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Publication Order of Andy Broussard & Kit Franklyn Books

as D.J. Donaldson
Cajun Nights (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on the Bayou (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Mardi Gras For The Dead (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Orleans Requiem (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Louisiana Fever (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sleeping with the Crawfish (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bad Karma in the Big Easy (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Assassination at Bayou Sauvage (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Do No Harm (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
In the Blood (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judas Virus (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amnesia/The Memory Thief (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Killing Harvest (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lethal Helix (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Blood Betrayal (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Don Donaldson is an American medical thriller and forensic mystery writer who has also authored several novels under the names of D.J Donaldson. Apart from being a writer, Donaldson is a P.HD holder in Human Anatomy. Donaldson has also authored to more than 5,000 students in the dental and medical profession and has also published hundreds of research papers on wound healing. Currently, Donaldson resides in Memphis, Tennessee with his spouse and their dogs. In the year 1988, Don Donaldson became a published novelist with his very first novel, Cajun Nights being published in the same year.

Cajun Nights

Cajun Nights are the very first novel in the Andy Brossard book series by Don Donaldson. In this installment, the author introduces the reader to one, Kit Franklyn, a young psychologist who specializes in suicide research. The book begins with a series of unexplainable murder-suicides baffles the entire New Orleans Police Department. Kit Franklyn is assigned to work on this investigation. However, while working on this cases, she discovers something extremely bizarre. Each of the victims had an extremely rare blood type, O. They also drove an obsolete car which was manufactured in New Orleans and right before killing someone, they hummed a nursery rhyme and then killed themselves.

Apart from Kitty, the author also introduces the readers to one Andy Brossard, an exceedingly obese and shrew, chief medical examiner who works for hand in hand with Kitty. Their scientific based research hits a dead end when they finally encounter folklore and black magic. An ancient pal of Kitty reveals the story about Alabair, Fauquel who had been accused of black magic in the year, 1738. Before being killed, Alabair uttered a curse, which revolved about; beware of the songs that you sing in your youth. This was just before he was quickly tried and hung.

Kit Franklyn’s astute investigative skills eventually send her to a major industrial area where the very first murder took place. Upon arriving at the scene, Kitty soon discovers that the owner had ties with the forensics’ unit fabric expert. With that said, Kitty tries to understand what was the link between, the gruesome suicides, the Police Department, and the ancient mediation. Overall, this is an exceedingly great mystery series, that will undoubtedly have the reader engrossed in the book from the very first page to the last.

Due to the immense success of the book, a few weeks after it was officially released, a production company, which was supervised by a former CBS director of programming at CBS, decided to shape this series into a movie. Nonetheless, the movie is still yet to be released. Apart from the Cajun Nights, another attention-grabbing thriller by the author is Blood on the Bayou which is a follow up on the first installment, Cajun Nights. In this installment, we reunite with Andy Broussard, the Chief Medical Examiner of New Orleans together with his assistant, Kitty Franklyn. In this installment, they are conducting an investigation into some serial killings in the exceedingly Famous, French Quarter.

After conducting a careful examination of the victims, with the entire process being graphically described by the author, Don Donaldson, the description reveals that each of the victim’s throat was ripped open by making use of two tools. The first tool which was revealed was a garden fork while the other tool was not man made. While Donaldson’s eye for details backs up his descriptions of the exceedingly bizarre werewolf folklore and the atmospheric excavations of the South, his characterization is quite uneven. As a character, Broussard is an extremely great and well-developed character. He is a heavy-set man who truly loves good food and the comforts of life. He is also ridiculously smart.

With that said, Don Donaldson mysteries are not only great but are also well developed because they will always make the reader question, who dun it. New Orleans and its environs are a perfect and beautiful setting for the novel. Another excellent book in this series is the New Orleans Requiem. The storyline opens up with Kit and Andy being summoned to a crime scene within the New Orleans French Quarter. A man’s body had been discovered within the Jackson’s Square locker room. The man had not only been stabbed in the heart but had also had one of his eyelids removed, and a newspaper had been propped on his chest with four scrabble letters being taped onto the newspaper.

Upon conducting their investigation, the two fear that a serial killer is stalking the town. A few days later, another dead body is found and this time around, the markings and wounds on the second body are identical to that of the first body. Kit and Broussard are once again back in the investigation, and this time around, the evidence points to a colleague who appeared to have a grudge. Both Kit and Broussard are quite aware that it is going to be exceedingly difficult to narrow down the suspect since hundreds of forensic specialists are attending the Annual Academy Forensic Science Conference.

With that said, this novel is a blend of medical thriller and police procedural making it quite an exceedingly enjoyable novel. The entire cast, especially the main characters in the novel have been well developed while the case and the storyline have been well plotted. The identity of the killer will undoubtedly come as a surprise. The pace of the story is perfect, with the conference’s duration offering the storyline a natural timeframe. Franklyn and Broussard are characters who have been well developed. Apart from being an easy-going man who has an exceedingly huge appetite, Broussard is exceedingly experienced and a well-regarded ME.

Kit, on the other hand, considers Andy as both a mentor and a colleague. Kit has exceptional skills and is also very intelligent and quite resourceful. The professional skills of these two characters complement one another, and thus, they make a good team. In this installment, the author has given the reader an exceedingly grisly serial killer who is playing a very sick game. As the characters move forward, the reader will be surprised to discover who the real killer is. This installment is full of twists and turns which will keep you guessing from the very first page to the last.

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