Twenty-seven-year-old Abby Callahan moved to New Orleans to escape her past screw-ups in her small hometown. While out running, she sees a woman who has been raped and discarded, like trash. Abby finds herself selfishly pursuing the case to help her career, even though the victim is reluctant. The trial starts and the judge is suddenly arrested, but Abby must return to New York when her father commits suicide. Managing her grief and complicated family dynamics, she tries both to rekindle and remedy her old romances. But she is pulled back to The Big Easy when her client goes missing.
As more girls turn up dead—with Abby as their common connection—Abby decides to play detective with her journalist friend Jill Lejeune. Abby feels responsible for finding her client alive, even as she comes to terms with her past mistakes, including how her lies allowed someone else to go to prison.
Abby discovers she’s in over her head when Jill is beaten because she’s been mistaken for Abby. She wonders if everyone in her life is connected to this case. Abby seems to be the only one committed to finding the truth and decides to stop listening to everyone before she ends up at the morgue. A last-ditch call to the FBI and a rendezvous at the shipping warehouse lead Abby to one last dangerous situation where she finds out betrayal was in front of her the whole time.
Sin in the Big Easy by Elizabeth McCourt is a fast paced mystery that could easily be read in one setting. The characters are interesting and the setting is “crime” perfect! Abby Callahan is an attorney for the DA’s office in New Orleans. She is energetic, intelligent and can definitely be quirky. While out for a jog, she finds a young woman who has been beaten and raped. She convinces the woman to press charges against her assailant and represents her at trial.
Things turn upside down quickly. First, the trial judge is arrested putting the trial on hold for a few days. While Abby prepares to take her case to another court, she learns that her father committed suicide and must return home to New York. Abby enlists her good friend and journalist, Jill Lejeune, to help her keep her client safe while she is gone.
While in New York, Abby’s past relationships are touched upon leaving a great deal of open-ended questions. You also get a glimpse of the family dynamics. Unfortunately, Abby’s visit is cut short due to new developments in the case.
Two plots converge and then separate in this book making it a little bit complicated at times, but I really enjoyed the plot twists. They threw me off on several occasions making me lose faith and question a lot of the characters. There were times that I had no idea who could be trusted.
The ending left me hanging and ready for more Abby Callahan. I look forward to learning more about her in the next installment. Sin in the Big Easy slowly reveals bits and pieces of her character but leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions about her past.