Let The Dead Sleep by Heather Graham

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Let The Dead Sleep by Heather Graham
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (331)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Jasmine

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.

New Orleans is in my top five on my list of cities to visit in America. After reading ‘Let the Dead Sleep’, I feel like I’ve already visited – and got to have a crazy adventure while I was there!

Danielle “Danni” Cafferty is an artist that suddenly finds herself in possession of her father’s antique and curio shop after his death. Of course, this being New Orleans, nothing is ever as it seems and apparently her father collected things a bit more odd than normal old antiques and collectibles. And Danni inherited a bit more than just the store. Danni seems to be the type to approach things with thought, caution and logic. She likes to think things through and find explanations. Unfortunately, she is going to have to learn to accept that things aren’t always logical and some things defy explanation. Danni’s father was a player in the eternal struggle of good versus evil, and now Danni has to fill his role.

Michael Quinn is excellent in his role of tall, dark, handsome and mysterious. He is sexy, protective and all sorts of contradictions but we never entirely get to know him. Even once it seems like his true character is revealed, there is still an air of mystery around him. He is definitely on the side of good, though, and a firm ally of Danni’s. Quinn’s dog, Wolf, was charming and adorable, and I wanted him to leap out of the pages and take up a spot at my feet with my other dogs.

The tension between Quinn and Danni builds throughout the book, but Danni is just not sure who he is or what he’s about. We learn to trust Quinn as Danni does. We also learn, along with Danni, how hot he is. I think Danni finally comes to the conclusion that some packages are best when they are unwrapped slowly. With Quinn, I agree.

The other secondary characters are very well written. Even though they don’t get a lot of page time, we get distinctive characters with each one we meet. That’s not always easily or well done in such a short amount of time but Ms. Graham does a great job. For a book that moves at such a quick pace and introduces so many people, it’s important to do it well.

The prologue does well pulling double duty. Not only does it draw you in and make you want to know what the heck is really going on, but it gives you some insight into Danni, not only as a person but also her relationship with her father and some of her background. At the same time, for me, it was a bit misleading in some of the elements I kept expecting to pop up in this book.

With bad guys, cops, romps through graveyards, voodoo shops and mysterious evil objects, the action is fast paced, with several spooky moments. I was never bored with this book and had a great time with my visit to New Orleans through the pages. I’ve read that this may be the first book in a series. If that’s true, I look forward to reading more about Danni and Quinn’s future adventures. I will definitely be recommending this book to friends.

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