Title: The Unholy
Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters, book 6
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Source: Review copy from publisher
“Hollywood’s Golden Age is immortalized in the film noir gallery at the Black Box Cinema—but that may not be the only thing immortalized there. In a shocking echo of an iconic movie scene, the mannequin of an Egyptian priest walks…and a young starlet dies a terrifying death.
So begins The Unholy, part of Heather Graham’s popular Krewe of Hunters series. Called in to investigate is Sean Cameron, part of an FBI team specializing in the paranormal. But what malevolent force is animating these movie monsters? Aided by special-effects artist Madison Darvil—who has her own otherworldly gifts—Cameron begins a chilling investigation, one that will bring him face to face with the evil that lies in the darkest corners of the silver screen.”
The Unholy is the sixth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham and the second book with the Krewe of Hunters Texas team.
Before being a FBI agent Sean Cameron used to work as a special effects artist for a Hollywood studio. When his old boss and mentor, Eddie Archer, calls asking for his help he can’t say no. Archer’s son is been accused of murdering his girlfriend in his father’s private “film noir” museum; but everybody that knows Alistair Archer know he is incapable of hurting even less murdering another person.
Eddie Archer also asks for help from one of his special effect artists, he knows Madison Darvil can talk to ghosts, he is hoping she uses her “gift” to help solve the case.
Madison Darvil has been a loner all her life, seeing and talking to ghosts doesn’t help with friendships and relationships. People think she is crazy or at best weird. Living with a ghost in he house doesn’t help matters; especially if that ghost is Humphrey Bogart, call me Bogie’s ghost, who likes to watch movies in the living room while she is entertaining.
Madison has never encountered a person like her, she is not even sure she is really seeing ghosts or it’s her vivid imagination doing tricks on her.
Sean arrives to Hollywood one day before the rest of his team (Krewe hunters). He meets Madison whom Eddie tells him is “special” like him.
Madison is trying to hide her “gift” from Sean but things get complicated when he self-invites to her house, pretending Bogie is not in her house is easier said than done. She shouldn’t have worried, to her relief soon after his arrival she finds Sean in deep conversation with Bogie. Madison can’t believe her eyes, not only she is not crazy, Bogie is really the ghost of Humphrey Bogart, but the best part is that she is not alone, there are more people like her, not only Sean but his whole FBI team has special talents.
Sean and Madison learn that fighting a physical attraction while trying to solve a murder mystery is very complicated. And when the murderer become desperate the scales start to tip but not in their favor.
Madison has tried to live all her life as an out-of-the-norm person, not knowing much about her “gift” she has done well with her circumstances. She is smart, witty and kind and more important she is a loyal friend who is willing to go the extra mile for those she considers her friends.
Sean is dreamy, not only he’s hot, he is self-assured, smart and caring. Even though I “met” him in The Unseen, I didn’t know much about him. Learning about his past was enlightening; it helped me with a better understanding of his character.
Sean and Madison attraction starts with their first encounter and develops slowly with the help of external circumstances. They are both adults that know what they want in their lives and are not playing games. The romance was believable and well paced and left me with the feeling that their relationship could be a lasting one.
We learn more about the characters we met in The Unseen but still there is a lot left to be discovered. We also see that Logan and Kelsey are still together and going strong.
As with previous books in the series I really liked the mystery behind the crime. It wasn’t a predictable one, I had my suspicions about the whodunit but I wasn’t certain until almost the end of the book.
What I like the most about this series is that every book has the same characters we know but with different settings and different themes. Every book feels new and fresh and you never know what to expect. In this case the setting is Hollywood and the theme is Film Noir. As with her previous books The Unholy is a well-researched book, it’s clear that Mrs. Graham has done her job and knows what she is writing about.
Despite being part of a series The Unholy can be read as a stand-alone without a problem, same with previous books in this series. I have only read three books in the Krewe of Hunters series and never felt I was missing something or lost in the story. Mrs. Graham writes her books with the perfect amount of background information to make them unique and easy to stands on its own.
If you like Romantic Suspense with a touch of Paranormal this book and this series are for you. I’m looking forward to reading next book in this series, The Unspoken.
My Verdict: 4 Stars
Other books in the series
Heart of Evil
The Unspoken (July 31st, 2012)
The Uninvited (August 28th, 2012)
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