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Friday, September 14, 2012

Review: The Uninvited by Heather Graham


Title: The Uninvited
Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters, book 8
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“1777: In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Landon Mansion is commandeered by British Lord "Butcher" Bedford. He stabs Lucy Tarleton—who spurned his king and his love—leaving her to die in her father's arms. NOW: After the day's final tour, docent Allison Leigh makes her rounds while locking upand finds a colleague slumped over Bedford's desk, impaled on his own replica bayonet.
Resident ghosts may be the stock-in-trade of stately Philadelphia homes, but Allison—a noted historian—is indignant at the prospect of "ghost hunters" investigating this apparent murder.
Agent Tyler Montague knows his hauntings and his history. But while Allison is skeptical of the newcomer, a second mysterious murder occurs. Has "Butcher" Bedford resurfaced? Or is there another malevolent force at work in Landon Mansion? Wary, yet deeply attracted, Allison has to trust in Tyler and work with him to discover just what uninvited guest—dead or alive—has taken over the house. 
Or their lives could become history!”
The Uninvited is the eighth (and if I’m not wrong last) book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham.

The Uninvited takes place in Philadelphia, around a mansion of a family that played an important role during the American Revolution, The Landon Mansion.

Allison Leigh is a history professor at the university and on her free time she works as a docent in the Landon Mansion, helping with tours and doing research about the house for a paper she wants published about the story of Lucy Tarleton and her importance during the revolution.
After a busy day with many tours, Allison is ready to change the period costume she uses for the tours and call it a night. Allison is checking everything is closed and in order before heading home when she finds the dead body of one of her colleagues, Julian, in what appeared to be a freaky accident involving his bayonet.
To her astonishing and complete disbelief a group from the FBI called the Krewe of Hunters, also know by some as ghosts hunters are called to investigate.
Allison knows what the public says about the Landon Mansion, but she doesn’t believe in ghosts nor has she ever seen a ghost or any kind of paranormal activity in the years she has worked in the mansion. But when they come to her for help, she knows she is the one with the most knowledge about the house and the events that occurred during the revolution and during the night Julian died, and if somehow she can help them find out what happened to Julian she will do her best to leave her misgivings behind and do whatever is in her power to help. Also spending time with Agent Tyler Montague doesn’t seem like a hardship even though the last think she should be thinking about is a guy while she is helping investigate what appears to be the murder of her friend.

While I enjoyed reading The Uninvited and liked some aspects of the story, there were other things I didn’t like much. Let’s start with what I liked. As always Mrs. Graham excels at the detail in which her research goes to bring this story. The history lesson brought with the story was really well written and entertaining, to the point that it left me wanting to learn more about life in Philadelphia during the American Revolution and the characters that played and important role during the time. Also the way Mrs. Graham describes the city is so vivid and realistic that reading about it was almost as if I had visited Philadelphia. That shows us once more what a very talented writer she is.
Another thing I liked was that Allison and Tyler didn’t jump their bones immediately, they were attracted to each other since their first encounter but Allison felt guilty to be attracted to him due to the circumstances and Tyler felt he didn’t want to abuse of the situation. That helped to increase the tension between them, making the outcome a better one.

Now to what I didn’t like, I had some problems connecting with Allison in the beginning, her disbelief of ghosts and paranormal activity felt almost too closed minded and when some stuff starts happening to her her reaction was not what I would have expect of somebody like her. After a while she got better and got to terms with the situation, but I was already predisposed to her behavior.
Another thing I had problems with was that some scenes didn’t bring anything to the story; they felt almost as fillers that broke the pace of the story.

And the final and last thing I had problems with was the resolution and end to the mystery; it not only felt rushed but also the villain didn’t make any sense, nor did his/her motives behind his/her actions. I know the motives behind a villain’s actions sometimes doesn’t have to make sense but in this case it was too out there and it failed to make any impression.
As I said before notwithstanding the problems I had with The Uninvited I enjoyed reading it. I liked to see what is going on in the lives of the other members of the Krewe of Hunters and I loved the historical aspect of the story.
Despite being part of a series The uninvited can be easily read as a stand alone book.

My Verdict: 3 Paws

Other books in the series
Phantom Evil
Heart of Evil
Sacred Evil
The Unspoken
The Uninvited

Other reviews Goodreads

1 comment:

  1. Everyone seems to be reading these, hm..am I missing something? I do think the library have one or two

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