Friday, October 22, 2010

Review: Black Dust Mambo by Adrian Phoenix

Black Dust Mambo
Hoodoo #1
by: Adrian Phoenix
$7.99 mass market paperback
Simon & Shuster
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: June 2010

Kallie is a Hoodoo apprentice who is enjoying carnival in New Orleans and was having a great time until the hunky nomad she had waiting in her bed is now dead and his best-friend and fellow nomad Layne is banging on her door. No one is going to believe she had nothing to do with Gabe's death.

When she is taken into custody by the Hecatean Alliance she finds that even they cannot protect her from what is trying to end her life. With the help of the handsome nomad and her friends Kallie sets out to find who is trying to put a premature end to her life and all clues are leading back to her mentor and Aunt Gabrielle.

Annette says:

BLACK DUST MAMBO is a big hit!!! I was engrossed from the very beginning to the very end and still wanting more. Kallie and her group of friends will keep you on the edge of your seat with their humor and the suspense of what can possibly go wrong next. Adrian Phoenix has created a new world in which the readers can venture into the land of hoodoo and the bayous of New Orleans.

I give this book:

Carla says:

This is the fourth book by Adrian Phoenix I've read, and her stories just keep getting better and better.  This new series is an intriguing look into a different culture, and the humor and character interaction was amazing.  I was sad to see the book end, but it was a great setup for book 2, which I can't wait to read.

Carla gives this book a

Now for some exciting news......Adrian Phoenix is offering one lucky commentor a signed copy of Black Dust Mambo as well as a copy of her book A Rush of Wings the first book in her Makers Song Series.


  1. Felicia CiaudelliFriday, October 22, 2010

    I have several of Adrian's books in my TBR Pile, but this the first I have read and I absolutely LOVE it - EXCELLENT - very gripping!


  2. I fell in love with Adrian's Maker's Song series so I picked up her new series as well. I found Black Dust Mambo just as engrossing as her other books. I have read a lot of books that deal with vampires, werewolves, etc., but this was the first book I encountered that dealt with Hoodoo. It was extremely refreshing to read something different. Adrian has fast become one of my favorite authors. I will definitely be picking up book 2 in the series.

  3. This book was fascinating with its peek into the hoodoo culture. Adrian Phoenix introduces an intriguing set of characters and leaves us all wanting more. Which is what she does best. If you haven't read Phoenix's Maker's Song books, you need to get them NOW!

    PS Don't enter me in the contest. I already have them all and want to give someone else a chance to discover these great books!

  4. What wonderful reviews. I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Adrian's stories yet, but suspense and humor with a great storyline, always gets my attention.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  5. Great review and I would love to read Black Dust Mambo so please count me in!


  6. This does sound very interesting. I've also read Adrian Phoenix's maker series, and loved them. With the humor that everyone keeps mentioning, this soumds like I'll enjoy it even more. I agree that Adrian Phoenix is damned good writer. I'm looking forward to reading Black Dust Mambo- love the title.


  7. Adrian Phoenix rocks! I have read the Maker's Song series and absolutely loved it. I've never read anything about Hoodoo before but since Adrian wrote it, I'll read it =) I loved the whole New Orleans feel in TMS series so I look forward to this book as well. "Cherie" Thanks for the awesome contest, my fingers are crossed.

  8. I absolutely would recommend Black Dust Mambo to anyone who likes reading well written urban fiction, or simply wonderful books for that matter. In the way Adrian creates such a wonderfully amazing and completely addicting world, I was glued to each page right from the start! In short, I love this book.

    P.S. don't enter me in the contest either. I have all of Adrian's books also. Please give somebody else a chance who might not have them yet:)

  9. How did I miss this author? This book sounds great!

  10. It's such a wonderful book Estella, I highly recommend reading it. Check it out:) Adrian's Maker's Song Series is just as addicting too!!

  11. Adrian's Maker Song series are amazing. A rush of wings was one of the first paranormal books I have picked up and read and also one of the reasons I am so hooked on this genre. Heather and Dante's chemistry is amazing and it pulls you right into the book. I haven't had the chance to read Black Dust Mambo yet, but I know Adrian is a talented writer and once I get my hands on it I am positive I'll love it

  12. Wow....what a nice turnout and some great comments. For those who have yet to discover Adrian Phoenix and her wonderful storytelling you are in for a treat. I was hooked on the Makers Song Series from book one and always go into withdraws waiting for the next so when BDM was released had to have it but got behind on reading my TBR pile so when it came my turn to pick our book of the month I had to pick this one.
    Book two is going to be just as good or better with the return of Kallie and her friends and a few new characters and interesting encounters.

    It was mentioned at Adrian's Club Hell Group that a crossover between Dante's world and Kallie's would be pretty sweet since they are both in New Orleans it is likely they would cross paths right?


  13. I have read a lot about Black Dust Mambo, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I'm intrigued by the Hoodoo aspect of the story, I think it will be very interesting.


  14. I've heard so many great things about both of Adrian's series. I need to get out and start both of them. Your thoughts just backup everything I've read.


  15. Adrian Phoenix makers song series of books have pride of place on the top shelf of my bookcase,the place reserved for my very favourite books... there's a space waiting for Etched in Bone and Black Dust Mambo of course

  16. I adore New Orleans and have been long facinated by hoodoo culture. I'm looking forward to reading Black Dust Mambo.

  17. I haven't read the makers series before. really looking forward to start with book one !!

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  18. Love the Maker's Song series thus far, and can't wait for number 4!

    I've been waiting to get ahold of Black Dust Mambo, so please count me in for the contest (the first book of MS wouldn't be a shabby bonus either). :)

    Thanks for the oppurtunity.


  19. Wow! Thanks for the awesome comments, everyone! I truly appreciate the support!

    And thanks to Annette and Carla for having this round table discussion. Y'all ROCK! ;)

  20. I've already commented earlier in this post but I just saw that Adrian replied to all of our posts. That's awesome that she checks back and reads what we have to say. She's just all around awesomness =) thanks and you ROCK!

  21. i have read the three maker's song books and loved them. haven't read black dust mambo, but it is in the box to be read.

  22. This book sounds like a must read. Adrian Phoenix is a new author to me. I'm adding Black Dush Mambo to my TBR.