Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham

May 26th, 2016 kimbacaffeinate Review 42 Comments

26th May
Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham
Haunted Destiny
by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #18
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
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Between the evil and the deep blue sea…

A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line's Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans—with a killer on board. He's known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint's medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he's doing this.

Jackson Crow—head of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, a special unit of paranormal investigators—is assigned to the case, along with local agent Jude McCoy. Then Alexi Cromwell, who works in the ship's piano bar, is drawn into the situation when a victim's ghost appears to her—and to Jude. She and Jude share an attraction, and not just because of their mutual talent.

There are many suspects, but one by one they're ruled out… Or are they? In the end, Jude and Alexi have to rely on each other to catch the killer and escape his evil plans for Alexi.

CRIME MURDERMYSTERY paranormal SUSPENSE

Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham is the eighteenth book in the Krewe of Hunters series. These paranormal romantic suspense novels can be read as standalone. Each features a new couple and mystery. A cruise ship, tropical storms, and a killer in the Caribbean lent to an engaging murder mystery. I hope you enjoy my Latte review.

A Latte contains espresso, steamed milk and foam milk.

Caffeinated Latte of Haunted Destiny

  • The Espresso: Graham delivered an interesting murder mystery.  A serial killer known as the Archangel Killer has been killing woman along the coast and leaving them displayed at local churches. On each victim, he places a saint’s medallion. Sporadic killings and movement from city to city is making it difficult for law enforcement to capture this killer. The case was interesting, and brought us to New Orléans. The head of the Krewe of Hunters Jackson Crowe has been on the case since the first victim appeared to him as a ghost. Once again, Graham weaved in interesting details from the ship to the medallions. I always find these details to be fascinating.
  • The Steamed Milk: In Haunted Destiny we meet some engaging characters.  Our hero, Jude McCoy is an agent from the NOLA division of the FBI  and assigned to work with Crowe. At the latest crime scene, he spots a suspicious onlooker and they soon give chase. They witness him board the Destiny Cruise ship as it prepares to depart the port of New Orléans. Jude’s success rate has caught Krewe’s attention and he follows Jude onboard. There is a sadness to Jude and I enjoyed getting to know him. Alexi Cromwell, New Orléans resident and musician is an entertainer aboard the Destiny. Alexi is gifted with the ability to see the dead and is friends with a cast of ghosts who travel the Destiny. She lost her fiancé and took on this contract to avoid the memories. She is clever and quite popular with crew and passengers. She ends up aiding Jude and Jackson. We meet many colorful characters on the cruise including ghosts, crew and passengers.
  • The Foam Milk: Graham gives us a side dish of romance and I enjoyed time with spent with this couple.  Both Alexi and Jude have suffered loss and for the first time in a long time the other awakens feelings in them. Their relationship started slowly, sure, there was attraction but the case was at the forefront. I liked that the romance built slowly as they learned to trust each other. The case took precedence in Haunted Destiny but page time with them was sweet.

Overall Haunted Destiny made a great Latte.  The tale was smooth, bold and engaging. Being trapped at sea with a list of potential suspects was interesting, although at times I will readily admit to being bored. Suspects ranged from passengers to crew and Graham did a great job with red herrings and fleshing out suspects. The ending was climatic with ghosts aiding our couple followed by a moment that while incredibly cheesy, made me tear up a tad.

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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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42 Responses to “Haunted Destiny by Heather Graham”

  1. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I’ve heard so many amazing things about Graham, but I have yet to pick up one of her books, which is a shame. She reminds me a bit of Nora, what with the paranormal mystery and the lovely romance. Seeing as I adore Nora Roberts, I’ll certainly give this a try.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, Nora is a wonderful comparison, although I am not a fan of her standalone novels. My favorite trilogy from Graham is Bone Island trilogy..

  2. Jenny

    I’ve only read one book in this series but I absolutely loved it, so this is going to be a go-to series for me when I need something I know won’t disappoint. I probably should start at the beginning, but I like that these all work on their own too!
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  3. Stormi

    Can’;t wait to get to this one cause it will mean I am all caught up….lol. I am going in order and I am currently on book 9 and I only started last year so I am doing great..as I am half way thorough! 🙂 (This one is a treasured book though cause I got it autographed…lol.)
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      That is awesome! I was that way with a few series last year and now I have joined the ranks of folks waiting for the next release!

  4. Sophia Rose

    Why haven’t I tried this series yet? I must have noticed her name or the covers and book reviews, but in passing. I love crime thriller/paranormal blends so I have a feeling I’ll love them.
    Glad you Caff Latte review caught my attention better. 🙂
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  5. Lorna

    I bought one of these after reading one of your reviews and I have yet to read it. Just part of the massive tbr pile. I used to read her probably when she was starting out a long long time ago-romances and romantic suspense, but honestly she wasn’t a favorite. You have me intrigued though with the killer being aboard the boat. But you saying it bored you at times is still something to think about. Love your Latte review!
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