by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #20
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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They say it's about the journey, not the destination…
Charlene "Charlie" Moreau is back in St. Francisville, Louisiana, to work on a movie. One night, she stumbles across the body of a Civil War reenactor, the second murdered in two days. Charlie is shocked to learn that her father—a guide on the Journey, a historic paddle wheeler that's sponsoring the reenactment—is a suspect.
Meanwhile, Ethan Delaney, new to the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, is brought in on the case. He and Charlie have a history of their own, dating back to when he rescued her from a graveyard—led there by a Confederate ghost!
Charlie arranges a Mississippi River cruise so she and Ethan can get close to the reenactors, find out who knows what, who has a motive. They discover a lot more as they resume the relationship that ended ten years ago…but might die, along with them, on the Journey.
Darkest Journey is the twentieth book in Heather Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series, but each book contains a new murder-mystery and romantic couple. Civil War reenactors, a second chance romance, history, and ghostly intervention await you Darkest Journey.
Graham begins Darkest Journey with a flashback involving Charlie as a teen, and right away, I was hooked. It also shares the connection between Charlie and FBI agent Ethan Delaney.
Charlene “Charlie” Moreau is an actress helping an old friend film a movie in St. Francisville, Louisiana when she discovers a body. When she believes she hears the dead speak to her, she requests Ethan’s services as a member of the Krewe of Hunters.
The murder mystery was interesting and I enjoyed not only tagging along as we gathered clues, but Graham also treated us to history about events and people during the Civil War. I always enjoy this added layer to these modern tales. A Confederate ghost, who once saved Charlie years ago, comes to their aid and I enjoyed the flashback scenes particularly on the Mississippi River cruise.
A second chance romance was served as a side to the murder mystery. Graham shared the history between Ethan and Charlie allowing me to connect. Charlie’s father and his engagement with Ethan kept things interesting. Graham provided heat, but keeps things mostly fade to black.
This novel loosely ties to the previous books Haunted Destiny and Deadly Fate, as key characters (couples) aid Charlie and Ethan. However, Graham reacquaints us quickly and Darkest Journey will stand on its own.
I thoroughly enjoyed Darkest Journey, although I felt the ending was a tad rushed. While the case was closed, I felt Graham did a lot of tell not show to wrap up the story and romance. It felt abrupt leaving me disappointed after such a fun read.Murder, ghosts and romance await you in the Darkest Journey by Heather Graham Click To Tweet
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