Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review: Darkest Journey (Krewe of Hunters #20) by Heather Graham

Expected publication:
September 27th 2016 by Mira
Charlene Moreau, aka Charlie, is back in her hometown acting in a film. One evening she finds a dead man somewhat buried on the land they are using as a set for filming. It's a recent murder. And the victim was one of the Civil War reenactors involved in the movie.

Ethan and Charlie have a history together. He rescued her from a serial killer back when she was in high school and he was in college. Now, she calls upon the Krewe of Hunters, Ethan's new unit, to send him on down to Louisiana and help out. Ethan sees ghosts the same way she does. And she knows he won't think she is nuts for receiving information from the dead.

Two men have died with seemingly no link to their murders even though they were friends. It will take the investigational strengths of the Krewe to prove Charlie's father is innocent and catch the villain or villains.

This involves a trip on the Mississippi River on the boat, the Journey. The Journey is run by the same company that ran the ships that the last 2 cases the Krewe investigated were on. Charlie's father travels and lectures on the boat on a regular basis.

Since Charlie's father is a historian, there are bits of history here and there throughout the story. I'm not sure which parts were real and which parts were designed to help the plot along though. Still, if you enjoy reading about the Civil War era, it really adds to the story. There is also mention of several local landmarks at which Charlie's father leads tours, in particular, several plantations.The majority of the action though occurs on the film set or aboard the Journey.

The romance between Charlie and Ethan is sweet. It's like they are taking up where they left off years earlier, but better. There is sex, but not overwhelmingly so.

The pace of the book is good. The writing keeps you turning pages to find out what happens next. It's a good mystery. It does seem to wrap up a little quickly, but it works. It's like the story has come full circle.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. If you enjoy your mysteries with a touch of romance, the paranormal and history then this would be a good book for you. This is #20 in the Krewe of Hunters series. It's written in such a way that you could pick it up and enjoy it on its own even if you haven't read any of the others in the series. The 2 books in the series immediately preceding this book do share some of the same characters.

Darkest Journey is due out September 27, 2016 from MIRA.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.