- Audiobook Review
- Author: Heather Graham
- Performed by Luke Daniels
- Published by Brilliance Audio and released May 2016
- Category: Crime, Thriller, Paranormal
A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line’s Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans—with a killer on board. He’s known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint’s medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he’s doing this.
It was the Archangel’s eleventh murder as he travelled through the South. The killer’s latest victim has been discovered just outside the French Quarter in New Orleans. FBI Agent Jude McCoy and Jackson Crow, head of the Krewe of Hunters, are at the scene. Jude and Jackson notice an odd looking man behaving suspiciously on the edge of the crowd. They give chase, pursuing the man until Jude believes he saw him board the pride of the Celtic American cruise line, the Destiny. The two agents decide to sail with the ship, giving them the best chance of catching the suspect.
Jude is aware the Krewe are a special unit who investigate paranormal cases, and is at a loss to know why he was partnered with Jackson. All becomes clear when he discovers the man they followed onto the Destiny isn’t at all what he seemed and certainly not what Jude expected.
Alexi Cromwell, the piano bar hostess, is able to see and talk with the numerous ghosts on the Destiny, which had served as a hospital ship during WWII before eventually being completely refurbished by Celtic American. Alexi had been aware of the dead most of her life. The sense, as her mother called it, ran in the family.
She couldn’t escape. her sister, her brother, her parents, her friends – everyone told her that. Zach was dead. He’d come back from the Middle East in a box. She knew that. She’d never escape the fact that he was dead. But she could escape New Orleans, their little Irish Channel duplex and the places they’d frequented for years.
The Krewe of Hunters is one of my go-to series. Luke Daniels narrates in his rich and inimitable style, giving every character a distinct voice and personality and is, as always, a pleasure to listen to. The setting works well and is a complete change from previous books. A historic cruise ship with a killer on the loose, several suspects and friendly ghosts doing their best to help. With an added side order of romance and all happening while the captain is trying to outrun a hurricane without causing the passengers to panic. Being in a confined space without hope of escape for the killer adds to the tension.
I really like the way Heather Graham weaves the paranormal aspect into her stories in a way that makes it all seem quite conceivable. She always includes interesting details throughout as well, this time about the ship, what working and living aboard entails, and a certain aspect of the killer’s modus operandi. The characters are engaging and diverse. There’s a vulnerability and sadness about both Jude and Alexi due to the losses they’ve suffered. I loved the resolution for them both and how it played out. The mystery of the murderer kept me guessing until the very end. I certainly didn’t see that one coming!
About Heather Graham
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell’s Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette’s Shadows, and for Harlequin’s mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books.
Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children’s charity.
She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards from Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.
Heather loves travel and anything have to do with the water, and is a certified scuba diver. Married since high school graduation and the mother of five, her greatest love in life remains her family, but she also believes her career has been an incredible gift, and she is grateful every day to be doing something that she loves so very much for a living.