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.
Please insert extreme words of happiness since I am a Krewe of Hunters fanatic and this is a new book in the Krewe of Hunters series. EEEEK! (I couldn’t help it, sorry).
I know I say this a lot about Heather Graham, but I feel the need to repeat it so you know that she has remained consistent with her talent: she does some of the best paranormal I have ever read. I always feel she presents it in a respectful way and while there is suspense and mystery, I never feel scared or like I am crossing into uncomfortable territory (especially in regards to my religious beliefs).
I really liked how Heather set this book up. We start in the past and meet Charlene when she is pledging a group in high school called The Cherubs and as an “initiation”, they tie her to a tombstone, even though there is a serial killer on the loose. Enter in Ethan, who finds Charlie and helps her, and essentially saves her life in the process.
Then we flash forward to present time. Charlie has moved onto acting and has done small parts here and there, and is presently filming a movie in her hometown. But then two men are murdered and Charlie finds one of the bodies. She makes a call to her friends, Alexi and Clara (who we met in previous Krewe of Hunters books), and they get the ball rolling. Then Ethan Delaney comes back to Louisiana. Now, years later, he’s a federal agent with the Krewe of Hunters.
One aspect of this book I really enjoyed is that Ethan and Charlie have a history together. They never dated but they were definitely interested in each other. Both can see ghosts and are aware that each other has that gift. Their families know about this as well, even if they don’t entirely share the same gift. I liked this part because I felt it allowed for a more open dialogue between Charlie and Ethan from the start. In past books, there is usually someone who can see things but doesn’t say anything because they don’t want to be seen as crazy or aren’t sure if they, themselves, are losing their mind. So I felt that taking a different route with Charlie and Ethan was a small, but beneficial, move on Heather Graham’s part.
I’ve read so many mystery books but I can tell you that Heather Graham ALWAYS keeps me on my toes. She is one of the few authors who I can never figure out who the culprit is. I’ve read over 15 books of hers and not once have I figured out who did it before the end of the book.
To me, that says a lot about how well the book is written. If you’ve read any mystery book, not just Heather Graham, you always end up meeting a host of characters. I mean, the characters are investigating a mystery and they end up talking to a lot of new characters. Somehow, with Heather Graham though, she does it in a way that I don’t feel overwhelmed or overtaken by so many people coming and going (between real people and spirits).
I also love that we get to spend time with other Krewe members from other books. This one, in particular, we get Jude, Jackson, Clara, Alexi, Thor, and Angela (I sincerely hope I didn’t forget anyone). The other nice part about this is that, for example, if this was your first Krewe of Hunters book, or you haven’t read every book in the series, you can still read this book and enjoy it. Heather keeps everything flowing smoothly.
I really loved this book. This probably rivals as one of my favorite Krewe of Hunters books, in all honesty. In these last three Krewe of Hunters books, everything was tied together (loosely) through a cruise ship line. As a longtime reader of Heather Graham, I appreciate that she can come up with new approaches to her stories but yet still remain authentic to what her readers know and love about her.