The Hexed by Heather Graham

kimbacaffeinate Review 71 Comments

7th Aug
The Hexed by Heather Graham
The Hexed
by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #13
Also in this series: Sacred Evil, The Evil Inside, The Unseen, The Unspoken, The Uninvited
Publisher: Harlequin
on July 29, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Goodreads
four-starsfour-starsfour-starsfour-stars
A place of history, secrets...and witchcraft. Devin Lyle has recently returned to the Salem area, but her timing couldn't be worse. Soon after she moved into the eighteenth-century cabin she inherited from her great-aunt Mina—her "crazy" great-aunt, who spoke to the dead—a woman was murdered nearby. Craig Rockwell—known as Rocky—is a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's team of paranormal investigators. He never got over finding a friend dead in the woods. Now another body's been found in those same woods, not far from the home of Devin Lyle. And Devin's been led to a third body—by...a ghost? Her discovery draws them both deeper into the case and Salem's rich and disturbing history. Even as the danger mounts, Devin and Rocky begin to fall for each other, something the ghosts of Mina and past witches seem to approve of. But the two of them need every skill they possess to learn the truth—or Devin's might be the next body in the woods...

Hexed is the thirteenth book in the Krewe of Hunters paranormal mystery/romance series by Heather Graham. One of the things I love about this series is that each can work as a standalone. In Hexed, Graham took us to the Massachusetts’ area on the outskirts of Salem. An unsolved murder occurred thirteen years ago, and it looks like the killer is back. Romance, the witch trials and paranormal woo-woo made this tale a real page-turner.

The newest member of the Krewe of Hunters is Craig Rockwell, nicknamed Rocky. When a body is found that appears to be murdered in the same fashion as a friend he found back in high school, he requests to join the Krewe. Rocky grew up in the area outside of Salem, and his friend’s murder is what drove him to join the FBI. On his way to the local police department, he almost hits Devin Lyle, who has returned to the area after inheriting her great-aunt Mina’s cabin. Devin has just found another body and a ghost led her to it. Devin is former reporter who writes children’s book, and she may have inherited more than her Aunt’s cabin as a ghostly spirit has Devin and Rocky looking into Salem’s dark past.

We get to see older members of the Krewe and I loved the addition of Rocky. His back-story regarding the first murder was interesting, and I was fond of him. Devin was interesting, from her family history to the wonderful witchy children books she writes. The townsfolk were colorful and just how I imagine the locals to be. I love that Graham fleshed them out while weaving in the history of the witch trials.

High body count, ghostly aspirations and an interesting list of suspects have Devin and Rocky delving into the past and looking at  local suspects. Graham knows how to spin a good yarn, and the atmosphere of the Salem area and its witchy background added an excellent layer of suspense, and tension to the Hexed. The romance that develop between Devin ad Rocky was the slow building, passionate romance that readers’ love. I easily connected to both and adored Devin. She is quirky, strong, and lives with a crow and her dead Aunt Mina! The execution of the mystery kept me guessing, with the twists and turns Graham weaved. The reveal was fascinating, and I always love discovering the why.

From the slow-building romance to the murder mystery, Graham had me hooked with Hexed. Fans of paranormal woo-woo and Salem history will love this addition to the Krewe of Hunters.

About Heather Graham

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.

Photo of kimbacaffeinate
About Kimberly
Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads everything fiction in YA, NA, and Adult. She's a self-professed Whovian, Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...

71 Responses to “The Hexed by Heather Graham”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love her brand of romantic suspense wrapped in paranormal woo-woo Ali :)

  1. Melliane
    Twitter:

    It’s been a while since I read a book by this author but as I was a little mixed about it, I never tried more. But now many wonderful reviews are up for the others and I confess that I’m curious. I should try something else to see if it’s for me. This one sounds great. Great review!
    Melliane recently posted…EventMy Profile

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Wahoo! You can dive in anywhere Rashika. Even though it is 13 books, it actually breaks down into 3-4 mini books based on one branch of the Krewe.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Agreed Angela, and I love how her series are mini series/trilogies within the whole and all work as standalone.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, it happens. I do love her books and know you will enjoy the last two.

  2. Katherine
    Twitter:

    I have this one and now I can’t wait to read it! I like that the romance is slow building as that was my main complaint with the previous book. Add Salem, ghosts and more info on the Krewe and this one just slid up my TBR list! Great review!
    Katherine recently posted…We Were Liars – ReviewMy Profile

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is Nick she really mixes things up with different teams and characters. I love that each book is standalone

  3. Trish
    Twitter:

    What a fab cover! I love when books in a series can work as a standalone as sometimes the thoughts of starting a new series (especially such a long one) is intimidating. I am always fascinated by the awfulness of witch trials so I think this one sounds great. This is pure trivia but the last witch in Europe was burnt just a few miles away from where I work, it’s an awful story and gives me shivers. It was a 28 year old woman in 1895. Poor woman.
    Trish recently posted…Book Review : Between the Lives by Jessica ShirvingtonMy Profile

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Within the 13 books are trilogies and sometimes four books dealing with one branch of the Krewe. So we get each team members romance and a mystery. However, they each work as a standalone, so you an jump in anywhere.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      While it is 13 books, within those are 3-4 books that are based on one team. So you can jump in anywhere and feel at home.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These totally work as standalone and actual have mini series in the whole series. (which focus on one branch of the Krewe and take place in different areas of US) I hope you dive in!

  4. Rita
    Twitter:

    I think–senior moment :) — that I read a few books by this author many years ago. I know I haven’t read any recent ones but I’m not sure why. I think I was under the assumption that I had to read each and every one in order and it’s daunting. Glad to hear that you might be able to dive in anywhere and pick the story up. I do love stories about Salem and the witch trials. I was lucky to stop in Salem for a few hours on a long-distance trip, but hubby isn’t a fan of all this and I didn’t get an overnight intensive exploration of the area.
    Rita recently posted…Mini Reviews 8/6/14My Profile

  5. lupdilup
    Twitter:

    I met Heather Graham this year at RT, and she was such a lovely lady, I made a promise to myself to listen to some of her books, since you said these are OK as standalone, which one would you recommend starting with, what I’m asking is, which one is your favorite? This right here sound pretty good.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ok..my favorite is the Bone Island trilogy. It is three books with the original crew. This book’s crew began with The Cursed, then this one Hexed, followed by the Betrayed in September.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      She is clever with them, and they are broken down into different teams, settings, offices etc with each book focusing on one agent and their romance..plus a very good case!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am drawn to those periods in history too Sophia, and will watch documentaries and read about them whenever I can.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Kris, I enjoy Graham’s novels from start to finish and love that each contains a mystery. I loved the Wicca/witchcraft angle and perfect setting.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These work as standalone and also break out into 3 and 4 books focusing on once branch of the Krewe in different locations like the south, Texas, the Keys etc.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Heidi, even those these all are Krewe of Hunter books they feature different teams, and every 3-4 books focuses on one team. Having said that..each and every one works completely as a standalone…so dive in!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Crime shows is a good way to describe them, but without the procedural details and a lot of woo-woo :)

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know right, but I love that we have met several different branches of the Krewe and solved mysteries all over the US.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thankfully each book can be read as a standalone and is divided into mini series of 3-4 books that feature one division of the Krewe of Hunters. This set begins with the Cursed.

  6. Kay
    Twitter:

    I have heard of this author, but for some reason I never gave her books a second glance. Maybe I should change that. I could use a new paranormal/mystery romance series to read. I also like that they can read standalone.
    Kay recently posted…Library Loot #24My Profile

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really enjoy them, and love that they balance, mystery, paranormal and romance.

  7. Ginny
    Twitter:

    I’m on the wait list for this one through the library eBook program. I think I am #6 on the list. You already know that I’m a big fan of this series and can’t wait to read this one. After reading your review I know I won’t be disappointed. It will be interesting to see how she weaves Salem’s history into the story.
    Ginny recently posted…Meet and Greet and Giveaway with Author CeCe OsgoodMy Profile

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am so excited you are enjoying all of these. Graham gives me an enjoyable read every time.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love the Salem history too Alisa, I find the time period fascinating.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      :snort: dirty mind Amir? I really enjoy her books and hope you try them again.

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge