Haunted Destiny

Haunted Destiny

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A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line's Destiny sets sail from the Port of New Orleans--with a killer on board. He's known as the Archangel because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And the way he places a different saint's medallion on each one. No one knows exactly who he is or why he's doing this."--Book jacket.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780778319634
0778319636
Branch Call Number: FIC GRAHAM, HEATHER
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 25 cm

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jenniferrabbit
Nov 19, 2016

Not very good. “Destiny” is a luxury liner which has been in various ports at the time serial murders have been committed there. The main characters are a couple of FBI men, the ship's entertainment staff and a handful of friendly ghosts, including the slain boyfriend of one of the victims.

Relentless repetition is the big drag of this story: of the various characters thinking about their bafflement and fears; of the growing romance of an FBI agent and the young woman who plays and sings in the piano bar; of that character's playlists every time she sits at the piano; of the loss of security crew members (in Star Trek I think they are called Redshirts) as the passengers are warned to stay in their cabins; of the two female leads who keep on opening their cabin doors when told of the danger.

I like ghosts, don't get me wrong, but the ones in this story seemed to be inserted at the last minute like little plastic action figures. They had a lot of unrealized potential - in a different novel with suitable backstories they would have been my favorite characters. I expect they were there to prepare us for the sappy ending.

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digitbaxter
Jul 25, 2016

This book is really boring. I thought "Hidden" was bad, but this is worse. Nothing happens until half way through the book. I got really sick of hearing about the songs Alexi was playing in the piono bar. There isn't any of the chemistry between Alexi and Jude that existed with previous characters in previous books. The identity of the killer was so easy to figure out. If the ghost of Byronn saw the cruise ticket, it could not have been a member of the crew - had to be a passenger. I sure hope Clara's story in "Deadly Fate" is better.

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barryandlinda
May 30, 2016

I am a big fan of Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series. This story has the team trying to stop a murderer who is targeting women and leaving them posed and with their throats slashed. They also are wearing a medal pertaining to their line of work. The ghosts are a help to the team. If you like this series, then this book is a must read.

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kaijene
Apr 22, 2017

No, you're a whore, like the rest of them. No real respect for the men doing everything they can to please and support a woman!

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