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Stars: 3.5 / 5
Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal elements, historical flair and the romantic side of the plot.
The Cursed is the twelfth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in January of 2014. The plot is set in Key West, FL and centers around Hannah O'Brien - owner of the Siren of the Sea B&B - and Dallas Samson - FBI agent called into investigate a murder.
This forms the first book in the second trilogy within the series. The first trilogy is a set of three books titled "The Night is....": The Night is Watching; The Night is Alive; The Night is Forever.
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, this elite unit is called on to solve cases linked to historical mystery involving legendary crime and serial killings, war events and hauntings. The Krewe are divided into three distinct groups. The first group is led by Jackson Crow, who is also the Director of the Krewe, and called as the original Krewe of Hunters; the second group is led by Texas Ranger Logan Raintree and called as the Texas Krewe; the third group headed by Malachi Gordon although they haven't named their team yet.
Hannah O'Brien comes across the dead body of a undercover agent in the alley beside her family-owned B&B Siren of the Sea. Dallas Samson is another FBI agent assigned to the case, determined to find out who is behind it. His initial suspicions about Hannah being involved in the murder become baseless, but his attraction towards her isn't baseless. As they figure out who killed the agent and also their attraction to each other, the bigger threat comes looming on them.
A rather lengthy plot that takes place over a period of four days or so. Some scenes could have been cut to make it shorter and still the plot would have survived. They weren't boring but weren't adding anything to the plot either. Although nice historical and ghost tours the readers get along the way that includes salvagers and wreckers.
Since Heather wrote so many books, I know she has her characters reappear in future book but for the same series. I wondered if she had her characters cross-over between her different series. And that is what we see in this book. Two characters from another series are tied closely to the lead heroine, Hannah O'Brien.
I kind of guessed one of the antagonist somewhere in the middle of the book but I had my doubts. But the main antagonist I had guessed in the 17th chapter and Heather revealed that person in the 18th chapter. I am pleased that I was very close in unfurling the mystery.
The Krewe of Hunters who get invited into the investigation to aid Dallas and Hannah are from Team Two, the Texas Krewe - Logan Raintree and his wife Kelsey O'Brien - and Adam Harrison himself. Along with the help of the local law enforcement, the case is definitely solved right. Just like how it happens on TV. I am guessing Dallas will be joining Logan's team after the case is done.
On a side note, in the copy of the book that I have, there are hard card inserts that gives reader an opportunity to either join a book club and win books, or buy a book and get a few free. Why am I surprised because off-late such inserts are no longer seen. Some of the latest books don’t have these card inserts but I have been seeing them on and off even in this internet-purchasing era. Very comforting to see something from the pre-internet era.
A very good mingle of murder and mystery; past and present; salvagers and wreckers; and above all romance and love. Although I am surprised at the number of grammatical and sometimes character errors I see in the books as the series progresses. Clearly who ever edits for Heather Graham isn't doing a good job.
Another successful thriller in the series of books under Krewe of Hunters by Heather Graham that is an easy ready and still enjoyable. A tale that captures one easily till the end.
1. Plot Reveals:
a. Katie O'Hara and David Beckett are introduced in this plot. And a history into their background paused me to think they might be characters from another of Heather Graham book. I was pretty sure they weren't from Krewe of Hunters or Harrison Investigation series. A little dig on google pointed me to Ghost Shadow, the first book in Bone Island Series by Heather Graham published in 2010. Having not yet read that series, I am curious if Hannah O'Brien or Liam Beckett, David's brother, appear in that book as well.
b. Heather Graham while giving a background of The Krewe of Hunters, has Logan Raintree talk about only two Krewe units. But I distinctly remember that in tenth book The Night is Alive, Malachi Gordon was made the head of the third unit which is yet to be named. Was I confused about that? Or has Malachi Gordon rejected being head of thrid unit and is simply part of one of the already existing two Krewes? Very confusing on that part.
2. Sub Plots:
a. In eleventh book, The Night Is Forever, Dustin Blake was part of an FBI team consisting of Grant Shelby, Cindy Greenstreet and Jerry Gunter. I am wondering why Heather Graham had mentioned their complete names as well as a brief intro, albeit as part of the conversation. Will they resurface in future plots is something we have to wait and see.
b. Dustin Blake has a sister Rayna Blake who is a Nashville sensation - a country music singer. I wonder if Heather Graham will use her as a lead character in a future book.
3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:
a. On Pg. 52, Line 20, it should be "…Liam had been a few years…."
b. On Pg. 183, Line 23, I think it should be "Liam looked at…" cause Logan was in the conversation earlier with Jose and he already knew about Jose's sister. There would not be any reason for Logan to ask about it again.
c. On Pg. 220, Line 8 from bottom, it should be either "…someone dies is when…." or "…someone dies was when…."
d. On Pg. 226, Line 19, it should be "…hotel and paused to look across…"
e. On Pg. 227, Line 19, it should be "…had honed in on the…"
f. On Pg. 150, Logan mentions that Jackson Crowe who heads the first Krewe unit, Krewe of Hunters, as their director. Then on Pg. 235, Kelsey mentions that Adam Harrison is their director. So are they both directors? Or was it mis-quoted?
g. On Pg. 321, the conversation kind of seems that the patrol officer who was shot might not make it the night. But then Hannah says "Thank God". It doesn’t look right.