The Cursed (Krewe of Hunters, #12)
by Heather Graham
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Released: June 1st 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal romance, mystery
How I got it: NetGalley
A haunted house in Key West
Hannah O'Brien, who grew up in the house and now runs it as a B and B, has always had a special ability to see a pair of resident ghosts. But when a man is murdered in the alley behind her place, she's dismayed when his spirit appears, too, asking for help.
FBI agent Dallas Samson has a passionate interest in the murder, since the victim's a colleague whose death is connected to the smuggling ring known as Los Lobos-the wolves. Now Dallas is even more committed to chasing them down….
Unaware that Dallas has certain abilities of his own, Hannah calls her cousin Kelsey O'Brien, a member of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, an elite unit of paranormal investigators. The present-day case is linked to a historical mystery involving salvagers, a curse and a sunken ship. Danger and desire bring Hannah and Dallas together, but to survive, they have to solve the mysteries of the past-and stay alive long enough to solve the crimes of the present!
Review: I really enjoyed this book. Hannah is a strong, independent, woman who has the ability to see ghosts. When an undercover agent is murder in the alley behind her B&B she sucked into the case. It helps when you can talk to the victim. FBI agent Dallas Samson also has the ability to see the dead and uses it to his advantage when taking on bad guys. Wanting revenge on the Los Lobos for killing fellow agent and friend he takes on the case.
At first Dallas and Hannah rub each other the wrong way, but as the book progresses they warm up. While they developed a relationship during the coarse of the book it was kept on the back burner, for the most part. I liked that. You could watch them getting closer, and figuring each other out.
The case took center stage and I loved how Ms Graham worked history and the paranormal into the plot. Everything moved smoothly and at a good pace keeping me enthralled and entertained. Clues were dropped right at the best times to keep things moving as did the action scenes. I liked how the ghosts popped in and out yet weren't so omnipresent as that they knew everything and just dumped answer on the characters laps.
This was my first book in the Krewe of Hunters series yet I didn't feel confused or displaced, the book could have been a stand alone yet some of the secondary characters did have back grounds. I'm actually looking forward to getting my hands on the earlier books to see how the other characters get together.
I felt Ms Graham did a wonderful job balancing all the aspects of this book as well as creating a mystery with a hint of romance. Very enjoyable and I look forward to reading more from this series.