Series: Krewe of Hunters #27
Published by Harlequin MIRA on May 21, 2019
Genres: Paranormal romantic suspense
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Also in this series: Phantom Evil, The Hidden, Heart of Evil, Haunted Destiny, Deadly Fate, Darkest Journey, Dying Breath, Echoes of Evil, The Seekers, The Unholy, The Dead Heat of Summer
Also by this author: Phantom Evil, The Hidden, Flawless, Heart of Evil, Haunted Destiny, Deadly Fate, Darkest Journey, A Perfect Obsession, Dying Breath, Echoes of Evil, The Seekers, The Unholy, The Dead Heat of Summer
A CALL FROM BEYOND…
When Kristi Stewart inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, she knows it comes with stories of hauntings. But she doesn’t believe in ghosts, even while she runs seances for the guests of McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast. Until the inexplicable midnight appearance of one of her infamous ancestors. Terrified, she flees into the night—and right into the arms of Dallas Wicker.
Dallas is trying to uncover the truth about a colleague who died under suspicious circumstances. As strange happenings continue to plague Kristi’s home, it is soon clear that there’s a very living threat in the neighborhood—several people have disappeared without a trace. Dallas can’t find any connection between the victims, but someone wanted them gone, and it might be linked to the history of McLane House. And that means Kristi should be very afraid.
FBI agent Dallas Wicker sees ghosts. Kristi Stewart, new owner of Savannah’s reputedly haunted McLane House B&B, doesn’t believe in ghosts… until her several-times-great-grandfather shows up in her room with a warning.
Dallas has been sent to unofficially look into two “accidental” deaths and two disappearances, all of them in the neighborhood of Kristi’s inn. The mystery focuses as much on if and how the deaths and disappearances are related as it does on who is involved. And as Dallas and Kristi edge closer to finding some of the answers, it appears Kristi may be in danger, too.
I like this series; it’s light (in its way) despite the darkness of murder and the presence of ghosts. In fact, the ghosts in these books are usually benign, often helpful, and sometimes disarmingly matter-of-fact about their noncorporeal state. However, the writing is a little uneven from book to book, and the prose is merely workaday; it tells the story well enough, but there’s nothing outstanding about it. The stories usually make up for that, and the main characters in most of the books, while not complex, are usually human and relatable.
For the most part, that is true of The Summoning as well. I really liked practical, kind-hearted Kristi; she’s loyal as well as intelligent, and her journey from shock and denial to acceptance of the ghosts’ reality comes across as very believable. Dallas is typical of the heroes of the series: protective, professional (except when it comes to Kristi), and mostly unflappable, the sort of guy you would want on your side (or by your side) when there are both ghosts and murder in the air.
However, while the mystery in this book was satisfying and kept me guessing for quite a while, the romance felt more pro forma than compelling. The characters were instantly attracted (attracted, not insta-love), but their first intimate scene seemed to come almost out of the blue. I expected more build-up toward it; instead, Graham offered little development of the relationship leading up to that point, and Kristi’s actions in particular felt out of character. Following that scene, the narrative focuses in on the mystery, and I enjoyed the remainder of the book for the light, slightly spooky diversion that it is.