Harlequin MIRA, Sep 30 2014, $7.99
Hearing the accepting voice of Richard Highsmith, FBI Krewe of Hunters New York branch Agent Aidan Mahoney abruptly awakens to find no one in his room; but knowing his Westchester County friend is dead. Soon afterward, Krewe boss Jackson Crow assigns Aidan to help locals search for the missing Highsmith in nearby Tarrytown.
The police use Maureen Deauville and her companion Rollo the wolfhound to assist them because they have a special knack of locating missing people; usually after they died. In Sleepy Hollow, Mo and Rollo discover Richard’s severed head on the top of a wooden headless horseman in front of the Headless Horseman Hideaway Restaurant and Bar. Richard arrives to join the inquiry that has become a homicide investigation. As other gruesome murders occur; Richard, Mo and Rollo team up with the adults reluctantly falling in love.
The latest Krewe of Hunters urban fantasy police procedural (see The Cursed and The Hexed) is an entertaining suspense due more to a diabolical serial killer than the lead trio especially since the romance seems somewhat late and abrupt. The thrilling hunt for a deadly psychopath in Washington Irving’s Westchester makes this overall a good Krewe novel.