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As his story unfolds he weaves his love of the blues and not just the music but the people who brought it to us. Thank you Ace for the great story and thank you for keeping the flame alive!
Oct 17, Leo Alessi rated it really liked it. Sep 02, Booknblues rated it liked it Recommends it for: mystery readers, blues fans. Shelves: music , mystery. Oh, baby don't you want to go Back to the land of California, to my sweet home Chicago It seemed like everyone in the Mississippi delta country could hear that sweet song that Robert Johnson sang calling them north to Chicago.
It fell on there ears like a sweet lullaby, a promise of a better life to the north. Young Ruby Walker was no exception. As a teenager she haunted the roadhouses and blues joints hoping that one day she could sing the blues in the sweet home up north "Chicago.
Ruby hit the big time and became known for her song Leavin' Trunk Blues. But it seemed predestined that Ruby was to live a life of the blues. One morning she woke up soaked in the blood of her manager and lover, Billy Lyons and before she knew it she was serving life in the big house for his murder. That was in and as the years pass slowly by, Ruby steadfastly maintained that she is innocent. She begins to write to professor and blues historian Nick Travers. Nick agrees to research the circumstances surrounding the murder, because he hopes to do research on Ruby, her life and the people she knew at the time.
Nick feels that historians are missing the opportunity to record living history by forgetting the people who participated in the great migration and focusing on the 's and the delta.
It is nicely atmospheric taking place in Chicago with Nick visiting blues clubs as well as Chicago's seedy underbelly to dig up information. Fast paced with action and adventure to spare, it draws the reader quickly into Nicks world. Nick is an unlikely sleuth. A former football player who fell in love with the blues and became a blues historian from Tulane University.
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We find out that he can get down and dirty with the best of them and there are times in Leavin' Trunk Blues that he has to. For a fan of mysteries or a fan of the blues, Leavin' Trunk Blues is a great read. If you are both it is even better. Sep 22, Bruce Snell rated it liked it. It is the week before Christmas, and Nick is in Chicago, interviewing Ms.
Walker and any of her friends and associates he can find in an effort to solve the murder of famous blues record produce, Billy Lyons.
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Nick's biggest problem is that Ruby has been in prison for 40 years after being convicted of that murder and it does not appear that anyone wants to see her freed. In the course of his investigation Nick run afoul of a local hood known as Stagger Lee who tries to kill him. Although the mystery is fairly conventional, the blues setting is sufficient to set this book apart from the rest of "the pack.
In the end, I was left with a desire to know more about this most American of musical genres. The first book in the series was more compelling, but this one fleshes out Nick's history more, and adds dimension to his story.
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I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. Mar 22, Shomeret rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery-thriller , my-reviews. Leavin' Trunk Blues is the second mystery in which the detective is blues historian Nick Travers. I absolutely loved the first, Crossroad Blues, in which Travers investigates the death of musical prodigy Robert Johnson. In this book, there is a character known as Stagger Lee. Nick Travers, doubts his existence because Stagger Lee is an urban legend.
Neither Travers nor the author, Ace Atkins, reveals how or why Stagger Lee became a legend, or what role the legend plays in African Amer Leavin' Trunk Blues is the second mystery in which the detective is blues historian Nick Travers. Neither Travers nor the author, Ace Atkins, reveals how or why Stagger Lee became a legend, or what role the legend plays in African American culture. What he does give us seemed to me a fairly disappointing standard sort of mystery.
Travers investigates on behalf of a blues performer who has spent forty years in prison for a crime she hadn't committed. It's a sleazy case involving predictable motivations. If it weren't for that tantalizing reference to Stagger Lee as a legend, I wouldn't have cared about any of it.
Stagger Lee is the only mystery that I wanted this book to solve. View 2 comments. Apr 12, D. While I enjoyed the first one, I found this one to be much more engaging, and the characters more realistic and well-rounded. This time, Nick Travers heads to Chicago to investigate the murder of a blues producer. A famous female blues singer has been in jail since she was convicted for his death, but now she claims to be wrongly imprisoned.
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Nick, as a student of the blues and a sucker for a hard-luck story, decides to try and set things right. Things get complicated as Nick reconnects with a past lover, and it turns out that there's more to the story of what happened the night of the murder. Unfortunately, Atkins continues his trend of having unnecessarily quirky "hit men" populate the novel although in this case they're women , which is the only reason I knocked a star off of my rating.
Moody, intriguing, and engaging, I found this one to be a quick, entertaining read. Jun 17, Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it Shelves: america-crime. I had not read the first book Crossroad Blues but this one caused a lot of interest from musicians when I showed it around.
A blues historian is looking for elderly people to interview who can tell him about the past blues and jazz scene in Chicago. People doing farm work in the southern states could earn much greater wages by moving to work in Chicago and they brought their music with them. But some were exploited by music managers and signed contracts that were not in their favour, so th I had not read the first book Crossroad Blues but this one caused a lot of interest from musicians when I showed it around.
But some were exploited by music managers and signed contracts that were not in their favour, so they ended up poorly off. Amid his interviews the historian unearths a 'cold case' murder and his investigations take a more sinister turn as people today are endangered by what they might reveal. I did enjoy it although it is a very gritty tale, not for those who only read cosies.
The story is well told and the characters feel very real.
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Sep 19, judy rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery-thriller. Heaven for Delta and Chicago blues fans. The action takes place in the present but the mystery to be solved takes place in As a result, you get a dissertation on The Great Migration to Chicago and the evolution of the blues.