by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #19
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: BEA, Publisher
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Alaska—the final frontier?
When Clara Avery, an entertainer working on the Fate, an Alaskan cruise ship, goes to nearby Bear Island, she comes across a scene of bloody mayhem. She also comes across Thor Erikson, who will soon be a member of the FBI's elite paranormal unit, the Krewe of Hunters.
Thor's been sent from the Alaska field office to investigate several grotesque killings, with the dead posed to resemble the victims of notorious murderers. The prime suspect is a serial killer Thor once put behind bars. The man escaped from a prison in the Midwest, and all the evidence says he was headed to Alaska…
Thor and Clara share an unusual skill: the ability to communicate with the dead. Their growing love—and their contact with the ghosts of the victims—brings them together to solve the case…and prevent a deadly fate of their own!
Deadly Fate by Heather Graham is the nineteenth book in the Krewe of Hunters series. While key characters and the premise of the Krewe link each book all can be read as standalone. Clever twists, ghostly apparitions and heated kisses all on a private island made Deadly Fate a page-turner.
Deadly Fate shared a wonderful, detailed multi-murder case with a twist that I never saw coming. Graham surprised me and I enjoyed the beautiful backdrop Alaska offered.
Thor Erickson a local FBI agent is awakened by a phone call. Where he is summoned to a gruesome murder scene at a Seward hotel. In route, he learns that Jackson Crow his previous partner is on his way to Seward. A serial killer they once captured has escaped prison in the Midwest. Could this murder be his work? The tale that unfolds offers twists, turns and an engaging mystery.
Clara Avery is a character we met aboard the Destiny in Haunted Destiny, Krewe of Hunters #18. Now she is working on the Fate, an Alaskan cruise ship. She was asked to take part in TV show on Bear Island to promote the cruise ship but upon her arrival, she stumbles across a horrific murder scene before crashing into Thor Erickson as she flees.
Graham set the stage for an interesting murder mystery. She weaved in characters we had previously met, reopened a serial case and set everyone on edge as we discovered the gruesome murder scenes. We had several ghost aiding us. I always enjoy the way the dead aid the living in this series. Both Clara and Thor can see the dead and she soon becomes involved in the case.
A romance develops between Clara and Thor. It was sweet, sexy and was served as a side dish to the investigation. I enjoyed the romance and found both characters likeable and the chemistry genuine. Graham weaved in a little humor as one of the ghosts meddles by encouraging Clara to make the first move.
Graham takes us inside the perspective of the killer and while not lengthy it was chilling. The mystery wrapped up quickly but then she delivered a twist. This created a second ending that was suspenseful and well executed. The murders themselves were gruesome with just enough details to awaken the reader’s imagination. Key characters like the owner of the island, his odd caretakers and others offered us plenty of suspects and aided in revealing details.
Deadly Fate delivered elements I enjoy making it a worthy addition to my bookshelf. I was delighted to obtain a signed copy of this book at BEA. Heather Graham was sweet and I am happy to have met an author whose books grace my bookshelf.
She lay in beauty, Heartbreaking beauty, for she was gone.
It was a dream that came to him again and again; a memory that played itself out in his mind when he was sleeping, when he was vulnerable.
She reached up and touched his cheek. “You mustn’t let it happen again,” she told him softly.
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Considering we took an Alaskan Cruise in June…This sounds great!!!!!!!
Our most recent cruise was 14 days in Caribbean, but an Alaskan cruise is on our wishlist 🙂
I love the first quote; it’s bittersweet. And oh my, the bit where one of the ghosts pushes Clara to make the first move. How cute 🙂
Yes, it was fun Priscilla 🙂
Wonderful review, Kimba! I really enjoyed this one, too. How exciting that you got to meet her and get it signed!
Yes it was fun. She really is a sweetie 🙂
Still haven’t read the one in my tbr pile. This one has all my favorite elements of romantic suspense-serial killer And paranormal aspects! Glad you enjoyed. How fun that you met her!
Enjoy and yes it does have some fantastic elements
I cannot get over the awesomeness of Thor’s name. I think the book sounds amazing, and any series that has self-contained books I can appreciate NODS.
LOL, only in Alaska and it suits him 🙂
I would grab it just by looking at the cover…but also because I love anything Heather writes. Have a great weekend.
Enjoy. I love her paranormal romantic suspense
Heather Graham’s suspense novels are always a good read. Thanks for the post.
Agreed Angela 🙂
Melissa (Books and Things)
I’ve met her as well… and you should me her and Cherry Adair together. Oh man! What a hoot! I have a couple of her books on my shelf and still haven’t gotten to them. I really need to dive right in and you have made me want to read it more. I have a feeling this one will make it’s way to my tbr eventually as well. Brilly review.
Oh that sounds like fun Melissa!
It’s been a while since I read one of her books and I really liked the ones I read.
Glad to hear it Mary 🙂
Ooh I love a good murder mystery and a twist near the end? Even better! Thanks for sharing – Glad to hear you really liked this one.
P.S. as for a sharable page for Leave a Mark. You can share this one: https://leaveamarkauctions.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/getting-ready-to-begin/ or the blog post before on how the auctions will work.
Thanks for the link, I was looking for a promo page with dates for those interesting in bidding.
Yes! Who doesn’t love a twisty mystery? Even better, visiting Alaska is on my bucket list, so I don’t mind reading about it, until I physically make my trip. Didn’t realize Heather Graham had this many in a series to catch up with. Wow! Happy Friday Kim, and hope you’re feeling well today. Hugs…
Thankfully they all work as standalone and you can jump in anywhere!
Can’t wait to get to this one. I am currently on book ten, so I am about to get caught up, but she needs to not put so many out in a year….gaaah it’s hard to catch up….lol. 🙂 🙂
Right..almost every 3 months there is a new one!
Heather Graham is awesome with the mystery, I’ve always enjoyed that aspect of her stories.
Agreed and I like that they work as strandalone
Great review, I love this series and this book waiting on audio 🙂
Ooo enjoy. I bet these are great on audio 🙂
Great review Kim. I’m really behind in this series but I think its time to take it up again. Thanks for the reminder they’re still out there!
No worries, and hey you can jump around 🙂
Love the quotes and dare I say I’ve never read a Heather Graham book. Yikes! I’ve seen them everywhere, but they are the very few that I haven’t picked up.
I hope you try her Kathy 🙂
Quinn's Book Nook
I’ve never read Heather Graham but I’ve wanted to give her books a try. I’m really curious about this one. Also, GHOSTS! I love when ghosts are in books.
I have fun with them Quinn, and love that each contains a mystery and romance
Tyler H. Jolley
It’s awesome when you love it book, but it totally take it to a new level when you have an ARC, signed that you received in person. 🙂
I hope you’re feeling better, I’ll look for an update on your Sunday post.
Agreed, it was so nice meeting her. My copy was finished which was cool, since it now adorns my bookshelf.
Another great one from this author *sigh* I really do need to pick her back up.
Wonderful; review Kim and I hope you have a really nice weekend!
Yes. Have a wonderful weekend my friend!
Oh this is new to me! Wow, book 19 and it’s still going strong, definitely a good sign. Thanks for the teasers, I’m intrigued! Lovely review, Kim!
These are great and work as standalone. A little murder, a little romance and ghostly apparitions 🙂
Book 19, and I still have not read anything by her
Yes, but they each work as standalone 🙂 so dive in!