Heart of Evil (Krewe of Hunters, #2)
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Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery's most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil W...more
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Published June 28th 2011 by Mira (first published January 1st 2011)
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Rebecca
Heart of Evil is the second book in the Krewe of Hunters series and it is quite different to the first one. Heart of Evil contains the same characters but this time it focuses on Jake. While, I think that you don’t have to read the first one in order to understand this one I would definitely recommend reading the first book, Phantom Evil before this one; especially if you want to know more about the characters backgrounds and things like that.
Heart of Evil is so good. It is a murder mystery, wit...more
Keri
To be frank, I felt the ghosts in the story had more of a love connection than Jake and Angela did. Really Angela blows Jake off 5 years ago because she can't deal with what he told her about her dad. Now that she is having some dead people issues, she wants him back in her life. Then once he is there she keeps blowing hot and cold with him. Then after they have been in the muddy Mississippi looking for a weapon and Jake is trying to catch a shower. Then you knock on the door still covered in st...more
Julia
A certain delicacy is needed when you set a murder mystery on a Southern plantation that also does civil war re-enactments. Especially when the murder is linked to civil war history.

The first chunk of the book explains how slavery is a non issue' and in fact there is no racism any more (this is confirmed by a black character being totally cool with re-enacting the guy who owned his family & raped his great grand mother). Another character explains that her Slave owning ancestors didn't make...more
Erin
Another reviewer summed up this review really well:

"Heart of Evil is the second book in the Krewe of Hunters series and it is quite different to the first one. Heart of Evil contains the same characters but this time it focuses on Jake. While, I think that you don’t have to read the first one in order to understand this one I would definitely recommend reading the first book, Phantom Evil before this one; especially if you want to know more about the characters backgrounds and things like that."...more
Linda
Outside of New Orleans, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends …and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks the Donegal vault. The corpse is discovered in nearly the same position as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.
Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who b...more
Kristi
This was definitely an interesting read. It's a cross between paranormal and actual crime scene investigation. It was almost like watching one of those episodes where people truly enter a place and try to use scientific data to interpret whether or not they encountered a presence. Usually in paranormal romances, it's the exact same information that you get in all the others, and right now there is a plethora of them to choose from.

Different angles, different ideas, or just a different spin is a...more
Ursula Gorman
The Evil series continues with Heart of Evil. Heather Graham does a great job of continuing the characters from the first book to this book, while subtely shifting the focus from the main characters of the first book to the 'new' main characters of the second, yet not losing focus on any of the 'Krewe'.
Jake is a likeable character that seems to be content with his life, but you soon find out he lost his soul mate years before when his 'abilities' scared her off...now she needs his help. Returnin...more
Fictional Bookshelf
The opening scene / prologue, where the two main characters have nightmares, was a real eye-opener and gave way to how the rest of the book would go. Jake and Ashley’s (main characters) introduction into the story couldn’t have been more perfect.

As the first chapter progressed, it was rather humorous and made me giggle. Then things began to get spooky in a good way considering it‘s a paranormal mystery. I enjoyed reading the parts from the murderer’s point of view. It made the tale more captivat...more
Brittney
2nd book in the Krewe of Hunters series. Once again Heather graham does a great job of blending mystery, suspense, paranormal, romance, and history. I loved the introduction of the two main characters (having nightmare interaction with ghosts) was really great and set the tone for the rest of the book. This one was set on a old plantation where a there was a civil war skirmish. As a fan of history I loved the history aspect of this novel. Just like the first one Heather Graham does a great job b...more
Nicole
This one wasn't as good as the first, but still a great book. It didn't have as much tension as the first, but the interludes made for an interesting read. It kept you guessing at who was the murderer, for me the clue that gave it all away was the phone call with work. I liked how the book incorporated little historic tidbits here and there. The settings were very believable, throughout the whole book I could "create" where they were and follow them. It was, however, weird how Ashley evolved wit...more
Laura Ruetz
Most people know that I am a huge fan of Heather Graham because she offers a solid blend of mystery and the paranormal; a nice balance between each. This book follows along nicely with the other Krewe of Hunter books, offering a fast-paced read that is entertaining. Heather Graham always manages to weave history into the novels, helping to create the atmosphere very nicely but the history is not so heavy handed that you lose interest. This rich history in her novels is part of why I enjoy them s...more
Elvis
Oh can't put this one down read over 2/3 of it yesterday until my eyeballs started crossing Great book now I need book 2 of the series
Pamela Ralston

The Krewe agents are investigating a Southern Plantation that is said to have ghosts from long past as permenant reidents. A civil war reenactment has gone horribly wrong and one man is missing. Before the agents can find the man he turns up dead. The plantation is a Bed and Breakfast which counts on the tourist dollar to survive and that is in definate jeopordy as the bady count mounts.

I am delighted to find something for adults that is not a book that is filled with explict sexual scenes.


Jenn
Before Reading: Damnit! I picked this one up and clearly inside the front cover it says "The chilling Krewe of Hunters trilogy..." and below it shows pictures of the covers of 3 books: Heart of Evil (Available Now), Sacred Evil (On sale August 2011), and The Evil Inside (On sale September 2011). Last time I checked, a trilogy meant 3 books. So why is it that Heart of Evil is listed as the second in this series and there's yet another book listed as first here? And since Graham's on Goodreads, wo...more
Kiki
This story of history, ghosts, and love reunited drew me in quickly and kept my attention throughout. There is nothing like a serial killer doing a vengeful ghost’s bidding to bring back together two people who were separated because of their opposing views on the existence of such paranormal entities. How is that for an original plotline?
The characters were strong, each with their own unique personalities, including the unnamed killer. I really like it when you get brief glimpses into the kill...more
Lynn
The Krewe heads to Donegal Plantation to investigate a mysterious death that occurs during a Civil War reenactment. The only problem is that Jake Mallory, one of the team members, used to be involved with the plantation heiress, Ashley Donegal. And what drove them apart was Jake's ability to see ghosts. Now Ashley has to depend on that ability, and come to terms with some of her own, for the murder to be solved and others ones to be stopped.
This book is great, as was the first Krewe of Hunters b...more
Kat
I liked this book a lot better then Phantom Evil, which is the first book in the Krewe of Hunters series. I have a review here on GoodReads if you'd like to read it, and I have one on my Horror Movie/Book Review blog. To be honest, I waited quite some time before reading this one because I disliked the first book so much (because I thought it was going to purely be a ghost book, not a cop/who did it sort of book) But in the end I'm glad I pushed on and read this one.

This takes place on a planta...more
Lauren
Heart of Evil
Rating: 3 Stars

Synopsis:
When a man is found murdered following a civil war reenactment, Ashley Donegal seeks the help of an old flame, Jake Mallory, a member of the FBI's paranormal investigative unit. It soon becomes clear that a madman with a grudge is on the rampage and Ashley and her family are his target.

Review:
The idea of a killer with a historic score to settle is interesting and constitutes a strong foundation for the story. Nevertheless, the plot is poorly executed. The pro...more
Kelsey
Heart of Evil is the second in Ms. Graham’s Krewe of Hunters series and focuses on Jake Mallory and his past love Ashley Donegal. Ashley is the current owner of Donegal Plantation and has stumbled upon a murder scene. The scary part is that the victim is displayed much like her ancestor had been. Something is not right and the “Krewe of Hunters” are called in for advice. Ashley is hesitant at first because she knows Jake is part of this paranormal special investigative unit and is unprepared for...more
Anita Truong
I hesitate to file this book under suspense or thriller because it just didn't seem that way. My updates pretty much tell it all about what I thought of this book:

1) It started off extremely slow with too much world building and story set up. This is book number two in the series and we shouldn't still be on world building at this point. Normally I don't mind a little bit of world building depending on how much I need to understand of the world. But this is a contemporary setting with paranormal...more
Chibineko
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Debbie
Ashley Donegal is used to history, her family home and history are a big part of the Civil War, but when a re-enactment turns deadly and it looks like the perpetrator is targeting the Donegal family Ashley and her grandfather turn to the pros- Adam Harrison’s crack FBI team dubbed “Krew of Hunters”, created to investigate crimes out of the ordinary. Jake Mallory takes a very personal interest in Ashley’s case, he and Ashley go way back and their parting was less than favorable when it became app...more
Once Upon
Ashley Donegal the heiress of the Donegal Plantation, which was believed to be hunted by the ancestors, finds herself having a recurring dream with the boyfriend, Jake Mallory. She pushed him away being unable to accept that he had the special ability of talking and seeing ghosts. Jake, who is now a special agent for the FBI unit of paranormal investigators, has being having a dream where she is calling him for help. His unit is contacted by Ashley’s grandfather for help, after a disappearance o...more
Vivian
What do an old Louisiana plantation, a civil war re-enactment and things that go bump in the night have in common? These are all elements in the second Krewe of Hunters book HEART OF EVIL by Heather Graham. (Yes I know I read the books out of sequence, but it didn't seem to make that much of a difference.)

Ashley Donegal is the co-owner/operator of a hotel in her family's plantation home. During a Civil War re-enactment a man is murdered. It just so happens that this particular man was portraying...more
Jessica
Heart of Evil is the second book in the Krewe of Hunters series (trilogy?) but this one focuses on Jake. The "Krewe" consists of the same characters so we get to know each of them a little more but the main focus is on Jake and Ashley.


I've said it before and I'll say it again....I love Heather Graham! I think there has only been one book of hers that fell flat for me. I enjoyed Heart of Evil immensely! It has the perfect blend of ghost story, romance and history. And best of all (in my opinion),...more
Carla Hostetter
Perhaps I would have taken to this book more if I'd read the first Krewe of Hunters book, but my beef seems to be be mainly with the heroine, Ashley, who dumped the man she loved because he brought he a comforting message from her dead father. He goes off to join a group of crime solving ghost hunters, and she continues to run the old plantation as a B & B. After a Civil War reenactment, one of the players disappears. When Ashley sees a light in the family cemetery, of course she goes there...more
Doris
I have now read a number of stories in Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series and I love each and every one of them. What makes this series so fascinating and way above other paranormal suspense is the fact that every book also contains a lesson in history.
Each adventure is based on an important event in the near or distant past - be that local or international history. Heart of Evil has its roots in a local skirmish near New Orleans, set just before the Civil War broke out in earnest. Donegal...more
Wenj
3.5 STARS

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Heart of Evil is the second novel in the Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham. As far as follow up novels, however, this definitely didn't live up to it's predecessor, but still it proved to be a good stand alone read that had a great mystery and an somewhat intriguing romance. Wonderfully written and with some nice twists and turns this is another nice addition to Graham's thriving repertoire.

Like the first novel, Graham's world building is...more
Denise
Heart of Evil (Krewe of Hunters #2)
by Heather Graham (Goodreads Author)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends…and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help traditi...more
Irena
***3.5***
It starts with Ashley Donegal's nightmare and a celebration of Donegal Plantation's biggest annual event: the reenactment of the skirmish where her ancestor, Marshall Donegal, died. Someone has a grudge against the Donegals and the revenge is planned carefully.

The case itself starts somewhere around 25% of the book and Jackson Crow's team gets the call to the plantation, the place Jake left five years ago.

Jake seemed too young in the first book. Here he is great. We find out more about...more
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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 tria...more
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