by Lori Handeland

February 2006
ISBN: 0-312-93848-9
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Crescent Moon is the first novel in a new paranormal series by Lori Handeland. This series will take place mostly in New Orleans. It seems that New Orleans is filled with all different myths, legends, voodoo and other paranormal/supernatural things. This story is about Diana Malone and Adam Ruelle.

Diana is a cryptozoologist, who isnít sure she believes in creatures of the night but her husband did. She is out to prove that her husband was not crazy as everyone in his field and hers believe. She took a job to find a werewolf in New Orleans and is given the name of Adam Ruelle as a source. Can she prove that werewolves do exist and clear her deceased husband name?

Off to New Orleans Diana goes and it seems that trouble isnít too far behind. It seems that someone is out to cause her trouble and run her off. But Diana is determined and actually moves into the house that has been long abandoned by the Ruelle family.

Can there really be a werewolf on the Ruelle family land, on the little island? There is only one way to find out and that is to trap it. But what about Adam? What will he do once he knows what she is after? It is rumored that the Ruelle family are cursed, are they?

Diana gets some help from the most unlikely of places in New Orleans. A Priestess name Cassandra, who owns her own shop and gives her a gris-gris. Can Diana believe in what can be seen to help find what doesnít want to be seen? Only time will tell.

Now Adam is another story all together. He is hiding several secrets of his own, but he also protects Diana as best he can. Adam is attracted to Diana and Diana doesnít stop the attraction at all even though she might have doubts about Adam. The attraction between them is very strong and seems to only get stronger as the time goes on.

Ms. Handeland gave us a great story to kickoff this Nightcreature series. This story is full of events that if you believe at all in the supernatural and not just if creatures of the night really exist, will have you believing more and taking some extra looks around at night. We once again get to meet Mandenauer and Elise. What they have to do with the story? Well, youíll just have to read it.

Reviewed in February 2006 by Pam.

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