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A-LIST
Jake Longly #2

COMING 12-12-17 
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Jake Longly and girlfriend Nicole Jemison are still recovering from their ordeal with Ukrainian underworld boss Victor Borkov and life on the Gulf Coast is returning to normal. Then Nicole’s producer uncle Charles Balfour calls asking them to head to New Orleans where his mega-star, A-list actor Kirk Ford, has awakened with the corpse of a college co-ed in his hotel bed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. As if things couldn’t get worse, the girl is the niece of local mafioso-type Tony Guidry who will do what is necessary to avenge his niece's death.

As Jake and Nicole attempt to put the pieces together, they butt heads with Tony’s muscle, his near-do-well yet aggressive nephews (the dead girl’s brothers), as well as drug dealers Ju Ju and Ragman. Of course, Ray and Pancake arrive to help sort things out with the help of Ford’s  beautiful co-stars in the multi-billion dollar Space Quest franchise, Tegan and Tara James (aka The Twins), who vehemently support and defend Ford. 

But something isn’t right. The facts don’t fit. Who would want Kristi Guidry dead, or Kirk framed for murder? And why? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi’s friends, her ex-boyfriend, homicide detective Troy Doucet, and even local fortuneteller Madam Theresa. It’s up to Jake and Nicole to decipher who’s lying, who’s telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry. 

Nothing is easy in the Big Easy.


PRAISE FOR A-LIST

D.P. Lyle hits it over the fence with A-LIST. This mystery, featuring former Major League pitcher and reluctant P.I. Jake Longly, is fast-paced, slick, and funny. Bad times in the Big Easy mean a great time for readers. Head to New Orleans with Jake, and enjoy the trip.—-Meg Gardiner, best-selling author of UNSUB

DP Lyle’s latest in the Jake Longly series, A-LIST, will transport readers into the underbelly of The Big Easy in grand style and have them laughing the entire way---Linda Castillo, best-selling author of the Kate Burkholder Series

D.P. Lyle serves up ample portions of mystery and suspense along with the chicory coffee and sweet beignets as P.I. Jake Longly digs for the truth about a murdered co-ed in New Orleans.  Is A-List actor Kirk Ford the murderer? The slain young woman was found in his bed. But nothing is simple in the Big Easy, and  Longly, along with girlfriend Nicole Jemison, must peel back multiple  layers of intrigue and corruption to solve the mystery at the heart of ‘A-List.’ New Orleans has never been as sexy or as dangerous. Highly recommended!—-Paul Levine, bestselling author of  BUM LUCK

Aptly named, A-List ranks high on the “must buy” list for holiday shoppers. Reluctant P.I. Jake Longly investigates the darker side of the movie business, where professional jealousies and hedonistic habits have deadly consequences.  Fast-faced and funny, the seamless prose will transport you from reality to fantasy. Lyle evokes the sights and sounds of New Orleans in such a provocative manner, you’ll be packing your bags and catching the next flight to The Big Easy for your own adventure.—-K.J. Howe, author of THE FREEDOM BROKER

Former baseball player turned P.I. Jake Longly is back on the trail in A-List. A rollicking thrill ride through the mean streets and tasty restaurants of New Orleans. Murder, mobbed-up bad guys, Hollywood heartthrobs, and laughs! What more could you want? D.P. Lyle is at the top of his game!—-Matt Coyle, author of the Anthony Award-winning Rick Cahill crime novels

D.P. Lyle delivers again with A-LIST—snappy, sexy and speedy on every page. Hang on for this fast, fun tromp through the Big Easy. Readers will love learning more about Longly’s past while they worry about Jake and his entourage making it to the next page.-–Lisa Preston, best-selling author of Orchids and Stone and The Measure of the Moon

D. P. Lyle knows how to keep the narrative flowing at a rapid pace and keep the questions coming. A-List by D.P. Lyle, the second book in the Jake Longly series, blends humor with hard-boiled detective fiction to create a fast-paced, entertaining novel that will satisfy fans of the genre—New York Journal of Books

The A-List carries us away to New Orleans where DP Lyle doesn't disappoint. Big Hollywood stars, big egos, big crime, big mob, a young dead girl in a hotel room, beignets, the glory of New Orleans food and fast driving, what's not to love? The sexiness and humor of the A-List will keep you as transfixed as a stolen afternoon in the Monteleone's hypnotic carousel bar. Highly recommended!—Shannon Kirk, author of METHOD 15/33


REVIEWS

LOOKS AT BOOKS REVIEW:

“A-List” by D.P. Lyle features an odd assortment of characters who call the Gulf Coast home. Jake Longly is an ex-baseball player who runs Captain Rocky’s Surf and Turf, while his father Ray runs a P. I. firm, Longly Investigations. Jake and his friends travel to New Orleans at the request of a friend when an A-list actor, star of the “Space Quest” movies gets arrested for the murder of a local girl found strangled in his bed. This celebrity status means damage control and cover up right from the start. Lies, lies, and more lies are entangled so much that the truth is hard to find.

The book is primarily written as Jake’s first person narrative so the narrative is mostly dialogue driven. He paints a laid-back, colorful picture of New Orleans “Soon we were out over Lake Pontchartrain, where the wind whipped the water into foam and some of the waves looked as if they might wash over the road.” Comic relief abounds as they try to move the investigation along. “What are you doing? Negotiating the Louisiana Purchase? And when all else fails, call upon the master of mystery “All I’m saying is that this might be an Agatha Christie locked room case. There might be someone else involved.” 

“A-List” was not a nail-biting thriller, but was a quick, fun book to read, considering there was a murder after all. The characters are light-hearted and funny, and no one takes things too seriously. I received a copy of “A-List” from Oceanview Publishing, D. P. Lyle, and NetGalley to review. It was an entertaining book, and I enjoyed reading it."

Cat Ellington Review:

”Jake Longly and Nicole Jemison are the Rick Castle and Kate Beckett of private investigators.

Jake Longly and Nicole Jemison are the Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan of private investigators.

Jake Longly and Nicole Jemison are the Ryan Booth and Alex Parrish of private investigators.

. . .Catch my drift?

And if you enjoy watching those fictive, made-for-tv characters—zany as they are—by way of any of the respective dramas on which they feature, then you will indeed enjoy D.P. Lyle’s impending mystery thriller, A-List.

Set in the ever effervescent New Orleans—that’s N’awlins to us non-natives—the fun and food-filled, liquor-flowing tale gets underway when the alpha female Nicole receives a phone call from her uncle Charles Balfour, a big shot Hollywood movie producer/director, asking for both Jake’s and her help in the investigation of a murdered young woman inside of a Big Easy five-star hotel room—which just so happens to involve a world-famous, and exceptionally good-looking, albeit whorish, movie star named Kirk Ford.

The young woman, Kristy Guidry, and Ford have had intimate relations in Ford’s room, of course, and when the Hollywood royal awakes the next day to find Guidry laying next to him, literally dead to the world, all hell suddenly breaks loose, especially after the girl’s uncle, Tony Guidry—a mob boss of both local and long distance influence—learns that his beloved niece, whom he, by the way, idolizes nearly to the extreme of perversity, has been killed. Tony suspects pretty boy Kirk. And Tony, the top Don of the Southern Regions, vows deadly retribution.

. . .He wants his niece’s murder avenged. And he wants his niece’s murder avenged now.

Enter a foursome that even the Master of the Crime Caper himself, the same being Carl Hiaasen, would get a kick out of: Ray Longly, founder of Longly Investigations. He’s quite a guy. And he’s also Jake’s father; the big and extra beefy Tommy “Pancake” Jeffers, Ray’s partner and a menacing red head who can pack a hefty punch—on both criminals and food; Nicole Jemison, a ridiculously beautiful—however domineering—P.I. whose only flaw is her tendency to forget that she entered the world from her mother’s womb equipped with a clitoris, vulva, and vaginal cavity, and not with a penis, scrotum, and testicles; and of course there’s our main protagonist, Jake Longly, formerly famous MLB pitcher turned P.I./bar owner and Nicole’s love interest.

. . .Added to this badass, though wacky, quartet of star characters are a supporting cast just as lovable, even if downright scandalous: Kirk Ford, screen idol and one of Hollywood’s biggest moneymaking stars; Tegan and Tara James, gorgeous “identical” twin actresses and Kirk’s sisterish (Is that a word?) co-stars who, like their “big brother” Kirk, are in N’awlins shooting the latest installment of a major multi-billion dollar blockbuster franchise (Space Quest) that the trio have starred in together since its inception; Marty Ebersole, director of Space Quest, who’s all about protecting his interests; and Troy Doucet, NOPD detective assigned to the Guidry murder case, and who, in turn, works with Ray, Pancake, Jake, and Nicole to crack it.

. . .Who killed Kristy Guidry? And why? What had been his or her motive?

A small group of bit players and extras—including the two brothers of the deceased, Kevin and Robert—round out this adventurous mystery. And it is one that is sure to hold your interest as it had mine.

The Big Easy floweth with plenty of gumbo and rice, oyster po’boys, crawfish étouffée, jalepeño cornbread, and of course, liquor, as our exceptional team of P.I.s work both the French Quarter and the gator-infested swamps to find a killer—at least before the Mafiosi do.

Great work of fiction by D.P. Lyle. And if I may say as much, A-List is to me not so much of a thriller as it is a murder mystery. In fact, the narrative is better suited for the action/adventure/crime/mystery genres than it is for the thriller genre. Nevertheless, it was an amusing and hilarious read.

Here’s another thing. Though I do recommend A-List, readers must be informed that the same is a “true-to-form murder mystery.” You won’t find out who killed Kristy Guidry (and why) until the the book is two to three blinks away from its ending.

. . .Okay that may be a bit of an exaggeration, as the figure of speech was only used here to stress a point. But because A-List is overall a genuinely entertaining read, the reader should not expect to bore.

I applaud D.P. Lyle for a work well-penned, but because of the stretch of waiting that it took to get the the heart valve of the mystery, I’m inclined to settle this particular Jake Longly adventure with a four star rating."

NYJB Review:

Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense: Organized Crime; Private Investigators; Amateur Sleuths——D. R. Meredith

“D. P. Lyle knows how to keep the narrative flowing at a rapid pace and keep the questions coming.”

A-List by D.P. Lyle, the second book in the Jake Longly series, blends humor with hard-boiled detective fiction to create a fast-paced, entertaining novel that will satisfy fans of the genre.

It is never good news for a producer when his A-List actor, star of a billion dollar movie franchise, wakes up to find a dead body in his bed and no memory of what happened. Fortunately producer Charles Balfour’s niece, Nicole Jamison and her partner Jake Longly have connections.

Nicole still has her PI license and technically still works with Longly Investigations, so who better to save her uncle’s franchise film empire by finding the real murderer of young Kristi Guidry, thus getting his A-List actor, Kirk Ford out of jail and off the hook? Time is money in the movie industry, and Uncle Charles needs Kirk back on the set ASAP.

Nicole and Jake have a confab with Ray Longly, owner of Longly Investigations and Jake’s father, who asks if Kirk Ford is in the habit of picking up local girls while on location.

Nicole is honest about Kirk’s proclivities. “He screws around, no doubt there, but he’s not malicious about it.” Meaning the actor doesn’t make a habit of strangling his girlfriends.

Ray agrees to take the case, particularly when he learns Uncle Charles will pay triple his agency’s usual fees. “I like the sound of that,” he tells Nicole. Like the film industry, Longly Investigations relies on a decent cash flow.

Jake and Nicole drive to New Orleans at just under warp speed where the film company is on location. “In rapid succession, she dropped a Corvette, a Lexus, and a jacked-up SUV in her wake.”

In New Orleans, the Big Easy, they check into the Monteleone and meet with Marty Ebersole, the film’s director, for the lowdown on Kirk’s close encounter with a dead girlfriend in a locked room. The police found two wine bottles, three joints, one half-smoked, used condoms, and Kristi Guidry strangled with her own bra.

To make matters even more dicey, Ray and his sidekick Pancake learn that Kristi is only 19 and her uncle. Tony Guidry, is the baddest dude in the Big Easy. Ton is alleged to have a controlling interest in prostitution, drugs, fraud, probable murders, and with bought-and-paid-for city officials, including the police, the medical examiner’s office, and a certain Assistant District Attorney, Melissa Mooring, who is handling the prosecution.

Kristi also had two brothers, Robert and Kevin, both big, look meaner than they are, and if not dumber than a post, close to it. While Kristi is—or was—Tony’s favorite person in the world, he merely tolerates the two brothers.

Kirk receives bail, much to the relief of Uncle Charles and Ebersole, so filming can continue on the sixth of the Space Quest movies. However, the little problem of how someone else can have entered a locked hotel room, strangled Kristie, and left without Kirk knowing still needs to be solved.

The twins, Tara and Tegan James, Kirk’s twin sidekicks in the Space Quest series are adamant that Kirk is innocent. “No way,” they said in unison.” The twins also say that “Kristi being around for a whole week meant he totally liked her.”

If Kirk really liked Kristi, then why would he kill her? When ketamine is found in both Kirk’s and Kristie’s blood, as well as in the half-smoked joint from the hotel, but not in the other two, the question becomes where had the joint come from. Kirk says Kristi brought it, and neither of them knew there was ketamine in it. The ketamine does provide a defense of diminished responsibility for Kirk—if he is guilty.

Kristi’s Uncle Tony learns of the ketamine from his source in the medical examiner’s office, and is incensed. He sees it as a way for Kirk to escape a murder charge. If Kirk doesn’t go down for Kristi’s murder, Uncle Tony has other means of seeing the actor punished.

New questions arise almost daily. The hotel’s computer shows that Kirk’s key card was used at about the time of the murder, but there was only one key card to the room, and it was found by the police exactly where Kirk says he always put it. Who used the key card? Was it Kirk? Or Kristi?

All of Kristi’s friends say that she was sweet, innocent, and had no enemies. Is Kirk really the target of the murder: drug me, kill Kristi, and frame him? But who hates Kirk enough to put him at risk of the death penalty?

D. P. Lyle knows how to keep the narrative flowing at a rapid pace and keep the questions coming. He also demonstrates to those in doubt that humor can have a place in noir fiction. Jake is a likeable wise ass who keeps the really nasty scenes from becoming too sickening. An example is Uncle Tony’s body disposal method.

The discerning fan may solve the who, how, and why more quickly than the author might wish, but still will read to the end of the book just in case. Given all the misdirection in the story, even those careful reads can always be wrong.    

BookLoons Review: Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Can A-List mega movie star Kirk Ford wakes up in bed with a bit of a problem – his latest heartthrob lies beside him with the bra that strangled her still wrapped around her neck!

Panic setting in, he calls police and a lawyer. After all, he was in a locked room with just the dead girl and himself. She obviously didn't commit suicide and he is the only other person in the room.

Being a big movie star is not going to save him. He remembers nothing of the fatal evening. To make matters worse, the dead girl is a college co-ed and the niece of a local Mafioso-type kingpin who vows to avenge her death.

Enter Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison, PIs who find themselves embroiled in the local underworld. We get to meet some extremely interesting characters – a fortune teller who makes a prediction Jake is not at all happy with; the dead girl's two dim-witted brothers; a movie director who is working against the clock to get location shots finished so the cast and crew can leave New Orleans (taking a murder suspect with him); various people immersed in the drug trade; and identical twin sisters who are not really identical and have an aversion to alligators.

A-List by D.P. Lyle is fast-moving, full of suspense, with delightful dialogue and an unusual plot that really works well. Jake and Nicole are an interesting couple who keep the plot racing. Don't miss this one. Lyle's first in the Jake Longly series, Deep Six won high praise. I am sure A-List will do the same.

InD’Tale Review by Chantel Hardge

When A-list actor Kirk Ford wakes up with a dead girl in his bed, Jake Longly and his girlfriend Nicole are hired to look into what appears to be a pretty straightforward case. As much as Nicole wants to believe that her old friend Kirk is as innocent as he claims, the fact remains that two people were in a locked hotel room, and Kristi Guidry wound up dead. Be that as it may, this case is not as open and shut as it would seem. Newfound evidence casts substantial doubt on Kirk's guilt.

As Jake and Nicole continue to unravel the curious details surrounding the crime, the question looms: if Kirk did not kill Kristi, who did?

Set in spectacular New Orleans, the second book in the Jake Longly series explores the city and all its trappings in exquisite detail. Mr. Lyle has written a deliciously entertaining book filled to the brim with colorful characters. 

Nicole is intelligent and resourceful, while Jake is the very antithesis of the stereotypical private investigator. The narrative is fun and quirky, but this book should not be read as a standalone. Readers will almost certainly feel lost without the necessary backstory to 8ill in  the gaps. As enjoyable as this book is, the alternating point of view from first to third person in various chapters may be disconcerting to some. 

Additionally, the subdued ending does not offer one enough closure. In short, if readers are looking for a fast-paced read set in a wonderful locale, "A-list" is sure to satisfy! 

 Killer Nashville A-LIST Review by G. Robert Frazier

When A-list actor Kirk Ford wakes up next to a deceased woman in a New Orleans hotel, his arrest for her murder threatens to derail his career and ruin a multi-million dollar Hollywood film series. Enter Jake Longly and a team of investigators determined to find the truth behind the murder.

A-List, written by cardiologist and forensics expert D.P. Lyle, is billed as a thriller, but more accurately is an old-school whodunit mystery. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Longly and company – his father, Ryan, girlfriend and fellow investigator Nicole Jamison, and computer expert/muscle Tommy Jeffers, aka Pancake – are more than up to the challenge, whether it comes from the begrudging police detective in charge Troy Doucet to the less-than-friendly assistance of the local mafia don, Tony Guidry, whose niece was the victim.

After a tox screen by the medical examiner reveals both Kirk and the victim had traces of the date rape drug Ketamine in their systems, the clues point to a possible third party involved in the murder whose intent was to frame Kirk for the crime. Jake and Nicole spearhead a line of questioning of potential witnesses and acquaintances to both the victim and beleaguered actor, turning up occasional clues and red herrings along the way. Guidry, meanwhile, is intent on seeing Kirk punished for the death of his niece and uses his own streetwise resources to bully his way to truth.

Lyle’s medical background is a plus here as he is able to succinctly explain the technical details of the death while keeping the plot churning. The head-to-head confrontations between Longly and Guidry are entertaining reads, with snappy dialogue masking underlying threats. The clues ultimately pit the team of investigators in a thrilling head-to-head confrontation with Guidry in the violent finale.

Bless Their Hearts Mom Review

This is a FUNNY mystery, as Jake and Nicole have to not only deal with the drama of a film set, but all the drama NOLA can sling at them! You don't have to read the first book, to get the background of the characters, as Lyle gives you enough, to have a sense of their past. The mystery is a bit predictable, but the characters and dialogue will have you turning pages long into the night )I finished the book in 2 sittings!). if you are looking for something to boost the pre-winter doldrums, this book is it!

Fresh Fiction Review by Viki Ferrell

Jake Longly and Nicole Jemison are called into private eye duty once again in A-LIST. Jake is an ex-MLB pitcher and Nicole is a screenwriter. Jake and Nicole met in their last escapade as part-time private eyes for Jake's dad Ray, who owns a PI business in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Nicole receives a call from her uncle, Charles Balfour, a big-time movie producer, that his A- List movie star Kirk Ford has been arrested in New Orleans for the death of his latest fling. Kirk found Kristy Guidry dead in his bed after a night of wine and weed. 

Nicole talks Ray's dad into taking the case (not a difficult job), and Jake and Nicole head to New Orleans. They learn that Kristy was strangled to death with her bra. They also learn that she is the niece of Tony Guidry, a New Orleans entrepreneur with mob connections, possibly the old Dixie Mafia. Jake and Nicole set out to find Kristy's killer and attempt to clear Kirk. But they run into lots of opposition from Tony and his thugs. Tony seems to have his hands in everything, including law enforcement, the ME's office, and the District Attorney's office. He stays one step ahead of them all along the way. Where will their investigation lead? 

A-LIST is the second book in D. P. Lyle's Jake Longly series. Jake and Nicole are strong, intelligent and resourceful characters. There's a quirky mixture of supporting characters, some returning from book one and others new to the scene. Mr. Lyle develops the character of Ray, Jake's dad, quite a bit in A-LIST and discusses more of the dynamics and reason for the strained relationship between father and son.

The storyline moves through the streets of New
Orleans and into the bayou at warp speed,
heading to an unexpected conclusion. You'll also get a good directory of the best restaurants in the Big Easy. Lots of eating and drinking in this novel! This is a dynamic, fun series you do not want to miss! 

Nothing is easy in The Big Easy 

PI Jake Longly and Nicole Jamison head to New Orleans at the behest of Nicole's uncle, movie producer Charles Balfour, when his megastar, A-list actor Kirk Ford, awakens in his hotel bed with the body of Kristi Guidry, a local college coed. Ford, in the Big Easy for a location shoot, remembers little of the evening and nothing of the murder. And, to make matters worse, Kristi is the niece of a local mafioso-type who will do whatever is necessary to avenge her death. Balfour is losing money every day the filming is stalled —he needs his actor cleared, and quickly. 

Surrounded by glitzy Hollywood stars and intimidated by seedy underworld characters, Jake and Nicole encounter nothing but obstacles. Something isn't right. The facts don't fit. Who would want Kristi dead? Why frame Kirk for the murder? Everyone has an opinion, including Kristi's friends and ex- boyfriend, the local homicide detectives, and a fortune-teller. The clock is ticking as Jake and Nicole struggle to decipher who's lying, who's telling the truth, and exactly who schemed to murder Kristi Guidry. Nothing is easy in The Big Easy. 


© Douglas Lyle 2015