Book Critique: The Hexed (Krewe of Hunters # 13)

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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 Hexed is the thirteenth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and published in May of 2014.  The plot is set in and around Salem, MA and centers around Devin Lyle - a children's book author - and Craig "Rocky" Rockwell - an FBI agent and recent recruit to the Krewe of Hunters.

This forms the second book in the second trilogy within the series. The first book being The Cursed (Review here). The first trilogy is a set of three books with"The Night is...." in their title: the ninth book The Night is Watching; the tenth book The Night is Alive; the eleventh book 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 Assistant 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.

Devin Lyle finally moves back into her family home in Salem, MA inherited from her great-aunt Mina, and on her third children's fantasy book. Just when life seems all calm and serene, she finds a dead woman in the woods behind her home. FBI agent Craig "Rocky" Rockwell is assigned to his first case after joining the Krewe of Hunters - Team One. A case that brings him to Devin's neck of the woods; a case that is so similar to what he had occurred 13 years ago; a case that literally runs Devin into Rocky's path.

But more bodies are piling up. And a serial killer need to be stopped before there is a re-occurrence of witch trials that happened some 300 years ago. In the meanwhile Devin is falling for Rocky hard and fast. Is that magic? Or feelings coming from two people thrown into a stressed out situation? Or is it more? Only way to know is to read the book and find out for yourself.

The Krewe of hunter books are getting more and more chilling and preying on the human psychology a lot than the Harrison Investigation books. This one in particular surrounding witches and witchcraft definitely gave me shivers enough to last the entire night.

Like I mentioned in one of the book before, it always bugged me in Heather Graham's plots that at the end no matter how many agents are around you or how many safety mechanisms are put in place, somehow the lead heroine always ends up with the protagonist. Can there be one plot where that doesn’t happen? I guess not. But it always bugs me. 

The Krewe of Hunters who get invited into the investigation are from Team One, The Krewe of Hunters - Angela Crowe (Jackson Crowe's wife - the head of Team One; Their story is told in the first book Phantom Evil and we knew her as Angela Hawkins in that plot), Samuel Anthony Hall and his girlfriend Jenna Duffy (Their story is told in the fourth book The Evil Inside and Jane Everett from Team Two, The Texas Krewe (girlfriend of Sloan Trent; their story is told in ninth book The Night is Watching.

Since the case that Sam and Jenna had worked in The Evil Inside is in the same area as this case, a lot of reminiscence of that case is shown to the readers connecting the books and characters.  Oh don’t forget Adam Harrison who always joins the cost at the most opportune time.

On a side note, in the copy of the book that I have, there are no 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. 

A very good mingle of murder and mystery; past and present; witches and witchcraft; 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.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. Plot Reveals:

a. Finally Heather clears the fact around Jackson Crowe's position - he is the assistant director of the Krewe and heads Team One titled Krewe of Hunters.

b. Some of the TV shows that Aunite Mina - Devin Lyle's great-aunt - enjoyed were pretty much close to what I enjoy too:

i. Monk, TV series about an OCD Detective

ii. The Big Bang Theory, TV Series about physicists and comedy.

iii. Frasier, TV Series about a psychiatrist turned radio show host.

iv. Murder, She Wrote, TV Series about a teacher turned mystery writer who solves murders. I love this series very much too and actually have read a few books of whose review one can find here.

v. Perry Mason, TV Series about a defense attorney. I love this series too and read a few books that the TV series was based on. Their reviews can be found here.

c. Heather Graham hints of a Yankee Krewe being formed the way the numbers were increasing. Possibly we will see a third or fourth Krewe team, whichever way you look at it pretty soon.

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.

c. Katie O'Hara and David Beckett are two characters in The Cursed 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. 

d. In The Cursed, 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 third unit and is simply part of one of the already existing two Krewes? Very confusing on that part.

3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:

a. On Pg. 84, Line 8, it should be "…None of them were…"

b. On Pg. 59, in the scene Heather describes, it seems that Rocky already is sipping his cup of coffee. But on Pg. 61, she has Devin put the coffee tray on the table and then offer him coffee. So, an error in scene representation, perhaps.

c. On Pg. 17, Heather has Rocky's mom remarry a retired fireman. But on 142, she has her remarried to a retired cop. An error in character depiction. 

d. On Pg. 207, Line 5 from bottom, it should be "…stay as it was…"

e. On Pg. 298, Line 8, it should be "…I've seen her…"


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