The atmospheric New Orleans of the famous 19th century voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is brought to life, almost literally, in this fascinating novel as her 21st century descendant returns to the Big Uneasy and copes with murder, mayhem, memories and the undead. The edgy African-American protagonist finds love in a lot of the wrong places, as she confronts ghosts both personal and historical, past and present, real and unreal. Very atmospheric! This author can really create some fantastical foggy-night scenes, and her bad guys are really, really bad. It’s a 4. Don't read it when the fog is creeping in through the dark. 3 for sex.