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Let the Dead Sleep: Cafferty and Quinn, Book 1 | [Heather Graham]

Let the Dead Sleep: Cafferty and Quinn, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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, 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.

©2013 Heather Graham (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    bill doyle adelaide, south australia 02-20-14
    bill doyle adelaide, south australia 02-20-14 Member Since 2011

    Bloke who took to audiobooks in order to beguile long hours on the road travelling to photography gigs across his home state. Now addicted!

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    "it's a scary bust!"

    SPOILER ALERT (but you know what's coming anyway!)

    All-American girl bereft by recent loss of her dear, dear, faultless, kind-hearted, salt-of-the-earth character father. CHECK

    Handsome investigator who initially clashes with said heroine and then... well, you know the rest. CHECK

    Heroine doesn't bother to clarify what her sainted father - bless him - was actually up to, and what this supposed legacy from him to her is until chapter 5, despite constant references to it by the other characters. CHECK

    Heroine is supposed to be committed to doing something by way of profession - in this case she's, like, an artist - but exhibits no marked inclination to undertake any activities relating to it. Except for the occasional plot purpose (see below). CHECK

    It's set in New Orleans so we get a sort of liberal, first-amendmenty tour of Voodoo from an apparent closet rationalist, not-at-all-crazy-and-scary voodoo priestess who helps us understand it's all really not-at-all-crazy-and-scary, and Good Voodoo isn't really the problem. Whew! CHECK

    Comically silly villain. CHECK (not many are sillier, actually!)

    And deluded menials. Who think they can harness 'the power' for themselves. Mwahahaha. CHECK

    Sex scenes that manage to pitch somewhere between the comic and the turgid. CHECK

    Heroine doesn't work out the multiply-telegraphed reference to, you know, that thing that's been niggling at her in the two sentence instruction from her sainted father - God rest his soul - until just before the climax (not the one alluded to above!) despite its, ahem, blinding obviousness. CHECK

    Cell phones that work in a heavy stone-walled crypt, underground. CHECK

    Heroine who's specifically instructed not to trust anyone is left alone at the strategic moment and trusts, you guessed it, a wrong someone. CHECK

    A wrong someone who, despite all that's gone on before, squibs out on simply and conveniently killing, rather than just knocking out, the heroine's putative 'protectors', because it just wouldn't do to kill a dog now, would it? CHECK

    And, wow, like that finished painting she did in, like, an hour in her sleep was prophetic all along! And you'll never guess who the sacrifice depicted was!? CHECK

    And, like, wow, that other woman was the evil priestess all along! Who'd'a'thunkit?! CHECK

    Let's face it; you've heard this book before. But it may beguile a few hours if you're relatively untroubled by the above...

    As for the reading, it's spirited enough (boom boom!), but perhaps you, like me, will remain unsure who's supposed to be a Scot, and who's Irish, and whether nationals of either country would recognize themselves...

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    Reecia Thompson Stoglin Arlington, Texas USA 05-16-14
    Reecia Thompson Stoglin Arlington, Texas USA 05-16-14 Member Since 2007

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    What did you love best about Let the Dead Sleep?

    This is a great book--I loved the characters. The story is set in New Orleans, the narrator does great with the accents, etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let the Dead Sleep?

    Discovering the identity of one of the main villains.


    Have you listened to any of Natalie Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Evil in the Big Easy


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book, especially if you are a fan of Faith Hunter, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, etc!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 08-08-15
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 08-08-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Ooh the doggie!"

    Let the dead sleep : Cafferty and Quinn book 1
    By Heather Graham

    I first discovered this author on Audible and ever since that first book I have made a point of buying a book by her at least once every three months.

    The narrator of this specific book was amazing. Her timing, enunciation and her range for voices made me feel as if I were at my fathers knee, listening to him reading a familiar book to me one more time.

    The story. As always a combination of paranormal and romance and this time with a dog as big as a small horse. What more can you ask for?

    I find it incredible how effortless this author manages to keep you, the listener believing in the unbelievable.

    If romance, action, paranormal, thriller and a good read is your cup a tea, well then. Have a sip.

    WaAr

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    Zulu 07-28-15
    Zulu 07-28-15
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    "Good until the end"
    Would you try another book from Heather Graham and/or Natalie Ross?

    Not sure yet. Maybe Natalie Ross if the book she was reading sounded interesting.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Change the ending. I had enjoyed the book, even though it was predictable at times, until I got to the end which kind of ruined the whole book for me.


    Was Let the Dead Sleep worth the listening time?

    I thought so until I got to the last few minutes of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the scenes with Wolf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 04-09-15
    Shannon 04-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    As with all of Ms. Graham's books this one is fabulous! Whether you're a new fan or current fan anyone would enjoy it!

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    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-16-15
    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not bad"

    Good story to get lost in for its duration. It was predictable and had many cliche's but I liked the Characters (mostly the dog Wolf) Not a bad warm up for a fun series. Natalie Ross did a good job with the narration.

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    Dawn 01-10-15
    Dawn 01-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good listen"

    Not my favorite of all, but it had a good unpredictable story. Not my usual romance mystery, very little romance at all. Still, a good mystery with a little romance mixed in. No hot and steamy scenes.

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    Leigh 08-10-14
    Leigh 08-10-14 Member Since 2014

    As a psychiatrist addiction is important to me. I am addicted to audible books, kindle books, my husband, and my thirteen cats.

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    "Always a big fan of Heather's work."
    Would you listen to Let the Dead Sleep again? Why?

    I truly enjoy her writing. She takes the time to describe the venue, history and the people involved. Its always a well weaved story with surprises and of course love and a crime. Read them all I say, even the not so good ones are better than most good books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This story is the start of a new series. Interesting and hopefully the next one will be a little more organized now that all the players in the book. This book is a pleasant read.


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    Tauna 02-13-14
    Tauna 02-13-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining Story and Great Narrator"
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    I enjoyed this book very much. Highly recommend! Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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    Kimberly Woodinville, WA, USA 05-08-13
    Kimberly Woodinville, WA, USA 05-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Let the Dead Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was excellent!


    What other book might you compare Let the Dead Sleep to and why?

    Any other Heather Graham paranormal novel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending -- at the sugar mill. That's all I'll write so I don't give the ending away.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how Ms. Graham took the time to develop her characters and the story line. Plus, the narrator's voice for each character was incredible. I'd definitely listen to her again.

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    "Good who done it with a spooky twist"
    If you could sum up Let the Dead Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    None stoppable intrigue


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make it longer


    What three words best describe Natalie Ross’s voice?

    paints the picture


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Stone cold


    Any additional comments?

    Really enjoyed books 1 & 2 in the series and plan to read the rest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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