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Wicked Deeds is the latest book in the Krewe of Hunters paranormal thriller series by the author Heather Graham. I have so far read all the Heather Graham books, including this latest one, however, it seems that I took my sweet time in posting this review for it.
Krewe of Hunters is the author’s series that I like the most. I could devour each book as soon as it is published, and I hope it won’t end anytime soon.
In Wicked Deeds, the two main protagonists, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce, can’t wait to start their new life together. While going to their new home in Virginia, they stop for a quick detour in Baltimore for a romantic weekend getaway. As usual with the Krewe team, romantic never lasts long since the members are right away thrown into a new case.
While in Baltimore, Griffin gets a call about a case he needs to investigate involving horror writer Franklin Verne who was found dead in the wine cellar of the Edgar -Allan-Poe-themed restaurant, the Black Bird, with three dead birds surrounding the dead author. While official records hint at it being a suicide, his wife, Monica, claims otherwise. She insists that he would never commit suicide.
Griffin and Vickie start helping the police with their investigation, and soon thereafter they have a strange encounter with none other than the dead Poe himself, who appears to them as a ghost who wants to lend a hand in the investigation as well. Of course, for all his eagerness, Poe has a secondary reason for helping them: he is hoping to have his own case solved since right now nobody really knows how Edgar Allan Poe died.
After a second body is found, the FBI is involved officially, so the team now has to find the killer before he strikes again.
In her book, Heather Graham manages to mix historical accuracy with a taut and suspense story, a dash of romance and the paranormal elements I so much enjoy in the Krewe of Hunters series.
We learn more about Vickie in this book as well. She is ready to enroll at the FBI academy at Quantico as soon as they make their new home in Virginia livable. I am actually eager now to read the next book, which hopefully will go more into details about her training.
Wicked Deeds is the perfect Halloween book along with the author’s short story Big Easy Evil in her Cafferty and Quinn series.
As for reading the books in order, Wicked Deeds does mention quite a few tidbits from earlier books involving the team (especially the latest ones about Vickie and Griffin’s budding and then developing romance), however, I strongly suggest you read the books in the proper reading order.
There is a lot of backstory about the team members and their interactions with each other that just grows from book to book. You will miss out on some important details by not reading them in order. As for the actual storylines, you can pick them up in any order you choose, if you don’t care about character continuity, as the cases the team works on are self-contained from book to book.
Wicked Deeds by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #23
Published by Mira
Genres: Paranormal Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Source: Review Copy
Also by this author: Haunted Destiny, Big Easy Evil