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Can’t Stop the Funk is from The Detective Cooter Holland mystery series by H. Max Hiller. Real estate developers offer exorbitant deals to residents in the Lower Ninth Ward, the poorest section of New Orleans. Detective Cooter Holland thinks the deals are questionable after his cook, Miss J, shows him her contract. He’s interested to know what the developers’ motives are regarding this neighbourhood. Miss J’s nephew, Lionel, a candidate in the City Council elections, is found with drugs. The only way Cooter can help Lionel prove his innocence is to arrest him while investigating the case. The detective’s other problem is with a prosecutor, to whom he is attracted. How can he separate business from pleasure when the two sometimes overlap?
Detective Cooter “Cadillac” Holland is a former field operative whose military training is used to solve “special cases” that are passed on to him by his superiors. He is fearless, quick-witted and compassionate. His method of getting the job done is often disapproved. But the detective prefers to bend the rules according to his needs, not break them. The plot is an interesting one that highlights the underhanded side of housing development and the greed that accompanies it. H. Max Hiller also gives a clear account of the damage Hurricane Katrina left behind, and how it has affected the victims who survived. Can’t Stop the Funk is the second book in The Detective Cooter Holland Mysteries. It is an engaging, light-hearted mystery from an author I like.