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A CALL FROM BEYOND… When Kristi Stewart inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, she knows it comes with stories of hauntings. But she doesn’t believe in ghosts, even while she runs seances for the guests of McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast. Until the inexplicable midnight appearance of one of her infamous ancestors. Terrified, she flees into the night—and right into A CALL FROM BEYOND… When Kristi Stewart inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, she knows it comes with stories of hauntings. But she doesn’t believe in ghosts, even while she runs seances for the guests of McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast. Until the inexplicable midnight appearance of one of her infamous ancestors. Terrified, she flees into the night—and right into the arms of Dallas Wicker. Dallas is trying to uncover the truth about a colleague who died under suspicious circumstances. As strange happenings continue to plague Kristi’s home, it is soon clear that there’s a very living threat in the neighborhood—several people have disappeared without a trace. Dallas can’t find any connection between the victims, but someone wanted them gone, and it might be linked to the history of McLane House. And that means Kristi should be very afraid.


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A CALL FROM BEYOND… When Kristi Stewart inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, she knows it comes with stories of hauntings. But she doesn’t believe in ghosts, even while she runs seances for the guests of McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast. Until the inexplicable midnight appearance of one of her infamous ancestors. Terrified, she flees into the night—and right into A CALL FROM BEYOND… When Kristi Stewart inherits a property in the old part of Savannah, she knows it comes with stories of hauntings. But she doesn’t believe in ghosts, even while she runs seances for the guests of McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast. Until the inexplicable midnight appearance of one of her infamous ancestors. Terrified, she flees into the night—and right into the arms of Dallas Wicker. Dallas is trying to uncover the truth about a colleague who died under suspicious circumstances. As strange happenings continue to plague Kristi’s home, it is soon clear that there’s a very living threat in the neighborhood—several people have disappeared without a trace. Dallas can’t find any connection between the victims, but someone wanted them gone, and it might be linked to the history of McLane House. And that means Kristi should be very afraid.

30 review for The Summoning

  1. 5 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    We got 2 mediums (or was it 3?) one of which kept running into the other one: Q: For the second time that day, she fled. And, for the third time, she ran right into Dallas Wicker. (c) Busy girl, I say. Southern charm. Lots of history refs. Ghosts bumping around. Anyway, a fun read. The dialogues: they are something else, either too cheesy or lame or maybe even sweet: Q: “I think you make me halfway insane,” he whispered to her. “That’s all right,” she whispered. “I might be entirely insane.” ... “Oh, wow. We got 2 mediums (or was it 3?) one of which kept running into the other one: Q: For the second time that day, she fled. And, for the third time, she ran right into Dallas Wicker. (c) Busy girl, I say. Southern charm. Lots of history refs. Ghosts bumping around. Anyway, a fun read. The dialogues: they are something else, either too cheesy or lame or maybe even sweet: Q: “I think you make me halfway insane,” he whispered to her. “That’s all right,” she whispered. “I might be entirely insane.” ... “Oh, wow. I really had no right. I mean, you’re a guest here.” “You’re the most welcoming hostess I’ve ever known.” (c) Ouch! Q: His eyebrows knotted together. “Kristi...I’m here for you, no matter what. You don’t have to come to me...because...” She laughed. “Oh, please, Agent Wicker... I can’t believe you’re not aware of your many assets!” He laughed. “Well, thank you, Miss Stewart. Since, as I said, I’ve been absolutely infatuated since meeting you in my arms...” (c) Other notes: Q: But Dallas never stopped visiting graveyards when he needed some time for himself. And he never stopped talking to the dead. (c) Q: Dallas Wicker was accustomed to strange hours and stranger work situations. (c) Q: He’d gone to shake the young man’s hand before he realized that Josh wasn’t among the living, but rather, an accomplished ghost, quite capable of making himself easily seen. By those who could see. (c) Shaking hands with a ghost. Fun! Q: Someone was watching, of course, always watching, for those who were suited for the special unit of the FBI known informally as the Krewe of Hunters. (c) Q: ... if there hadn’t always been something there. Something that made her feel the history of a place, the death of a place, and even something beautiful and safe about life. (c) Q: But have you ever had a hunch? Like a feeling that something is really wrong, that we’re looking at a puzzle, and the pieces just have to be put together? (с) Q: ... he thanked God for cell phones. They made it possible to talk away without anyone thinking you were crazy when they saw you sitting alone. (с) Q: “...It’s like there’s a black hole out there somewhere—the two of them just stepped through it, and that was it!” ...“There are no black holes. The two of them are somewhere. I do intend to find out where...” (c) Well, there ARE black holes, just not in the general vicinity of Johnson Square. Q: The law says an adult who wants to disappear has the right to do so—and at a point, I guess, the law has to give up. (c) Q: His books often were his notes—and his ideas, and his discoveries. (c) Q: “The Civil War ended in 1865.” “And now, over a hundred and fifty years later, we’re still trying to get past it. (c) Q: There was a lot of ugliness. We all know that. History does not paint us as a very pretty people at times... (c) Q: “What is it?” Dallas asked. “I don’t know. Crazy, huh?” “Nothing is crazy,” he assured her. “Well, a great deal in the world is crazy, but whatever you’re feeling...no.” (c) Q: “There are those who remain who want to be seen by everyone; there are those who remain who don’t know how to be seen, and they have to try very hard, and perhaps reach out to someone they feel just might be the right one to accept them.” (c) Q: “A full moon tonight, my friends—a beautiful full moon. The moon, of course, has powers, you know.” “One of them is called gravity,” (c) Q: “There are times when the dead are just excellent—fast learners. With a natural talent. Just as some people are born artists or musicians, some of the dead just...hit the streets running, so to say.” (c) Wow. Dead running... zombies!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eve (Between The Bookends)

    I'm a huge fan of this author's paranormal books. Especially the ones set in the South. I love how she incorporates the history of the cities. I am not crazy about the romances mostly because they always feel very underdeveloped. However, I don't read these books for the romances, so it doesn't bother me too much. Although, I wish she would stop using the word writhing in the sex scenes. It always makes me think they are in agony not ecstasy. (lol) Overall though this was another great book by I'm a huge fan of this author's paranormal books. Especially the ones set in the South. I love how she incorporates the history of the cities. I am not crazy about the romances mostly because they always feel very underdeveloped. However, I don't read these books for the romances, so it doesn't bother me too much. Although, I wish she would stop using the word writhing in the sex scenes. It always makes me think they are in agony not ecstasy. (lol) Overall though this was another great book by this author, and the mystery kept me guessing until the end. So kudos to the author for that!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Great ghostly mystery! The Summoning by Heather Graham is another great addition to the Krewe adventures! In this one a gal that runs a historic home as a B&B sees a ghost for the first time on the day the Krewe member comes to stay at the house. He is there to investigate missing persons being reported around a certain haunted house section of town. The Krewe members all are gifted. Great mystery! Great ghostly tale too! Romance without slut!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    The Summoning is a new addition to the Krewe Hunters series. I was drawn to this story because I love Savannah, and I do believe it's a haunted place. The story is so atmospheric of this incredible city that it's like you're there. The characters are likeable and engaging. The plot is intriguing and I enjoyed the whole thing. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. The Summoning is a new addition to the Krewe Hunters series. I was drawn to this story because I love Savannah, and I do believe it's a haunted place. The story is so atmospheric of this incredible city that it's like you're there. The characters are likeable and engaging. The plot is intriguing and I enjoyed the whole thing. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    This is not a new series for me. I read book one, Phantom Evil, back when it came out in 2011. I haven’t kept up with the series but I have a good chunk of these the books in my collection. This series is just a sweet spot for me. I love how all the elements combine to make not only a romance but add that dash of supernatural to just provide the right punch of awesome storytelling. The setting is nice too. I think the original series started in New Orleans but I was happy to see it had moved to This is not a new series for me. I read book one, Phantom Evil, back when it came out in 2011. I haven’t kept up with the series but I have a good chunk of these the books in my collection. This series is just a sweet spot for me. I love how all the elements combine to make not only a romance but add that dash of supernatural to just provide the right punch of awesome storytelling. The setting is nice too. I think the original series started in New Orleans but I was happy to see it had moved to Savannah for this book. Lots of interesting ghostly things there. The character of Kristi has known all along that her house was haunted but when she actually sees her descendants in the flesh, so to speak, she freaks out. Classic! Dallas has come to solve the mysterious death of a colleague. He can see dead people too but it is just a bit more apt at it. I liked how the newbie melded with the veteran ghost seer. The ghosts were a hoot too. Loved that aspect. They brought in Jackson and Angela for this story as well which just reminds us that we are in a Krewe Hunters series. Graham also does a good job of introducing characters for upcoming books in the storyline so when the next book in the series comes out you aren’t surprised by who is staring in it. This was like reading a book written by an old friend. All the elements I love wrapped up in one book. Reading this makes me want to get more updated on the series. Check this one out. It is a keeper. Highly recommended. I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Yulia

    Well, I get it now, how in eight years Heather Graham has managed to publish 27 books in this series - making quality content was not high on her priority list. I didn't like the writing style, which is the first thing that put me off in this book, but let's look past that. Graham can't seem to decide if she wants to write a ghost story, a triller or a romance and can't really make a dissent combination of them all. The story is neither scary, nor suspenseful, nor romantic. It goes through the e Well, I get it now, how in eight years Heather Graham has managed to publish 27 books in this series - making quality content was not high on her priority list. I didn't like the writing style, which is the first thing that put me off in this book, but let's look past that. Graham can't seem to decide if she wants to write a ghost story, a triller or a romance and can't really make a dissent combination of them all. The story is neither scary, nor suspenseful, nor romantic. It goes through the expected check lists and the typical genre tropes but never makes an effort to expand on any one. The story itself was moving at a snail's pace and even if I could just go with it, which I really can't, had too many plot holes to make it and its conclusion somewhat believable. The final reveal feels like the book's last and very forced attempt to make something of itself, with an ending that has no foreshadowing at all. The characters were mostly one dimensional, on the verge of being just sketches or, in some cases, caricatures of actual people. Many of them had no real contribution to the story for me. Oh, they were probably meant to make searching for the killer harder when in reality just boosted the word count. But the book's worst crime for me was that it's just plain boring.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lesa

    If you follow my blog long enough, you'll discover I'm crazy about Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series. Every book involves ghosts, most of them helpful, a romance, mystery, and history of a beautiful city.The Summoning takes one of those special FBI agents who can see or talk to ghosts to Savannah, Georgia. Dallas Wicker knew he could communicate with ghosts from the time he was ten and a ghost in a Savannah cemetery helped him save a life and find the men who killed his mother. He also kne If you follow my blog long enough, you'll discover I'm crazy about Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series. Every book involves ghosts, most of them helpful, a romance, mystery, and history of a beautiful city.The Summoning takes one of those special FBI agents who can see or talk to ghosts to Savannah, Georgia. Dallas Wicker knew he could communicate with ghosts from the time he was ten and a ghost in a Savannah cemetery helped him save a life and find the men who killed his mother. He also knew he wanted to protect and serve people. He's back in Savannah now, sent to check out two disappearances that may be connected to "officially" haunted places. One of those is the McLane House. Kristi Stewart inherited the McLane House from her beloved great-uncle. She loves its history, and the story of its residents, Justin McLane who was hanged as a spy for the colonists during the Revolutionary War, and the tragic story of Monty McLane, a Confederate soldier said to have shot his wife and father when he returned home to find federal troops at the house. However, Kristi doesn't believe the Civil War story, and she doesn't believe in ghosts. At least she doesn't believe in ghosts until Justin and Monty appear and tell her they're worried, and want to protect her. When she runs from the house after seeing the ghosts, she runs right into Dallas Wicker's arms. Wicker's cover story for his investigation in Savannah is that he's a private investigator looking into the death of a young man who was a friend of Kristi's. But, once he realizes she sees ghosts and is an expert on local history, he's willing to discuss his true purpose. He's there to look into the unexplained disappearances of two people who were concerned about crime in the city. One minute they were walking away. Then they were gone. Kristi and Dallas begin to suspect the disappearances may be connected to the McLane House and another house formerly owned by a family friend, the Murphy House. The twenty-seventh Krewe of Hunters novel is as suspenseful and intriguing as the earlier ones in the series. It's always interesting to observe the reaction of a gifted individual who discovers they see ghosts. Kristi felt as if "Her world, her peaceful little world she had just been creating and coming to know and love, had been shattered." Dallas was shocked as a ten-year-old, but it's easier for a child to accept the gift. As I said, there's mystery, ghosts, and romance. There's also humor, as anyone who is familiar with The Princess Bride will recognize when Dallas, just starting to fall in love with Kristi, responds, "As you wish." There's also the history of Savannah for those of us who appreciate those elements. Graham's characters and story are always well-developed. The Summoning is another success for Heather Graham.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Caudill

    The plot of this book starts with a very typical manner for many of Graham's books: a beautiful young woman inherits a historic Southern mansion that happens to be haunted. Enter a young, handsome law enforcement agent to investigate. Kristi and Dallas, the principals here, must work together with the police and the FBI to link a series of murders and disappearances, before the next victim is found. Amid the beautiful historic scenery and locales, the living killers will be caught, the "ghostly" The plot of this book starts with a very typical manner for many of Graham's books: a beautiful young woman inherits a historic Southern mansion that happens to be haunted. Enter a young, handsome law enforcement agent to investigate. Kristi and Dallas, the principals here, must work together with the police and the FBI to link a series of murders and disappearances, before the next victim is found. Amid the beautiful historic scenery and locales, the living killers will be caught, the "ghostly" issues resolved so those willing can "move on," and a new couple has begun a very tender, passionate romance. What sets this story apart is the injection of humor throughout the book- a ghost from the Civil War era, who happens to be an ancestor of the heroine, keeps up with modern times by watching television, and is particularly fond of Twilight Zone reruns on Netflix: a career medium whose dramatic claims are disputed by the ghosts themselves, in comments to those who can actually see them. I thought this novel was very exciting and had a hard time putting it down, right up until the end, which I thought fell a little flat. The chase was exciting, but the resolution seemed almost like an afterthought, with very little action and too much summation to keep the momentum going. This is the main reason for my rating of three stars. Still, this story was interesting and a good addition to the Krewe of Hunters series, which I would recommend to anyone interested in paranormal romance and mystery stories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Fantastic. RTC

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    I love the "Krewe" series. And, Heather Graham always does a fantastic job with her historical research which adds so much flavor to each of the books. This book was no exception. Her descriptions of Savannah, the various locations used in the story line, the people and, of course, the history of the area really supported the story. Actually, I thought it became a character in the story itself. I found Kristi, the heroine, refreshing and her reactions to her newfound "abilities" comical and auth I love the "Krewe" series. And, Heather Graham always does a fantastic job with her historical research which adds so much flavor to each of the books. This book was no exception. Her descriptions of Savannah, the various locations used in the story line, the people and, of course, the history of the area really supported the story. Actually, I thought it became a character in the story itself. I found Kristi, the heroine, refreshing and her reactions to her newfound "abilities" comical and authentic. Dallas, our hero, was the perfect relatively new "Krewe" member. Kristi's spirit ancestors were very endearing. Always wonderful to visit with Angela and Jackson Crow again. Another fun "Krewe" read. ;)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cindi

    I was a fan of Heather Graham many years ago, back when the Krewe series first started and I enjoy her writing style, just took a break from her because I didn't care for the quick fix romance that is the romantic suspense genre. But recently I was offered an ARC of her new book, and having read it, I decided to go back to this series again. A lot of the reviews for her books complain that they are formulaic - well, yeah. I mean, what do you expect of the romantic suspense genre and 27 books and I was a fan of Heather Graham many years ago, back when the Krewe series first started and I enjoy her writing style, just took a break from her because I didn't care for the quick fix romance that is the romantic suspense genre. But recently I was offered an ARC of her new book, and having read it, I decided to go back to this series again. A lot of the reviews for her books complain that they are formulaic - well, yeah. I mean, what do you expect of the romantic suspense genre and 27 books and counting in a series? But does that make her a bad author or this a bad book? No, I don't think it does. SO MANY of the hyped up best sellers are just re-tellings of previously popular books - isn't that what a long series is as well? AS for this book, I enjoyed it. I can't promise I'll remember details a year from now, but it was an enjoyable way to pass the time and take a break. IT worked really well for me right now, even with the silly romance. (I'm just not a fan of romance themed books or movies.) So, if you are looking for a nice story, a little mystery or suspense and just want to relax with a book, I think this is a great series for that. I can't say I ever felt like "I can't put this down!!!" but that's ok.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Fred Rayworth

    The Summoning was another enjoyable supernatural read. While I was surprised at first to find that the author’s books were located in the romance section at the bookstore, I can also see why. There’s plenty of that icky girl stuff there. Fortunately for me, all I had to do was skim through those mushy parts and they had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. Since it’s been a while ago that I last read one of her stories, I initially suffered through a love scene or two before I realized they w The Summoning was another enjoyable supernatural read. While I was surprised at first to find that the author’s books were located in the romance section at the bookstore, I can also see why. There’s plenty of that icky girl stuff there. Fortunately for me, all I had to do was skim through those mushy parts and they had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. Since it’s been a while ago that I last read one of her stories, I initially suffered through a love scene or two before I realized they were for the girls and had no relevant info toward the plot. The writing was excellent with solid third-person limited and past-tense writing. There were a few slips with head-hopping, but overall, it wasn’t annoying. The only other issue I had was that there were a few places where pretty much nothing happened. The story just seemed to crawl with nothing significant going on for long stretches. Then a few little things would happen, then it would bog down again. In a way, it was okay for the creep factor, but at the same time, the story just seemed to plod along before getting to the point. All in all, I enjoyed it despite the flaws. Since the Krewe agent Dallas got together with the damsel, I guess he’s out of the picture now for future installments. Maybe not, but we’ll see. Not the best but not too bad.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dwayne Fry

    I've been looking for some paranormal books to read lately and I have seen a number of books by this author. I realize she writes romance and I don't always enjoy traditional romance, but thought I'd give this one a go. I got halfway in and gave up. The two main characters are not even characters. They're caricatures - nothing but a very basic idea of what the owner of a bed and breakfast would be like and what an FBI agent would be like, sans anything resembling a personality. And of course they I've been looking for some paranormal books to read lately and I have seen a number of books by this author. I realize she writes romance and I don't always enjoy traditional romance, but thought I'd give this one a go. I got halfway in and gave up. The two main characters are not even characters. They're caricatures - nothing but a very basic idea of what the owner of a bed and breakfast would be like and what an FBI agent would be like, sans anything resembling a personality. And of course they're both perfect at everything they do. And of course they're both perfect looking. And of course they have perfect bodies. And this should be enough to make their love affair exciting and appealing, right? Nah. Perfect people are boring and their love affair was about as exciting as eating a bread sandwich. There are some ghosts in the book. They mostly give history lessons and talk about things they've seen on TV. Yet, somehow the female lead runs screaming from them the first time she sees them. Why? The ghosts were nearly as boring as she. She's attracted to boring men and scared of boring ghosts. I could not relate to this character. There was something about a mystery in there, but it mostly consisted of characters wondering over and over, "How could someone die from falling off a curb?" and "Why would anyone want to kill a man who is already dying?" And then it stagnated. I will say this. Slavery is wrong. The way the United States treated Native Americans was often wrong. Various characters in the book will repeat these things and preach about them over and over and over... and over... and over... though, none of this has any real baring on the thin plot. There's also something about a handsome and charming TV star wanting to make a documentary in a bed and breakfast and a group of people gushing about how handsome and charming he is and so on and so on and so on... The whole thing felt like it was a short story idea that was stretched beyond its limits so it could be put out as a novel. If you are into tap water, skim milk, white bread and you even believe mayo is too spicy, this is probably the book for you.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    My thoughts Rating: 5 Would I recommend this ? yes Would I recommend the series? yes Would I read anything else by this author? yes Heather Graham is one of my all time favorite romance authors to read , as soon as I read my very first book of the Krewe Of Hunters I was hooked , in fact I'm slowly getting them to add to my collection of books and as soon as I saw this on Edelweiss+ I knew I had to try and see if I could request it to read, these books are my go to romance , they always seem to bring My thoughts Rating: 5 Would I recommend this ? yes Would I recommend the series? yes Would I read anything else by this author? yes Heather Graham is one of my all time favorite romance authors to read , as soon as I read my very first book of the Krewe Of Hunters I was hooked , in fact I'm slowly getting them to add to my collection of books and as soon as I saw this on Edelweiss+ I knew I had to try and see if I could request it to read, these books are my go to romance , they always seem to bring me out of my bad day and when ever I have a bad reading day these are the books I go to. Their so easy to get lost in and the way she brings her characters to life and the places is amazing. What else could you want in a romance : ghost, romance, and mystery . And characters that become your all new favorites ones, love how Kristi and Dallas meet and how well their story flows with the rest of the story , so much so that it doesn't take any thing away from it, with that said I want to thank Edelweiss for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kari Marie

    The Summoning by Heather Graham was an enjoyable quick read. Graham has a formula that works for her and this is another book. Special power agent comes in meets special civilian there is some bad guys and they come together to solve the mystery before one of them dies. I am not criticizing by any means. Sometimes you need to pick up a book by an author you like and get what you expect. That is this book. I read it and enjoyed it. I will say it took me a second to figure who the bad guy was but The Summoning by Heather Graham was an enjoyable quick read. Graham has a formula that works for her and this is another book. Special power agent comes in meets special civilian there is some bad guys and they come together to solve the mystery before one of them dies. I am not criticizing by any means. Sometimes you need to pick up a book by an author you like and get what you expect. That is this book. I read it and enjoyed it. I will say it took me a second to figure who the bad guy was but I got there. 3.5 stars rounded to 4 for being exactly what I needed and expected. Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the free copy. This is an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Baker

    I had mixed feeling about this book but overall decided that I liked it, thus 3 stars. I love how she incorporate a lot of history and setting in this book. I really felt like I was in Savvana and was immersed in the town. I thought the characters were developed alright, they were a little under-developed and one-dimensional, some were well developed though. Christy and Dallas's relationship wasn't really developed but I think that's okay, there was a lot more to the story. I love the ghost aspec I had mixed feeling about this book but overall decided that I liked it, thus 3 stars. I love how she incorporate a lot of history and setting in this book. I really felt like I was in Savvana and was immersed in the town. I thought the characters were developed alright, they were a little under-developed and one-dimensional, some were well developed though. Christy and Dallas's relationship wasn't really developed but I think that's okay, there was a lot more to the story. I love the ghost aspect and I think it is a cool way to bring in paranormal that isn't over done. I also liked the secret government knowings of these powers which was super cool and put an interesting spin on things. So yeah, cool historical family content, cool paranormal stuff and great characters for the most part.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    The Summoning by Heather Graham is the 27th book in the Krewe of Hunters series, and another great addition. I have read a few books in this series, but each book can be a stand alone. I enjoy this series about ghosts haunting, The Krewe travels to different places to investigate to either help or get rid of ghosts. I enjoy this book because you learn about new places and their history, along with spooky ghosts. I strongly recommend this book and series, for anyone who enjoys a good ghost story. The Summoning by Heather Graham is the 27th book in the Krewe of Hunters series, and another great addition. I have read a few books in this series, but each book can be a stand alone. I enjoy this series about ghosts haunting, The Krewe travels to different places to investigate to either help or get rid of ghosts. I enjoy this book because you learn about new places and their history, along with spooky ghosts. I strongly recommend this book and series, for anyone who enjoys a good ghost story. I reviewed a digital arc provided by NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    Kristi has inherited an old house in Savannah. The house is supposedly haunted. Strange things have been happening near the house, 2 people have disappeared and 2 others have died. Are they connected? This is a book in the Krewe Of Hunters series. It does a good job of capturing the atmosphere of Savannah. There is also a good cast of likable characters, some not of this world. Thank you to net galley for an advancedreaders copy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Samuelson (BookAddict30)

    First time reading a book by Heather and I really enjoyed it. The suspense and not knowing who done it til the end is what I love about about Thriller/Mystery books. If you enjoy a good Thriller/Mystery book than this book is for you!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    It was a good story. The writing was not so great. The author needs to seriously work on her development of relationships. It was completely and totally unbelievable. A tad on the Nancy Drew side of writing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I have read every Krewe of Hunters books. They never get old. Loved the location. Savannah is such a historical, haunted city. Great locale for this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    diana romano

    The Summoning Krewe of Hunters book 23 This is another winner. My favorite series and one of my favorite author s. She writes wonderful characters and great storylines in every book. I highly recommend all her books and different series to everyone who loves mysteries and great love stories and ghosts. Diana Romano

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Jones

    Loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Val

    Thank God it was shorter than the usual Krewe books, because I couldn't wait to see who the killer was and man I was off by a mile! The seances were just beyond eye rolling and Ms. Shelley was annoying. Loved 💕 the ending I really think it was the best part. Really enjoyed the history lesson weaved through out the story (why can't they teach it like that in school 😉) Thank God it was shorter than the usual Krewe books, because I couldn't wait to see who the killer was and man I was off by a mile! The seances were just beyond eye rolling and Ms. Shelley was annoying. Loved 💕 the ending I really think it was the best part. Really enjoyed the history lesson weaved through out the story (why can't they teach it like that in school 😉)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Can history kill? Maybe with the right if twisted motivation. I liked the Savannah setting and the characters.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aparna

    Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal elements, historical flair and the romantic side of the plot. The Summoning is the twenty seventh book in the longest series, Krewe of Hunters, by Heather Graham and published in May of 2019. The primary plot is centered around Kristi Stewart - owner of the McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast - and Dallas Wicker - one of the Krewe of Hunters, FBI, under Adam Harrison. The plot is set in Savannah, Georgia and forms the first Stars: 3 / 5 Recommendation: Yes, pick it up for a mystery involving paranormal elements, historical flair and the romantic side of the plot. The Summoning is the twenty seventh book in the longest series, Krewe of Hunters, by Heather Graham and published in May of 2019. The primary plot is centered around Kristi Stewart - owner of the McLane House Bed-and-Breakfast - and Dallas Wicker - one of the Krewe of Hunters, FBI, under Adam Harrison. The plot is set in Savannah, Georgia and forms the first book in her next trilogy in the series. Starting from her 9th book, The Night is Watching, Heather has been releasing the Krewe of Hunters books in the form of trilogies with characters crossing over in those trilogies, while adding new characters to the series. Her First trilogy is made of the ninth book The Night is Watching; the tenth book The Night is Alive; the 11th book The Night is Forever. Second trilogy is made of the 12th book The Cursed, 13th book the Hexed and 14th book The Betrayed. Third Trilogy has the 15th book The Silenced, 16th book The Forgotten and the 17th book The Hidden. Fourth Trilogy has the plots set on Celtic American Cruise-Line ships - 18th book Haunted Destiny on Destiny, 19th book Deadly Fate on Fate and 20th book Darkest Journey on Journey. Fifth Trilogy has the 21st book Dying Breath, 22nd book Dark Rites and 23rd book Wicked Deeds. Sixth trilogy has the 24th book Fade to Black, 25th book Pale as Death and 26th book Echoes of Evil. Krewe are a secret FBI unit with each member of the unit honing a particular psychic talent of their own, making them the paranormal investigating team. This unit was created to deal with murders having supernatural undertones and paranormal activities. Headed by paranormal investigator Adam Harrison, this elite unit is called on to solve cases linked to historical and paranormal mystery involving legendary crime and serial killings, war events and hauntings. The Krewe are divided into four distinct groups. The first group is led by Jackson Crow, who is also the Supervising Field Director of the Krewe, and called as the original Krewe of Hunters; the second group is led by Texas Ranger Logan Raintree and called as the Texas Krewe; the third group is Yankee Krewe, based in NYC, overseen by Jackson Crow. A possibility of a fourth group in Miami, FL is touched upon in the 17th book The Hidden. Kristi Stewart inherits a haunted bed-and-breakfast, McLane House. However, she also inherits ghosts that send her straight into the arms of Dallas Wicker, a Krewe of Hunters agent who has come to the House to investigate odd incidents. And the attraction is instant and sizzling. While they work together to find cause behind the odd incidents, they wade through the attraction. But someone or something is also attracted by Kristi and wants her dead. Heather introduces the hero and heroine literally smacking into each other, putting Kristi in Dallas's arms. I remember she used a similar introduction to the lead characters in another book of hers in this series. She made Maureen "Mo" Deauville and Aiden Mahoney in a similar situation in the 14th book The Betrayed (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...). Heather rarely repeats her scenes., so it came as a surprise to me. I see a pattern to Heather Graham's stories in the Harrison Investigations and Krewe of Hunters series, apart from the presence of ghosts and spirits. Usually the stories revolve around historical inferences, somehow connecting the past to the present either by way of characters or incidents and they involve hidden tunnels be it in cemetery or old houses or mortuaries or secret passages or vaults. Always has one new pair of Krewe of Hunters or Harrison Investigations investigators. Heather Graham again has the list of cast and characters of her plot in the beginning of the book, which she has been doing from past few books. The characters are as usual fun and loving even though there is terror on every corner of the page. I marvel at how Heather brings the history and paranormal elements together with a seamless string that makes it a phenomenal plot. She gives the readers a view into the past through artifacts, tours, researches and just plain history. This time she adds another element - seances and haunted inns. Again it was hard to guess who the actual criminals were. But the motive I had guessed around Chapter 5. Even then connecting the dots from the motive to the criminals it was a maze that I got lost eventually until Heather revealed it for the readers. Perfectly penned except for one part that she doesn’t explain away why one character was killed, motive was shown, but not very clear. As always other members of the Krewe and the local law enforcement aid in the case. This time Dallas and Kristi are aided by - supervising field director Jackson Crow, his wife Angela Hawkins also a Krewe agent, Joseph "Joe" Dunhill the detective with the Savannah police and Victoria "Vicki" Preston whom we had met in the 21st book Dying Breath (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...). Apparently Vicki has graduated from the Academy now and full-time Krewe member although she was a historian when we met her first. Her husband Griffin Pryce and his work definitely rubbed off on her. Readers are provided with pages at the end where it gives reader an opportunity to either join a book club and win books, or buy a book and get a few free. Again there are fewer grammatical or character or location errors in this book. However, a thorough editing is definitely needed. I am surprised that Heather's editing or proof reading group missed those details. A very good mingle of murder and mystery; past and present; old wars and new demons; and above all romance and love. Although for most part a successful thriller in the series of books under Krewe of Hunters by Heather Graham that is an easy ready and still enjoyable. Spoiler Alerts: 1. Plot Reveals: a. Places, TV Shows and Books that Heather mentions in the plot: i. Heather mentions that Mercer House in Savannah was made famous by the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midnigh...) published in 1994 and later in the movie of the same name released in 1997. And the Mercer House does indeed exist. Check it out here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_... ii. Jonah Whitney loves watching reruns of I Love Lucy. Why not, even we love them. Lucille Ball is one of the most accomplished comedian ever. iii. The resident ghosts - Lieutenant Justin McLane and Captain Monty McLane - are fascinated by modern inventions, particularly the Television. And they like some of the shows that are my favorite too, like The Twilight Zone, Star Wars movies. iv. Another famous inn and restaurant that the characters in the plot frequent is the 17hundred90 Inn & Restaurant. And it does exist too. Check it here: http://1790restaurant.com/ v. Apparently her character Carl Brentwood loves watching the reruns of the series Haunted History (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haunted...) that had aired in 1998. b. The Detective Joseph "Joe" Dunhill looks like to have some kind of paranormal ability, but Heather doesn’t explore further in here. Perhaps for a future one. 2. Sub Plots: a. Some of the characters we see along that have paranormal abilities, making the reader wonder if they would come back in future: i. Dr. Phil Kinney from the 16th book The Forgotten. ii. Photographer, Chance Morgan, from the 20th book, Darkest Journey. iii. Bridget Davante, Marnie's cousin and a writer for many a hit TV shows, from the 24th book, Fade to Black. iv. Colleen Bellamy, Kody's assistant at the museum, from the 26th book Echoes of Evil. b. Dakota "Kody" McCoy from the 26th book Echoes of Evil, is she related to Jude McCoy whom we had met in 18th book Haunted Destiny? c. We also meet Detective Liam Beckett (whom we had already met in the 12th book The Cursed), his wife Kelsey Beckett, his brother David Beckett and his wife Katie O'Hara, along with a brief history from their past in Echoes of Evil. That piqued my interest and I learned that these characters are part of Bone Island Series, another series by Heather Graham. Now my mind is leaving towards that series as well. Have to see when I will pick it up and if the Krewe of Hunters characters cross-over there too. 3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors: a. On Pg. 35, Heather has Adam Harrison mention that Dallas Wicker will go in as a Private Investigator rather than as a member of Krewe and that the local detective, Joseph Dunhill will also know him only as a PI. But in the subsequent conversations on Pg.65, it looked like Joseph knows him as someone working for the Krewe for Adam Harrison. b. On Pg. 63, Line 8 from bottom, shouldn’t it be "…talking about the…"? c. On Pg. 115, Line 16, shouldn’t it be "…had gotten to…" or "…had gone to…"? d. On Pg. 131, Line 5 from bottom, shouldn’t it be "…maybe wanting someone…"? e. On Pg. 151, Heather suddenly pops up the details about Simon Drake and Eliza Malone, the missing people part of Dallas's investigation, during a conversation between Kristi and Dallas. However, until that moment Dallas never talks to Kristi about those two characters part of his investigation of Ian Murphy and Lachlan Plan, of which Kristi was aware of it as well. A mis-entry by the author? Or was a scene deleted during the proof reading and thus the disconnect? f. Heather Graham again has a confusion with regards to position for Jackson Crow. On Pg. 30 she has him as "supervising field director" for the Krewe and On Pg. 296, she gives him the "acting field director" title. Which one is he? I thought a few books ago she had clarified it clearly but again the confusion reigns. g. On Pg. 259, Line 3 from bottom, shouldn’t it be "..That's wonderful…" h. On Pg. 309, Line 7, Janet Knox's last name is mis-quoted as "Murray". i. On Pg. 342, Line 5, shouldn’t it be "…now that Trinity…"

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen Pawelko

    For me this book wasn't one of her best. I've read pretty many of the Krewe of Hunters books and found this to just be an ok read for me. This won't keep me from reading any more of these books, I look forward to the next one I choose. For me this book wasn't one of her best. I've read pretty many of the Krewe of Hunters books and found this to just be an ok read for me. This won't keep me from reading any more of these books, I look forward to the next one I choose.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Where to start? This appealed to me because of the mix of history, ghost story and whodunit. The characters were interesting and good background was covered to understand their relationships. However some aspects, granted fantasy-oriented, were not plausible. Again I tend to look for logic which is not always the best approach to enjoying a story. Not sure I'll read this author again. Where to start? This appealed to me because of the mix of history, ghost story and whodunit. The characters were interesting and good background was covered to understand their relationships. However some aspects, granted fantasy-oriented, were not plausible. Again I tend to look for logic which is not always the best approach to enjoying a story. Not sure I'll read this author again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan Williams

    It was OK. Not as good as past Krewe Hunters but OK. But hey...it is Savannah and ghosts and fun characters and a summer read ... what's not to like? It was OK. Not as good as past Krewe Hunters but OK. But hey...it is Savannah and ghosts and fun characters and a summer read ... what's not to like?

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Easy read but just fizzled at the end. Could have found a much more compelling motive. The ending scene was far fetched - why would they have done it that way? And and Dallas and Kristi are in love and “forever” after this little story? And the editing mistakes....

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