by Lori Handeland

January 2007
ISBN: 0-312-93850-0
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Anne Lockhart was a PI from Philadelphia and lately her only case seemed to be looking for her sister. After three years, she gets a clue of Katie in New Orleans. Off she goes to The Big Easy and that started her journey into the land of werewolves and all things mysterious. Only she doesnít quite know it yet.

She meets John Rodolfo, a man that was playing the sax when she walked in. Only at that time she didnít know he was the owner of the jazz bar Rising Moon. After showing her picture of her sister to the bartender and not getting a response she leaves to find a place to stay and also goes to the local police and meets Detective Conner Sullivan. It seemed that the detective might have some answers for her and she agreed to help him out. Which meant working at the Rising Moon and keeping a watch on John.

Anne was drawn to John and doesnít know why, but she was not letting his attitude get to her. She was sure he was hiding something but not sure what. What could a blind man be hiding? What secrets does he have and how could he be there one second and gone the next?

Anne was drawn into the mysteries of New Orleans and voodoo. Just what was she willing to believe and just how far would the research take her before she met the Jager-Suchers? And just what does John and the bartender, King, have to do with what was happening to the missing people who then turn up dead? And what does Detective Conner think about it all and why he doesnít he like John and Rising Moon?

Ms. Handeland doesnít disappoint with Rising Moon. The story will captivate you from the beginning and not let you go until the very end. The story is set after the tragedy of Katrina and the affect it caused are described in the story. We get to meet several of the characters from prior stories. If you like creatures of the night then Ms. Handelandís series A Nightcreature Novel is not to be missed. Even though they could be read alone I would read them in order so you get the whole picture of the characters that show up. Iím hoping that we get many more of these stories.

Reviewed in December 2006 by Pam.

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