Author: Hunter Frost
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.
A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.
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Review: Drew has a deadline for his new book but can’t get in the right head space to write at his home. His aunt offers him her place in New Orleans. Which he quickly finds out is occupied by Finn Murphy. A French Creole speaking tour guide who also happens to be extremely sexy. Finn offers his spare room and his friendship. A night out for drinks with Finn’s friends gets him mixed up in a murder mystery. The friends struggle to deal with the death and quickly turn on each other. Drew and Finn give into their attraction despite Drew’s self confidence issues.
When the book started I thought I might really like this. It does capture the New Orleans vibe. The cast of characters were fairly interesting. It is novella length however so things move fairly quickly. I started having problems once the murder took place. Finn was angry at one of the characters and just knew he killed his friend. The reasoning for his anger wasn’t satisfactory for the degree to which Finn takes it. I guess you could explain he’s distraught and overreacts but it didn’t work for me. Initially I found Finn’s character kind of charming but he comes across as dramatic and his authenticity feels forced as the book goes on.
Drew really has no reason to insert himself into this murder mystery but he does and even enlists the help of his father the ex-cop. Drew also frequently ignores the reason he’s gone to New Orleans in the first place. To write! Drew has Tourettes syndrome. His ticks keep him from having much of a social life. He uses it as an excuse to push Finn away at first. Drew doesn’t know much about Finn but he likes him so they hook up. Drew goes from being adamant Finn didn’t kill anyone to accusing him with one little idea planted in his head. I didn’t really care much for the ending either. Ultimately this book was just okay.