Friday, June 17, 2016

Review: Let The Dead Sleep

Title : Let The Dead Sleep
Series : Cafferty and Quinn #1
Author : Heather Graham
ISBN : 0778316017 (ISBN13: 9780778316015)
Edition : Paperback (February 25, 2014)
Publisher : MIRA Books
Page counts : 384 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Supernatural, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary
Average Rating : 3.81 (per June 18, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : June 8, 2016
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An Object of Desire? Or of Fear?

It was stolen from a New Orleans grave—the centuries-old bust of an evil man, a demonic man. It's an object desired by collectors and by those with wickedness in their hearts.

One day, its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty's antiques shop on Royal Street, the shop she inherited from her father. But before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears and the owner is found dead….

Michael Quinn, former cop and now private investigator, is determined to find and destroy this object with its long history of evil and even longer trail of death. He and Danni are drawn together in their search for the missing statue, following it through sultry New Orleans nights to hidden places in the French Quarter and secret ceremonies on abandoned plantations.

But Cafferty and Quinn know that their story won't end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again.

As for Romantic Suspense, I usually fall back to Karen Rose. But Heather Graham has always been there as my favorite author of Supernatural-Suspense hybrid. Cafferty and Quinn takes us to the heart of New Orleans, where supernatural often reigns and things abnormal are just normal there. I'm actually a big fan of this city, with its history and mysteries surrounding the city.

Danni Cafferty's dad, Angus, was gone and she inherited his shop, The Chesire Cat. She never knew what her father actually did for his job. Her father collected things and stuffs of mysteries, sometimes even dangerous things. When a woman came to her, insisting she takes the bust of Pietro Miro and later found dead, she starts to question whether this statue is as dangerous as the woman told her.

Enter Michael Quinn. He knew Danni's father, and the PI wants to track down the statue before it claims yet another live. However, trying to explain things that doesn't make sense to the sensible Danni is not easy. They don't start off on a great foot. But soon, danger starts to mount and their attraction can't be ignored.

I always like Heather Graham's books. They offer something paranormal, with real human evil thrown in the mix, and some romance to perk me up. Although this is not her first book to feature New Orleans, I found it more detailed. The New Orleans here is not just a background, the city is very much involved with the story as a whole. I love the way she puts in the detail and small snippets of NOLA's history in the book.

As for the plot, it's surprisingly intriguing (even for me). I can't predict where she'd take me, and each page became more and more twisted--in a good way. The characters are also very intriguing, starting with Danni, who's more sensible and can't quite believe what Michael tells her. Michael, with his dog Wolf and his less-than-amazing NDE. Billy, Natasha, and Father Ryan don't slack off their roles either.

Overall, Let The Dead Sleep was entertaining and just right enough for me, who loves herself some romance, supernatural, and suspense. I even would like Indonesian publisher(s) to translate it. I've read Waking The Dead and it's even more better.

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