A place of history, secrets…and witchcraft.
Devin Lyle has recently returned to the Salem area, but her timing couldn’t be worse. Soon after she moved into the eighteenth-century cabin she inherited from her great-aunt Mina—her “crazy” great-aunt, who spoke to the dead—a woman was murdered nearby.
Craig Rockwell—known as Rocky—is a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s team of paranormal investigators. He never got over finding a friend dead in the woods. Now another body’s been found in those same woods, not far from the home of Devin Lyle. And Devin’s been led to a third body—by…a ghost?
Her discovery draws them both deeper into the case and Salem’s rich and disturbing history. Even as the danger mounts, Devin and Rocky begin to fall for each other, something the ghosts of Mina and past witches seem to approve of. But the two of them need every skill they possess to learn the truth—or Devin’s might be the next body in the woods….
While this book is number 13 in a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. There are some fantastic couples you’ll miss in how they got together, but overall you won’t be too confused wondering what the hell is going on. One thing I always enjoy about this series is the paranormal aspect, especially in this one. The mystery centers around Salem Witch trials and how something so far in the past can impact in the present in sometimes dangerous or creepy ways. The way the history of Salem, Puritans, Wiccans, witch trials was interweaves into the story was amazing. I also enjoyed the fact of how much research was put into it, such as the pentagram and its history.
I will admit, I wasn’t a big fan of the romance in this one. When it happened, it was nice but it felt rushed. While I like romance and sexy time, I thought if it was left out of this one it could have been okay. That is just a personal opinion and overall didn’t impact whether or not I enjoyed the book. All the characters overall had their own quirks and I didn’t figure out who the killer was or why they were doing the killing until the last chapter or two. There were so many different avenues that were laid out and all made sense.
My favorite character had to be great-aunt Mina. I hope that when I get older I can be half as cool as Mina. She’s quirky, funny, and doesn’t beat around the bush about anything. My kind of lady! I also just enjoyed her general dialogue with everyone, even without knowing it always had a purpose. Devin, her great niece, was interesting. I was concerned at first when she met the guy she would be all “SAVE ME, I NEED A MAN TO SAVE ME!” It happens sometimes, however it didn’t. She used her smarts, she wrote books, and she was never just about herself regardless of her safety. That may seem silly but it takes a brave person to put someone else’s life & well being before their own, especially in the face of danger.
The other books before this were terrific and this one is no different. I would highly recommend if your looking for a little paranormal mystery that may make you jump a bit at the shadows.
About the Author:
Also published as Heather Graham Pozzessere and Shannon Drake. 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.
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.
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