Hardcover , pages. Published January 1st by Kensington first published February 2nd More Details Original Title. Charlotte LaRue Mystery 1. New Orleans, Louisiana United States. Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Maid for Murder , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 05, Jacqi Bartlett rated it it was ok Shelves: series-books , 54books , american.
I got absolutely no sense of place and no feeling for the characters in this story. I've been going through a phase of reading very light, easy reads, often books in a series. If anything is going to break me out of this and get me reading more challenging books again, this is it.
It wasn't so dreadful that I didn't finish it but I wouldn't bother to read another one. Not a patch on Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone series. May 31, Lynne Tull rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery. First of all, let me say I picked this book up because I love mysteries and it takes place in New Orleans. I am also keeping in mind that this is the first book of a series. I got a little put off with the "poor-Jeanne" this and "poor-Jeanne" that. I will read the second book in the series hoping things will be better the second time around.
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Feb 02, Kathleen rated it liked it. Okay, every once in a while you just need pure escape in a quick to read, I can solve that, mode with a main character who you can enjoy and relate to and that's when you can turn to Colley's Charlotte LaRue series. This maid of New Orleans bad historical pun, but apt description has yet to fail for cozy reading. Nov 12, Lagniappe rated it really liked it.
A solid and entertaining cozy. The plot was a tad predictable, but I loved that our crime solver was an over female who worked in a low-prestige job. The cast of secondary characters were diverse and interesting, if a bit stereotypical at times. And as a lifelong New Orleanian I want to send thanks to Ms.
It lost a star for the aforementioned predictability, but I think it is a strong introduction to thi A solid and entertaining cozy.
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It lost a star for the aforementioned predictability, but I think it is a strong introduction to this series, and I look forward to reading the next one. Give this a try. Jun 10, Rachel rated it liked it. A fun summer read. I also enjoy characters who are older, vs a young ingenue. Saw this series at my local library and decided to check it out hahaha.
I can't say it's overly complex plot-wise, but there were a few red herrings that threw me off a little as far as figuring out whodunnit. I'll keep reading the series. Jun 12, Clara Baker Baldwin rated it liked it. I started this mainly because of the setting. I lived in New Orleans for five years and there are family connections. Enjoyed getting to know the characters, but felt some loose ends on finishing. Maybe they will resurface later. Oct 25, Linda rated it did not like it Shelves: books-read.
This series was recommended to me, so I thought I should start with the first book, and now I am not sure I will read anymore. Clever idea of the cleaning service mixing with a mystery, but something just didn't click. Jul 06, Ford Prefect rated it did not like it. I stopped 30 pages in because it was getting painful to read.
The author was laying it on a little thick on how wonderful their MC was. I enjoyed the title for the book more than the first 30 pages. At least the title was amusing. PS: No puns so far in the actual book. Oct 09, S. Smith rated it liked it Shelves: cozy-mystery. A light mystery. I enjoyed the descriptions of New Orleans. Not bad An ok story. Very obvious solution but the main character is likable enough.
I may check into the next in the series. Jul 08, Miki Jacobs rated it really liked it. A nice cosy murder mystery. No gruesome descriptions, no psychopaths. A nice palate cleanser before I read something more graphic! May 27, Diane rated it it was ok. This is not a book I would normally read. Now I remember why. The Hollow Child Drama Horror Mystery. The Exorcism of Molly Hartley In My Skin Drama Horror. A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.
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IMDb Everywhere. The Twin Peaks cycle, both TV series —91 and film, Fire Walk with Me , puts a detective plot through a succession of bizarre spasms. Burroughs ' novel. Perhaps no American neo-noirs better reflect the classic noir A-movie-with-a-B-movie-soul than those of director-writer Quentin Tarantino ;  neo-noirs of his such as Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction display a relentlessly self-reflexive, sometimes tongue-in-cheek sensibility, similar to the work of the New Wave directors and the Coens.
The British miniseries The Singing Detective , written by Dennis Potter , tells the story of a mystery writer named Philip Marlow; widely considered one of the finest neo-noirs in any medium, some critics rank it among the greatest television productions of all time. The Coen brothers make reference to the noir tradition again with The Man Who Wasn't There ; a black-and-white crime melodrama set in , it features a scene apparently staged to mirror one from Out of the Past. Lynch's Mulholland Drive continued in his characteristic vein, making the classic noir setting of Los Angeles the venue for a noir-inflected psychological jigsaw puzzle.
British-born director Christopher Nolan 's black-and-white debut, Following , was an overt homage to classic noir. During the new century's first decade, he was one of the leading Hollywood directors of neo-noir with the acclaimed Memento and the remake of Insomnia The film plays with an awareness not only of classic noir but also of neo-noir reflexivity itself. With ultra-violent films such as Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Thirst , Park Chan-wook of South Korea has been the most prominent director outside of the United States to work regularly in a noir mode in the new millennium. The television series Veronica Mars —07 also brought a youth-oriented twist to film noir.
Examples of this sort of generic crossover have been dubbed "teen noir". In the post-classic era, a significant trend in noir crossovers has involved science fiction. In Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville , Lemmy Caution is the name of the old-school private eye in the city of tomorrow. The Groundstar Conspiracy centers on another implacable investigator and an amnesiac named Welles. Soylent Green , the first major American example, portrays a dystopian, near-future world via a self-evidently noir detection plot; starring Charlton Heston the lead in Touch of Evil , it also features classic noir standbys Joseph Cotten, Edward G.
Robinson, and Whit Bissell. The cynical and stylish perspective of classic film noir had a formative effect on the cyberpunk genre of science fiction that emerged in the early s; the film most directly influential on cyberpunk was Blade Runner , directed by Ridley Scott , which pays evocative homage to the classic noir mode  Scott subsequently directed the poignant noir crime melodrama Someone to Watch Over Me David Cronenberg's Crash , an adaptation of the speculative novel by J.
Ballard , has been described as a "film noir in bruise tones". The Thirteenth Floor , like Blade Runner , is an explicit homage to classic noir, in this case involving speculations about virtual reality. Science fiction, noir, and anime are brought together in the Japanese films of 90s Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence , both directed by Mamoru Oshii.
The film Ex Machina puts an understated film noir spin on the Frankenstein mythos, with the sentient android Ava as a potential femme fatale , her creator Nathan embodying the abusive husband or father trope, and her would-be rescuer Caleb as a "clueless drifter" enthralled by Ava. Film noir has been parodied many times in many manners. In , Danny Kaye starred in what appears to be the first intentional film noir parody, Wonder Man.
Bob Hope inaugurated the private-eye noir parody with My Favorite Brunette , playing a baby-photographer who is mistaken for an ironfisted detective. Carl Reiner 's black-and-white Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid appropriates clips of classic noirs for a farcical pastiche , while his Fatal Instinct sends up noir classic Double Indemnity and neo-noir Basic Instinct. Noir parodies come in darker tones as well.
Murder by Contract , directed by Irving Lerner , is a deadpan joke on noir, with a denouement as bleak as any of the films it kids. Taxi Driver caustically deconstructs the "dark" crime film, taking it to an absurd extreme and then offering a conclusion that manages to mock every possible anticipated ending—triumphant, tragic, artfully ambivalent—while being each, all at once.
In other media, the television series Sledge Hammer! Sesame Street —curr. Garrison Keillor 's radio program A Prairie Home Companion features the recurring character Guy Noir , a hardboiled detective whose adventures always wander into farce Guy also appears in the Altman-directed film based on Keillor's show. Firesign Theatre 's Nick Danger has trod the same not-so-mean streets, both on radio and in comedy albums. Cartoons such as Garfield's Babes and Bullets and comic strip characters such as Tracer Bullet of Calvin and Hobbes have parodied both film noir and the kindred hardboiled tradition—one of the sources from which film noir sprang and which it now overshadows.
In their original canon of film noir, Raymond Borde and Etienne Chaumeton identified twenty-two Hollywood films released between and as core examples; they listed another fifty-nine American films from the period as significantly related to the field of noir. For instance, The Night of the Hunter , starring Robert Mitchum in an acclaimed performance, is treated as a film noir by some critics, but not by others.
To support their categorization of certain films as noirs and their rejection of others, many critics refer to a set of elements they see as marking examples of the mode. The question of what constitutes the set of noir's identifying characteristics is a fundamental source of controversy. For instance, critics tend to define the model film noir as having a tragic or bleak conclusion,  but many acknowledged classics of the genre have clearly happy endings e.
Others, observing that there is actually considerable stylistic variety among noirs, instead emphasize plot and character type. Still others focus on mood and attitude. No survey of classic noir's identifying characteristics can therefore be considered definitive. In the s and s, critics have increasingly turned their attention to that diverse field of films called neo-noir; once again, there is even less consensus about the defining attributes of such films made outside the classic period. Characters' faces may be partially or wholly obscured by darkness—a relative rarity in conventional Hollywood filmmaking.
While black-and-white cinematography is considered by many to be one of the essential attributes of classic noir, the color films Leave Her to Heaven and Niagara are routinely included in noir filmographies, while Slightly Scarlet , Party Girl , and Vertigo are classified as noir by varying numbers of critics. Film noir is also known for its use of low-angle , wide-angle , and skewed, or Dutch angle shots. Other devices of disorientation relatively common in film noir include shots of people reflected in one or more mirrors, shots through curved or frosted glass or other distorting objects such as during the strangulation scene in Strangers on a Train , and special effects sequences of a sometimes bizarre nature.
Night-for-night shooting, as opposed to the Hollywood norm of day-for-night , was often employed. In an analysis of the visual approach of Kiss Me Deadly , a late and self-consciously stylized example of classic noir, critic Alain Silver describes how cinematographic choices emphasize the story's themes and mood. In one scene, the characters, seen through a "confusion of angular shapes", thus appear "caught in a tangible vortex or enclosed in a trap.
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Film noirs tend to have unusually convoluted story lines, frequently involving flashbacks and other editing techniques that disrupt and sometimes obscure the narrative sequence. Framing the entire primary narrative as a flashback is also a standard device. Voiceover narration, sometimes used as a structuring device, came to be seen as a noir hallmark; while classic noir is generally associated with first-person narration i.
Bold experiments in cinematic storytelling were sometimes attempted during the classic era: Lady in the Lake , for example, is shot entirely from the point of view of protagonist Philip Marlowe; the face of star and director Robert Montgomery is seen only in mirrors. In their different ways, both Sunset Boulevard and D. Latter-day noir has been in the forefront of structural experimentation in popular cinema, as exemplified by such films as Pulp Fiction , Fight Club , and Memento.
Crime, usually murder, is an element of almost all film noirs; in addition to standard-issue greed, jealousy is frequently the criminal motivation. A crime investigation—by a private eye, a police detective sometimes acting alone , or a concerned amateur—is the most prevalent, but far from dominant, basic plot. In other common plots the protagonists are implicated in heists or con games , or in murderous conspiracies often involving adulterous affairs.
False suspicions and accusations of crime are frequent plot elements, as are betrayals and double-crosses. According to J. David Slocum, "protagonists assume the literal identities of dead men in nearly fifteen percent of all noir. Film noirs tend to revolve around heroes who are more flawed and morally questionable than the norm, often fall guys of one sort or another.
The characteristic protagonists of noir are described by many critics as " alienated ";  in the words of Silver and Ward, "filled with existential bitterness". Among characters of every stripe, cigarette smoking is rampant. There is usually an element of drug or alcohol use, particularly as part of the detective's method to solving the crime, as an example the character of Mike Hammer in the film Kiss Me Deadly who walks into a bar saying "Give me a double bourbon, and leave the bottle".
Chaumeton and Borde have argued that film noir grew out of the "literature of drugs and alcohol". Film noir is often associated with an urban setting, and a few cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, in particular—are the location of many of the classic films. In the eyes of many critics, the city is presented in noir as a "labyrinth" or "maze". The climaxes of a substantial number of film noirs take place in visually complex, often industrial settings, such as refineries, factories, trainyards, power plants—most famously the explosive conclusion of White Heat , set at a chemical plant.
A substantial trend within latter-day noir—dubbed "film soleil" by critic D. Holm —heads in precisely the opposite direction, with tales of deception, seduction, and corruption exploiting bright, sun-baked settings, stereotypically the desert or open water, to searing effect. Film noir is often described as essentially pessimistic.
The films are seen as depicting a world that is inherently corrupt. In author Nicholas Christopher 's opinion, "it is as if the war, and the social eruptions in its aftermath, unleashed demons that had been bottled up in the national psyche. Film noir is often said to be defined by "moral ambiguity",  yet the Production Code obliged almost all classic noirs to see that steadfast virtue was ultimately rewarded and vice, in the absence of shame and redemption, severely punished however dramatically incredible the final rendering of mandatory justice might be.
A substantial number of latter-day noirs flout such conventions: vice emerges triumphant in films as varied as the grim Chinatown and the ribald Hot Spot. The tone of film noir is generally regarded as downbeat; some critics experience it as darker still—"overwhelmingly black", according to Robert Ottoson. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cinematic term mainly referring to stylish early s—late s Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those emphasizing cynical attitudes and sexual motivations.
For the Carly Simon album, see Film Noir album. Two silhouetted figures in The Big Combo The film's cinematographer was John Alton , the creator of many of film noir's stylized images. Play media. Whoever went to the movies with any regularity during was caught in the midst of Hollywood's profound postwar affection for morbid drama. From January through December deep shadows, clutching hands, exploding revolvers, sadistic villains and heroines tormented with deeply rooted diseases of the mind flashed across the screen in a panting display of psychoneurosis, unsublimated sex and murder most foul.
Gun Crazy D. See also: Neo-noir. Angelo Badalamenti has scored most of David Lynch 's noir-related work. His work on this track typifies a "modern noir" style, which the director explicitly sought for Lost Highway See also: Tech noir.
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Merriam-Webster , which acknowledges all three styles as acceptable, favors film noirs ,  while the Oxford English Dictionary lists only films noirs. Only Farrow was credited. See also Ballinger and Graydon , p. Outside the field of film noir scholarship, "dark film" is also offered on occasion; see, e.
For description of noir as a genre, see, e. For the opposing viewpoint, see, e.
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The Philosophy of Film Noir. University Press of Kentucky. See also Bould , pp. See also Place and Peterson Vernet notes that the techniques now associated with Expressionism were evident in the American cinema from the mids pp. Thrilling Detective Web Site. Retrieved For description of City Streets as "proto-noir", see Turan Silver and Ward list nine classic-era film noirs by Lang, plus two from the s pp.
Ottoson lists eight excluding Beyond a Reasonable Doubt  , plus the same two from the s passim. Silver and Ward list seven by Mann p. Ottoson also lists Reign of Terror a.
The Black Book ; , set during the French Revolution, for a total of eight passim. The Wall Street Journal. The Scarecrow Press Inc. Archived from the original PDF on Archived from the original on For a latter-day analysis of the film's self-consciousness, see Naremore , pp. See also Kolker , p. For Point Blank , see Ballinger and Graydon , pp. For Klute , see Ballinger and Graydon , pp. The Independent. For Farewell, My Lovely , see Kirgo , pp.
American Film Institute. For kinship to classic noir boxing films, see Muller , pp. National Review Online. Film in Focus. Accomando, Beth Box Office Mojo. Village Voice. The Guardian. Ballinger and Graydon note "future noir" synonyms: "'cyber noir' but predominantly 'tech noir'" p. The New York Times. The title of Michael F. Excluded from canon: Silver and Ward , p.
Ignored: Bould ; Christopher ; Ottoson Ignored: Ballinger and Graydon ; Hirsch ; Christopher