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Pale as Death

(Krewe of Hunters #25)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,031 ratings  ·  119 reviews

The crime scene is horrific: the corpse of a young actress, drained of blood and cut in two. LAPD Detective Sophie Manning’s new case is high-profile and difficult—there’s no evidence to work with. And it’s a disturbing echo of the infamous Black Dahlia killing. Sophie is burning the candle at both ends, desperate to catch the murder
Mass Market Paperback, 378 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Mira
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I can always count on Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters books to allow me to escape. Pale as Death, with its connection to a mysterious historical murder, is a fascinating romantic suspense novel.

When Detective Sophie Manning and her partner Grant Vining respond to a crime scene in Hollywood, they know it will be an unusual one. Their team tends to handle the vicious and strange cases. But, this one, with a woman's body drained of blood, and dismembered, resembles one of the most famous unsolved
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This book takes a character from the last Krewe story, Detective Sophie Manning, and adds in another McFadden brother to help her. A woman's body is found posed to mimic the Black Dahlia murder from the 1940s. The body is drained of blood and cut in half. The next day a second body is found with the same scenario. The women were wannabe actresses and strikingly resembled the decades old murder victim.

I was intrigued by this story because I remember seeing several documentaries over t
☕ Kimberly
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2018
Another engaging mystery. RTC.
This is the 25th Krewe of Hunters novel I've read and it will be the last one. I can see the formulas before I open the books now. On Page 64, "She was really a bitch." "Yeah, but one who looked good in a towel." The exact same words were written in the first book of this particular trilogy. Is that what Heather Graham is stooping to now? I don't need to finish the book to know what happens or begin the next book to see those words again. Stop the women bashing. Do not call women "bitches."
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Pale as Death” the twenty-fifth book in the Krewe of Hunters series is dark and horrific when the corpses of two young actresses are found savagely brutalized in murders mimicking the notorious 1940’s cold case of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia. Working with partner and lead investigator Grant Vining, LAPD Detective Sophie Manning is irritated when Bruce McFadden, a licensed private investigator with a special talent for being able to commune with ghosts is brought in as a c ...more
Maria Christine
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the rest of the series, I only started reading because the McFadden brothers caught my attention. It all started with Fade to Black.

However, I enjoyed Pale As Death more because the mystery is more engaging and a little bit creepier. Seriously, I was starting to hear noises in my room while reading this book in the middle of the night.

Heather Graham has a penchant for insta-attraction. I didn't really mind because it blended with the story well and of course I already like Sophie
Diane Saul
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two dead women, their bodies mutilated, are found in LA. Both were aspiring actresses. The murder scenes are reminiscent of the Black Dahlia Case from the 1940’s. Det Sophie Manning is working the case when she sees a ghost in a zoot suit from the 40’s who speaks to her, he thinks he can help her solve the crime. Krewe Of Hunters consultant Bruce McFadden has volunteered to help on the case. Bruce sees and communicates with ghosts. As their investigation progresses Sophie begins to suspect that ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars.

This has the second McFadden brother Bruce, helping out Sophie, the tenacious LAPD detective from the previous book Fade to Black. Actresses are found dead in the same gruesome way as The Black Dahlia case from the 1940s, and with no forensic evidence left at the scenes, Sophie suspects the killer might be one of their own.

As usual, the ghosts from previous cases are there to help but really only played a very small part.

This book could do with better proofing, though, as I noticed a
Donna Hines
A crazed serial killer is running around cutting people up and draining their blood.
Now you know their are psychopaths and sociopaths but rarely are there sickos determined to go this far to kill someone.
This must be the work of someone with a certain knowledge of bodies and or death.
The cases turn up similar to a previous case involving the Black Dahlia killings.
Without evidence this will be a hard one to solve.
For Detective Sophie Manning to do so may take an extra touch or shall we say 'ghost
Laura Ruetz
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This paranormal thriller/mystery toes the true crime line as the Krewe finds themselves investigating murders that are nearly identical to the Black Dahlia murder. Didn't want to put this one down! As always, the blend of the mystery along with the interactions of the people working to solve it, bring together a cohesive story and compelling characters.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
you can never go wrong with a Heather Graham Krewe of Hunters book!!
Marilyn Slusher
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to #3!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I do like the McFadden Brothers. Another great Krewe Book.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heavily Paranormal Murder Mystery

If you’re not a fan of paranormal stories, this is not the police procedural for you. All major elements of fiction have some paranormal attached. I enjoy mysteries with paranormal elements, so I wanted to love this book.
“Pale as Death” features gore, graveyards and ghosts, and the Black Dahlia storyline is intricately plotted and cunningly populated with red herrings. Happily, the author evades de rigueur insta-love, instead substituting sexual attraction, a fa
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kitty Catalyst
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When Detective Sophie Manning is given a murder to investigate, she didn't expect a ghost to come along with it.
The body of a young woman is found with wounds eerily reminiscent of the Black Dahlia murder. Who would be mimicking a seventy year old infamously unsolved murder?
Suddenly a reporter offers his assistance. He claims to be an expert on The Black Dahlia murder. Because he was there, investigating the case when it happened.
With the help of a freelancing P.I. working under the purview of
Dave Gamboa
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the story line and cleverness of trying to figure out who the killer is. Sophie is a detective on a case that resembles that of the 1940's Dahlia killing, and the copy cat killer is leaving no clues along with his chopped up victims. And even with the help of Bruce McFadden, an agent working on becoming a member of the Krewe of Hunters with Jackson Crow, is it getting them nowhere as they search for clues throughout the crime scenes and eventually a cemetery. Sophie doesn't beli ...more
Jennifer Gottschalk
This is 2.5 stars rounded up. The book had an intriguing premise. It began with a gruesome crime and we were introduced to a group of law enforcement officers who could see ghosts and benefit from their help.

Unfortunately in many ways 'Pale as Death' did not live up to its potential. It felt like the book moved quite slowly and for a while it seemed to stall / go around in circles. The romance side line was nice enough but there was not enough there to truly satisfy.

Likewise, there were not eno
Kate Vale
One of the Krewe of Hunters series that involves seeing the dead (ghosts, that is) and solving crimes with the help of said ghosts. In this tale we make acquaintance with LAPD detective Sophie Manning who is brought in on a case after the body, in parts, of an actress is found and displayed much like that of the Black Dahlia case decades earlier. Also helping her is PI Bruce McFadden who first introduces Sophie to her gift, something she has tried to deny. He too has it and together they work to ...more
This is the first in this series that I have read. The plot was interesting, the pacing pretty good, and the dialogue was okay.
My biggest problem was the number of people looking out for Sophie. All day long, she has a whole host of men helpfully reminding her when to eat, sleep, get up, where to go, and what she should be doing. Then, in the next breath, we're hearing that she is the best cop on the force. Really? Then, how come she can't function without at least 6 men dictating her every move
Randy Daugherty
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Dahlia, seems everyone knows of this horrendous murder and that it was unsolved, now it looks like a copy cat killer has struck.
LAPD Detective Sophie Manning is working the candle at both ends, always thinking she has to prove herself and be as good if not better than all the men she works with, Grant Vining, mentor and the closest thing she has to a father. Both are doing there best as again the killer strikes, now two would be actresses are dead, and in the same manner as the famous Eliz
Carley Godette
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Krewe of Hunters series has been one of the best Heather Graham series I have read...Pale as Death was exceptional. I love how each book has a murder to solve and with the help of ghosts the detectives and FBI solve said murders.
We see the return of Sophie Manning, an L.A. detective, who has to solve a murder that looks a lot like the 1940's Black Dahlia unsolved case...she gets help from two of the McFadden brothers...
Seeing a ghost freaks Sophie out but with the help of Bruce McFadden she com
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Krewe of Hunters is great and "Pale as Death", the second in its trilogy, is no exception. Detective Sophie Manning is on the case of a gruesome murder that seems to be dredged up from Hollywood's past. She and her partner, Grant Vining, have two murdered women and the crime scenes are a match to the Black Dahlia murder that happened years earlier. Bruce McFadden sees Sophie on TV as she addresses the media and is drawn to her. He's a consultant with the FBI's Krewe of Hunters and is sure th ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Another intriguing adventure with one of the McFadden brothers, a possible future Krewe member. This case, again, takes place in Los Angeles and involves cops already met - this time connected to the ever mysterious Black Dahlia murders of the 1940's ... plus another few interesting happenings thereafter. However, the history lesson does not stop there, but also takes us as far back as Tudor England.
As always, the author captures the readers interest pretty much from page one and does not let of
Cindy Dunn
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good mystery. Sophie and Bruce were trying to find a gruesome killer in LA. Lots of twists & turns with numerous choices on who was the killer. I went back & forth between 3 people but in the end I was wrong. I would have rated this a 5 if in the Epilogue Sophie's name hadn't been used instead of someone else's. That threw me off & I reread that sentence several times trying to make sense of it so I dropped the rating 1/2 a point. Otherwise it was a good read.

Paula Doncevic
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Gruesome murders are taking place in Los Angeles, and the police can't find any forensic evidence. Detective Sophie Manning is investigating the first case, eerily similar to the famous Black Dahlia murder in the late 40s. Sophie gets harassed by the ghost of a murdered reporter from the late 40s, and begins to question her sanity. The next day, another brutally murdered woman is discovered close by. Sophie soon partners with Bruce McFadden, a private investigator who also sees and com
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Detective Sophie Manning ("Fade to Black") is assigned to a case eerily reminiscent of the infamous Black Dahlia murder ... and she's seeing ghosts. Again.

Determined to pretend that it isn't happening, Sophie is all business ... until Bruce McFadden shows up to assist with the case. He sees ghosts too ... and is convinced that the revenant Michael Thoreau is there to help them.

Then the second body shows up ... and connections start to fall into place. As that happens, Sophie and her partners, bo
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An aspiring actress is found brutally murdered in a manner similar to that of the Black Dahlia murder years ago. The next day, another woman is found murdered in the same way. Both bodies were cut in half and organs removed. Leaks are made to newspapers so police know it’s someone close to the investigation. Bruce McFadden has been sent by the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters to assist Detective Sophie Manning in her investigation. Sophie is not keen on this but her partner has been shot and she is now th ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bruce McFadden has come to LA to help out LAPD Detective Sophie Manning on a bizarre murder that was exactly like a murder that happened in the 40's that was never solved. Sophie was not happy to have Bruce in LA but finally decided he could be of some help. When she was younger, she had seen the ghost of a friend but her family thought she was crazy and made her see a therapist. Now she was seeing another ghost but when Bruce convenience her that it was part of her ability, she used that skill ...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

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