Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters, #1)
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Phantom Evil (Krewe of Hunters #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,419 ratings  ·  306 reviews
A secret government unit is formed under Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The six members he's gathered have a psychic talent of their own.

Jackson Crow heads the group. Haunted by his experience with an ancestral ghost, and the murders of two teammates, Jackson can't tell if he's been demoted or given an extraordinary opportunity. He's aware that the living co...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Mira Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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I knew if I kept giving HG enough changes that eventually I would find one of her books that I liked. She writes paranormal with romance and that is a winning combination for me. Unfortunately in the past it didn't always work out. Really liked Krewe of Hunters and thought Jackson was a good fit. He came off as arrogant sometimes, but for an alpha male that isn't all bad. I think him and Angela jumped into bed a little quick, but I thought this Krewe was going to span several books, but it looks...more
This is primarily a romance novel. When the two main characters fall into bed within 48 hours of meeting and there are two explicit sex scenes it is easy to see what the focus is on. I wish I had realized Mira is an imprint of Harlequin before I bought it.

I picked this book up for the paranormal mystery that the blurb promises, in post Katrina New Orleans no less. There is upfront an emphasis on the Senator's wife being in a locked and security alarmed house when she supposedly jumps from her ba...more
So I saw this in the library under the "Hot Picks/New for May!" banner. And I picked it up. Man am I sorry I did!

Ok, so the prologue really creeped me out. Like that was just plain SCARY! And I am not one for the horror genre at all!

This kind of reminded me a little of The Shining and The Haunting, you know that moviewith Catherine Zeta-Jones? Yeah, totally cheesy, right?

So what actually drew me in was the fact that the federal government sets up this investigation team, like an advanced tech-sa...more

The Heather Graham who writes bestsellers may be "The Original Heather Graham," but I am willing to bet that Heather Graham the actress could toast generic white bread with more style and engagement than this sorry excuse for a thriller.

Graham has churned out an average of five novels every years for the past thirty years. How much originality is left? Imagine a high school junior staggering down Bourbon Street. "Gee whiz, I shouldn't have drank those six hand gernades. And all those sh...more
3.5 stars

Phantom Evil is the first in a new series by Heather Graham; the Krewe of Hunters.

The Storyline
When the Louisiana state Senator’s wife is found dead after an apparent suicide, her husband requests a closer investigation of sorts when he suspects that ghosts were involved in her death. Jackson Crow heads the paranormal investigation team which consists of him and 6 other members who each have their own psychic abilities. The investigation seems to show that the Senators wife didn’t in fa...more
The Book Maven
I wanted to like this book, I truly did. It has some great potential: a crew of ghost hunters! Set in New Orleans! But somehow, the author's matter-of-fact rendering of NOLA makes you feel as though you may as well be reading about Peoria, Illinois. Descriptions of scenery and local color are sterile, rather than evocative. The story goes too fast to build up an effective feeling of suspense. And two of the main characters hop into bed pretty quick, when frankly there was very little believable...more
I read this book but because I had previously read Heather Graham's "Flynn Brothers Triolgy" A series that I truly enjoyed. (Until the very end of the last book. Where it appeared to me that Ms. Graham smoked a fat one and wrote the ending. Not a true story... just a theory.) That part aside, it was fun to read.

Te plot was not interesting at all. The characters are constantly over explaining everything. And the ending was just really terrible.

When I was reading this book, I swear with my right h...more
Jeff Barber
I hate to not like a piece of art, whether it be a book, a painting, or music. But sometimes, the art just doesn't touch me. Or worse, the piece will feel contrived, or mundane, or even feel like the artist didn't put a lot of effort into it.
I'm not going to blame Heather Graham of not putting effort into this book, but I will say that it didn't really ever grab me. From the start we get some interesting characters, but sadly, the more we learn about them the less interesting they become.
We hav...more
Pass the beignets and latte please.

This a light hearted book about a grim topic…..murder. Jackson Crow heads a team of uniquely talented paranormal investigators. They head to New Orleans to solve the murder of a local senator’s wife. The local police have ruled her tumble from the upstairs balcony of their reportedly ghost infested mansion a suicide sighting her grief over the recent death of her young son. There is also a love story between Jackson and his co-worker Angela.

The book is enterta...more
I think this is the first "romantic suspense" (or the like) I ended up liking. As I often complain, the problem with this sub-genre is that you (I) expect mysteries, crime and thrillers and you (I) get a contemp romance. Often without any serious study of the other half of the equation.

Here at least the focus of the story is really a murder (and the serial killer is basically absent!), and the romantic thread is just a part of it. I'm not saying that the investigation and the setup are problem-f...more
Melbourne on my mind
When I got this home from the library, I noticed that it's published by a division of Harlequin. Oh dear... I read the blurb and was all "Huh. Secret government agency hunting ghosts. Could be interesting." The minute I saw who the publisher was, my estimations went downhill.

But it wasn't as bad as I expected. Sure, there was the obligatory "I've only known you 24 hours but I feel like we're soulmates, let's boff" side to it, which did very little to advance the plot. Also, there's not enough mo...more
I am looking forward to more books with this new team, as I do enjoy the paranormal investigator series, though I hope that the rest of the titles in the series are more like her previous works and perhaps more polished editorially.

Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Heather Graham, but this book had some issues. I felt like it needed one or two more visits from the copy editor before it went out to publication to make it equal to her other works. There was a major slip up midway into the book wh...more
Ashley Dawn
After his last case, Jack Crow expects to get a desk job with mainly paperwork pushing responsibilities. Instead, Adam Harrison gives him the task of heading a new unit, with six unique members who are to solve the murder or suicide of a senator’s wife. Jack is a skeptic and yet he has had several unexplainable experiences that have saved him and others.
The senator is convinced his wife didn’t commit suicide as the police have determined, though they recently suffered the loss of their young son...more
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Adam Harrison, an investigator who worked for "the government where the government could not act officially", gathered a group of special individuals and formed a team whose task would be to investigate strange cases.
Angela Hawkins, Whitney Tremont, Jake Mallory, Jenna Duffy and Will Chan are part of that team and he called Jackson Crow to lead them. Crow doesn't refuse to believe in supernatural, but he would rather carefully check everything else first. Adam knows that Jackson Crow...more
A spooky Ghostbusters meets FBI crime thriller.

Jackson Crow is recruited by a powerful Gov't agent to head up an elite FBI unit. Jackson and his team are hand selected because they all have a touch of extra-sensory perception of the ghostly sort.

We meet Jackson the leader who is a skeptic even while he's had his own ghostly encounters. There is also Angela, a cop and the lone survivor or a plane crash when she was a child. She actually is a ghost magnet and also acts as a conduit to release res...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
It’s been a long, long time since I’ve read a book that I didn’t want to put down, and then thought about when I couldn’t read it. “Phantom Evil” is that kind of book. It called to me, tempting me to stop doing those things I must and instead sit and read. I read late into the night and resented the fatigue that finally caused me to set the book aside. I was simply intrigued by this book, both by the premise and by the characters.

Ms. Graham first and foremost did a great job with her group of s...more
Heather Graham is a solid author, who writes entertaining, exciting books with a supernatural twist. They are dependable interesting stories with good characters and decent suspense.

This was the first in a new series by Graham about an eclectic band of ghost-hunters formed into a team by shadowy paranormal expert Adam Harrison. The team will go wherever they are needed to investigate situations that may involve paranormal happenings.

In this case, the wife of a U.S. senator, distraught over the r...more
Bought for Myself
Book Club Pick
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 4.25
Character Rating 3.75

NOTE: Phantom Evil is classified I think as a Romantic Suspense. I would classify it more as a Mystery/Thriller with some paranormal leanings. There is some romance but it is not the main focus of the story.

What I Loved: This was one fantastically twisty tale that kept me on the edge of my seat. I was never quite sure if it was the ghosts or real-live evil people that committed the murder that the "Krewe of H...more
I tried, I really did. There were parts of this I liked a lot! The treatment of voodoo was surprisingly sensitive, and the racial/ethnic mix of characters was commendable. The women were uniformly badass and there was some light discussion of cults and unhealthy relationships.

But boy oh boy was this stilted and contrived. Super quick read, though, so it's not like I minded.
Albert Riehle
I really like it when an author gets it right. It's the little things that show a writer cares about her audience. Heather Graham gets it right and she cares about her audience. She does the little things.

For instance: This is a book--and series--about this special team that gets put together to investigate special cases. Most writers would introduce the members of the team in rapid fire succession and, of course, they'd all get mixed together, making it impossible to tell which is which until l...more
Phantom Evil is book 1 of Krewe of Hunters series by Heather Graham. This was my first HG book and will not be my last. I like suspense, paranormal, and crime fighting mystery stories. The whodunit in me was delighted in how this seemingly rag-tag group of investigators pulled together to solve the crimes.

I love going to Nalins, (New Orleans) especially on Fat Tuesday, and could relate to the levels of noise, fine foods and restaurants, unusual smells, scantily clad folks beckoning from balconi...more
Romancing the Book
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Ms. Graham did it again with a book that pulls you in from the beginning captivating her audience long after they are done reading.

She takes us deep into the French Quarters of New Orleans, with her way of describing the scenery she puts us smack dab in the middle of the suspense. As we travel through the French Quarters we find ourselves at the mansion of Senator David Holloway. The Senators wife...more
My perfect beach book (or book that I like to read at the beach) is usually focused around paranormal stuff with some romance thrown in. Enough plot to suck you in, but still be able to watch the toddler and rescue him as he decides that it would be fun to swim in the waves where he can't touch.

So, with those low standards, I am declaring this an amazing beach read.

The prologue seriously creeped me out. Seriously creepy. I am not a horror or ghosts buff and so I might have had to go hug a sandy...more
First in the Krewe of Hunters series about a group of paranormal investigators each with their own expertise. Phantom Evil does a great job introducing all the members of the team. This first book in the series focuses on skeptic Jackson Crow and Angela Hawkins, both have something in their past where they experienced the paranormal.
This book is a perfect combination of mystery, paranormal, suspense, and romance. It kept me guessing till the end, I just had to know if ghost or human killed the s...more
When a Louisiana senator's wife is found dead in the courtyard of their newly purchased New Orleans home, the seantor won't take suicide for an answer even though he and his wife have been reeling from the death of their young son. He knows his wife didn't kill herself, and everyone in New Orleans knows about the evil history of his newly purchased home. It was a haven for a serial killer who buried the bodies in the basement and has been rumored to be haunted since that time. Perhaps a ghost le...more
Bailed at page 80. Found it borderline interesting, sort of. Most of those pages were the main character introductions with no real story in between, just alot of back story to the characters.

I have too many other books to read, so because this one was just 'meh' I'm afraid I'm passing on it.
Jennifer Eckel
Seriously, I've read better from Heather Graham. This was about a new group of Harrison investigators, but it read much like the other Harrison Investigation novels, complete with obligatory shower sex scene.
I did not feel there was any character development. I couldn't see how this team got to know each other, or where they came from. Or why they were put together. The plot was sketchy, and disjointed. Eventually it came together, but it was very weak, and full of what ifs and maybes.
The New O...more
Jan 11, 2014 Erikan9 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
L'anteprima sul blog Wonderful Monster:

Il 31 gennaio sarà in edicola (oppure on-line dal 15) il primo libro di una serie particolare, un chrime-thriller dove incontreremo uno speciale team che indaga sui crimini paranormali, i cui componenti hanno essi stessi poteri speciali. Essendo nella collaba Blue Nocturne è presente (come si nota dalla cover) anche una storia d’amore che resta, tuttavia, nella sua dimensione lasciando spazio alle indagini e ai fatti narrati nel romanzo.

Primo volume della s...more
Maria Cristina
Era da tempo che avrei voluto leggere questa serie ma, nonostante avessi comprato il primo in lingua originale, era rimasto nella pila dei to read. E per fortuna l'attesa non è stata delusa. Le stelle sarebbero 4,5 solo perchè la parte romantica è piuttosto scarna ma la trama mi ha davvero preso.
Un gruppo di persone vengono contattate perchè dotate di poteri particolari e vengono riunite per indagare sulla morte sospetta della moglie di un deputato. L'intreccio è piuttosto fitto e gli elementi...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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