Saturday, August 30, 2014

Haunted by Kay Hooper


Haunted by Kay Hooper
Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #15
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Berkley Hardcover

How do you make peace with the dead if the dead aren’t ready to forgive? In New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper’s new novel, the answer lies in the twisting shadows of a small town, and its secrets yet unearthed...

When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare—and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances. And Melanie is the prime suspect.

Trinity Nichols left a high-stress job for quiet, small-town life. But news of the murders has left her—and the town—on edge, especially when there is nothing remotely ordinary about how the men died. And her investigation is yielding more than she bargained for, including a group of strangers who have descended on Sociable, some with abilities Trinity finds hard to believe, and agendas she refuses to trust. For some reason, they know a lot more than they should about what’s happening in town. And what’s happening is growing stranger by the minute.

Now Trinity, Deacon, and this odd band of FBI agents must work together to solve a series of disturbances so incredible that Trinity, and the town of Sociable, will be changed forever. She just isn’t certain who—or what—will be left standing when it’s all over.

My thoughts about Haunted ~~ 

Okay, I have been reading for a long, long time. And I basically read all kinds of books. And I have worked in libraries for, well let's just say, a lot of years. How have I never read a book by Kay Hooper? How have I never read any of the other 14 books in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series? This is book #15, folks! How could I have missed this great series? I have a lot of catching up to do. But I am looking forward to it!

I was hooked from the prologue, where we are dropped into the mind of a horrible person. A man who sees blood on his face and knows he has done something bad, really bad, but doesn't remember what he did. And then we are in a nice little town, a town called Sociable (doesn't that just sound friendly?) with nice people, where hardly anything happens, and the local officers don't see much crime. Well, that is all about to change.

Even though this was book #15, I truly enjoyed the story and I didn't feel like I was missing something. The author does a great job of making this story flow and be understandable. If nothing else, the references to the other books just made me want to go back and start with book #1 and read them all so that I can enjoy the fullness of the series.

About the author

Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there. 

The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction company, and her mother worked for many years in personnel management before becoming Kay's personal assistant, a position she held until her untimely death in March 2002. Kay's sister Linda works as her Business Manager, Events Coordinator, and is playing a major role in the creation and operation of The Kay Hooper Foundation.

Kay graduated from East Rutherford High School and attended Isothermal Community College — where she quickly discovered that business classes did not in any way enthrall her. Switching to more involving courses such as history and literature, she also began to concentrate on writing, which had been a longtime interest. Very quickly hooked, she asked for a Christmas typewriter and began seriously working on her first novel. That book, a Regency romance titled Lady Thief, sold to Dell Publishing in 1980. She has since published more than 60 novels and four novellas. 

Kay is single and lives in a very small town in North Carolina, not far from her father and siblings. Deigning to live with her are a flock of cats — Bonnie, Ginger, Oscar, Tuffy, Felix, Renny, and Isabel — of various personalities who all like sleeping on manuscripts and whatever research happens to be spread across Kay's desk. And living amongst the many felines are two cheerfully tolerant dogs, a shelter rescue, Bandit, who looks rather like a small sheepdog, and a Sheltie named Lizzie.

Kay Robbins is a pseudonym used by her.

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1 comment:

  1. I love ghost stories and an author that can make book fifteen stand alone, definitely grabs my attention. Thanks for the heads up on this one!


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