Book Critique - Ghost Walk (Harrison Investigation #3)
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Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: A neat blend of history and paranormal folded with romance and murder is what we see with this plot.
Ghost Walk is the third book in the Harrison Investigation Series by the paranormal author Heather Graham published in September of 2005. This time around the central plot revolves around Nikki DuMonde - manager of a successful New Orleans haunted-tour company "Myths and Legends of New Orleans" - and Brent Blackhawk - a paranormal investigator with a tragic past.
Long before her Krewe of Hunters series (My review of the books I have read in that series so far are here), she had her Harrison Investigation Series headed by Adam Harrison. She credits him for starting the FBI special division called the Krewe of Hunters. While I was reading those books I was curious to read about Adam Harrison and books that came under his series. And now I have a few books from that series that I can read. This current book is the third in the series.
In this episode, Brent Blackhawk works as a paranormal investigator with Harrison Investigations headed by Adam Harrison. He is sent to New Orleans to investigate the death of an undercover agent and another woman's death - Andy Ciello, friend to Nikki DuMonde. Nikki is the only one who believes that Andy's death is not overdose but a murder. Now it is Brent's job to find the truth and get to the bottom of not only the two cases but also help Nikki understand her new-found paranormal ability to see ghosts.
However, they are attracted physically and emotionally in a way that they havent been to anyone else before. How do they act on their feelings while still trying to unravel the mystery is what the rest of the plot is about.
The cast of the plot aside from Nikki and Brent - Maximilian "Max" Dupuis (the founder of the company), Andrea "Andy" Ciello (a new recruit in the haunted tour company), Julian (Nikki's best friend from childhood), Nathan & Patricia Broussard (A couple as well as guides at the tour company), Mitch (A Philly born tour guide) and Madame D'Orso (owner of the café of the same name). And ofcourse the detectives who are on the case - Detective Owen Massey and his partner Detective Marc Joulette.
There is a lot of historical tours that Heather takes the readers along-side the ghost tours of Myths & Legends of New Orleans tour company. A lot more one can learn about the city - The Queen of Storyville Josie, Archibald McManus and his slave Huey, Madame Delphine Lalaurie and her husband Dr. Louis Lalaurie. Marie Laveau. This time around Heather also adds a tinge of politics on the edge of the paranormal mystery.
With so many characters, there would be repeat paraphrasing of having to explain a particular scene to the remaining characters. However, it was lesser compared to her previous book, The Presence. She also leaves a lot of inconsequential details along the plot just like her other books. But this time around I missed her explanation of a few of them at the end, or tying them up neatly.
A neat blend of history and paranormal folded with romance and murder is what we see with this plot. Like always Heather Graham makes it chiller without making it gorier and at the same time makes it softly erotic with the undertones of sexual tension between the two lead characters.
On a side note, I see the paper insert at the end for a reader tow buy two bestselling novels and get a free gift along. Very nostalgic.
Another intriguing plot that would lead to a plethora of books in this series and entertaining the reader every step of the way.
1. Plot Reveals:
a. Heather takes us through quite a few hangout and visiting spots in New Orleans with this plot - Pat O' Briens, Saint Louis Number 1 Cemetery, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, Maxie's Supper Club and Oyster Bar.
b. Heather talks about TV crime shows where they solve a crime in one single day while in real life it takes much longer and sometimes cases go unsolved. I always wondered on the same thing. Life for any kind of cop on TV is made to look a lot more easier on camera.
2. Sub Plots:
a. In the previous book, The Presence, we get introduced to two of the investigators working for Adam Harrison - Darcy Stone and her husband Matt Stone. I started reading the remaining books in the series, but yet to get to Darcy and Matt's story.
3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:
a. On Pg. 38, Line 3, it should be "…that native people…"
b. On Pg. 188, Line 24, it should be "…keep seeing both of…"
c. On Pg.213, Heather mentions only a "Ms. McManus" while introducing a character who was a descendent of Archibald McManus. However immediately after on Pg.214, she addresses her as "Marie"…without anywhere letting the readers know that her name is Marie McManus. A step somewhere missed in between perhaps.