If you are looking for an absolutely compelling and engrossing murder mystery/romance, you don’t have to look any further than Calling the Dead by Ali Vali. I was in awe at how skillfully Ms. Vali wove such an intricate and complex story together with the perfect setting for the story (early post Katrina in New Orleans) and characters that were so well-drawn that you could swear they were real people.
It has been a while since I have read a mystery where I couldn’t figure out ‘who done it’ by at least two thirds of the way through the book, but Calling the Dead kept me guessing almost until the very last page. There are so many twists and turns and so many characters with opportunity and motive, that it really keeps the reader guessing until the end.
The romance between the two main characters, Sept Savoie and Keegan Blanchard was incorporated perfectly into the murder mystery storyline and was refreshingly sweet and hot. I also loved how the two very Southern New Orleans families were portrayed in the tale. Sept was so cute interacting with Keegan’s family. She was the perfect Southern gentlewoman. I just couldn’t help but ‘Awww’ at those moments in the story.
Get this book from Bold Strokes Books and read it. Just remember to clear a day or two for the reading because once you begin, you will not want to put it down until you finish.