by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #11
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
A Ghost Rider in the Sky? What happened here, on a historic ranch outside Nashville, during the Civil War? And what's happening now? Olivia Gordon works at the Horse Farm, a facility that assists patients with mental and physical recovery; her specialty is animal therapy. She's always loved her job, always felt safe & until now. People are dying, starting with the facility's founder, whose body is discovered in a ravine on the property & site of a massacre in 1862. And before every death, Liv sees a horse and rider, wearing a soldier's garb, in the night sky. Warning? Omen? Or clue? Liv calls in her cousin Malachi and his Krewe, an FBI unit of paranormal investigators, to discover the truth. New Krewe member Dustin Blake knows they need Liv's involvement in the case, yet he's worried about her safety. Because he and Liv quickly become more than colleagues and he doesn't want to lose her to the endless night.
Call me weird but I love old haunted graveyards, and a little paranormal magic. The Night is Forever, Heather Graham’s newest Krewe of Hunters series delivered that and more with its mysterious murders, hot federal agent and Nashville setting. Three word review: a clever who-dun-it, likeable characters and a hot little romance.
Night is Forever takes place on the Horse Farm in Nashville. The Horse Farm is a non-profit animal therapy clinic helping troubled souls through horse therapy. Here we meet, Olivia Gordon a charming therapist and animal lover. When the owner dies from a supposed drug overdose his ghost informs her it wasn’t an accident. She contacts her cousin, Malachi; a member of the Krewe of Hunters. Not wanting to anger local authorities, he sends in new recruit, Dustin Blake, under the guise of a patient. Supposedly he is a federal agent suffering from burn-out. As he and Olivia work to solve the mystery, accidents, mishaps and strange deaths make it clear no one is safe. Dustin must hunt down a killer and keep Olivia safe. The tale that unfolds was fascinating with a lovely side dish of romance.
Graham creates likable characters from the living to the non-living that you can easily connect with. Olivia is wonderful, from her optimism to her interactions with the staff and youth at the Horse Farm. Convinced of foul play she is determined to clear her mentor’s good name. Dustin, who is former military and a decorated member of the FBI, has always been able to see the dead. When approached by the Krewe of Hunters, he is honored to be considered for this élite group. Olivia and Dustin clicked as a couple. The romance was slow to build and felt genuine. You could feel the chemistry between them, and as the relationship heated I became invested in them. Several ghosts aided in the case, from a civil war officer and his horse to the recently deceased and I loved these paranormal details. The suspect list was long, and the characters all had their own voice.
The murder mystery in The Night is Forever was a particularly good one. From mysterious accidents, included a closed room murder, I wasn’t really sure who the suspect was until the end. Graham slowly reveals clues, often misleading us as we begin to form a suspect list. I enjoy how she ties it all together and provides a solid theory. Olivia and Dustin were the perfect couple, as they worked off each other’s strengths and slowly built a relationship. I enjoyed a lot of the side characters in this tale, from the troubled teens to the local waitress. The setting was wonderful, and I loved hearing about the civil war, Nashville’s history and the ghostly officer. While this is the eleventh book in the Krewe of Hunters series, each book works as a standalone and offers a side dish of romance focusing on one couple.
Fans of mystery, murder and paranormal woo-woo, will enjoy the suspenseful tale Graham delivers in The Night is Forever. As many of you know Graham’s Hunter series are on my auto-buy list and she always offers me the perfect, fast paced escape.
Four cups of coffee out of five
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