The name ‘Iberia’ came up a number of times in the planning of our New Orleans road trip and always
made me wonder if it was the New Iberia I’ve come to know and love through the writings of James Lee Burke. Sure enough, when we walked into the small town visitor’s center, there was a poster inviting aspiring novelists to a workshop. New Iberia, it seems, is a mystery lovers’ mecca. That’s how good Burke is. If you love books with such a strong sense of place that you feel you’ve lived there, give Burke’s Dave Robicheaux series a try. The Neon Rain kicks it off.