Heather Graham: Blood Night
(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…
Any member of the Krewe of Hunters is accustomed to the strange. And to conversing now and then with the dead.
For Andre Rousseau and Cheyenne Donegal, an encounter with the deceased in a cemetery is certainly nothing new.
But this year, Halloween is taking them across the pond—unofficially.
Their experiences in life haven’t prepared them for what’s to come.
Cheyenne’s distant cousin and dear friend Emily Donegal has called from London. Murder has come to her neighborhood, with bodies just outside Highgate Cemetery, drained of blood.
The last victim was found at Emily’s doorstep, and evidence seems to be arising not just against her fiancé, Eric, but against Emily, too. But Emily isn’t just afraid of the law—many in the great city are beginning to believe that the historic Vampire of Highgate is making himself known, aided and abetted by adherents. Some are even angry and frightened enough to believe they should take matters into their own hands.
Andre and Cheyenne know they’re in for serious trouble when they arrive, and they soon come to realize that the trouble might be deadly not just for Emily and Eric, but for themselves as well.
There’s help to be found in the beautiful and historic old cemetery.
And as All Hallows Eve looms, they’ll be in a race against time, seeking the truth before the infamous vampire has a chance to strike again.
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I love London!
Of course, I love my home state and all our fifty states, but it’s also great to travel across the “pond,” as they say.
My mom was born in Dublin and my dad was a Scot, and, naturally, I grew up with a lot of tales about their native lands—and England, Wales, and Cornwall, too.
I couldn’t wait to see all these wonderful places! Towers begun over a thousand years ago, history that stretches forever!
Then I should backtrack, of course. I truly love getting into the research for every Krewe novel. Thanks to one of my organizations—The International Thriller Writers group—I’ve been able to spend days set up by our organizers learning about the NYC offices of the FBI and beyond. To meet the real people and hear about their work is amazing.
Then, I love history. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to make use of history in a contemporary setting, but, with the Krewe, my love (and admiration!) for people, history, and places can combine. Because, while there are real mysteries, killers, and evil, those who lived in the past might have hung around a bit to give a helping hand.
And so we’re stepping out of the center of London and heading for Highgate and Highgate Cemetery with Blood Night. Because once upon a time—in the not-too-distant past—there were rumors that a vampire lurked the grounds. Now the Krewe, of course, are federal agents—and they can’t operate on foreign soil. But they also can’t turn down family and friends when a helping hand is needed.
Cheyenne and Andre Rousseau (from “The Seekers”) receive a call from Cheyenne’s cousin—murder is happening in Highgate, and they just might fall under suspicion themselves.
Naturally, they’re on their way.
I’ve had a chance to visit Highgate. I love the differences between a graveyard (buried at the church) and a cemetery (a special land set aside). There’s nothing like visiting some of the incredible tombs at Westminster, and there’s nothing like Highgate.
The history and art are rich, though like so many similar places, there were years when it fell into ruin. Now, of course, it is tended and cared for—and still beautifully wild and filled with stories of people and times gone by.
I had a great deal of fun taking Cheyenne and Andre out of the States—and across the pond.
I certainly hope that you enjoy their travel!
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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