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After Dark (Ghost Hunters #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,076 Ratings  ·  205 Reviews
Life is tough these days for Lydia Smith, licensed para-archaeologist. Seriously stressed-out from a nasty incident in an alien tomb, she is obliged to work in Shrimpton’s House of Ancient Horrors, a very low-budget museum. She has a plan to get her career back on track, but it isn’t going well. Stuff keeps happening.

Take the dead body that she discovered in the sarcophagu
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Published June 1st 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2000)
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After Dark is a good start to Harmony series. In this book, Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle, did a wonderful job creating such an interesting faraway future planet of Harmony.

The story flowed fairly well and smooth. Only in the first few chapters that I found the story was a bit slow-paced, the rest of it was great. Once I read through the first half of the book, I was totally gripped by suspense and a feeling of excitement as the pieces of puzzle began to fall into place bit by bit to
I really love this book. Of course, I love pretty much everything Jayne Ann Krentz writes, no matter which name she writes it under. But this book holds a special place in my heart. Why? Let me count the reasons:
#1: It's the first of her Jayne Castle futuristic-romance books that I ever owned and read.
#2: It was my introduction to dust bunnies and I will love Fuzz forever and ever. (Oh, and I also really love Lydia and Emmett, both together and separately; I'd steal Emmett from Lydia if I could
A great start to the Harmony series by Jayne Castle/ Jayne Ann Krentz, After Dark has everything that I love: there is an incredible new world, Harmony; murder and mystery unraveling through to the end; a dangerous hero and a stubborn heroine that together form an awesome couple; and even a cute pet called Fuzz. It’s romance, suspense, thriller, paranormal, futuristic and sci-fi all in one. It could be a disaster, but it’s indeed very captivating and wholly believable. What more could anyone ...more
I may be giving this book less credit than it deserves because it didn't fulfill my usual expectations from this author. There was something just a bit off about it. Plus, as the first book in a scienc fiction series, I have to say that I'm not sure I would have understood the world very well had I not read some of the later books first.

The biggest complaint I have is that the story isn't quite over and I'm not sure why. This author has never (as far as I've read) spent two books coming to the
First Second Books
I will read any book that has paranormal archeology in it! Seriously, any book.
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 27, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a really hard book to classify. It's sci-fi, but with some mystery and romance thrown in. In the end, I think it’s about equally romance and sci-fi with the mystery getting the shortest shrift.

I liked the premise, though it felt a little... sparsely populated. The story takes place on a world a handful of centuries after initial colonization is shut off by a closing of "the curtain". So the colonists know that they originate from Earth and that the artifacts found on the world are not fr
First Reads Review - After Dark by Jayne Castle

Part of me bristles a little at the marketing of this book, because at first blush it's really not meant for me. From the colors of the cover to the description on the back, this is a book that is marketed more as a romance novel than a science fiction novel. Which is one of the reasons that I dislike the way books are traditionally marketed toward only specific demographics. Because I liked this book a good deal not because I'm a huge romance fan b
Nov 03, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Melinda Helfer - Romantic Times**
Ms. Castle adds many wonderful touches to her engaging new series, including Lydia's unique pet, Fuzz, and enthusiastic fans will clamor for further adventures.

**Publisher's Weekly**
Castle (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) is well known for her playful love stories, and this futuristic tale of romantic suspense runs delightfully true to form. In an ancient city on the planet Harmony--a place where professional ghost hunters and "para-resonators" are necessary to defuse
I have enjoyed this author's books written as Jayne Ann Krentz and Amanda Quick and decided I needed to try out her Jayne Castle books. This one didn't work for me. It was alright but nothing special and I struggled through it. The characters were likable enough and the storyline had the potential but nothing really caught my attention.
SFR Reading Challenge 2012: 3/15
SOA Listening Challenge 2012: Paranormal/SFR 3/4

Grade B-/C+
Narration by Joyce Bean 3.5* Grade B

A Krentz/Castle/Quick is generally an enjoyable read for me. After Dark is no exception, although it isn't nearly her best sci-fi/futuristic romance. There was decent world-building and the suspense plot was entertaining, but the character development was weak. Every time I thought I could like Lydia, she acted like a self-righteous prig again. Her pettiness toward Emmet
Eloisa James
I ADORE all of Jayne Castle's books. The heroes are alpha cowboys on on a pioneer planet. Do not miss these.
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Jayne Castle
First published: 2000
Length: 352 pages
Setting: Around 200 years in the future on the planet Harmony, cut off from Earth. In Cadence City.
Sex: Very explicit, infrequent
Hero: Hunter and former Guild Head.
Heroine: para-archeologist

What really happened when Lydia was burned? I wish Krentz had told us.. It was relevant to her motivations and attitudes but was never explained. (May be followed through in Book 2?)

Otherwise, a thoroughly enjoyable romantic
What a great start (real one) of the Harmony series. Wonderful introduction into the world, the history, and paranormal elements. And despite the fact it’s set in a foreign planet, in the (distant?) future, and the inhabitants all have paranormal abilities, it still reads like a pretty straightforward romance (almost contemporary, if you ignore certain para/sci-fi terms). It has murder, it has romance, it has danger, it has an explosive attraction, it has mystery and intrigue, it has sex, it has ...more
Re-read in February 2012.

I didn't like this book quite as much the second time. The setting of Harmony, which interested me so much the first time around, feels a bit silly and gimmicky now. I started to get irritated by the frequency with which the word "resonate" or, more often, its abreviated form, "rez," popped up. Castle/Krentz has an unfortunate tendency to introduce a moderately interesting concept, then harp on it continuously until her reader is sick of it.

Lydia is one of Krentz's feist
Kristine (A Cozy Booknook)
When I initially read the blurb about what the book was about I thought it was something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, the blurb did not match what the book was about at all. When I started reading I felt as though I were missing something and was feeling lost, I never quite recovered from that feeling through the book. I even checked at one point to see if I was reading the first or a second installment to see if that might explain my confusion. The writing is well done and the story is pretty ...more
Lydia Smith experienced a "Lost Weekend" wherein two of the Hunters she was underground with claim she went rogue and ran away. She can't dispute the claim since she can't remember exactly what happened. But she's too cautious to have ever done something as stupid as run away from the men who were supposed to be protecting her. After the incident, she lost her university job and is now working at Shrimpton's museum of horrors. And she's just discovered a body. One that's not supposed to be there ...more
Jennifer  (Books That Hook)
Review Courtesy of: Books That Hook

After Dark by Jayne Castle (book 1 in the Harmony series) is a little hard to classify into one genre. It’s paranormal romance, but it is also sci-fi because it is set in the future on another planet called Harmony. Some people might say it belongs in the mystery genre as well.

The story revolves around Lydia Smith’s efforts to start her own para-archeology consulting business. Her first client, Emmett London, wants her to locate his missing family heirloom, a c
Sheila Melo
Jul 28, 2014 Sheila Melo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny, Engaging Futuristic Romantic Suspense

AFTER DARK is the first book in the Harmony series of futuristic stories that take place on the earth colony of Harmony. The nice thing about this book is that A reader is never overwhelmed with the details of the world. A reader of the series will learn how detailed this imagined world is but a reader is never taken away from the story in order to provide endless details about this world. Harmony was founded when a Curtain opened between Earth and Har
Dec 18, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha! This book was an unexpected enjoyment. I was really taken aback by the setting and world building in this book. It is a very creative idea that a curtain in space opened, humans went through, and then it closed so the colonists were left to inhabit a long abandoned planet. The former species that lived there was able to harness an unseen, psychic energy and that as human generations evolved, they too could learn to manipulate it. Though at just a fraction of what the former species could. (T ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
3.5 stars. I was intrigued by the idea of a whole series of interconnected stories - past, present, and future - by this author (under various pseudonyms). There are so many different series, with some books numbered in more than one series, so it was a little arbitrary where to actually start, but I really was intrigued by the idea of pet "dust bunnies", so this was it. Set in the future, about 200 years after humanity had crossed through some kind of planetary curtain and then were unable to r ...more
Nurse Lisa in Ohio
After Dark, Book 1 - Harmony/Ghost Hunter series written by Jayne Castle. aka: Jayne Krentz)

Read: May, 2015.

Format: Full length novel; ebook via Samsung Galaxy S4 Nook.

My GR Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Side note: The cover has (happily) been updated! The newer cover is really artistic and quite pretty! Just an FYI for those interested in this tidbit.
Charlie Moses
There are flashes of witty repartee here - one of the things that made Jayne Castle's, well, I'm going to call them "mature" romantic novels, so enjoyable. We like and sympathize with the main characters. They find each other. Sparks and witty dialogue fly. Her later works are mostly sadly lacking in this attribute, and at their worst, the author is only going through the motions. This book was ground-breaking when it first came out, and I enjoyed reading it again, but, while it isn't supposed t ...more
Kari Chapman
This is the first book in the Harmony series. It was a little weak at times, but overall decent and I'll certainly be reading the next book.

The characters were interesting and the plot moved along at a decent pace.

I had a little trouble with the worldbuilding. She glossed over things rather quickly and some of the terms weren't intuitive to me. When talking about the different types of talent the formal names didn't really start matching up with the uses until most of the way through the book. A
Apr 21, 2012 Lenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book.A very well written paranormal series..Funny and dangerous at the same time. Well worth your reading time if you are in to Paranormal mysteries.
Kate McMurry
Currently re-experiencing this as an audiobook.
Apr 16, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Mary by: it's a Jayne Castle/Jayne Ann Krentz
Shelves: romance, fantasy
I can't say enough about Jayne Castle's Harmony books. Whenever I am in the mood for something but don't know exactly what, her dust bunnies fill the bill! As the first one on the series, it got things off with a bang. I loved Lydia and her reluctant affection for the ruin rat who managed to complicate her life. When said ruin rat (you'd have to have read the book to know what that means) manages to die at Lydia's jobsite on the very first page of the book, you know you are in for a fun ride.

Mar 16, 2015 Alexa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fab-15
I really should have known better! I was in search of some “light” reading, and was thinking this sci-fi/romance would hit the spot. This was so abysmally inane! Her idea of world building is to stick one of two ridiculous prefix on every other word. And there wasn’t any romance either! Blech, blech, blech!!! And the whole thing feels like something written in the 1970s both in terms of technology and in relationships. “So what’s it like, being the wife of (important man)? What do you do besides ...more
Paranormal Romance
The hero hires the heroine to find a stolen heirloom but in the process brings her into a deeper mystery that kicks off with a murder. This book never really had a smooth start off, it just sort of jumped into the action. The hero, almost too calm cool and collected, wants to cancel the contract when it becomes clear that the heroine may be in danger but true to form, the heroine stubbornly refuses to give up the first real opportunity to make a mark for herself in the para-archeology game. She' ...more
I really wanted to like this book, but then I don't start books expecting to dislike them as a general rule. I've had this book on my list for awhile, and it is with great disappointment that I must say I didn't like it. Don't get me wrong it's not the worst book I've ever read, definitely not, but it really didn't do anything for me either.

First, there were several formatting and grammar bugs, especially missing quotation marks at the beginning of dialogue. I'm going to assume this is something
Eliza Leone
Sep 18, 2014 Eliza Leone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eliza by: Donnette
Mysterious and riveting, captivating to its core!

4 Stars!

Series: Harmony 1, Ghost-Hunter 1, Curtain 2
Characters: Lydia & Emmett
Setting: Alien planet, Old Cadence
Mature Themes: Sex

Lydia is an experienced para-archaeologist, down on her luck after a bad underground accident, and looking for the client to put her back in the game and help to prove herself to her former colleagues and herself. When Emmett London hires her to find his missing family heirloom they are both set on path filled with
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The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Sant
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Other Books in the Series

Ghost Hunters (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • After Glow (Ghost Hunters, #2)
  • Ghost Hunter (Ghost Hunters, #3)
  • Silver Master (Ghost Hunters, #4)
  • Dark Light (Ghost Hunters, #5)
  • Obsidian Prey (Ghost Hunters, #6)
  • Midnight Crystal (Ghost Hunters, #7; Arcane Society #9; Dreamlight Trilogy #3)
  • Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, #0; Ghost Hunters, #8; Looking Glass Trilogy, #3; Arcane Society, #12)
  • The Lost Night (Rainshadow, #1; Ghost Hunters, #9)
  • Deception Cove (Rainshadow, #2; Ghost Hunters, #10)
  • The Hot Zone (Rainshadow, #3; Ghost Hunters, #11)

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