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About BLOOD ON THE BAYOU: A Cafferty & Quinn Novella
From New York Times bestseller Heather Graham... It's winter and a chill has settled over New Orleans, binding a stream of blood that leads a tourist to a dead man, face down in the bayou. The man has been done in by a vicious beating, so violent that his skull has been crashed in. It's barely a day before a second victim is found . . . once again so badly thrashed that the water runs red. The city becomes riddled with fear. An old family friend comes to Danni Cafferty, telling her that he's terrified, he's certain that he's received a message from the Blood Bayou killer--It's your turn to pay, blood on the bayou. The two quickly become involved, and--as they all begin to realize that a gruesome local history is being repeated--they find themselves in a fight to save not just a friend, but, perhaps, their very own lives.
Danni headed down the hallway and into the store. Moving a few props, she reached the store side of her left facing display window. The mannequin wasn’t heavy, just a little awkward. She picked it up first and set it down, staring at the creation. It was damned good. She’d bought it from a friend in Louisiana’s booming film business.
The eyes almost seemed to follow her.
She wagged a finger at the mannequin. “Sick murderer, playing on legend. How could you kill that beautiful young woman who never hurt a soul? Or kill anyone. Look at the legacy you’ve left.”
Crawling back into the window, she hurriedly gathered the rest of the items that had made up the display, tossing them into the shop. Then she looked around, trying to decide what she was going to put up in place of the display on Count D’Oro and the rougarou.
Billie came into the shop.
“Egyptian,” she announced. “We have that mannequin of Cleopatra. We can add a lot of the local jewelry. There’s a really beautiful ankh and then, to the side, we can add in a display of those fleur-de-lis pendants. Not Egyptian per se, but for now it will do.”
“Aye, lass, got it. I’ll need Bo Ray to help.”
He turned and left her, heading back down the hallway.
The mannequin of Count D’Oro suddenly fell over.
The cane rolled across the floor and landed at Danni’s feet, the silver wolf’s head seeming to stare up at her. For a moment, she froze. The way the mannequin had landed, it seemed to be staring at her too. She trembled despite herself, then walked over and glared down at the mannequin, kicking the cane to the side.
“We will end this,” she said with determination.
And it almost seemed like the mannequin disagreed.
Challenging her to do so.
Sunny's Review:This is the first book that I have read by Heather Graham. I know! I am so late to the party! The synopsis grabbed my attention. I love New Orleans and who doesn't love a good murder mystery, especially if there is a chance it is a serial killer! I like Heather's style of writing. You get to see different points of view as you go along and you are seeing what each character is doing.
This is a novella so the story went very quickly and I read this book in a couple of hours. I did get to see a little bit of the connections between all of the characters but since this was a short book I didn't feel a giant connection with them. I do not think that is because the writing is bad but because I am coming into the middle of a series. You do get a little bit of background on Quinn and Danni so I did not feel lost at all. I want to know more so I will be going to the first Cafferty & Quinn book so I get to know everyone better.
I was intrigued through the whole story. You start out on a night swamp tour and the tour finds the first body. Basically, I was hooked from page one. I love taking tours in NOLA because there is so much history and so many dark, scary characters that made the city their home. I was guessing and trying to figure out who the murderer was the whole time and I was a little surprised by the ending! There are so many books that I have figured out the ending early and then was a little disappointed reading the rest. This did not happen here!
I am giving this book 4.5 stars out of 5. I can't wait to go back and start at the beginning of this series. You can read this book as a stand alone. If you are not sure if you want to read Heather Graham, get this book and check out her writing style.
About Heather Graham:
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 trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books. Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children’s charity. She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.