Krewe of Hunters #13
Adult Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Source: from TLC Book Tours for review
THE STORY (from Goodreads)
A place of history, secrets...and witchcraft.
Devin Lyle has recently returned to the Salem area, but her timing couldn't be worse. Soon after she moved into the eighteenth-century cabin she inherited from her great-aunt Mina—her "crazy" great-aunt, who spoke to the dead—a woman was murdered nearby.
Craig Rockwell—known as Rocky—is a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's team of paranormal investigators. He never got over finding a friend dead in the woods. Now another body's been found in those same woods, not far from the home of Devin Lyle. And Devin's been led to a third body—by...a ghost?
Her discovery draws them both deeper into the case and Salem's rich and disturbing history. Even as the danger mounts, Devin and Rocky begin to fall for each other, something the ghosts of Mina and past witches seem to approve of. But the two of them need every skill they possess to learn the truth—or Devin's might be the next body in the woods...
The Hexed, despite being book thirteen in the Krewe of Hunters series, reads beautifully as a stand-alone murder mystery, blurring past and present as the horrors of the witch trials find life and death once again in modern-day Salem. Many times with paranormal mysteries that involve law enforcement, we as readers are subjected to a somewhat tedious progression from doubt to true belief with regards to the supernatural, either the hero or heroine taking a great deal of time to come to terms with the less scientifically explainable aspects of their case. With The Hexed however, we find zero hesitation from both Rocky and Devin, the two of them fully accepting the role of the paranormal in their lives despite not having an inordinate amount of experience with it; thereby allowing us to settle into the story quickly and easily, free as we are of their supernatural reservations.
Devin and Rocky are both smart and savvy individuals, methodical in their approach to finding the killer and thankfully not prone to any type of horror-movie stunts or antics to draw the killer out. Devin is a writer of children's books, and while she is a vital part of the investigation throughout, she never sticks her nose where it doesn't belong or isn't invited in an attempt to play detective. Instead, she listens to those with a badge and volunteers information when it seems relevant, always aiding them rather than hindering them with her presence.
Rocky is as intelligent and easily likable as Devin, and though his personal connection to the murders is a driving force behind his desire to see the killer come to justice, he's not so obsessed with the case that he can't see the forest for the trees. Like Devin, he listens to those around him and doesn't try to run roughshod over anyone on his team, instead valuing the different angles and approaches to the case each of them provides. When it comes to the romance between he and Devin, he's clearly attracted (as is she), but it's a very subtle aspect of the story, the tension between them just enough to make the romantic in us sit up and take notice.
Ms. Graham thoroughly entertains with the murder mystery element, her research on the Salem Witch Trials clearly extensive and perfectly integrated into the story so that we learn things we never knew without enduring the tedium of a full-on history lesson. With a large suspect pool to choose from, we're constantly kept on our toes, red herrings popping up chapter after chapter before being removed from the suspect list, only to find their way back on it a while later. The revolving door of plausible killers causes the gears in our minds to constantly turn, our guesses as to who the murderer could possibly be a running commentary even as we move through our day to day lives. Overall, The Hexed is quick and action-packed with a strong cast of characters and a fascinating look at Salem past and present, and I thoroughly look forward to going back and starting this series from the beginning.
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels and has been published in more than 20 languages. An avid scuba diver, ballroom dancer and the mother of five, she enjoys her south Florida home, but loves to travel as well, from locations such as Cairo, Egypt, to her own backyard, the Florida Keys. Reading is still the pastime she still loves best, and she is a member of many writing groups. She’s a winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers’ Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America, and also the founder of The Slush Pile Players, an author band and theatrical group.
Heather annually hosts the Writers for New Orleans conference to benefit both the city, which is near and dear to her heart, and various other causes, and she hosts a ball each year at the RT Booklovers Convention to benefit pediatric AIDS foundations.
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