Ray Celestin is a British author of historical mystery novels, in addition to writing screenplays, short stories and comic books. He writes the City Blues Quartet series. Ray lives in London, England.

Ray Celestin made his debut as a published novelist in 2014 with the novel The Axeman’s Jazz. The novel won the CWA New Blood Award for best debut crime novel of the year, and was featured on numerous Books of the Year lists. Below is a list of Ray Celestin’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of City Blues Quartet Books

The Axeman's Jazz (aka The Axeman)(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Man's Blues(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mobster's Lament(2019) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price


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Ray Celestin Synopsis: The Axeman’s Jazz is a standalone title by Ray Celestin. New Orleans, 1919. As a dark serial killer – The Axeman – stalks the city, three individuals set out to unmask him… Though every citizen of the Big Easy thinks they know the culprit, Detective Lieutenant Michael Talbot, heading up the official investigation, is struggling to find leads. But Michael has a grave secret, and if he doesn’t get himself on the right track fast, it could be exposed… Former detective Luca d’Andrea has spent the last six years in Angola state penitentiary, after Michael, his protégée, blew the whistle on his corrupt behaviour. Now a newly freed man, Luca is back working with the mafia, whose need to solve the mystery of the Axeman is every bit as urgent as that of the authorities. Meanwhile, Ida is a secretary at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Obsessed with Sherlock Holmes and dreaming of a better life, Ida stumbles across a clue which lures her and her musician friend, Louis Armstrong, to the case – and into terrible danger… As Michael, Luca and Ida each draw closer to discovering the killer’s identity, the Axeman himself will issue a challenge to the people of New Orleans: play jazz or risk becoming the next victim. And as the case builds to its crescendo, the sky will darken and a great storm will loom over the city…

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