Saturday, October 28, 2017

Read an #Excerpt from Hallow Be the Haunt by Heather Graham

33548073Hallow Be the Haunt 
(Krewe of Hunters #22.5)
by Heather Graham 
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: October 24th 2017 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Years ago, Jake Mallory fell in love all over again with Ashley Donegal—while he and the Krewe were investigating a murder that replicated a horrible Civil War death at her family’s Donegal Plantation.

Now, Ashley and Jake are back—planning for their wedding, which will take place the following month at Donegal Plantation, her beautiful old antebellum home.

But Halloween is approaching and Ashley is haunted by a ghost warning her of deaths about to come in the city of New Orleans, deaths caused by the same murderer who stole the life of the beautiful ghost haunting her dreams night after night.

At first, Jake is afraid that returning home has simply awakened some of the fear of the past…

But as Ashley's nightmares continue, a body count begins to accrue in the city…

And it’s suddenly a race to stop a killer before Hallow’s Eve comes to a crashing end, with dozens more lives at stake, not to mention heart, soul, and life for Jake and Ashley themselves.


She had been a pretty girl in life. Nicely crafted face, long, blonde hair.
“We’ve interviewed the people she worked with. She left the shop on Magazine last Saturday night. Her father is in the wind. Her mother remarried and lives in Texas with a passel of new kids. She hasn’t been able to get here yet and, sad to say, she wasn’t as horrified as a parent should be. Apparently, her new life is more important than her oldest child.”
Jake nodded, not sure what to say to that. How a mother could be so enthralled with her new life that she didn’t care about her daughter he couldn’t comprehend. He was glad that, at least, Parks really seemed to care. And now he did too.
“Did you check her residence?”
“Yes. She lived with a few other girls in a loft above the shop where she was working.”
“And nothing. Clean as a whistle. There are two or three young women there at any given time. But, trust me, no blood. Nothing that indicated any kind of a struggle. And she was seen leaving. By several people—the owner of the shop and his wife. A few of the salesgirls.”
“She’s dead, and this Tink is dead. But you don’t know if it’s the same killer.”
“That’s the thing. She was a good kid. The man killed last night—Tink, or Thomas Aldridge—had a record a mile long, including burglary and assault. He was charged with murder once, but we had to drop the charges. The D.A. didn’t have enough evidence to take the case to court.”
“So, one victim a sweet girl, another victim a thug. And there was an eye witness to the second murder who gave a police artist an image of three witches.”
Parks nodded gravely. “I think there’s something at work here. I mean…” He paused, staring at Jake. “I called Jackson Crow on purpose, rather than trying to reach someone in the main behavioral science units. Some of the guys here scoff at the BAU to begin with, but you already know that.”
“I know many officers don’t believe in profiling, yes. And I know many call us the ghost busters.”
“But you always get your man. Or woman. Or both. Or… Well, you have a solve record that’s incredible. Thing is, Special Agent Mallory, I know you’ve been with Crow since the beginning—when your unit had six members and you started out solving that case in the Quarter. And I know about the murders at Donegal. And I know, too, this is just the beginning. These witches are going to terrorize NOLA. At Halloween.” He sighed. “I need your help.”

Krewe Of Hunters Series

About Heather Graham:
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham has always been an avid reader, from classics to sci-fi, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, and all kinds of non-fiction. She’s fairly certain that her mom’s deliciously crazy family–arriving in the US a bit before her birth from Ireland–gave her the love of storytelling. She started out in theater and commercials, but once her children began to arrive, she stayed home and gave writing a try. She’s incredibly grateful to be doing what she’s doing for a living. Heather belongs to MWA, RWA, Sisters in Crime, HWA, and ITW, and has the recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Silver Bullet for charitable works, and this year, she will receive the Thriller Master title from ITW. She has over 200 novels in print, and has been published in 22 languages.

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