Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe–themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe’s great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life.
The restaurant is headquarters to scholars and fans, and any of them could be a merciless killer. Except there’s also something reaching out from beyond the grave. The late, great Edgar Allan Poe himself is appearing to Vickie in dreams and visions with cryptic information about the murders. Unless they can uncover whose twisted mind is orchestrating the dramatic re-creations, Vickie and Griffin’s future as a couple might never begin…
This book is definitely unique from other Krewe of Hunters books from Heather Graham. First, this is third book where Vickie and Griffin are present as the main couple. I really enjoy their characters and appreciate getting to spend more time with them. The other thing that is different with this story is that I laughed several times during this story. From the synopsis, we know that Edgar Allan Poe makes an appearance in this book and his character is really quick-witted and sharp (as one would expect).
One scene stands out to me and it’s Vickie and Poe in her car and she calls him a name; for one second, she’s horrified and I laughed really hard. It only gets better as the story went on. The reason this really stood out to me that this book still has the trademark history and suspense that readers expect from Heather Graham. The slices of humor added another level to an already great story.
Another factor that stands out in this story is that we get to see Vickie and Griffin’s relationship grow deeper, but we also see Vickie’s skills in the paranormal strengthen. She hasn’t entered the academy yet but she’s just getting ready to start in this story. If you’ve read “Dying Breath” and “Dark Rites”, then you’ll get to see Vickie grow and develop and that’s something I always enjoy in characters. You could still read this story as a standalone, but my honest thoughts are that you’ll enjoy this story a lot more if you’ve read “Dying Breath” first.
The ending of this story is a flurry of activity and I had a lot of respect for the author spinning the ending for the reader. The ending is dramatic but it’s also a little different from other Krewe of Hunter books, and again, I appreciated how this author can add slight touches to make the story different, and still stay true to the series and what readers have come to know and love.
If you enjoy reading books about the paranormal, mysteries, or Heather Graham in general, you will love this book. It’s incredible to see this author who has been writing for years and years still be able to switch it up and give readers a story like never before.