Series: Krewe of Hunters #20
Published by Harlequin MIRA on 9/27/16
Genres: Paranormal romantic suspense
Source: the publisher
Also in this series: Phantom Evil, The Hidden, Heart of Evil, Haunted Destiny, Deadly Fate
Also by this author: Phantom Evil, The Hidden, Flawless, Heart of Evil, Haunted Destiny, Deadly Fate
They say it's about the journey, not the destination…
Charlene "Charlie" Moreau is back in St. Francisville, Louisiana, to work on a movie. One night, she stumbles across the body of a Civil War reenactor, the second murdered in two days. Charlie is shocked to learn that her father—a guide on the Journey, a historic paddle wheeler that's sponsoring the reenactment—is a suspect.
Meanwhile, Ethan Delaney, new to the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, is brought in on the case. He and Charlie have a history of their own, dating back to when he rescued her from a graveyard—led there by a Confederate ghost!
Charlie arranges a Mississippi River cruise so she and Ethan can get close to the reenactors, find out who knows what, who has a motive. They discover a lot more as they resume the relationship that ended ten years ago…but might die, along with them, on the Journey.
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
In the world of the Krewe of Hunters, it’s the living you should fear, not the dead. That proves true once again in Darkest Journey, as Charlie Moreau and Ethan Delaney try to solve a series of murders involving Civil War reenactors. This is familiar territory for author Heather Graham, but this time she mixes it up with the boats-and-theater theme of the two previous books (Haunted Destiny and Deadly Fate)—and pulls in a few of the characters from those books, as well.
Charlie and Ethan have a history, but not exactly in the way you’d expect: he saved her life when she was a teen. Nonetheless, neither of them has been able to forget the other, and there’s a fair bit of chemistry between them, along with more than a few prickles on Charlie’s part. Those prickles, and Charlie’s anger that her dad is considered a suspect, account at least in part for a few of Charlie’s choices, which aren’t always the smartest. Withholding information is rarely a good idea in the middle of an investigation. Other than that, I found Charlie quite sympathetic; she’s intelligent, gutsy, and loyal. For his part, Ethan is a typical Graham hero: smart, sexy, and highly competent.
I’ve come to expect the ghosts in a Krewe book to be rather…gabby, so I was surprised when the earliest sightings were mute. Some of them remain that way, but they’re still able to be helpful. If I’m going to read a ghost story, that’s what I want; I’m fine with eerie, but scary-as-heck I can do without. And that’s just what I got in this book.
The Krewe of Hunters books are like M&Ms or potato chips—as soon as I finish one, I want the next. They’re fast, formulaic, and fun. If you’re a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz, or you enjoy a few ghosts with your romantic suspense, you should definitely give Graham’s Krewe a try.