Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Summer Spotlight: The Clementine Toledano Mysteries

“With rocker chick Clementine Toledano, DeVore offers a flawed, fabulous and deeply human protagonist with the kind of baggage many women will recognize, so deeply connected to the bayou that the reader can smell the blue gum trees.”
— Deborah Grabien, author of The J.P. Kinkaid Chronicles

The Clementine Toledano Mysteries by W.E. DeVore

Trouble likes to follow New Orleans musician Clementine “Q” Toledano around – at least, that’s what her best friend, NOPD Homicide Detective Aaron Sanger likes to say. Q’s penchant for finding dead bodies and solving murders has gotten her into more than a few scrapes, but when you’re a natural-born investigator, it’s hard to keep your mind on music where it belongs.
Imbued with the frenetic liveliness and jovial madness that is the city of New Orleans, the Clementine Toledano Mysteries take the reader on a romp through the streets and rhythms of the Big Easy. The recurring cast of characters will charm the reader with their sarcastic wit, quick smiles, and good-natured humor – and at the heart of it all is Q.
Q is a talented musician from a family of justice warriors. A good Jewish girl who loves a good time. And a good friend who will always have your back… even if you’re charged with murder now and again.
Book I: That Old Devil Sin. Clementine “Q” Toledano is the seasoned front-woman of New Orleans jazz band QT and the Beasts. When her bass player is accused of murder, Q delves into the seedy underbelly of the Crescent City to prove his innocence and uncovers a secret that lands her on the hit list... and not the Top 40 kind.

Book II: Devil Take Me Down. New Orleans musician Clementine “Q” Toledano is on a roll: new home, new tunes, a newly minted fiancĂ©. But in a city where everyone knows someone who has died of unnatural causes, the good times don’t roll for long; and no one knows that better than Q. When a serial killer sets their sights on you, there’s only one thing to do: catch them first.

Book III: Chasing Those Devil Bones. New Orleans musician Clementine “Q” Toledano has more to worry about than a little rain canceling her performance at Jazz Fest. Her best friend has stumbled into an adulterous affair. Her mentor has six months to live. And someone may have tried to murder her college sweetheart - because nothing goes better with crawfish than an accidental cocaine overdose.

Book IV: The Devil’s Luck. New Orleans musician Clementine “Q” Toledano is having a hell of a day. After discovering she’s unexpectedly expecting her first child, she finds yet another dead body and manages to aggravate an unhinged fan. When both your career and your amateur sleuthing could get you killed, becoming a housewife doesn’t look so bad.

Book V: Until the Devil Weeps (Coming late 2018). New Orleans musician Clementine “Q” Toledano is no stranger to death, but when tragedy strikes, the piece of her that knew how to fight is paralyzed with grief. But when a ghost from her past turns up to burn what’s left of her world to the ground, she’s not going down without a fight.

About W.E. DeVore

W.E. DeVore is a musician, producer, and audio engineer who currently pays the bills by writing technical manuals and specifications for professional audio products. In her career as a musician and sometimes rock star babysitter, she has been fortunate to know some of the most entertaining and unique individuals that seem to only grow from the Louisiana soil. She’s also experienced some things that a nice Jewish girl from Montana probably shouldn’t know about - but it does make excellent fodder for a little fiction. DeVore has lived in Southeast Louisiana for the last two decades and currently lives in Baton Rouge, although her heart will always be in New Orleans - sweaty, dirty, crime-ridden, music-filled wonderland that it is.