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Let the Dead Sleep (Cafferty and Quinn #1)

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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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published March 1st 2013)
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Ugh. My first and last Heather Graham novel.

Formulaic plot and characters. Reads like a Lifetime movie.
I'm a long-time fan of Heather Graham, and while this isn't my #1 favorite of hers, LET THE DEAD SLEEP is an intriguing, fun read. Heather delivers the eerie paranormal twists that she is known for, while creating a plot that is creepy and populated by quirky characters.

In this paranormal thriller, Heather takes a somewhat ordinary object and turns it into an element of terror. She never fails to deliver a great read. So if you're looking for pure entertainment, check this one out.

PS: I received
Ginny  (Gin's Book Notes)
New Orleans, voodoo, ancient evil, human sacrifice, and a new partnership against evil combine and make Heather Graham’s, Let the Dead Sleep a can’t put down tale of mystery and suspense.

Book 1 of The Cafferty and Quinn series begins with a prologue. Dani is saying her final goodbyes to her larger than life father, Angus Quinn. He is in a coma and Dani is finding it difficult to let go. She talks to him endlessly and I was as shocked as she was when Angus bolts upright and proclaims, “Lass, so l
I've read a few books by Graham and I've always found them entertaining. Usually mysteries with a hint of paranormal elements and a little romantic suspense added in. This book was no exception, it was a fast paced ride from the beginning of the book to the last page.

One of the main characters is Danni Cafferty and she runs an antique shop that she inherited from her father. She is also an up and coming artist that finds herself in her shop painting the face of a woman she's never met before. Th
This was one of the lamest excuses for a thriller I've ever read! As one reviewer put it, it reads like it was written by a teenage girl- one that knows little about the horror/thriller genre! The plot sounded promising- I judged a book by it's back cover when I picked this up. The main character was arrogant and unlikable, the story moved at a painfully sluggish pace, and much of the dialogue and actions of the characters were laughably hard to swallow. I am a die-hard follower of the horror/th ...more
The book was very good! Part paranormal and part romance. This is the genre Ms. Graham seems to stay with.

In this book a man dies and his daughter, Danni, is devastated. But, she is in for quiet a surprise. Believing she and her father had no secrets she finds out differently when Quinn walks through the door of her antiques shop! He tells her he worked with her dad on special cases. Quinn is a PI and Danni is an artist.

Her dad ran a great little shop, but, it's filled with all sorts of curios w
When Danni Cafferty's father dies unexpectedly, he leaves her his antique store and a legacy that she has no clue about until private investigator Michael Quinn comes into her life at the same time as a seemingly deranged woman comes barging into her store raving about a murderous bust. This just happens to be the same woman that Danni just painted a picture of. There's just one problem--Danni's never seen this woman before in her life. When said woman turns up dead within hours of her visit to ...more
This was an uncorrected proof from Netgalley so I'm not sure if my dislike of the book is due to the formatting issues or the blah story. No, I'm pretty sure it was the blah story. I usually find Heather Graham's paranormals creepy and entertaining but I found this one ridiculous. The cast of nefarious characters was laughable and the main characters, Danni & Quinn, were just blah. I know Graham can do better.
Michael Davis
Listened to the audio of this one based on the Face Off collection, which paired protagonists from different authors and series for short mysteries or cases. (Great collection; this is not the only new author I've discovered and liked from that one.) I started this one in the car (which is why it took so much longer than the book itself would have), and that's the only way I continued - until I got about halfway in, when I had to bring it into the house since I couldn't wait for the next car tri ...more
A previous reviewer said, "My first and last Heather Graham novel. [...] Reads like a Lifetime movie." This very much sums up my response, as well. Characters were predictable and flat, bad editing left multiple typos and grammatical errors, and dialogue was terrible. My biggest problem was with bad continuity: characters knowing things they shouldn't yet, doing something on one page that they'd flat out refused to do the page before, etc.

All of that said... I also saw several reviews stating th
M.K. Theodoratus
Give me a strong mystery with a preternatural bent, and I'm ready to sit back and read until two AM even though I know I'll hate myself in the morning. Heather Graham often puts me in that "one more chapter" syndrome,and she did not disappoint me this time around, though I fear she's giving me a distorted view of New Orleans.

Here, a cursed bust of an evil man crosses the path of Dani Caferty, an antique dealer with a geas laid on her by her dying father, and Michael Quinn, a former cop turned pr
I listened to the audio book version of this, but I have a feeling that I would have liked the book a bit more if I just read it instead. The lady that voices the audio book got on my nerves, not to mention that she did a ton of hilarious (male) Irish accents and all the male character's voices. It was hard to not laugh at them initially. I'll also note that I checked out the audio book because I had to go out of town one weekend and figured I'd try one out for the long drive.

The storyline was j
Rating is more like a 3.75 than a true "4." Some interesting characters and New Orleans is almost always a great location. Some of the twists were predictable. There are many unresolved issues and unrevealed back-stories, so we know the series was planned early on. My biggest complaint is that when their relationship turned the corner, the details were too graphic and too extensive, but it was pretty easy to just skip several pages. Also, there were some things that the female lead should have f ...more
CJ - let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater

It was pretty bad, I'm not going to lie. There was a lot of stilted dialogue, over use of exclamation points, over exposition, and just plain bad development.

I refuse to believe that Heather Graham wrote this. Usually I can depend on her for a supernatural mystery cum romance that is light and easy, with little to no thought process. A beach read. Or just decent escapism. But this?


It didn't help that my e-loan somehow managed to switch chapters 17 and 18.

I'm going to check out the second
Let the Dead Sleep is the story of Danni Cafferty, an artist who inherits her father's antique shop upon his death, and Michael Quinn, an ex-cop turned PI who had worked with Danni's father on special cases. Danni and Quinn team up to find a bust that can influence people to commit evil deeds.

I wasn't really sure how to rate this one. I liked the premise well enough, however, there was just something lacking. I don't really know what it is exactly, but the book just didn't grab me like it should

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

"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 inher
Judy Hall
When Danni Cafferty's father dies, she takes over his antique and collectible shop, completely unaware of the other legacy he left her as well. She finds out the day a desperate woman comes into the shop begging her to take an ancient bust off her hands because it is evil. Michael Quinn followed Gladys Simon into the store and is disgusted with Danni when Danni won't help the woman immediately.

This leads the two of them into their first adventure together, going up against an evil cult.

As alway
Paranormal Haven
Michael Quinn was once the golden boy of New Orleans. He was destined to be a great NFL quarterback, but because he felt entitled he fell in with the wrong crowds and began taking drugs of every kind and alcohol. He drank so much that he had alcohol poisoning and walked out in front of a car and flat lined on the operating table. However a miracle happened and he came back to life a different person had. He began working with Angus Cafferty in searching for ancient evil art objects and weapons. ...more
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**I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review**

I really like Grahams Horror/paranormal books more than I do her romantic suspense ones. One of the things that I have always loved about her books is that some are based in Louisiana around the Bayou. This just sets the mood for a paranormal story! I loved LET THE DEAD SLEEP for the suspense it had and the paranormal twist. The whole voodoo element that the story had also made it more spookier which is right up my alle
Douglas Meeks

This book took me a bit of reading to get into, the story was good, the opening was good, the characters were interesting but there was some spark missing until about the 30-40% area. The plot is good and you get a good background on Danni but on Michael …. Not so much. Lot of stuff alluded to and I have to assume she is going to make this a series since there are few loose ends left hanging. The whole story revolves around a bust which has a very evil inhabitant and the mission to find i
Aisha Oaktree
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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 th
Linda Baker
Let The Dead Sleep begins with Danni Cafferty sitting by the bedside of her dying father, Angus. Angus was the owner of an antiques and curio store in New Orleans who was the only parent Danni ever knew, her mother having died when Danni was very young. Angus and Danni were always very close and Angus supported her in becoming an artist with a growing reputation. However, it quickly becomes clear that there was much more to Angus and the antique shop than Danni ever imagined.

Michael Quinn is an
Randy Daugherty
Let the Dead Sleep by Heather Graham
Danni Cafferty is a young and upcoming artist in New Orleans, she has also just lost her father and inherited the curio shop he ran. Angus Cafferty tried telling his daughter as he was dying, something he should have explained long before now, all Danni got was read the book.What book? and how do you read it?
Michael Quinn the former shining star of New Orleans sports fans enters the shop and Danni's life along with his companion Wolf, a wolf hybrid. Quinn had
Lucie Fuentes
A beautiful journey into the heart of New Orleans with suspense, romance and murders.

The author leads you on the trail of an evil bust that leaves in its wake a host of corpses. All those who approach it are possessed and killed one way or another.
This could be a simple thriller with an interesting plot but Heather Graham added some touches of superstition and supernatural. A pinch of voodoo from the Bayou, a near-death experience and Satanists ritual. No zombies, no vampires but inexp
4 stars

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Wow a lot of suspense and murders. I guessed some of the mystery but not all of it. I have a feeling that we will see more Cafferty and Quinn in the future. Their is some paranormal in this book. This is one dirty book, They get covered in mud and other junk a few times. Plus their is some love scenes too.

Danni's father just died and he tells her to not sell the shop and read the book with the light. Danni finds out that she did not know about a lo
Mary Chrapliwy
First, I'm glad to see that this title by Heather Graham is part of a series of books (Cafferty & Quinn). The downside is that there is a lot of background done that will likely help bolster other books in the series. Still, this book can be enjoyed on its own.

Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn are at the center of this story. She is a shop owner who just lost her father, a collector of odd things. Michael Quinn lived the fast life and loses his life, only to come back from his experience wit
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As with most of Grahams books the history that she researches is above and beyond. The history that she finds out makes the reader want to head out on vacation to one of her locations. However, while I am usually a big fan of Grahams this book just did nothing for me. The characters never seemed to click at all. The story really never clicked either. Yes it has an interesting storyline something is just off about it.

Usually when I read a book by Graham I
Another great one from Heather Graham. I really enjoyed this. Lots of mystery, suspense, romance and some paranormal to it. A great combination.

The two main characters are Michael Quinn and Danni Cafferty. Both great leading characters who are in search of a bust who mysteriously is the cause of lots of murders. Danni is the antique shop owner who is brought into a world of mystery, suspense and murder. In comes Michael Quinn, a mysterious private investigator who seems to know more about the b
gillian (Tattooed Book Review)
A fast-paced and engaging supernatural mystery, Let the Dead Sleep is Danni Cafferty’s story as she struggles to come to terms with her new place in life, a mysterious job inherited from her father. Graham expertly guides the reader through present-day New Orleans: the tourist traps, amazing Cities of the Dead, and darker elements of the city, both human and supernatural. Danni and her new partner Quinn take us on a wild ride as they follow one step behind an evil funerary bust and the people wh ...more
Danielle "Danni" Cafferty leads a very "normal" life as an artist in New Orleans. She's still grieving the death of her father, Angus Cafferty, and is focused on running the family business, an antique and curio shop. Her life is forever changed when Mrs. Gladys Simon enters her shop and wants to give her an antique marble bust. Mrs. Simon states that the bust is evil, responsible for her husband's suicide and she wants it removed from her home. If that wasn't strange enough, Danni must contend ...more
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some tria
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