Sunday, January 27, 2013

Let the Dead Sleep - Review

Title: Let the Dead Sleep
Author: Heather Graham
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My thoughts:

If a book is set in New Orleans, I will read it. A bit like Field of Dreams. "If you build it, they will come. " For me, if it is set in New Orleans, I will read it.  I have read other books by Graham set in the city, apparently she enjoys it as much as I do.

 A haunted antique, voodoo, a secret family history, the French Quarter and plantations, and interesting characters made this book entertaining and fun. It was easy to get lost in the words, and the answer to the mystery veiled just enough that you thought you knew it all but then you learn at the end, you didn't quite know it all.  The only criticism I have is that it became a little repetitive - the characters would get up, have breakfast, hunt for the bust, go home, shower, eat dinner, then get up and do the same thing all over again. 

This book is definitely a fun, easy read, pure escapism. If you like Heather Graham, or romantic supernatural thrillers, pick this one up for sure. 

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