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French Quarter
Cameron, Stella.
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Publication Information:
New York : Kensington Books, [1998]

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371 pages ; 23 cm
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Cataloged from uncorrected proof.
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Celina Payne is plunged into a nightmarish world when her boss, Errol Petrie, dies in a scandalous situation and Petrie's business partner, Jack Charbonnet, is convinced that she is hiding something, and as they search for the truth, passion flares between them and an unimaginable evil threatens to

Author Notes

Stella Cameron was born and raised on the southern coast of England where she met her American husband at a party in London. After their marriage, she left England and went with husband Jerry to Washington State to make a home and raise a family. Like many authors, Stella began her literary career as a reader. As a young girl, Stella was a self-professed reading "addict", devouring all types of literature. She learned very early to retreat from the demands of others into a gentler world -- her own. As a child and a young adult, books saved her because they helped free her while they entertained her. Her love of reading always went side-by-side with her love of writing. Nineteenth-century author Jane Austen was a particular favorite, and Stella admits that she particularly enjoys reading and writing books set in the 1800s, as well as contemporary novels. In 1980, Stella decided she wanted to write professionally. She attended writing classes and wrote short literary fiction for a year. It was during this period that Stella discovered how well-written and intense romantic fiction could be. Using her newly acquired writing skills, she began to write contemporary romantic fiction for Harlequin Americans and Intrigues. After several years, she moved up to Harlequin SuperRomances. In 1992, she made the switch to single titles with her first historical, Only By Your Touch. She has also authored a series entitled Rossmara Quartet along with several other romance titles. Stella Cameron sees herself as an entertainer and historian who adds her perspective to contemporary values through writing.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Celina Payne finds her employer, Errol Petrie, dead, and soon enough, she's in the middle of a whole heap of trouble. Petrie was the founder of Dreams, a New Orleans foundation that grants wishes to dying children. But he was also a former sex addict, and considering the getup he's wearing when Celina finds his body, it seems he's been hitting the handcuffs again. Still, Petrie was a kind soul, one with lots of friends. Enter Jack Charbonnet, Petrie's dashing business partner. Jack takes an instant dislike to Celina, but by the next day or so, he's ready to marry her and be a father to the child she's conceived by rape. This is one of those books where the characters are continuously doing just the opposite of what any reasonable person would do in their place, which makes it a bit difficult to get into the flow of the story. Still, the melodramatic doings of the over-the-top cast make for provocative reading, and to Cameron's credit, even though it's clear who the major players are in the crime, how they are individually involved isn't spelled out until the very end. Good fun for those who like their romantic suspense a little on the trashy side. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Mystery, more than romance, defines Cameron's (The Best Revenge) appealing if conventional first outing into hardback romantic suspense. Peopled by standard types‘growling mob boss, simpering drag queen, pushy newspaper gossipmonger, unscrupulous evangelists, conscienceless politicos‘in a cartoon New Orleans, the novel nonetheless succeeds in weaving a taut web of murder and sexual liaisons (the latter sometimes played out in dog-ear-worthy pages of steamy lust). Jack Charbonnet, part owner of a riverboat casino, is thrown together with a former Miss Louisiana, Celina Payne, when her boss, Errol Petrie, is murdered. Jack's wife died four years ago in murky circumstances; Celina is pregnant after a rape by a man whose identity she conceals. Their decision to marry, for respectability's sake, long precedes the predictable resolution of their mistrustful relationship and the more interesting exploration of the connections among Celina's parents, Errol's spiritual guides and Senate-hopeful Wilson Lamar. Cameron's exploration of family‘from mob loyalty to parental betrayal‘lends a certain thoughtfulness to the work. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

When her boss, charitable foundation director Errol Petrie, ends up dead on the bathroom floor, socialite and former beauty queen Celina Payne finds herself‘along with the dangerously compelling Jack Charbonnet‘caught in a sordid web of murder, scandal, and greed that stretches from the false glitter of the political arena to the rotting core of New Orleans polite society, with occasional detours into the city's darker, criminal world. The well-matched, likable protagonists are surrounded by a variety of often shallow and sometimes truly repellent secondary characters in a story that addresses ambition, outward appearance, and social differences and features very explicit and not always pleasant sex. Although more mainstream than romance, this portrays a touching relationship, and Cameron's (The Wish Club, Warner, 1998) romance fans will be waiting for it. The author lives in the Pacific Northwest. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.