You don’t have to be a fan of urban fantasy to appreciate the richly detailed setting of Orleans, both Old and New, in Suzanne Johnson’s debut Royal Street. After the barriers between New Orleans and the Great Beyond are compromised by Hurricane Katrina, the Guardians of the city must work overtime to protect what’s left. Someone is murdering the soldiers assisting with the recovery, and Drusilla Jaco’s wizard mentor is missing. To complicate matters, DJ has to put up with a new special-forces-type partner and the return of legendary pirate Jean Lafitte. Action, humor, magic, and a love for New Orleans are all on display, and Louis Armstrong himself enters the picture in an inspired plot twist.