Cemeteries by Moonlight by Hunter Frost ~ Book Review by Queue

Title: Cemeteries by Moonlight
Series: States of Love

Author: Hunter Frost

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: AngstyG

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/18/2017

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller

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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My View:

Cemeteries by Moonlight was a pleasant surprise by a talented author I haven’t read before.

Drew Daniels is a mystery writer suffering from a serious case of writer’s block so he heads to New Orleans to stay at what he thinks is an empty apartment. However, the residence is occupied by the sexy and mysterious Finn Murphy. If the meet cute aspect of the story was all there was to it this review may have been very different. However, Frost goes beyond the simple trope and engages the reader in an intriguing mystery.

The victim is a friend of Finn’s and there’s a host of suspects all within Finn’s circle of friends. The mystery wasn’t super deep but I didn’t guess the identity of the whodunit. The romance was nice as well despite the short time frame of the tale.

One of my issues with the book was the last minute conflict between Finn and Drew. Finn’s reasoning for keeping a secret was just plain idiotic and moreover the conflict didn’t feel necessary at all because of what happens right after their fight.

I liked that Frost gave Drew Tourette’s, which is something you don’t see often in the romance genre. This story was a pleasant departure from traditional MM.

 

 

Links

Cemeteries by Moonlight on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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