Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Uninvited by Heather Graham -Release Day Review

The Uninvited
by Heather Graham
Series: Krewe of Hunters #8
Publisher: Mira/Harlequin
Publication date: August 28, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository 

1777: In the throes of the Revolutionary War, Landon Mansion is commandeered by British Lord "Butcher" Bedford. He stabs Lucy Tarleton—who spurned his king and his love—leaving her to die in her father's arms.
NOW: After the day's final tour, docent Allison Leigh makes her rounds while locking up and finds a colleague slumped over Bedford's desk, impaled on his own replica bayonet. Resident ghosts may be the stock-in-trade of stately Philadelphia homes, but Allison—a noted historian—is indignant at the prospect of "ghost hunters" investigating this apparent murder. Agent Tyler Montague knows his hauntings and his history. But while Allison is skeptical of the newcomer, a second mysterious murder occurs. Has "Butcher" Bedford resurfaced? Or is there another malevolent force at work in Landon Mansion? Wary, yet deeply attracted, Allison has to trust in Tyler and work with him to discover just what uninvited guest—dead or alive—has taken over the house.
Or their lives could become history!
If you follow my reviews you are probably aware that I love romantic suspense wrapped in a little paranormal woo-woo. Heather Graham is one of my favorite authors for when the mood strikes. Each of the novels can be read as standalone, as each book deals with one member of the special FBI unit and their romance. I love that each case brings us a mystery to solve and a swoon worthy guy. The Uninvited tells Agent Tyler Montague’s story as he works to solve a murder investigation.

The case is set in Philadelphia and involves the historic Tarleton House. Allison Leigh is a history professor and spends her summers working as a guide at the Tarleton House. Dressed in colonial attire, she is locking up after a busy day of tours when she discovers the body of a co-worker impaled by his own replica bayonet. While resident ghosts are good for drawing in visitors, the board is concerned because this isn’t the first bizarre accident to occur. They call Adam the head of the special FBI unit and Taylor Montague is dispatched from Virginia to investigate. Allison isn’t happy about this crew of “ghost hunters” invading  the historic home, but when she begins seeing and hearing the voice of her dead colleague ..she might just change her mind. The tale that unfolds is suspenseful as they race to stop a killer.

We previously meet Agent Taylor and I was delighted to finally get his story. He is ex-military and was a Texas Ranger who helped find a missing girl with the help of a ghost. Taylor is tall and lean and looks like a linebacker.  I really liked this soft spoken man. He feels like people are intimidated by his size and are quick to make judgment about him. He finds himself attracted to the sexy, refined, intelligent dark haired raven, Allison. Allison isn’t ready to deal with the murder, let alone all this ghost woo-woo, but Taylor is so patient with her. *sighs* These two were obviously attracted to each other, but the discovery and dance was paced throughout the book allowing the romance to slowly unfold. The rest of the Krewe of Hunters arrived, but as is Graham’s style they worked the case mostly in the background. Hints were dropped about whose story we will get next and I hope I am right. The list of suspects was colorful and the secondary characters including the ghosts added to the suspense and mystery.

The world building in Graham’s novels are always fun. I love the investigation aspect and piecing together the clues. Having ghosts provide clues and unlock lost mysteries is always intriguing. In this type of tale the story lines follow a predictable recipe;  murder, boy meets girl, search for clues, fall in love, solve the case. Graham takes this recipe and mixing up a delightful new batch each time and I always find myself completely immersed in the tale. I love that the romance is just a side dish to the mystery. She knows how to serve it and this one was spicy. I enjoyed watching it develop, the awkwardness, tension, that first kiss..eep! While there is sexual content it is all implied and should not offend. I loved the dead colleague and fans of the Ghost Bartholomew should be delighted by him. While I had my suspicions about whom the murderer was, Graham surprised me with a twist at the end.

I recommend The Uninvited to fans who like paranormal suspense, crime, mystery and a side of romance.  There is no news on the next book in this series, but I will be sure and update you. Below you will find links to reviews of previous Krewe of Hunter novels.

I want to thank Mira/Harlequin and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. Purchases made thorough buy links on this site earn a small commission and help support giveaways. 

I gave this novel 3.5 coffee cups out of 5. 
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At July 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM , Anonymous Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

Kimba, have you read any of Kay Hooper's FBI books? They're a special "psychic"team, each member has some sort of paranormal ability. I think you'd like it.

At July 17, 2013 at 10:47 PM , Anonymous Loupe Duffy said...

Thanks Kimba! Another new author that is going in my radar now :)

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Agreed!!! Have you read the Arcane Society Novels? It begins with Second Sight (Arcane Society Series #1)

- by
- Amanda Quick

. They are written by the same author Jayne Anne Krentz who also writes as Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. One of my all time favorite series..with lots of paranormal woo-woo!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous A Belle's Tales said...

Just when I thought I couldn't love you more than I already do, you say this--> "...romantic suspense wrapped in a little paranormal woo-woo." LOVES!! I couldn't agree more. Can that be a genre? Please?

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

No I have not but will check her out. I do like Lisa Jackson and Tess Gerritsen.

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

I feel your pain cupcake..i really do *glances over shoulder at looming TBR pile and shivers*

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous emaginette said...

I'll keep it mind. My problem is I have so many to read already. :-)

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...


At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

Yep! I am having to warm up to Allison though :) I am sure Tyler will melt her if not then I will take him LOL (I started it earlier today)

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Yay..another Graham fan!!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

My favorite is the Bone Island Trilogy :) thanks!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous blodeuedd said...

I have heard a lot of good things about her book, so maybe book 1 then

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Thanks Loupe! I really enjoy these. My favorite by her is the Bone Island Trilogy

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

You are so welcome, if you decide to try her, read the Bone Island trilogy..loved them!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous GMR said...

Haven't read her work before but have definitely heard its good. Happy release day to the author/publisher...and thanks for sharing!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

thanks Melissa, I do enjoy these :)

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf said...

This sounds like a fun series...I''m definitely a fan of suspense and woowoo with a side of romance!!!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous thegeekyblogger said...

This is on my list! I have read all the other ones just not this one yet. :)

Tyler is a great character in the other books so I am excited to see him get his HEA!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

ooh thanks for the recommendation Giselle I will be sure and check her out!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous Giselle Cormier said...

Ooh this sounds cool! I love ghosts! You know, I think you would really like the Maggie ODell series by Alex Kava (a she). It's about this woman who's a profiler for serial killers. It really goes into the mind of the killer and how with a single tiny clue she can figure out so much about his personality and motive. There is great romance in the books too. I think the first book is called A Perfect Evil. There is no paranormal aspect though like this one but I was still reminded of it when I read this review so it's similar in the type of thriller. Anyways. Great review, hun!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous kimbacaffeinate said...

Fran..i now want cupcakes!!!!!!

At July 18, 2013 at 2:33 AM , Anonymous Bella's Shelf said...

I have read a few of HG's books and I always enjoyed them. They were my 1st peek into paranormal books long ago. I was into historical romances and saw a HG book and thought "cant suck" and I loved the book. This was in 2005/06 so I forget what title it was..
Nice thorough review.
I baked some cupcakes today..Lemon w/vanilla frosting w/coconut flakes & chocolate w/white rainbow chip icing.
I am gonna do some homemade red velvets w/homemade cream cheese frosting soon. I always do that stuff around October. The Fall makes me bake a lot!
I gotta hit the sack, I am DONE fixing my blog. I did my social media icons. They aren't fancy, but they came out pretty ok imo :)
Reading michelle gagnons book. I ALWAYS forget the name


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