Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Dreamspinner Press has a wonderful thing going with these new series (World of Love, States of Love, Perchance to Dream) its started featuring different authors and an umbrella theme. Here in Cemeteries by Moonlight (States of Love) by Hunter Frost its the States of Love series (a favorite of mine) and a new author, Hunter Frost. Hunter Frost is down in New Orleans and Louisiana for a tale of romance, mystery and yes, murder. All wrapped up in 108 pages. I have to admit I fell under this author’s spell quite easily.
Frost has a love for this lush, historic city and it oozes out of her tale, Cemeteries by Moonlight. Full of New Orleans places, and details, yet the story never feels like its encumbered by the City’s own past, more supported and embraced by it. Drew Daniels is certainly in need of it as he has writer’s block. He’s an interesting character, with a disability (Tourettes) I have only seen one other time in a M/M story. Its handled perfectly here, and you accept it and Drew as a complete whole as you should. Drew is so well drawn that he comes complete with a father you wish to get to know better as well as a home town of Baltimore. He’s the real deal. More of a shadow figure? Finn Murphy. I loved Finn, but parts of Finn remain nebulous all the way to the end. This was either due to the lack of length or perhaps Frost is intending to add on a sequel (my personal hope for this story). There were still so many questions in my mind about Finn and his history.
There is of course, a mystery or two that plays out here, a killer on the loose, and a relationship that’s evolving. Frost twines them all together using the streets and history of New Orleans and just the right hint of the paranormal to spice things up.
I loved the identity of the killer, made perfect sense. I just wished for a little more investigation, more phone calls from dad (a police connection), more aha! moments. This story really deserves them, its so good.
I hope that the author revisits this world and couple again. Why leave it at one mystery to solve? Why not more? I think Drew and Finn have something here…lets investigate it!
Cover art by AngstyG is perfection. This artist nails it every time.
ebook, 108 pages
Expected publication: January 18th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635332435 (ISBN13: 9781635332438)
SeriesStates of Love settingLouisiana (United States)