Deadly Night review


Aidan Flynn, a private investigator and eldest of the Flynn brothers, scoffs at the rumors the New Orleans plantation his family has inherited is haunted. After he finds a human bone on the grounds, Aidan is joined by the tarot card reader Kendall Montgomery to uncover the truth.

Started this book last night and finished it today after my errands.  I have to admit, it was hard to put down.

Aidan and his brothers return to the post-Katrina New Orleans as it struggles to rebuild and find its way back to prosperity.  The plantation they inherit is old but it is in good shape and takes little to bring it back to its former glory.  If it weren’t for the ghosts, the house would be perfect.

I liked Aidan and Kendall – their little mix of dislike and yet mutual attraction.  They work to overcome their differences – his disbelief over her abilities and his anguish over the loss of his first wife.  The descriptions of the house and time period were interesting – making me wish, yet again, that I could find an old Victorian to fix up.

Graham’s writing reminds me a lot of Barbara Michaels which translates as the book is never scary because the ghosts are friendly.  They have a mission and are there to see it through.  While the killer was quite easy to figure out very early on, the book was still interesting as it hinted about the black magic, voodoo and other religions of the deep South.

There were things I didn’t like about the book – things that Graham talks about early on that should be of massive importance that she seems to forget about until the end wrap up.  I found it rather irritating and made the story a bit choppy.  I also hate that she does not put in markers of any kind when she shifts from one person’s activities to another – it is so annoying.  One sentence you will be reading about Aidan and the very next sentence is something Kendall was involved in.  I do not like that way of writing.  Add an extra space or something to give the reader a chance to make the transition between characters.  I shouldn’t have to read a sentence twice trying to figure out who it was talking about.

Other than those two things, I found the story to be well written and enjoyable.  I give the book a B and do expect to finish the Flynn Brother’s series.


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