Midnight, New Orleans Style

October 23, 2014
Redemption Song by Karen Mercury
Book #4 in the Midnight, New Orleans Style collection
Buy from Amazon
Buy from Siren

When five college friends reunite, one night changes their lives forever.

Halloween in New Orleans.  Rémy Lafitte has paid a charlatan to enact a Voodoo ceremony in the cemetery to find his pirate ancestor Jean’s treasure.  The ritual reanimates Niko Valdés, a long-dead French Quarter tutor who was damned to Everlost for murdering his sister’s rapist.
Mild-mannered stockbroker Heidi Purdue and her four university friends take a streetcar to the cemetery.  Heidi stumbles upon Niko and Rémy in a compromising position.  They are interrupted by a demon on horseback who beheads the charlatan before giving them a pentalpha puzzle to solve.
The plain and curvy Heidi knows that heartthrob Rémy would never fall for her, but she could do worse than an undead tutor.  Rémy, jealous of the two’s closeness, agrees to an equitable ménage, opening up to a male lover—a revitalized one, at that.

The centuries-long battle against primordial evil leads them to a temple, where they find Solomon’s ring, but with a surprising twist.  It takes them past the portal of Hellmouth to redeem themselves, but the real puzzle is how to fulfill the prophecy that they are intertwined inexorably—now and forever.