Reclusive collector Cutter Merlin is seldom seen in Key West - lately, not at all. Officer Liam Beckett visits Merlin’s curious house and discovers the gentleman in his study. In his death grip: a volume of occult lore and a reliquary. His eyes are wide with fright, his mouth a horrified rictus where spiders now dwell.
Kelsey Donovan returns to the old house to catalog her estranged grandfather’s collection of artifacts and antiquities, vowing to see his treasures divested properly. But she cannot ignore the sense that she’s being watched, the reports of malevolent black figures, the pervasive smell of death.
Is the Merlin house haunted, even cursed? Liam knows well that some ghost stories are true and he swears to protect Kelsey. But there are forces at work for whom one more life is a pittance to pay for their deepest desire.…
©2010 Heather Graham (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Not a good read, it repeated itself and just got boring - couldn't wait till it ended.
read other reviews after I listened to this so no I don't think so not good reviews at all.
yes she read the book well.
This series started strongly with a ghost only one person could see. By the end no one was paying much attention to the ghost and he'd become a bit of an afterthought. I thought Heather should have dug deeper and done more with it.
I am going to a non-fiction next.
I thought the narration was OK, but her character voices for all the male characters became a bit same old same old.
I think I'd have gotten rid of a lot of the 'how fantastic this place is' stuff as she talks a lot about the streets and history and by book three we know it all.
Not her best work. If I hadn't bought all three in a 3 for 1 sale I would have stopped after book 2.
I listened to this on audio and, while the narrator's performance was decent, the voices began to sound the same after a bit.
Other reviewers are correct, there are some sex scenes described in detail, nothing too raunchy but they could have been left out; especially the last one. I mean we get it, they're dating and having sex...we don't need to be with them every time they do it.
I would definitely try this author again because it is an interesting concept.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
yes with A. Dawe, no more from Heather Graham unless on sale. This was a sale book and was Ok for the price. This had a good mystery/outline, but it fell flat overall for an 8 hr listen.
She has a good outline, but spends way too much dialogue promoting her other books and she does not do it well. Her mystery portion good, but her romance portion needs work. I have tried a few, but no more unless her story has a fave reader of mine.Check out Sandra Brown. Her romance portions are not many, but the hero is always HOT!
Ms Dawe has really improved over some of her early reads I had purchased. Ms Dawe use to turn up her voice at the end of sentences . I just download 2 more current works of hers and I look forward to listening to them.
this was a series, but did not love this book enough to purchase full price book 1 and 2. The reviewers said this was the best of the series. I could not fault it, but a good editor should have figured out how to best showcase the book.
I love the ghost, Bartholomew as he had some fun dialogue...author should follow that line a bit more. She had so many characters from her other books that it seems like an infomercial. If you are a good storyteller, fans will seek out the books available.
Not bad, gradually gained speed and momentum with an interesting ending
Sure, probably should have started with the first of this Trilogy
Too many male voice's needed in this particular story. Hard to pull off for a women
I love this series she did an excellent job of telling another great Key West tale.
Suspense and romance what more could you ask for.
The narrator brings the characters to life.
I can't say because it'll ruin it for the next listener.
Great book for all suspense listeners. You must listen to the whole series.
Yes, as a matter of fact, I've listened to it a couple of times. Interruptions while listening to books on tape often make me miss something relevant to the story plot, especially with cozy mysteries, etc. So the second listen was even more enjoyable (and answered many questions running around in my head)! The third listen was purely pleasurable and made me anxiously await my "credit day" so that I could buy books one and two of the series to listen to them.
The outstanding feature of this book is that it takes place in Key West. I've not visited this region of our nation so I am visiting through the words of the author to see the sites and sounds of the islands. I listened to a book entitled Flashback by Nevada Barr that takes place about 70 miles away from the Keys. The most they have in common is that they are both mysteries with historical overtones.
The fact that I became so emersed in the story that I forgot I was listening to a narration of the story is the best compliment I can give Ms. Dawe. I thoroughly enjoyed her reading of all three stories. I would be very happy to read another book narrated by her.
I wish I had started with book one of the series, but that wasn't possible, because Audible offered book three as the series sale item, not book one! LOL! Still, it didn't hurt to read the last book first since the three books center on different people in this interesting cast of characters.
It was a very pleasant story and I'm glad I had a chance to purchase this at a discounted rate. Believe me, I did go back and purchase the first two books at the member rate! What more is there to say?
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