Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: The Hexed by Heather Graham

Published July 29th 2014
by Harlequin MIRA 
The Hexed (Krewe of Hunters #13) by Heather Graham is a really good book. It's a paranormal mystery with a little romance thrown in that takes place in the Salem, Massachusetts area.

Devin Lyle has recently returned to Salem after the death of her great-aunt. She is lead to the body of a dead woman by a ghost. She runs out into the road seeking help and meets/almost gets run over by Craig Rockwell, otherwise known as Rocky. Rocky, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters - a special unit of the FBI, is back in town because of another couple of murders just like this one. Devin and Rocky will find themselves working together to find the killer and find themselves drawn together romantically as well. The Krewe will come and work with them too.

The history of the area plays a part in the mystery as does what the city is like in recent times. Salem has been an interest of mine since I visited there when I was a young girl. I was really impressed with the accuracy of the author's details when it came to the history of Salem and the surrounding areas of Danvers and Peabody. The witch trials in particular were mentioned several times in the book as well as the people who were hanged and Giles Corey who was pressed to death ("More weight!" he cried). The accuracy made the reading even more of a pleasure. I also liked the bits that explained about the difference between Wicca and Satanism and what the pentacle really means.

As for the mystery, it was a good one. I couldn't tell who was responsible for the deaths right up until the very end. I liked the straightforwardness of Rocky when questioning people. I enjoyed reading the book for the characters, the mystery, the romance, and the history. I give this book 4 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.