To be born in New Orleans is simply a terrific piece of luck, especially if you’re a raconteur, but then, every person you meet anywhere has a story they’d like to tell. In New Orleans they don’t hesitate. This is a city where creativity flourishes, from the downtown art scene to the dialogues overheard in the aisles at the grocery store. Another piece of luck is that my mother happened to be a reader and liked mysteries. I write mysteries sometimes; there was no way to avoid that after my mother read Sherlock Holmes stories to me at bedtime for years. She gave me a