'The love affair between jazz, black musicians and Paris is an eternal story; Carter illuminates it with rare intelligence and a gripping vortex of thrills, feeling and wit'
'A terrific novel, from those witty, subversive opening sentences, to the edgy, melancholy and very satisfying ending'
'This high-spirited tour of Paris has terrific charm . . . with the infectious energy of eternal youth'
'Funky scenes of New York's musical underworld . . . [a] sweet and saucy narrative voice'
'This year's most original fictional detective - a sassy, black intellectual and saxophonist who is plunged into mayhem when an undercover cop gets killed in her apartment'
'Style's the thing in this breezy, sexy mystery narrated by Nanette, a French-speaking, sax-playing street musician'
'Charlotte Carter has . . . the practical discipline needed to craft functional, human sentences [that] flow one into the next without embellishment or posturing'
'This Grace Jones lookalike with a degree in French is a splendid creation'
'The sweet, clear sound of Nanette's musical voice keeps us on her corner, tossing all the change we've got'
'Nanette Hayes may be the most charismatic crime-fiction heroine to appear in the last decade'