Haunted Be The Holidays
(A Krewe of Hunters Novella)
by Heather Graham
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham comes a new story in her Krewe of Hunters series…
When you’re looking for the victim of a mysterious murder in a theater, there is nothing like calling on a dead diva for help! Krewe members must find the victim if they’re to discover the identity of a murderer at large, one more than willing to kill the performers when he doesn’t like the show.
It’s Halloween at the Global Tower Theatre, a fantastic and historic theater owned by Adam Harrison and run by spouses of Krewe members. During a special performance, a strange actor makes an appearance in the middle of the show, warning of dire events if his murder is not solved before another holiday rolls around.
Dakota McCoy and Brodie McFadden dive into the mystery. Both have a
special talent for dealing with ghosts, but this one is proving elusive. With the help of Brodie’s diva mother and his ever-patient father – who were killed together when a stage chandelier fell upon them – Dakota and Brodie set out to solve the case.
If they can’t solve the murder quickly, there will be no Thanksgiving for the Krewe . . .
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An Exclusive Interview With Heather Graham:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
I adored this story and Dakota and Brodie. How did you decide to feature them in this novella?
They’re characters from Echoes of Evil, this summer’s last Krewe of Hunters novel. It was a great deal of fun just to keep going with them, especially since Brodie is still at “consultant” status and Kody is just getting her feet wet, having picked up to move, coming from history and research–and finding herself in taking on the staging of a children’s show. But, she loves the theater, since it plunges her back into historical research.
I love your layers of paranormal and supernatural in your stories. Where do you find your inspiration?
Many facilities have done research on the number of people who believe in the paranormal in one way or the other and it’s a surprisingly large percentage. I’m open; I do think there is more, though, I don’t know what! The fun thing about working on these books is that I’ve had opportunities to go on many “investigations” and see or stay in all manner of “haunted” locations. Some places have a feel that can’t be denied–battlefields at Gettysburg, certain churches and other houses of worship, old asylums, and more. I think two places where you might “feel” history are definitely Gettysburg and Westminster Abbey in London. Whether it’s because we know what happened and we automatically honor many of the dead, of if there is something that remains, I don’t know.
If you could dream cast Dakota and Brodie, who would you choose?
My daughter, Chynna, is a working actress in L.A. I would naturally start with her! As to Brodie . . . wow. Hm. I’d love for someone to tell me!
How do you choose your character names?
This one is tough–I try not to reuse names, but, of course, I’ve been at this quite a while. I’m always on the lookout for a name that I haven’t heard and I think, wow, great name!
What is one city you have written in that you would love readers to go visit?
I can’t narrow it down to one! Too many I love dearly–and others I’d love once I had the chance to visit myself! I’m extremely fond of Key West and St. Augustine in my home state, love New Orleans (where we still do a benefit conference every year!) and Nashville, Savannah, Charleston, Washington, D.C., almost anywhere, Virginia, Salem, Mass, Boston, Mass, and NYC! I know there are more. Oh, of course, Edinburgh and Dublin, places I first visited going “home” with my folks.
Can you give us a hint as to what you’re working on now?
Next years Krewe of Hunter summer novels are in. I’m on a Christmas novella right now . . . a Christmas only the Krewe could have!
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham has always been an avid reader, from classics to sci-fi, mystery, horror, thriller, romance, and all kinds of non-fiction. She’s fairly certain that her mom’s deliciously crazy family–arriving in the US a bit before her birth from Ireland–gave her the love of storytelling. She started out in theater and commercials, but once her children began to arrive, she stayed home and gave writing a try. She’s incredibly grateful to be doing what she’s doing for a living. Heather belongs to MWA, RWA, Sisters in Crime, HWA, and ITW, and has the recipient of the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, a Silver Bullet for charitable works, and this year, she will receive the Thriller Master title from ITW. She has over 200 novels in print, and has been published in 22 languages.
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