Book Critique: The Seekers (Krewe of Hunters #28)
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Stars: 3 / 5
Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal elements, historical flair and the romantic side of the plot.
The Seekers in the twenty eighth book in the long-running series, Krewe of Hunters, by Heather Graham and published in July of 2019. The primary plot is centered around Joe Dunhill - Former Detective with Savannah Police - and Keri Wolf - a non-fiction paranormal author.
The plot is set in Pennsylvania cities of Philadelphia and Harrisburg, events starting immediately after the previous book. This forms the second book in her next trilogy in the series.
Her First trilogy began with the ninth book The Night is Watching; the tenth book The Night is Alive; the 11th book The Night is Forever. Second trilogy is made of the 12th book The Cursed, 13th book the Hexed and 14th book The Betrayed. Third Trilogy has the 15th book The Silenced, 16th book The Forgotten and the 17th book The Hidden. Fourth Trilogy has the plots set on Celtic American Cruise-Line ships - 18th book Haunted Destiny on Destiny, 19th book Deadly Fate on Fate and 20th book Darkest Journey on Journey. Fifth Trilogy has the 21st book Dying Breath, 22nd book Dark Rites and 23rd book Wicked Deeds. Sixth trilogy has the 24th book Fade to Black, 25th book Pale as Death and 26th book Echoes of Evil. Seventh trilogy begins with the 26th book The Summoning.
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 and paranormal mystery involving legendary crime and serial killings, war events and hauntings. The Krewe are divided into four distinct groups. The first group is led by Jackson Crow, who is also the Supervising Field 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 is Yankee Krewe, based in NYC, overseen by Jackson Crow. A possibility of a fourth group in Miami, FL is touched upon in the 17th book The Hidden.
We met Detective Joseph "Joe" Dunhill in the previous book The Summoning. Heather had shown him to possess some kind of paranormal ability. That made me think she would bring up a story for him. But I didn’t expect the immediate story to be Joe's. Well, here's my take on his tale.
Keri Wolf joins the Truth Seekers team to explore the haunting element of the Miller Inn and Tavern of York County. But what she finds is a dead body in the supposedly haunted basement of the inn. Joe Dunhill who has recently joined the Krewe of Hunters, is assigned the case. As much as Joe feels attracted to her, Keri has only irritation and frustration towards him and the FBI. Now they have to delve through their emotions, keeping them aside, and fight an enemy that could be all but metaphysical.
This plot again continues with the usual pattern of Heather's books in the Harrison Investigations and Krewe of Hunters series, apart from the presence of ghosts and spirits. Usually they revolve around historical inferences, somehow connecting the past to the present either by way of characters or incidents and they involve hidden tunnels be it in cemetery or old houses or mortuaries or secret passages or vaults. We get to see a new pair in this book as always.
At one point Heather has her characters use paper plates and cutlery to lessen the job of cleaning. I am surprised that Heather hasn’t gone into go green concept yet with her novels. I have seen a few of the others that I read exploring that concept in their books.
Heather Graham again has the list of cast and characters of her plot in the beginning of the book, which she has been doing from past few books. The characters are as usual fun and loving even though there is terror on every corner of the page. However, the plots are becoming simpler and simpler as the series is progressing. Her initial plots had been much more chiller and far more in-depth plotted.
I marvel at how Heather brings the history and paranormal elements together with a seamless string that makes it a phenomenal plot. She gives the readers a view into the past through artifacts, tours, researches and just plain history. This time she adds another element - a murder close to home that replicates a sinister from a long time ago past.
Again it was hard to guess who the actual criminals were. But when finally revealed, it gave me shivers down my spine. Reminded me of all those people who blindly follow a fanatic.
As always other members of the Krewe and the local law enforcement aid in the case. This time Joe, despite being a new Krewe member, and Keri are aided by - Dallas Wicker whom we met in The Summoning;. Although she has Jackson Crow and Angela Hawkins aid them by proxy.
Readers are provided with an opportunity to either join a book club and win books, or buy a book and get a few free, towards the end of the book. Again there are fewer grammatical or character or location errors in this book. However, a thorough editing is definitely needed. I am surprised that Heather's editing or proof reading group missed those details.
A very good mingle of murder and mystery; past and present; old wars and new demons; and above all romance and love. Although for most part a successful thriller in the series of books under Krewe of Hunters by Heather Graham that is an easy ready and still enjoyable.
1. Plot Reveals:
a. Carl Brentwood also gets the ability to see spirits towards the end of the plot. Will Heather have him come back?
b. Dallas Wicker is mentioned to be getting married to his fiancee Kristi Stewart shortly.
c. Places, TV Shows and Books that Heather mentions in the plot:
i. Heather mentions a tavern that Joe and Keri visit while in Philadelphia, PA - Liberty for all Wet Your Whistle Tavern. I went to Philly but didn’t remember seeing such a bar. A google search sent me to two different bars - One called Liberty Bar & Restaurant in Tallahassee, FL and the second one The Wet Whistle Bar & Grill in Philly. I am guessing she was referring to the Philly one, hopefully.
2. Sub Plots:
a. Some of the characters we see along that have paranormal abilities, making the reader wonder if they would come back in future:
i. Dr. Phil Kinney from the 16th book The Forgotten.
ii. Photographer, Chance Morgan, from the 20th book, Darkest Journey.
iii. Bridget Davante, Marnie's cousin and a writer for many a hit TV shows, from the 24th book, Fade to Black.
iv. Colleen Bellamy, Kody's assistant at the museum, from the 26th book Echoes of Evil.
v. Dakota "Kody" McCoy from the 26th book Echoes of Evil, is she related to Jude McCoy whom we had met in 18th book Haunted Destiny?
vi. We also meet Detective Liam Beckett (whom we had already met in the 12th book The Cursed), his wife Kelsey Beckett, his brother David Beckett and his wife Katie O'Hara, along with a brief history from their past in Echoes of Evil. That piqued my interest and I learned that these characters are part of Bone Island Series, another series by Heather Graham. Now my mind is leaving towards that series as well. Have to see when I will pick it up and if the Krewe of Hunters characters cross-over there too.
3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:
a. Heather Graham seems to have a confusion about the name of web show Truth Seekers. Some pages she has it listed as Truth Seekers and some pages it is The Seekers.
b. On Pg. 68, Heather mentions that Joe Dunhill looked like to be in mid-thirties. But on Pg. 83, she has both Joe and Dallas in early thirties. So what are their ages for real.
c. On Pg. 217, Line 19, Heather has the last name of Ed Newel, spelled wrong. It shows it as "Jewel".