The Dead Play On (A Cafferty and Quinn Novel) by Heather Graham
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Description: Musicians are being murdered in New Orleans and only their instruments are missing. When saxophone player Tyler Anderson gets a flash of his friend Arnie's final moments while playing Arnie's sax he knows that Arnie was one of the murdered and not an overdose like originally suspected. Tyler turns to his friend Danni and so she and Quinn are deep in the music scene of New Orleans and just possibly the next target.
Why I Picked This Book: I've really enjoyed Heather Graham's Krewe series so I thought I'd give this one a try.
Pro: I expect a fun story with a strong sense of place from Graham's books and I wasn't disappointed. This very much felt like it was taking place in New Orleans without being too over the top. The mystery itself is interesting and the story has just the right amount of creep factor. I liked Danni and Quinn really having to learn to work together and that Quinn had to stop just trying to protect Danni and start trusting her instincts. I also loved Arnie's parents as well as Billie and Bo Ray. They all came off as really just nice people which helped temper the creepiness. The pacing was very good and while I guessed the bad guy fairly early on I was never not entertained by the unmasking process.
Con: There are a lot of characters in this book. I think since this is a continuing series the cast can be bigger than it is in the Krewe books. There were a few times I had to remind myself who someone was and there was a character that showed up towards the end that I had no idea who he was. It didn't affect the story so it wasn't a big deal but it was a little jarring. Also, this took me a little longer to get lost in than her previous books. The writing seemed a little stiffer and I was more aware of the "He said, she said, etc." than usual.
Overall: Even though this was the 3rd book in the series I had no problem jumping in especially with figuring out the setup between Danni and Quinn. Because this is a series the romantic relationship is already taken place so this read more like a mystery than a romance to me. There were some mild scenes but nothing much. I have a feeling that earlier books would tilt more to the romance side. There were a few annoyances in the book but they were all minor and this was a book I always looked forward to getting back too.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Yes, definitely. While I like her Krewe series a bit better I'm looking forward to reading more of the Cafferty and Quinn books.
Would I Recommend this Book?: I'd definitely recommend this author and while this wasn't my favorite by her it was still a lot of fun.
Challenges Met? Reading Road Trip - Louisiana