Leaving his Boston law practice to renovate a decaying New Orleans mansion is not the most logical thing Declan Fitzgerald has ever done, but it is the most satisfying. Ever since Declan saw Manet Hall on a visit years earlier, he has been obsessed with the idea of owning and restoring the old house. Best friend Remy Payne figures Dec has lost it, but since Dec will now be living in New Orleans, he cant help but be satisfied.

Lena Simone, bar owner and a distant cousin of Remys, finds Dec all too attractive. But the past seems to have an extraordinarily tight grip on Manet Hall, and from the moment he moves in, Dec starts experiencing strange visions and ghostly hauntings. Tragedy was a familiar player at Manet Hall and the past is refusing to stay dead.

Adding an exciting twist in this newest novel, Nora Roberts includes ghostly happenings along with treachery and tragedy to her patented blend of romance and suspense. MIDNIGHT BAYOU will keep you burning the midnight oil. (Nov., 368 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith