Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review: The Dead Play On by Heather Graham

Published March 31, 2015 by Mira
Tyler Anderson plays the sax his friend Arnie Watson left to him and has a replay of some of the events of his life and death. Someone starts killing musicians from the French Quarter in New Orleans and stealing their instruments. Tyler approaches Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn and asks them to look into Arnie's death because he knows it was murder and not the overdose it looked like. Also, Detective Larue invites Quinn in to look at the cases of the dead musicians. Something unusual is going on.

The key to this mystery seems to be the last few lines of the synopsis: They (Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn) discover that sometimes, for some people, the line between passion and obsession is hard to draw. Only in uncovering the truth can they hope to save others—and themselves—from the deadly hands of a killer. 

The killer is convinced that somewhere in New Orleans is Arnie Watson's magic sax. And he will go through anyone to get it.

This mystery isn't quite as magical as the first 2 in the series. And most of the secondary characters from the first book are relegated to minor status in this one. 

The romance between Cafferty and Quinn is still going strong. The relationship between Billie and Hattie is mentioned, but not built on.

There are a lot of names in this book. A lot of band characters to try and keep straight. Danni, Quinn, and Billie join the local music scene to try and find out what's going on with the deaths and see if they can solve the mystery faster that way. 

I liked the book, but I was expecting something a little different from the mystery portion. I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars because it was well written even if it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my  honest opinion.