Monday, June 17, 2013

ARC Book Review: Let The Dead Sleep (Cafferty & Quinn) Book 1

Book Title: Let The Dead Sleep (Cafferty & Quinn)
Author: Heather Graham  |Website| TwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
Genre:Paranormal Romance/Romantic Suspense
Format: ebook, Hardcover, Paperback
Cost: $8.99, $23.95, $14.95
Pages: 336
How I got it: NetGalley
Series/Standalone: Series
Shelfability: Borrow
Season: Halloween Season
Purchase:Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
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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, the owner is found dead…and Danni discovers that she’s inherited much more than she realized. In the store is a book filled with secret writing: instructions for defeating evil entities. She’d dismissed it as a curiosity…until the arrival of this statue, with its long history of evil and even longer trail of death. Michael Quinn, former cop and now private investigator, is a man with an unusual past. He believes that doing the right thing isn’t a job – it’s a way of life. And the right thing to do is find and destroy this object weighted with malevolent powers. 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. Cafferty and Quinn already know that trust in others can be misplaced, that love can be temporary. And yet their connection is primal. Mesmerizing. They also know that their story won’t end when this case is closed and the dead rest in peace once again.

When I got this, I was all over it, I happily started reading, the book moved pretty quickly although it took a while for it to become a romance, and even then it wasn't a deeply romantic book (or graphic). It was definitely a ground work laying book, especially for the main characters, I was really confused about the ending because I was like "Wait ..what?!??!??!? I mean all of this for that ending, you must be crazy." It wasn't until I was writing the review and linking all the websites that I noticed it said that this was part of a new series being launched in New Orleans. WoOOOhoooo!! Ok. That make more sense now, especially because there were so many more loose ends than those tied up in the book.

As you read in the synopsis, Michael Quinn is a former police officer who has switched to being a P.I due to a change that took place in his life during college.  He now hunts those objects that cause too much trouble in the world and he used to get help from Angus Caferty in doing so, now that Angus has passed he's left with a novice who might not even know how the job is supposed to be done.  Danni has been sheltered her whole life, and she doesn't quite know how she's going to fill her father's shoes, but she's a Cafferty and she's darn stubborn & whatever she doesn't know she's going to learn!! I loved reading the book, even though I guessed about half way in the traitor in midst, I wanted a little more about why they would betray others so easily. And why that cult leader was a leader.

The bust and it's evil was so well written and the history that was given was well researched and I have to say it made the story even more convincing.  I loved that New Orleans is a major character as well. Heather's insistence on letting you know the differences between witchcraft, VooDoo, & satanism and the mish-mass of crap some cults come up with.  I enjoyed reading the depth of research that was clearly done.

I do want to read more from this series, especially because this book reminds me of Warehouse 13 a bit.  Danni sounds like she is going to be a good character. I want to learn more about the shop too. These warriors they gather around them is going to make this pretty interesting.

It's good, not perfect, but still really good.

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