Book Critique – #357: The Uninvited (Krewe of Hunters #8)

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal activities.

The Uninvited is the eighth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in August of 2012. This plot revolves around Tyler Montague - the fourth member from the second group of elite paranormal investigators of The Texas Krewe - and Allison Leigh - a noted historian.

Krewe are a secret FBI unit with each member of the unit honing a particular psychic talent of their own making them the paranormal investigating team. This unit was created to deal with murders having supernatural undertones and paranormal activities. Headed by paranormal investigator Adam Harrison, the elite unit of paranormal investigators is called on to solve cases linked to historical mystery involving legendary crime and serial killings, war events and hauntings. The stories in the book series are located mostly in Virginia and New Orleans, with some well-known legends used as themes.  The Krewe are divided in three distinct groups. The first group is led by Jackson Crow called as the original Krewe of Hunters, the second group is led by Texas Ranger Logan Raintree called as the Texas Krewe and the third group is a unit of its own. 

Allison Leigh finds Julian Mitchell impaled by his own replica bayonet, fallen over Bedford desk at the end of the final tour of Tarleton-Dandridge House. It is famed to be a haunted mansion too primarily because of not only the number of people who have died in mysterious conditions - tragic history -  but also because of the legend that British Lord Brian Bradley aka Beast Bradley had murdered Lucy Tarleton in a rage and left her to die at the hands of her father. And now Julian Mitchell dies in mysterious conditions which warrants the presence of FBI's special unit The Texas Krewe to investigate. And Tyler Montague is given the lead before his team joins the investigation. But all doesn’t seem as straight forward as it is especially when the criminal in question has a fixation to past and present and also with Allison. 

Allison considers Tyler and his team as Ghost Hunters while Tyler truly believes in their ability to connect to the dead in the hope to solve a complicated mystery. Poles apart and so different, it was an intriguing journey to read and follow that Allison and Tyler take. Who is the uninvited into the house that is causing the murders? Is that person corporeal or a ghostly spirit? A journey that takes the reader through the history of United States specific to the time founding fathers fought for freedom from British and the little lies that were shoved under by the victors who told the tale. And we get to see the mighty Texas Ranger Tyler Montague fall for the ethereal Allison Leigh.

Tyler Montague had been a very silent character since his introduction in the series by Heather. I always wondered how is story would be told and what his abilities would be It came as a surprise for me when I learned more about it - not the usual stereo-type macho-man Tyler ends out to be, but much much more than that. 

A reader like me who hadnt read any of Heather's previous series, when a character who has been much spoken of in the current series, it would be exciting to see that character being brought in again. Exactly what I felt when I got to finally meet Adam Harrison the spearhead for the FBI division, Krewe. It was finally nice to meet him and learn more about him.

Although the plot for the historical part is pure fiction, Heather masterfully uses the real history blending in with fiction. All her plots have a standard theme – a story from past that reflects the crime happening in the present. However, every past that Heather brings forth are different kinds – molded perfectly to the ability of the lead investigator from the Krewe of Hunters. I like that she brings justice to past while capturing the criminal in the present at the end. Makes for a very satisfactory read. 

Coming to the characters in this book, although I hadn’t warmed up to Allison Leigh much in the beginning as the plot picked on she came through with tremendous courage. Tyler had been a hidden character so far. It was interesting to see him evolve in the plot. As always the romance part of the mystery is shorter than any romance novel however it was very sweet to see how Allison and Tyler find love eventually. 

A ride through history trying to know what is fact from fiction while solving a string of murders keeps the reader at the edge as the plot proceeds. Another successfully thriller with the paranormal touch filled with mystery, intrigue and romance.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. After finally meeting Adam Harrison in this series, I am keen to start the books in which he had originally been part of. I have the Harrison Investigation Series by Heather Graham that definitely are prequels to this series in my list yet to read. Perhaps after I finish this series.

2. There is indeed a Dandridge in Philadelphia and a Tarleton in bygone era. And that the mansion – Tarleton-Dandridge house – indeed existed. 

3. Heather mentions about a McDooley's pub in Philadelphia. Although I didn’t find one in Philly I found one in Boston though. Perhaps Heather based her pub on this. More about the Boston pub here.


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