Thursday, March 28, 2013

Heart of Evil review

I really liked Heart of Evil by Heather Graham, the second book in her Krewe of Hunters series. Like Phantom Evil, Heart of Evil takes place in New Orleans - always a good setting for a ghost filled murder mystery!

While I had mixed feelings about Jackson, the hero of Phantom Evil, I completely adored Jake, the hero of Heart of Evil. He was a quintessentially good guy - smart, fun, easygoing, and talented. Really, what more could a girl ask for? He also just happens to see and speak to ghosts :) When the Krewe gets a call about a case at Ashley Donegal's family plantation, Jake comes face to face with the woman he loved and lost.

Ashley was a great character - smart, strong, all Southern charm but independent and unwilling to take crap from anyone. She was, however, not willing to admit that she's just like Jake - she can see ghosts, too. There are a couple of times in Heart of Evil when I wanted to smack Ashley for not being more open minded overall she was a lot of fun to read. At the same time, Ashley's strong enough to find a dead body and be able to do what needs done - no fainting, no blubbering, no hysterics after the initial shock. I liked that Ashley and Jake were written as equals and not one coming in to "save" the other all the time.

The rest of the Krewe make appearances as well and round out the book nicely. Graham writes vivid descriptions of place and action which makes the settings jump off the page and makes me feel like I'm in the middle of her scenes. I figured out who the murderer was in Heart of Evil about three quarters of the way through but I did have to go back and double check a detail to make sure I was remembering it correctly.

I'm eager to read the next book in the Krewe of Hunters series and find out more about the remaining members of the team.


Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery's most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare—often inexplicable—intuition. Among the "Krewe of Hunters" is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.

The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried—even in death.

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