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Monday, June 17, 2013

Review: The Night Is Watching by Heather Graham

Title: The Night Is Watching
Author: Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters, book 9
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense, Mystery
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“The town of Lily, Arizona, has its share of Old West history and mystery. It's also home to the Gilded Lily, a former theater...and bawdy house. These days, it offers theatrical productions geared to tourists, but the recent discovery of a skull, a real skull, among the props and costumes has shaken everyone up.  
So, who do you call? The Krewe of Hunters, a special FBI unit of paranormal investigators. In this case, it's agent Jane Everett. Jane's also a talented artist who creates images of the dead as they once were. But the Krewe always works with local law enforcement, and here that means Sloan Trent, ex-Houston cop and now sheriff. He has connections that go deep within this small town. His great-great-grandmother was an actress at the Gilded well as a Confederate spy. She's not resting in peace and she lets him know it!  
Then more remains appear in the nearby desert. As they search for answers, using all the skills at their disposal, Jane and Sloan find themselves falling into danger-and into love.”
The Night Is Watching is the ninth book in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham.

As the blurb explains The Night Is Watching is set in the little town of Lily, Arizona, where townsfolk live sidelong with ghosts from the Wild West days.
When a human skull shows up in the Gilded Lily theater, Jane Everett, FBI forensic artist and member of the Krewe of Hunters is send to Lily to reconstruct the face on skull to see if they can identify its owner.
Sheriff Logan Trent didn’t want to deal with skulls or FBI agents, but after meeting Jane he’s glad she is in his little town, not only she’s very smart and attractive but he also finds in her an ally investigating a new murder, especially after learning she can talk to ghosts.

I have to be honest with you, I liked The Night Is Watching more than what I was expecting. I loved the setting, the little town of Lily was almost a character on its own that came to life thanks to the very vivid descriptions and historic details masterfully entwined in the story by Mrs. Graham.

Jane is a very easy going and likeable character; she is smart, funny and plays well with others.
Sloan is an alpha male, strong, patient and a protector at heart.
Jane and Sloan felt an attraction since the first time they set eyes on each other, but Sloan fighting the attraction behaves a little bit like an ass on the beginning. When he finally comes to terms with the situation sparks that sizzled the pages flew between these two.

The plot is well paced and the mystery is well done; it kept me glued to the pages wanting to know the whodunit. When we finally learn who and why I was partially surprise, I guessed part of it. I can’t say more without giving spoilers away, let’s just say that it surprised me with some twist and turns I didn’t see coming.

From other member of the Krewe of Hunters we only see Logan Raintree and his partner/girlfriend Kelsey O'Brien. I think because of the lack of participation from the other members of the “Krewe” The Night Is Watching didn’t felt as much part of the Krewe of Hunters series as previous books. Still I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who wants a good mystery book, with Wild West flair and a touch of paranormal.

Despite being part of a series, The Night Is Watching can be easily read as a standalone. Next book in the series is The Night is Alive and it’ll be released on July 30th.

My Verdict: 4 Paws

Other books in the series
Phantom Evil
Heart of Evil
Sacred Evil
The Unspoken
The Night Is Watching
The Night is Alive (July 30th)
The Night is Forever (September 24th)

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