Jolly Roger

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
246 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2023
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Reviewed by Shrabastee Chakraborty for Readers' Favorite

Professor Roger Chretien’s death was unusual in many ways. Although his body was found in the study, the apparent cause of death was drowning. His body was wrapped in a Jolly Roger, reminiscent of a pirate funeral, while his entire study was ransacked. Roger’s brothers, Jimmy and Johnny, and niece, Jenny, join forces with his partner, Margot Sallier, to unearth the mysteries. Diz and Daz, two energetic musicians, and Robert Louragan, the local funeral home owner, complete their unique entourage. Unfortunately, their quest makes them the targets of a ruthless yet unknown adversary. Can they thwart the repeated attacks? Can they solve the riddles that hint at a long-lost treasure? Find out in Jolly Roger, a novel by Thomas J. Leveque.

Jolly Roger was full of daring adventures, vivid action scenes, and surprising twists. Yet, instead of being plot-centric, it leaned toward being a character-driven novel. Leveque possesses an exemplary ability to create endearing and relatable characters. I loved how he used multiple POVs to advance the storyline. This approach made us bond with each character as we became privy to their feelings and emotions. Although the central theme was grim, there was no shortage of humor in the constant banters between Diz and Daz or the antics of the Chretien brothers. The way everyone overcame their initial misgivings and formed an unbreakable alliance made us remember that being a family did not necessarily need blood relations. The extravagant culinary delights highlighted an indispensable aspect of Louisiana’s culture. The legends of Jean Laffite and his mysterious treasure provided a supernatural element to the novel. I recommend Jolly Roger to any reader looking for a thrilling sleuth story.

Manik Chaturmutha

Jolly Roger by Thomas J Leveque is a historical crime thriller packed with suspense and shock. Roger, one of the three Chretien brothers, was murdered mysteriously, drowned, and wrapped in a Jolly Roger flag. Roger's lady friend, Margot Salliver, knows something is off, and Roger's death threatens her life, too. She leans on her friends Diz and Daz, the Chretiens brothers (James and John), and James' daughter, Jenny, to unravel the mystery Rogers hid: Jean Latiffe's hidden treasure. As the police seem incompetent, with the mortuary's son Robert, they work together to follow the clues not to find the treasure but rather the murderer who sure had the motive. The story ends with deaths, history revealed, and legends proved.

Thomas J Leveque has written in the third person narrative but with a constant shift of perspective, giving us many viewpoints. The non-linear narrative shifts back and forth between the past and present until the timelines converge. I loved Jenny's character and the little romance she shares with Robert, which is so elegantly described. The Old Brothers are portrayed naturally, and Margot's grief is substantiated by her mind-swaying and overwhelming emotions. Louisiana's cuisine is so elaborately and lavishly detailed in this novel. The plot keeps you on edge till the climax, where the ultimate twist catches you entirely off guard, and the narration technique helps hold the suspense. I admired how vastly Thomas was able to provide sensory stimulation through his writing. Jolly Roger is a fantastic read, mainly for readers who are interested in pirates and treasure hunts.

K.C. Finn

Jolly Roger is a work of fiction in the mystery, murder, family saga, and suspense subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Thomas J Leveque. This captivating blend of mystery and adventure is set against the atmospheric backdrop of Southern Louisiana. The story begins with the mysterious death of Roger Chretien, found drowned in his study adorned with the Jolly Roger. As his brothers James and John, along with other intriguing characters, gather to bury him, they become entangled in a web of secrets and history that will take them on a thrilling journey through the heart of Louisiana.

Author Thomas J Leveque has crafted a beautiful work with intertwining elements of murder, suspense, family tension, and Louisiana's rich cultural heritage. The vivid descriptions transport readers to the picturesque yet dangerous landscapes of the bayou, and the looming presence of a category four hurricane adds an additional layer of suspense. The characters are well-drawn, and their relationships evolve as they dig deeper into the mystery surrounding Roger's death. Detective Sergeant Antoine Durel brings a compelling dynamic to the story as the tenuous connection between law enforcement and the Chretien family is tested. Fans of mystery and adventure will be captivated by this thrilling tale of destiny and a centuries-old legend. Overall, Jolly Roger is a page-turner that keeps readers engaged from start to finish that captures and immerses readers in a rich history, varied traditions, and mouth-watering cuisine whilst also delivering a stellar plot.