Donegal Plantation, known for its history and unique Civil War reenactments, is now the site of the Krewe of Hunter’s latest mystery. Heart of Evil by Heather Graham begins with Krewe member Jake Mallory returning to the location of the plantation he used to help run but this time it is the death of an reenactment member, while dressed as the murdered general, that has brought him back. That and his unfinished business with Ashley Donegal.
Tragedy in her family once caused Ashley to turn away from Jake’s love but with a murderer on the loose and Ashley’s strangely prophetic dreams, Jake is the only person Ashley feels she can trust. But when the Krewe of Hunters arrive, Ashley is torn between wanting to share everything with Jake and worrying that everyone will think she has gone crazy.
As always, Heather Graham does a masterful job of weaving the paranormal with the scientific. Heart of Evil felt very much like Jake’s story and Jake’s alone. While the other Krewe members were there, they played a very minor role to the main plot line. I have mixed feelings about this, I love the Krewe and the Krewe’s interactions with each but it was great to have a different perspective and focus on this third novel in the series. I am looking foward to Sacred Evil and the continued investigations of the Krewe of Hunters.
Allegra Fairweather is back but this time it is her family who needs her special skills. South of Salem by Janni Nell begins with Allegra receiving a phone call from her Senator’s perfect wife mother, something has happened to her step-father and her mother fears that if something isn’t done soon his political career will be ruined forever. Having always been considered the ‘strange’ daughter Allegra is willing to help out her family but as events escalate, Allegra starts to worry she won’t be able to stop the events until all the members of her step-father are dead.
To make things worse Casper, Allegra’s guardian angel, is involved in the Guardian Angel Awards and has been missing more than usual. Allegra worries that if Casper wins she won’t ever see him again and she worries what will happen when no one is around to save her from the dangerous situations she always seems to find herself in.
South of Salem is a great follow up to Allegra Fairweather, Paranormal Investigator (you can read my review here). Allegra’s unique approach to situations and ability to find herself in the largest amount dangerous is entertaining but it is her willingness to jump in to help the family that has always looked down upon her profession that makes this story so heartwarming (of course hot Casper helps). South of Salem, while being more an urban fantasy (which I don’t usually love, you can read more about the difference here), is a great read and I look forward to the next installment in this series.
Conner Creed has always been the good twin, staying home to take care of the ranch left to him and his brother by their father and cared for by their Uncle. Everything is great until Conner’s twin comes home. In Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller Conner is having a hard time accepting that his brother is back and wanting his share of the ranch. To further complicate matters Conner has been getting close to Tricia McCall, a woman only in town for a short time.
Tricia McCall has returned to Lonesome Bend only long enough to sell the property left to her by her father. But as the property takes longer to sell than she expected and Tricia finds herself drawn more and more to Conner she starts to wonder if the dream she is trying to pursue is the wrong one.
I really enjoyed A Creed in Stone Creek (you can read my review here) so I was excited that the twin cousins who were always fighting in that novel got their own story. Conner really is the good son from the Prodigal Son story, while he brother went of rodeoing he stayed home taking care of the ranch, just paying out checks to his brother for his half of the proceeds from the profitability of the ranch. As always, Linda Lael Miller’s contemporary westerns are the perfect blend of western charm and modern reality. For me it is always about the secondary characters, many authors can get the hero/heroinne right but if they don’t have good secondary characters it just doesn’t do it for me but Miller’s characters are great! I loved Tricia’s Nana and can’t wait to get the background story on Brody, Carolyn and the beat up truck in The Creed Legacy.
Sergeant Detective Jane Perry is good at her job, really good. In Revelations by Laurel Dewey, when she is called to work a case in Midas, CO, she is hesitant, it’s supposed to be her vacation. Jane has just found out that she has an abnormal pap smear and could more then likely have cancer. She is ready to take a long break from work and from life, but her “Boss” Sergeant Weyler needs her help to solve this case. Unfortunately, going from Denver to a small town can be difficult, especially when the Sheriff is a jerk.
I love the way the story starts out! It begins with you following Jordan Copeland through the woods and he is running from himself. He finds that he has blood on his hands, but doesn’t know how it got there or even why it’s there. Now Jake Van Gorden is missing and they have Jordan in custody for his murder and abduction. Can Jane prove that her gut is right and Jordan had nothing to do with it, or will she just prove the State’s case?
There is the use of the f* word quite a bit and some other swearing. I was pulled into the story quite quickly with Jordan Copeland’s story and was intrigued to find out more about him. I was disappointed with all of the swearing that happens. I would recommend this book to someone who doesn’t mind swearing and some violence. I hope you can enjoy this book and find out if Jordan really is a killer.