Sunday, October 28, 2018
Pale as Death by Heather Graham
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 murders in Hollywood, the Black Dahlia case. Elizabeth Short was brutally murdered and dismembered. Now, someone has killed a young actress who resembles Elizabeth Short, and the killing resembles the earlier death as well.
It's Sophie herself, though, that catches the attention of the McFadden family. She's the spokesperson for the case, and Bryan McFadden and his fiancé, Marnie, worked with Sophie when Marnie was threatened. Now, Bryan is preparing to attend training at Quantico for the Krewe of Hunters, so he can't offer help. Instead, they send Bruce, Bryan's brother and a private investigator who also sees ghosts. They all saw a ghost on the screen as Sophie addressed reporters, and they could tell she saw the ghost as well.
Sophie doesn't want to admit she's seeing the ghost of a journalist. The only other time she saw a ghost, her family put her into therapy. But, Bruce forces her to admit it when he claims he has a "gift". It will take time for her to trust him, but McFadden is determined to work with and protect the detective he's grown to admire.
It wouldn't be a romantic suspense novel without the romance between Sophie Manning and Bruce McFadden. However, even as a device in a novel, the mystery of the Black Dahlia case is the main attraction. While the current crime is solved by the end of the book, all of the questions and suppositions about the unsolved Black Dahlia case remain. Who killed Elizabeth Short?
Pale as Death, with its ghosts, romance, and connections to the past is another fascinating entry in Graham's Krewe of Hunters series.
Heather Graham's website is www.theoriginalheathergraham.com
Pale as Death by Heather Graham. MIRA, 2018. ISBN 9780778368731 (hardcover), 316p.
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