Book Critique – # 358: The Night Is Watching (Krewe of Hunters #9)

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Stars: 3.5 / 5

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

The Night is Watching is the ninth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in May of 2013. This time around the plot revolves around Jane Everett - the last member of the Texas Krewe and a talented artist - and Sloan Trent - Sherriff at Lily, Arizona.

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. 

Jane Everett is sent to ghost town Lily, Arizona when her team is called in as a request from their team leader Logan Raintree's long-time friend Sloan Trent, Sherriff of Lily. A human skull that is more than hundred years old at least was found in the basement of the local theater Gilded Lily. Sloan seeks out Logan and his team's help as he feels their special abilities are also needed. 

But Gilded Lily comes with it's share of hauntings, specially by Sage McCormick who had at one time been a patron of Gilded City some hundred or so years ago and had disappeared one night after her performance. No one knew where she went and her mysterious disappearance had caused to the many gossips about ghost sightings and the theater being haunted. Curiously enough the name Sage McCormick reminds me of a spice. Perhaps Heather has chosen the name well considering the amount of spice Sage had created in her lifetime. 

But What has happened to Sage? Had she been murdered? Or did she really runaway? Trying to connect the pieces in the present with the pieces of the past, Sloan and Jane come together with The Texas Krewe in investigating this unusual occurrences. In the process they find themselves falling in love as well as right in the path of the criminal. 

Sloan Trent also has his own abilities with respect to paranormal world. However his acceptance of having others share the same ability is far less than what I had imagined. Heather projected him as a more cynical in the beginning of the book quite contrast to the easy way Jane accepts. Although Jane and Sloan constantly batter and bicker, there is no mistake in the instant attraction between them and the electric charge their chemistry gives out. 

Surprisingly enough Heather doesn’t have the entire Texas Krewe investigating this crime but just a small set. And even that they don’t come until almost a little more than half of the plot is covered. As the series progressed I noticed that Heather has subtly increased repeating some of the plot pieces and with this book I felt it more repetitive. She still sticks to the same formula - a old historic unsolved mystery and new current crime that somehow get related with all the paranormal elements around it.

It was a bit lengthier than I would have liked for the plot. However, another interesting thriller in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather that doesn’t bore you.

Spoiler Alerts:

1) Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:

a. On Pg. 46 fourth line, Heather mis-uses Logan instead of Sloan.

b. On Pg. 70 first line, Heather mis-uses Logan instead of Sloan.

c. On pg. 116, Heather mentions Old Jail and Old Town in the line starting with “back to his office, stopping at….”

2) The name of the lead character Sloan Trent reminded me of two characters that Nora Roberts had in her series The Calhoun Women - one was Trenton St. James who was paired with the youngest Calhoun, Catherine, in the first book Courting Catherine and the second one was Sloan O'Riley who was paired with Amanda Calhoun the third Calhoun sister in the second book A Man for Amanda. I had immensely enjoyed this series that depicted some really strong women with a family secret from past and mysterious happenings in the present just like Heather Graham Krewe of Hunter Series. This is another series that I have to yet post about although have read it numerous times.

3) Heather mentions about a 1914 serial that was being parodized in this plot as The Perils of Poor Little Paulina. The original one titled The Perils of Pauline was shown as weekly series in 20 installments in 1914. More about it here.

a. The basic story reminded me of the cartoon series The Perils of Penelope Pitstop and surely enough the cartoon series that was aired between 1969-70 was based on this 1914 serial.

4) There is reference to a third Krewe team but it is not mentioned explicitly. I havent come across it's name yet so looking forward to see what that team is named as. And Sloan Trent is asked to join it.

5) After finally meeting Adam Harrison in the eighth book The Uninvited (My review of that book here), 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.

6) Again this book I have, came with two inserts about free books - you know where the books used to have a hard letter kind of page that you could tear it, fill in some information and mail it with free postage; You would get the free books as promised along with free gifts sometimes. Remember those card inserts? Well, I found them in this book. Why am I surprised because off-late such inserts are no longer seen. I remember seeing them in older books, more like pre-2005 era when internet, online shopping etc wasn’t that hep. But surprised to see it in a book published in 2012. Wonder if the author was trying to revive the good old paper-system of writing letters.

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