The Big Mango

So, one must blog more than one time in order to actually have a blog. This isn’t some college assignment – “start a blog for 10 points.” This is the real deal. That said, sorry for my delay.

Tuesday afternoon, after an unfortunate fender bender and sweating till I thought there was no more sweat to be sweated in the 100 degree heat (YUCK) and a doctor’s appointment, I returned to the lovely little book store where my idea was born to retrieve my mango literature. After a moment or two of trying to remember where everything came from, I arrived at the counter with all 3 fruity titles currently in stock, the Naked book, and a devious delight for K that was all about how to become a villain (I don’t know who comes up with these things…lol).

But, you say, why not just go to the library?

I could do that – in fact I will do that. But I wanted to honor this project by purchasing the first 3 that were the inspiration. And I love supporting local business, so this was $28 well spent.

Moving on…to….



This is the “holy mango” book I had mentioned before. A glance at the back and we learn that this is part of a series about Nina Halligan, an African American private eye who is headstrong and street savvy but sophisticated. She also has a knack for finding corruption, as well as pulling those she cares about into dangerous situations. In this particular adventure, Nina has been hired by Father Pierre-Pierre Bernard, the latest in popular-but-not-so-well-equipped leaders of the tropical island-nation Misericordia whose history is riddled with violence and many a terror of a dictator. Father Bernard has convinced her to travel to Washington to help him regain his government. But when Nina’s friend’s husband – a presidential administration insider – has been murdered, she travels to le Mis to find the killer.

First Impressions

OK, so it’s a political mystery novel. That’s pretty exciting. I’m a little nervous because depending on the strength of the writer, the storyline could thus go one of two ways, in my opinion:

* Thrilling storyline with relevant historical and political information that helps to drive the action.

* A textbook. With some action.

The author’s first novel in the series, “Black Heat” received some pretty nice reviews from the Washington Post and New York Press, which is promising. NYP describes Nina in BH as “ass-kicking”. Anything getting a review that uses the words “ass-kicking”, which is a pretty strong description, deserves, I think, a go. Even its little sister sequel.

Mysteries are my favorite fiction genre, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this novel has to offer.

stay tuned…


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