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The Dead Heat of Summer: A Krewe of Hunters Novella Kindle Edition
Casey Nicholson has always been a little bit sensitive, and she puts it to use in her shop in Jackson Square, where she reads tarot cards and tea leaves. She’s not a medium, but she can read people well.
When the ghost of Lena Marceau comes to her in the cemetery, shedding tears and begging for help, Casey’s at first terrified and then determined. Lena knows she was the victim of a malicious murder. Assumes her husband was, as well, and now fears that her daughter and sister are also in danger. And all over what she believes is someone’s quest to control Marceau Industries, the company left to Lena’s late husband.
Casey isn’t sure how she can help Lena. She isn’t an investigator or with any arm of law enforcement. But when she receives a visit from a tall, dark and very handsome stranger—ironically an FBI agent—she realizes that she’s being drawn into a deadly game where she must discover the truth or possibly die trying.
Special Agent Ryder McKinley of the Krewe of Hunters has his own strange connection to the case. Hoping to solve the mystery of his cousin’s death, he arrives at Casey’s shop during his hunt for answers and finds something wholly unexpected. He fears that Casey’s involvement puts her in danger, yet she’s already knee-deep in deadly waters. Unfortunately, there’s nothing to do but follow the leads and hope they don’t also fall prey to the vicious and very human evil hunting his family.
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written over two hundred novels and novellas and is a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA. She has been published in approximately thirty languages, and has been honored with awards from Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, RT Book Reviews, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today, and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B082PSP7X7
- Publisher : 1001 Dark Nights Press (8 September 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 329 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 131 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 167,360 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top review from Australia
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I adore this series, all the interwoven character stories and development have me hanging out for the next instalment.
Highly recommended, and I'd also recommend going back and reading all the other books in the series - Both Krewe of Hunters and the 1001 Dark Nights.
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If you read enough Heather Graham Krewe mysteries, you’ll know the romance formulae. Love always prevails—this time more overt insta-love than usual—but IMHO, getting that over with gives more time to the mystery denouement.
4 stars. “Caddy corner” is an all too common error. Catty, kitty or cater are correct. Missing commas ruin the flow of a sentence, resulting in need to re-read. Example: “But I believed Ryder and I was so happy when he found work with people like him.” Otherwise, an excellent pandemic read for me.
I liked Casey and Ryder. However, there were some issues that should have been caught in editing. In one case, the author seems to have realized as she was writing that the narrative needed to provide more — more reasons for Casey’s involvement and the risks to her safety, more information about Lena — and never went back to adjust the early scenes to show a friendship between the two women, rather than a vague and distant shopkeeper-to-customer acquaintance. Another instance involves Ryder's initial reaction to Casey’s involvement, which reads more like a plot device than something that flows from who he is. Lena, the ghost, feels inconsistent in her reactions, and there are one or two other odd details or awkward choices here and there.
All in all, while I enjoyed The Dead Heat of Summer, I felt it could have benefited from a more well-though-out plot line and better editing, as well as more pages to develop character relationships and build up the suspense.
A LONGER VERSION OF THIS REVIEW appear on my blog, The Bookwyrm's Hoard.
I love the Krewe of Hunters series and this novella is no exception. I was pulled into the story from the start and kept engaged until the end, reading it in one sitting. While there are some repeat characters, this novella can be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend both book and series.