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 traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare - often inexplicable - intuition. Among the "Krewe of Hunters" is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried - even in death....
©2011 Heather Graham (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Storytelling at its best!"
I really rank this near the top. It had a riveting story that kept me on the edge of my seat and Luke Daniels did an awesome job narrating!
Ashley Donegal is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed her characters personality and all she encountered.
I thought he brought every character to life in such a way as to make it easy to picture them all in your mind. He is truly an awesome narrator.
Just one? No way! I would love to have a meal with the entire 'Krewe'. Now that would be very cool.
"A Modern Day Ghost Story with Civil War Ghosts!"
Old-fashioned ghost story!
The scene with the alligators.
I was favorably impressed. While I found his work on the Hexed series to be outstanding, I was detracted by the certain small parts of the story line which were just plain irritating. In this series the storyline is well written and not at all irritating. I quite enjoyed hearing Luke's performance. More importantly, his voice is such that I didn't think "oh, that is the voice he used for thus-and-such character in the Hexed series". No, he made these characters his own, without detracting from the story line in any way. Well done!
An old-fashioned ghost story set in the deep south.
This is the second book in the series and it appears the author is going to focus on a different character/characters each book until their back stories are all fleshed out. I hope so anyway, I love the first two books and hope that this continues throughout the entire series. Thank you for a great listening experience!
"Light on the "supernatural""
I hopped on this one thinking the concept sounded fun. A large chunk of the beginning is spent on the characters setting up and participating in a civil war reenactment. It does eventually set up the plot but it was a bit to wade through. Once our Krewe arrives, the story devolves into a less ghost heavy episode of "Ghost Hunters" with the romance of the 2 central characters taking center stage for a lot of the story.
I was looking for a supernatural/horror/mystery and i didn't find it in this book. For those looking more for a supernatural romance, the story is well written and enjoyable - it just wasn't what I wanted.
Read for Fun/June is Audiobook Month/June 2012 Series Read!
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50
Audio Rating(Not part of the overall rating): 4.50
First thought when finished: I am really enjoying the Krewe of Hunters! Plus, this one is set in New Orleans!
What I Loved: Anytime you even hint that you are going to have historic re-enactments tied in with a murder mystery--you pretty much have me interested. I love that Heart of Evil weaves in historic events with a present day murder investigation. Throw in the hot chemistry between Jake and Ashley and a very fun cast of characters, this was just a downright good read!!
What I Liked: The Donegal Plantation was a great setting for Heart of Evil. It had ghosts, graveyard, swamp, and a vastness that made you feel like you had stepped back in time. I felt like the plantation itself was a character in the story. I loved Grandpa and M. Donegal--both were strong men and great characters.
Audio Specific Review: Luke Daniels hit it out of the park. I think I am officially a fan girl!
Final Thought: I recommend this series to Paranormal Mystery Readers--it only has a bit of romance (that is not the focus).
"Sorry, but I could not finish it."
Better narrarator. The story was dull even though it was pegged as a thriller/mystery. The interaction between the two former lovers is not believable nor well written. I suppose better character development and a more mature writing style would have increased my enjoyment.
Next up: finishing "Beautiful Ruins", and then on to "Divergent" by V Roth. Yes, I have a wide variety of interests, not just YA/paranormal/chicklit. ;-)
Daniel's performance would not make me buy any book. If there are female characters of significance, I would likely pass. He was deplorable with the feminine voice.
Disappointment and a little irritation.
"Slow build, good finish"
Lots of story building without the main Krewe in the beginning but finishes up well as Heather's stories go. Enjoyable and recommended
"I'm sorry!! What??!!"
I don't know.
Yes. Narration was pretty good. Not great but ok.
I usually do not give bad reviews and the story really did keep my attention for the most part. But!!! Wth? The ending of the book is ridiculous! The main character blames herself for the death of a father figure. That she considers a "good guy" even after he tells her he's going to kill her and leave her daughter, motherless. He has cheated on his wife. Killed his mistress. Killed the man that helped him cover it up. And is now going to kill his surrogate daughter and at the last minute turns the gun on himself and he's a "good man" !!?? What!!?? Also, we never tell the world the truth about what he's done. Instead we say he killed himself bc he "found out he was dying of cancer" and couldn't handle the dire news. What??!! Then!! Then!! The cop boyfriend doesn't talk to or see his girlfriend for over a week. In a time in her life where she is dealing with a lot of horror and never tells her he loves her. But then shows up on her doorstep and tells her that they're getting married. Ok. Sure. Not to mention that the way the main character allowed herself to continue to be treated by her ex husband and have her reputation destroyed and her name dragged thru the mud was impossible to ignore. And in the end the ex gets everything he's ever wanted while allowed to be the worst kind of dad. That's a crap ending. I'm returning this book on principle. The narration was ok. Pretty good. The story up until the end was ok. Then it all went to h*** in a hand basket. No more for me thanks. Skip it. Not worth a credit imo.
"I kinda knew all along"
Even though I had it figured out, I loved the descriptions of NOLA and the plantation so I hung in. Glad I did. :-)
I enjoyed this book. The story was good as well. As the narration. Kept me entertained.
"Second book by Ms. Graham and wowed!"
Looking forward to reading more of this series. Characters are amazing and as always Luke Daniels is an amazing reader!
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