Reviewed by Ami
Title: Cemeteries by Moonlight
Author: Hunter Frost
Series: States of Love – Louisiana
Heroes: Drew Daniels/Finn Murphy
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 108 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 18, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review: Drew comes New Orleans after accepting his aunt’s offer to stay at her apartment in the heart of the French Quarter, in order to help his case of writer’s block. Only to find out that the apartment is currently being rented by Finn Murphy, who works as cemetery history tour guide for Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. Finn introduces Drew to his friends – and Drew notices tension between a few of them. Later that day, Finn and Drew discover one of them is murdered…
First of all, I need to give kudos to Hunter Frost for giving me a character with Tourette’s Syndrome. Yes, Drew suffers from TS – tics and all – and I found myself learning about it as I went along. I thought Frost explained TS quite well. For me, it made Drew a more unique character because of it. One thing for sure, this particular trait of Drew will make this novella memorable.
Other than that, I enjoyed both the mystery and the atmosphere of New Orleans. I always think New Orleans as mysterious city. I don’t know if it’s true, because my perception is based on what I see from TV shows or movies. But the idea of voodoo religion and the magic that seems to surround the city makes New Orleans a perfect place for a haunting mystery.
What I wasn’t sure about was both Finn as the love interest and the romance. I found Finn to be quite an enigma. I mean, I didn’t completely understand why he seemed to dislike one of his friends; the one he was completely certain was involved with the murder. Why was Finn so angry with that guy?
I just didn’t get enough feeling to understand who Finn really was. At one point, I wished that Frost reduced the tour guide ‘history lesson’ and focused on Finn’s character development. So I wasn’t completely sure whether I liked Finn for Drew. In addition, timeline wise, this story happened over a few days only. I guess I just wasn’t convinced of the romance between Drew and Finn *shrugs*.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*