After reading this book, I feel bad. I’ve always skipped over the Krewe of Hunter books when I saw them on special on Amazon and now I know I shouldn’t have!
This novel – easy to read as a standalone – was a great cozy mystery, filled with romance, history and a bit of mystery. (But not particularly scary, if that’s what you’re hoping for).
Charlie is an actress, based in New Orleans, whose father is a historian aboard a restored riverboat cruise ship. She’s filming a movie in her hometown, near Baton Rogue, when she stumbles upon a body, the second to show up in the small town recently. Both were teen actors and both had ties tot he riverboat. What’s happening in this small Southern town? Charlie and her former flame, a member of the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, plan to find out.
The history and the ghosts add just the right amount of flare to the book, which moves at a pretty good pace. There’s plenty of interesting characters and subplots to keep things going at a good clip and draw the reader into the plot.
The history is also impeccable and really cool.
The ending was a little lackluster, but still good. For some of the cozies like this, the whodunnit is a little less important than the sense of anticipation leading up to it. By the end, I wanted to see more about what was going to happen to some of the characters, rather than “whodunnit.”
However, it did feel a little abrupt. But I’m assuming that’s because these characters will be back, like characters from elsewhere in the series showed up I this one.
From now on, I will not be passing the Krewe by!