by Heather Graham

October 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2585-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

The Flynn Brothers, Zachary, Aidan and Jeremy, find they are the owners of a rundown antebellum plantation outside of New Orleans when an elderly aunt they never knew existed dies. The main house is said to be haunted by ghosts seeking answers after tragic events during the Civil War. The brothers must decide if they want to restore this white elephant property to its former glory or sell it.

Aidan had been with the FBI, but left when it seemed too constraining. He lost his high school sweetheart wife, Serena, five years ago in a car accident. He and his brothers are now in their 30's and are private investigators. They meet Kendall Montgomery on their first visit to the plantation. She had helped their Aunt Amelia during her last days. Aunt Amelia expressed her appreciation to Kendall by loaning her money to set up a store, which offers Kendall's skills as a tarot card reader, among other things.

Both the brothers' investigative skills and Kendall's ability to deal with the paranormal are called into play when bones are found on the plantation property. Some officials say it may be grisly leftovers from Hurricane Katrina. The brothers and Kendall are not so sure about that when they start to get ghostly visitors from the past who seem to want to warn them about the present. Digging into the past may cause history to repeat itself and put them all in jeopardy.

Kendall is a strong heroine who is nurturing, but has put her own needs on the back burner. Aidan is the main male focus of this novel. He has had to come to terms with his past and is a bit hesitant about any close relationship, but he is intrigued by Kendall from the start. Their story comes to a slow simmer before a full boil, like delicious Cajun gumbo.

The sultry New Orleans setting adds to the dark mystery of the past and present where voodoo and the supernatural are accepted as part of everyday life. The subtle mix of romance and suspense is sure to captivate and charm readers.

Deadly Night is the first installment of a back-to-back trilogy, so I won't have to wait long for the next tale from Heather Graham's fertile imagination. It is easy to see why she continues to grow in popularity with fans.

Reviewed in September 2008 by Roberta.

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