The Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham offers a standalone mystery and romance with a paranormal twist and a member or crew of a special agency within the FBI known as the Krewe of Hunters. When a murder occurs in New Orleans, it bears a striking resemblance to a string of murders that terrorized the Big Easy in 1919.
by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #33
Genres: Paranormal, Romantic Suspense
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A tragic past. An uncertain future.
Twelve years after the grisly murder of her parents, Kaitlyn Delaney has finally found peace. She has friends, a good job, a place to call home and a new life to live. But then a shadow creeps in from Katie’s past, reminding her that she will never completely escape its terrifying grip.
When private investigator Dan Oliver is called to the scene of a gruesome crime in New Orleans, he can’t help but hear echoes of the Delaney case, the unsolved murder that made him leave law enforcement. As he digs deeper, he unearths more chilling similarities—including mysterious letters connecting the killer to a string of murders that terrorized the Big Easy in 1919.
Now reunited after all this time, Dan and Katie scour the streets together, desperate to find answers before more lives are lost. But the otherworldly roots of this evil run far deeper than they ever imagined…and only the most precious of sacrifices will bring its twisted reign to an end.
Graham’s Krewe of Hunter books offer a familiarity and escape I enjoy while weaving in historical events and tidbits in whatever city or town the FBI Krewe is working along with a side of romance and paranormal elements.
The Unforgiven opens with a grizzly murder in Florida where Kaitlyn Delaney lost her parents. Fast forward twelve years and private investigator Dan Oliver is called to the scene of a gruesome crime in New Orleans that closes matches the Delaney case. The news and locals declare that a murderer who terrorized the town in 1919 has returned. Katie is living and working in the city when she hears details about the murders and believes it might be her parent’s killer.
This was an intriguing case and of course I love the story about the 1919 murders and a strange group that may be involved. Katie is a tour guide in the city and soon finds herself, along with Delaney, pulled into the case. Both have we some ghostly help.
Twists and turns slowly led the way to the big reveal and resolution to the murders. The romance was a “hater to lovers” without the barbs as both characters are standup and resolved their issues. It lacked the sizzle I enjoy, but came through at the end.
While I loved the storyline and characters the story felt forced in a few areas and dragged in others. This doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my time in NOLA because I did, it just won’t be in my top ten list for the series. I already have the next two books set in New Orleans queued up on my kindle, The Forbidden and The Unknown.
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That’s too bad this one kind of drug. I’ve found that the first book of Graham’s yearly trilogy of Krewe books is usually the best so my expectations are always highest about that one. I definitely will still read this (can’t resist a NOLA setting!) but I’ll lower my expectations.
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I started reading and collecting these on audio because Luke Daniels. I haven’t gotten very far yet. I’ll probably switch to ebooks once I read ones where he is not narrating.
Thirty three books, that is a lot of books. I am happy to hear you enjoyed it despite it not being your favourite in the series.
Yeah I am so behind on these it isn’t even funny so thanks for keeping them on my radar and your fabulous thoughts about the books
Heather Graham is an author I’ve always wanted to try, but just never got around to her. I need to change that sometime soon. Glad you still enjoyed this one, even if it wasn’t a favorite of the series. Wonderful review.