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Will Ghostly Poe Aid Hunters?

wickeddeedsVickie Preston and Griffin Pryce have been an item for 2 cases now, Dying Breath and Dark Rites. In this, their third outing, they tackle a murder mystery.

Vickie and Griffin stop in Baltimore for a romantic few days on their way to Virginia so that Vickie can enter the FBI academy. Alas, peace isn’t in the cards for them. A famous writer is found dead at the Edgar Allan Poe themed restaurant that they ate at the night before. The writer’s wife calls on the Krewe of Hunters to prove that this wasn’t a suicide and to catch the murderer. More Poe themed crimes follow and additional Krewe members join the hunt.

At the same time, Vickie begins having vivid dreams involving Edgar Allan Poe. Will these dreams, nightmares, help solve the case in the present?

The mystery is fast-paced with few well-timed lulls. There is also a touch of romance between the two main characters.

One of the things I enjoyed the most about this mystery, was the history added by Vickie. The reader learns more about Poe in his later years, a relevant few of his works, and a possible theory as to his demise.

Overall, I give this paranormal mystery 4 out of 5 stars. The mystery is well-written and fast-paced. There are enough satisfying twists and turns. And the information shared about Poe makes it all that more interesting.

Wicked Deeds is #23 in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham. It’s due to be published September 19, 2017 from MIRA Books.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions herein are my own and freely given.


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Cult Runs Wild in Massachusetts

dark_ritesVickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce are preparing to go to Virginia to the FBI headquarters when someone starts attacking people in Boston seemingly at random. The people are beaten and left with a note that is a copy of a historical warning about witches. Then, Vickie’s friend Alex Maple disappears after his attack. She is sure that he’s been taken for nefarious purposes.

It becomes clear that the attacks are the result of cult activity and that the perpetrators would rather die than be apprehended. Who is behind this? Where is Alex? Why are the people willing to die rather than be caught? And who is the woman with her throat slit in Vickie’s bloody visions?

Heather Graham once again successfully blends history and fiction. This time the action is drawn to the wilds of Massachusetts as well as Boston. The characters are well written and sympathetic. The plot moves along at a good pace. And I wasn’t able to guess who the leader and the head murderer was until the very end. And even then, I got it wrong. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Dark Rites by Heather Graham is #22 in the Krewe of Hunters series. It’s due out July 25th 2017 from MIRA.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of the book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and freely given.

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Serial Killer in Boston with Historical Tendencies


Vickie Preston survived an attack by a killer when she was in high school while babysitting. It was the first time she saw a ghost, but not the last. And it was her first encounter with Griffin Price, then a policeman.

On to present day, Griffin Price is now a Special Agent with the FBI unit known as the Krewe of Hunters. Griffin and his fellow agent Jackson are in Boston helping with the hunt for a serial killer known as The Undertaker.

Vickie, now a historian, becomes involved in the case when the killer mentions her by name in one of the notes sent to the police as clues to find the victims before their air runs out. Her vast knowledge of the history of Boston becomes a tool in the Hunters’ arsenal. And, she and Griffin meet again for the first time since that fateful night of her youth and are drawn together.

This is one of the best Krewe of Hunters novels that I’ve read. Heather Graham does a great job blending history and geography in the clues given to Vickie, Griffin, Jackson, and the police to solve. It makes the mystery even more fascinating. I was guessing at who the killer(s) were right up until the end.

Griffin and Vickie are both good characters. Vickie is a little more fleshed out than Griffin in that she has more details about her character in the book. As they work together to solve the mystery, they are drawn together as well. This leads to some sex scenes which are tastefully done. The mystery takes the forefront of the book. The romance is slightly secondary to it.

The paranormal mostly figures in with the ghosts of Dylan and Darlene. They are used as more as plot devices than people, but not overly so.

Overall, I give Dying Breath 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a well-written mystery with romance. I was guessing at who did it right up until the end.

Dying Breath by Heather Graham is #21 in the Krewe of Hunters series. It was released May 30, 2017 from MIRA.

My copy of the book was an ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own and freely given.

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Destiny, no escaping that for…

HauntedDestinyWell, no escaping the cruise ship Destiny and destiny for the people on board. The serial killer known as the Archangel Killer is on the loose on the ship after his latest murder in New Orleans. Will our heroes find out who it is before the next victim is found?

This is number 18 in the Krewe of Hunters series. The Archangel Killer is so named because of the way that he displays his victims in churches with saintly medallions at their throats. Jackson Crow, head of the Krewe of Hunters, has been assigned the case after having the ghost of one of the victims appear to him. Jude McCoy, a local agent in New Orleans, is assigned to work with Jackson. He doesn’t know that they both are capable of seeing and interacting with the dead.

After following what they think might be the killer on board the cruise ship Destiny, Jude has an occasion to meet Alexi Cromwell who works the ship’s piano bar as the entertainment. The more they interact, the more their attraction grows and the clearer it becomes to Jude that they are both seeing ghosts to his surprise, and not just the victim’s ghost.

The race is on though. They are expecting at least 3 more murders because there are 3 more medallions in the set that the killer has been using to mark his victims. Can Jackson and Jude keep people safe while searching for the killer and without causing a panic?

So, we have here a book with a strong mystery and a secondary romance. They work well together and I had my doubts as to how well it would work on a limited location like a cruise ship. I liked that the characters come to accept seeing the ghosts as unquestionable rather easily. So many books end up giving a lot of space to the denial of their abilities as part of the plot. The pace of the mystery  is good. It gradually increases until it’s solved. I found myself reading fast trying to find out who the murderer was and being somewhat surprised at the identity. There were some good red herrings in the pool of suspects.

Overall I give this book 4 stars out of 5. Both the mystery and the romance were handled well. It’s a good addition to the Krewe of Hunters series.

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

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I hear music and heartbeats… Review: The Dead Play On by Heather Graham

DeadPlayOnGrahamTyler Anderson plays the sax his friend Arnie left to him and sees scenes from Arnie’s life and death. He is convinced that Arnie’s apparent suicide was murder. He turns to Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn for help since they are known to solve unusual mysteries.

At the same time that Tyler is sharing this with Danni, Detective Larue has called in Quinn to consult on a case of a musician who has been tortured, killed, and all of his instruments have been stolen. Something strange is going on in New Orleans again.

The key to this mystery though is in 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.”

It’s a good mystery. The title seems a little misleading. There are no dead playing on. And even Arnie’s magical sax seems to be subject to interpretation by everyone in the book including the killer.

The secondary characters from the first 2 books are relegated to minor status in this one. The relationship between Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn is going as strong as ever. The romance is interspersed with the danger and serves to break the tension for the most part. The relationship between Billie and Hattie is mentioned, but not expanded on. There are a lot of names to keep track of in the band that Billie and Danni play with while Quinn plays with another group as they join the music scene to try and solve the crime.

Overall, it’s a good mystery book with a New Orleans background. I gave it 3.5 stars. I liked it and I would have given it 4, but it’s not exactly what I expected after reading the first 2 books in the series. All the musicians had heartbeats and the magic is questionable.

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