Music and Malice in Hurricane Town

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town
Alex Bell

Stripes Publishing

ISBN 9781847159601

"There are no angels in Baton Noir. Only devils." Jude Lomax scrapes a living playing the trumpet on the neon streets of Baton Noir. Then she is invited to play at the funeral of the infamous cajou queen, Ivory Monette. Passing through the cemetery gates, Jude finds herself possessed by the murdered queen's spirit. And Ivory won't rest until she's found the person responsible for her death. If Jude wants to be rid of the vengeful spirit, she must take a journey deep into the dangerous underbelly of the city, from the swampy depths of the Black Bayou to the velvet opulence of the vampires' secret jazz clubs. But as Jude untangles Ivory's web of secrets, she is confronted with a few dark truths from her own past... The first in an eagerly awaited series from the author of FROZEN CHARLOTTE, a WHS Zoella Book Club title in 2016, which is sure to enthral fans of Holly Black, Maggie Steifvater, Amanda Foody and Stephanie Garber.

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Music and Malice in Hurricane Town4/5

Music and Malice in Hurricane Town

Alex Bell

Review

Step into the rich, dark, velvety world of Baton Noir. A world of vampires and voodoo, curses and cajou, witches and conjurers. A city once vibrant and joyful now running to seed, a little derelict, a little decrepit; where the ancient magic of the spirit realm runs through the very fabric of the city.

Jude's jazz music acts as a reminder of happier times, bringing the soul back to Baton Noir, and a respite from the corruption and greed. Baton Noir however, is in need of an overhaul, a shift of power... will the forthcoming Cajou Night provide this?

We're introduced to Jude Lomax on a bad day, she just can't seem to catch a break and to top it off, she finds herself possessed by the spirit of the murdered cajou queen. Having avoided magic for as long as she can remember, Jude finds herself moving in echelons of Baton Noir society she'd rather avoid, with the supernatural and the spiritual in an attempt to help the deceased cajou queen find resolution.

Alex Bell's Baton Noir has a real New Orleans vibe to it, you can feel the humidity as jazz notes lift off the page. She has created some enjoyable, intriguing, beguiling characters and they dance to a wonderful tune.

384 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Catherine Purcell, school librarian

Reviewed by: Catherine Purcell