The Night Is Alive by Heather Graham

July 25th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Review 30 Comments

25th Jul

The Night Is Alive
The Night is Alive
by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #10
Publication date: July 20, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Mira Genre:
Paranormal Suspense
Source: Publisher Purchase: B&N/Amazon

 MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH… It’s a city of beauty, history…hauntings. And one of the most haunted places in Savannah is a  tavern called The Dragonslayer, built in the 1750s. The current owner, Gus Anderson, is a descendant of the original  innkeeper and his pirate brother, Blue. Gus summons his granddaughter, Abigail, home from Virginia, where she’s studying at  the FBI Academy. When she arrives, she’s devastated to find him dead. Murdered. But Abby soon learns that Gus isn’t the  only one to meet a brutal and untimely end; there’ve been at least two other victims. Then Captain Blue Anderson starts  making ghostly appearances, and the FBI’s paranormal investigation unit, the Krewe of Hunters, sends in Agent Malachi  Gordon. Abby and Malachi have a similar ability to connect with the dead…and a similar stubbornness. Sparks immediately begin to fly–sparks of attraction “and” discord. But as the death toll rises, they have to trust each other or they, too, might find themselves among the dead haunting old Savannah.

Argh! Me Matey’s The Night is Alive by Heather Graham is filled with mystery, murder, tunnels and pirates! The tenth book in the FBI Krewe of Hunters series, each book deals with one case and a romance from this elite team that solves murder mysteries involving paranormal anomalies. Three world review: suspenseful, dark and entertaining.

The Night is Alive  is set in historical Savannah, Georgia at a tavern built in the 1750s known as the Dragonslayer. Gus the owner is a direct descendant of the original innkeeper and his pirate brother Blue Anderson. Abigail his granddaughter who recently graduated from the FBI academy receives a message from her grandfather Gus asking her to come home. When she arrives she discovers her grandfather is dead, and he isn’t the only one. The police dismiss her grandfather’s untimely death as nothing more than a heart attack, and the ghost of Blue appears she emails Jackson Crowe the leader of an elite FBI unit. When Malachi Gordon arrives from the Krewe of Hunters the tale begins to heat up and the story that unfolds was fascinating, suspenseful with just a touch of heat.

Abigail is fresh from the academy and reeling from the loss of her grandfather. She is a strong character, and pieces things together but some of her actions annoyed me. Maybe it was because she was a newbie, or the fact that the suspects were all childhood friends but I never totally connected with her. Malachi Gordon, a former New Orleans police officer turned PI, has a unique ability to talk to ghosts and is assigned this case as a test run after being vetted for a position on the team. I liked Malachi, but didn’t like the way he went off on his own without his partner. The two had an interesting chemistry;  he is laid back and she is more “I need facts” with a little snark and this created some tension, banter and heat. It had wonderful moments, but it all kind of fell a little flat for me. I bought into the relationship but just wasn’t wowed by it or searching for my HEA. The suspects and townsfolk were a lively bunch and I loved sorting out who was who.

Yo, Ho, Ho and a Bottle of Suspense! The world building was fascinating, had historical accuracy and was dark and entertaining. Wrapped in some paranormal woo-woo I was completely caught up in the case. Graham brought this historical area of Savannah to life and shared details of the original settlement, the tunnels, pirates, small pox and other interesting tidbits. The ghosts gave us a glimpse into the past and Blue aided in solving the murders.  While I figured out who the murderer was, I found it all to be quite clever as Graham weaved all of the threads and clues together. The ghosts in the cemetery touched my heart and softened me towards the main characters. The tale offered up some darkness, humor, lively suspects and some clothes tossing! The tale has me itching to visit Savannah, but I will be looking over my shoulder for pirates and ghosts!

Fans of romantic suspense, historical sites, and murder mysteries will find The Night Is Alive to be a captivating and entertaining escape. The Night is Forever, the eleventh book is due out in September 2013.

Three and half cups of pirated coffee out of five
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

About Heather Graham

Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake. New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.

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30 Responses to “The Night Is Alive by Heather Graham”

  1. Nick

    I’ve seen this author’s books in my library before, but I’ve never bothered to pick them up. It sounds like you had a great time reading this. I have to admit that the premise is intriguing. And there are pirates, so it’s bound to be pretty awesome! 😉
    Glad you enjoyed this, Kim!
    Lovely review! 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Next trip to the library pick up her Bone Island Trilogy, it is my favorite and has a ghost named Bartholomew who is a riot!

  2. Debbie

    Hi Kim, I love Heather Graham. I haven’t read her in a while because I was disappointed in the last couple.
    Thanks for the great review.
    deb

    • kimbacaffeinate

      what is nice about them is that they are broken into trilogies, about different teams so you don’t have to read them all.

  3. Andrea

    I’ve heard of the author, but I’m not familiar with the series. It’s nice that you’re still enjoying ten later. Nice review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am and they are broken into trilogies and different teams of the FBI. Thanks Andrea:)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooh you really should and the best part is that they can be read out of order!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the setting and agree cover is cool. Have a lovely evening.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, sorry I am so late in responding it was all a bit overwhelming but I am happy I moved!

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