I can give a pass if the bigger things are addressed, but they're not. If you want a narrative with resolution, this isn’t it. I don’t know enough about New Orleans or Vodun to say how much of the context was accurate. The most interesting part of the book for me was her ritual. The way she performed them was inspiring and a reminder to uphold my own. Other than that, you can pass.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    Received a copy for review from the publisher. I enjoyed this so much! I personally am not a fan of Vodoo, but getting the chance to learn some of the history behind it really intrigued me. I enjoyed the writing, the atmosphere was pretty good and the characters were all so interesting to me. Reina loves her culture and what she does. She understands that not everyone would enjoy or understand it, but she stands up for her and her people. I loved her sass. I enjoyed how she always was quick to say Received a copy for review from the publisher. I enjoyed this so much! I personally am not a fan of Vodoo, but getting the chance to learn some of the history behind it really intrigued me. I enjoyed the writing, the atmosphere was pretty good and the characters were all so interesting to me. Reina loves her culture and what she does. She understands that not everyone would enjoy or understand it, but she stands up for her and her people. I loved her sass. I enjoyed how she always was quick to say something and mean it. She was definitely my favorite. The mystery of finding out who was blaming her people was intriguing to say the least. The corruption within the police was evident and the secrets many had was enough to kill over. The characters were all so unique to the story and yet so relatable. I really enjoyed this and I cannot wait until the sequel to read what happens next for Reina!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Megan (inkand.imagination)

    I really enjoyed this book! It was a bit slower than I was expecting, but I think it was an awesome read regardless. The characters are interesting, and the setting of New Orleans was so fun to read about. I also really enjoyed the cultural aspects of this book - they were so beautifully written. I wasn’t a big fan of the romance plotline, though. I think it took away from the mystery and the other elements of the story. Overall, though, this is definitely a book that I would recommend if you’re I really enjoyed this book! It was a bit slower than I was expecting, but I think it was an awesome read regardless. The characters are interesting, and the setting of New Orleans was so fun to read about. I also really enjoyed the cultural aspects of this book - they were so beautifully written. I wasn’t a big fan of the romance plotline, though. I think it took away from the mystery and the other elements of the story. Overall, though, this is definitely a book that I would recommend if you’re looking for a unique, quick mystery read!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erin Cadwalader

    At first glance I don't have a lot in common with a Haitian-born Vodou priestess living in New Orleans post-Katrina. But I found Reina to be a highly relatable character, often making bad decisions I hoped would turn out okay in the end. Following a grisly murder of the boyfriend of a new client, Reina believes the wrong woman has been arrested for the crime. And the police, including an ex who is the lead detective on the case, don't seem too concerned about making sure they have the right perp At first glance I don't have a lot in common with a Haitian-born Vodou priestess living in New Orleans post-Katrina. But I found Reina to be a highly relatable character, often making bad decisions I hoped would turn out okay in the end. Following a grisly murder of the boyfriend of a new client, Reina believes the wrong woman has been arrested for the crime. And the police, including an ex who is the lead detective on the case, don't seem too concerned about making sure they have the right perp in jail. Seeking to protect a potentially innocent woman and clear the aspersions being cast on her craft, and probably not honestly prioritizing them in that order, Reina decides to undertake her own investigation against the advice of everyone. With magic, murder, mystery, and a richly described bayou atmosphere, there's a little something for many people.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Lamont

    Very glad I chose this as one of my free reads this month. Love me some Vodou proper, love me some New Orleans, love me some swamps and some flat-out Cajun Country. Veronica Henry's writing is vivid, energetic, detailed, impassioned. That said? Veronica Henry is very much in need of a sympathetic editor; one who adheres to her ethos but would not be afraid to speak truth to power and deal with some of the repetition and extraneous detail. So excited that this is the first in a series. Would be ev Very glad I chose this as one of my free reads this month. Love me some Vodou proper, love me some New Orleans, love me some swamps and some flat-out Cajun Country. Veronica Henry's writing is vivid, energetic, detailed, impassioned. That said? Veronica Henry is very much in need of a sympathetic editor; one who adheres to her ethos but would not be afraid to speak truth to power and deal with some of the repetition and extraneous detail. So excited that this is the first in a series. Would be even happier to see this turned into a TV series, a la True Blood. And/or Treme. Goodness, gracious, but I do miss me some True Blood and Treme. PS Didn't think the title was a good fit for the book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    David H.

    A disappointing mystery; I really loved the premise and concept, but there were far too many unlikable characters including Mambo Reina herself. I never really bought that she'd be in love with a cop who put her and her beliefs down on every occasion, and Reina was a busybody in the worst way. A disappointing mystery; I really loved the premise and concept, but there were far too many unlikable characters including Mambo Reina herself. I never really bought that she'd be in love with a cop who put her and her beliefs down on every occasion, and Reina was a busybody in the worst way.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    An Amazon First Reads to be read and reviewed.

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