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Waking the Dead

(Cafferty & Quinn #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  1,981 ratings  ·  216 reviews
They say a painting can have a life of its own…

In the case of Ghosts in the Mind painted by Henry Sebastian Hubert, that's more than just an expression. This painting is reputed to come to life—and to bring death. The artist was a friend of Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, joining them in Switzerland during 1816, "the year without a summer." That was when they all explored th
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published April 25th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
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Book two in the Cafferty and Quinn series.

This one is about a haunted painting by Henry Sebastian Hubert.


The Scooby-Doo gang is all back in this one, and we have our usual twist and turns. I found this one to drag through the middle, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. We also get declarations of "LOVE" from Danni and Quinn, so that was nice!
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I love Heather Graham’s books – most of the time. However, “Waking the Dead” was a tad disappointing for me. It wasn’t nearly half as scary as her “Krewe of Hunters” books, and the narrative dragged on through the middle part. The plot is very intriguing though – a painting, Ghosts in the Mind, is blamed for a series of murders. The painting itself looks innocent at first, but once one looks closer, the figures on th
While this didn't have the impact the first book did, it was still a good spooky read. I think Quinn and Danni make a wonderful couple. This isn't a romance per se, but does have a romantic thread running through it. The story mainly focuses on a deadly, ugly painting that when "activated" had the ability to kill. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
When an 18th century painting entitled “Ghosts of the Mind” is suspected of being implicated in several brutal slayings in New Orleans, Michael Quinn joins forces with Detective Jake Larue and Danielle Cafferty an eccentric owner of a specialty and antique shop to investigate a case that's taken on a ghostly, paranormal aspect. Heather Graham’s imaginative thriller “Waking the Dead” heats up when the evidence in the police lockup suddenly disappears in a dense fog and the officer -in-charge trie ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Three stars: A chilling ghostly murder mystery.

Danni decides to stop by the neighboring art gallery owned by her good friend, Niles. Niles is excited about his new shipment of 100 giclee prints, they are reproductions of a mysterious painting from the 1800s called Ghosts of the Mind. The painting was created by an artist, Hubert, who spent a summer with Lord Byron and Mary Shelley. His painting was part of the ghostly contest that produced Frankenstein. Danni learns that someone in New Orleans p
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like Graham's style of writing. The pace is fast and the preternatural elements are cool. From the Shores of Lake Geneva during the Byron, Shelly, Mary Shelly era/ A painting was conceived which harbored evil. And we thought that only the monster in Frankenstein was born at that time.
Ginny  Gallagher
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I was a kid I had a bad habit of laughing at inappropriate times. Funerals, once during a touching solo performed by a robust opera singer at church, anytime someone was hurt, there I was laughing my head off while others were in tears.

Thankfully I have grown out of that…well mostly.

Reading Waking the Dead, Book 2 in Heather Graham’s Cafferty and Quinn series brought back those memories as I found myself laughing out loud in yet another event involving a priest and the casting out of Satan.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had all aspects I like – mystery, suspense, a mix of horrific events. Very enjoyable. I enjoyed the concept of a painting that essentially came to life and was able to reek havoc on people’s lives. I liked that there was a touch of romance but wasn't all the story was about. I love the ban of misfits that made up the story and it was obvious from other books that they came together and made up this unique group. I am sure someday I will get to read about those ...more
Apr 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed the first Cafferty & Quinn book, it was a fun read while on vacation. Waking the Dead, however, was the opposite of a fun read. Convoluted plot, far too many coincidences, and the ultimate "bad" guys became obvious at the halfway point of the book. I'm a fan of fun brain candy books, this did not qualify. ...more
Nancy Jones
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Loved it
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review Courtesy All Things Urban Fantasy

Those who spent years every Thursday with Elaine Benis will understand my fervent wish that she’d had a hand editing WAKING THE DEAD. Something about the use of exclamation points almost makes it inevitable. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind them in moderation – but that unfortunate habit carried over from the first novel. Since I can’t help reading emphasis when I see them, it distracted.

The story itself is solid enough. I was unpleasantly reminded of Youn
This is book two in this series, and I enjoyed it. The mismatched group that find, and destroy evil are now more familiar. Danni, and Quinn are the two main characters, but the rest add lots of flair. This adventure was about a famous painter who had given in to evil, and painted himself and others with blood, and other things added to the pigment. over the years, the painting had continued to leave,a wake of gruesome death in its path. The book takes you from New Orleans, to Switzerland, to a h ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

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

The novel opens with Quinn returning to New Orleans and Danni and Quinn decide that being apart is not what they want or need. As soon as Quinn's plane hits the runway he is involved in another murder case... this time it is a painting from 200 years ago that seems to have a history of murder. As Danni, Quinn and there friends get deeper in the mystery they soon find themselves traveling across the world.

I enjoyed the
Lisa B.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Strange murders are happening in New Orleans, and Danielle Cafferty and Michael Quinn hook up to try to solve them. Could the murders be related to a piece of artwork titled The Case of Ghosts in the Mind by Henry Sebastian Hubert? The painting was done in 1816 when the artist was spending time with Lord Byron and Mary Shelley.

I love Heather Graham’s story telling. She always comes up with unique ideas for the premise of her tales. The book has some quirky characters who work with Danie
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5 stars. I enjoyed the paranormal elements and the developing relationship between Danni and Quinn.

I especially like how they are getting their own "ghost busters" gang together. We have Natasha the voodoo priestess and Father Ryan the Catholic priest to take care of the religious aspects. The scientific investigating by Dr Hubert the M.E. and Quinn's ex-partner Detective Larue. Then Danni has her father's assistant Billie and also the young ex-addict Bo Ray for support, not to mention Hattie
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not up to HG's normal standards.
I don't usually like too many "previous plot" reminders, but there was nearly nothing in this story and it assumes you remember the last book. There were several jumps in time or situation the just didn't work for me.
I also was distracted by the painting that looked different from different angles...What!?
And a gilicee is a good reproduction from a slight distance, but nothing is confusing about ink jet on paper vs paint on canvas when you are right there touching
Jennifer Thomas
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will preface this by saying I am HIGHLY biased. I adore Byron. I am fascinated by the group of the Summer of 1816. I am a fan of gothic horror. And I just got back from England, touring Highgate Cemetery (Where Dante Gabriel Rossetti buried and then exhumed his wife/muse Elizabeth Siddall) and The Spainard Inn, where Bryon was said to frequent....

So I loved this. I don't care how over the top it was, how improbable... I could not put this book down. My only complaint is... I now want to see a
I really love the characters in this series but as I'm reading more and more Dani is really starting to annoy me and would be a much better series without her, but other then that I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to read the next book :)
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic! So enjoyable, and I can't wait to read more! Such a great series!
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waking the Dead

Another great novel by Heather Graham! I love Cafferty and Quinn. Looking forward to reading the next in this series!
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed the characters and the story.
Amy Caudill
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What evil could possibly be hidden in a recently-recovered painting done by an obscure artist, whose major claim to fame, besides the work of art, was that he was friends with the likes of poet Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein?

Lovers and occasional colleagues Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn must answer this question when a series of heinous murders follows the sale, and delivery, of Ghosts in the Mind to a wealthy widow in New Orleans. Quinn, called to the scene by his fo
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy, horror
This novel got off to a slow start and the plot was fairly predictable. That said, there were definitely some good things about it. For one thing, this author shines in character development and in adding in little bits of humor. This particular novel was almost "Steven King lite" in that there were definite horror moments but nothing too gruesome. The basic gist is that there is a painting that at first glance just looks like a group of people in medieval dress who were sitting or standing arou ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I would have given this book a zero if it was possible. I like supernatural stories so that's not the part I had trouble with. This story starts out with the horrific murder of a family of a man who happens to work for a delivery service. The company the man works for lets him bring home packages he is going to deliver the next day. One of these packages just happens to be a multi million dollar painting????????? Can anyone get past just how ridiculous this is. Oh yeah, the painting is just wrap ...more
S.j. Thompson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Waking the Dead is the second in a series, which i didn't realize when i began reading. I went ahead anyway, even though I figured I'd missed some details in the first book regarding characters and backstories. The book did fine as a stand alone, though, but I will find the first book to back track when i can.
This book is a predictable cozy murder mystery that includes vaguely developed supernatural happenings and some rather tame sexy time scenes. Picture the Scooby gang all grown up and livi
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Second book and it picks up a while after the first case is solved. Gang is back together with a more solid shape and some new personalities that I aspired. Bertie is a hoot and I hope she is in future books. We have a serial killer/crime wave with some unexplainable methods so Quinn and Danni start delving into the otherworldly possibilities. My favorite is still Wolf. He is such a smart, loyal and loving dog. He understands key facts in the story before the humans!

The writing is creative and
Carolyn HOLM
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable book by Heather. This one is next with Cafferty & Quinn in New Orleans at the 'special ' antiques shop she now owns after her father's death. The object of evil is a painting and was painted in Byron's time in the early 1800's and it has a trail of terror to the present time & lands in Quinn & Dani's hands to solve. Secrets within secrets that hold the reader's attention.
Cheers CJ
Victoria Stolte
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just can’t seem to get enough! Loving this mystery like series that has a bit of paranormal undertones. It’s hard to find an author that can keep me guessing until the end. And I think that’s why I like this series so much. Overall if you are looking for a great series that gets better with each book this will be right up your alley.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Good for graveyard shifts at work. The dialogue was a bit forced, as were the silly romance scenes, but thankfully those were short. Entertaining enough, and I was even a bit spooked by it once or twice.
Bonnie Drummond
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really horror fining Paranormal Mystery that will have you turning on all the lights in your home. Heather Graham knows how to right a great stories. Waking The Dead book #2 in the Cafferty and Quinn Series will put you on edge once you start to read this book, don't worried it gets better through out the book. Go grab a copy if you DARE TO READ IT,BUT REMEMBER KEEP THE LIGHTS ON ALL NIGHT.
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Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake.

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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