Thursday, March 5, 2020

Books from the Backlog - Waking the Dead

Today I'm linking up with Carole from Carole's Random Life of Books for Books from the Backlog.  I really enjoy the chance to feature a book that's been hiding in the piles of books for far too long!

Goodreads:  Waking the Dead (Cafferty and Quinn #2) by Heather Graham

Blurb:  In the case of Ghosts in the Mind painted by Henry Sebastian Hubert, that's more than just an expression. This painting is reputed to come to life—and to bring death. The artist was a friend of Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, joining them in Switzerland during 1816, "the year without a summer." That was when they all explored themes of horror and depravity in their art...
Now, almost two hundred years later, the painting appears in New Orleans. Wherever it goes, death seems to follow.

Danielle Cafferty and Michael Quinn, occasional partners in solving crime, are quickly drawn into the case. They begin to make connections between that summer in Switzerland and this spring in Louisiana. Danni, the owner of an eccentric antique shop, and Quinn, a private detective, have discovered that they have separate but complementary talents when it comes to investigating unusual situations.

Trying to blend their personal relationship with the professional lives they've stumbled into, they learn how much they need each other. Especially as they confront this work of art—and evil. The people in the portrait might be dead, but something seems to wake them and free them to commit bloody crimes. Cafferty and Quinn must discover what that is. And they have to destroy it—before it destroys them.

Why It Needs to Come Off the Shelf: I love Graham's paranormal romances and this one includes an antique store which is an added plus.  However, I read a later book in this series and was kind of meh.  I need to give this one a try and figure out if I'm done with this series of if I enjoy it.


  1. I remember starting this one but can't remember if I finished it or not. I need to check my shelves. I do enjoy many of her series.

  2. Interesting concept. I read a story in this series but as I recall, it didn't wow me.

  3. I have a ton of series that I really need to be dealing with one way or the other but there are so many of them!!!

  4. I see Heather Graham books all over the place. I love seeing prolific women authors who have large audiences like Stephen King. 👍✨

  5. I have so many of Heather Graham's books on my shelves that I need to start reading myself! This sounds pretty good so I hope you enjoy it more than you did the later book in the series.