by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #14
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal Romance
Sleepy Hollow isn't so sleepy anymore... One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream--an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he's sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard's gone missing there. Maureen--Mo--Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She's actually the one to find Richard?or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman. Mo and Aiden, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's unit of paranormal investigators, explore both past and present events to figure out who betrayed Richard, who killed him and now wants to kill them, too. As they work together, they discover that they share an unusual trait?the ability to communicate with the dead. They also share an attraction that's as intense as it is unexpected? If they live long enough to enjoy it!
The Betrayed by Heather Graham is another exciting murder mystery laced with paranormal elements in the Krewe of Hunters series. Each book works well as a standalone and offers a mystery with a side dish of romance. The Betrayed offers a chilling murder mystery in Sleepy Hollow and it is perfect for as a Fall read. I loved the history, ghosts and creepy murder setting. The romance was low heat with a slow build.
New York FBI Agent Aiden Mahoney is the newest Krewe member. He awakens from a dream where his friend Richard Highsmith calls out to him. The next morning he is assigned his first case with the Krewe and finds himself heading to Sleepy Hollow where his friend Richard was reported missing last night. Here we meet Maureen Deauville and her dog Rollo. The two work as a team finding lost people and have a unique talent. Unfortunately, she has found Richard, well his head at any rate. It is perched atop the statue of the Headless Horseman. The tale that unfolds has suspects galore, with clever twists and turns as these two work together to stop a killer.
The mystery aspect was solid, and Graham weaved in ghostly aspirations to assist us. Aiden struggles accepting his abilities, and we see growth in him as his friendship with Maureen “Mo” grows. The romance was very low-key, but you felt the attraction. My only complaint would be I wanted more of a buildup, and a little heat exchanged throughout the plot. Most of the romantic elements took place at the end of the novel. Since, the murders were so captivating it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment. I enjoyed the way Graham weaved in local history and famous characters in the tale. Her description of the rural area, characters and ghosts kept me entertained. The setting in Betrayed made the tale perfect for Fall and had me longing for cocoa by the fire.
Fans of murder mystery, paranormal elements and a touch of romance will find The Betrayed to be a satisfying read.
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