Guys, I can't stay away from these! They are terribly addicting and entertaining while I'm reading them, even if afterwards I just don't love them. Happily, this one is much better than the last couple and I'm off the fence on if I want to continue with the series, (I do, if that wasn't clear.)
Here's the summary, from Amazon:
Can the same killer strike again—a hundred and fifty years later?
Estes Park, Colorado, is a place of serenity. But it wasn't always so serene. Shortly after the Civil War, Nathan Kendall and his wife were murdered there, leaving behind a young son. The crime was never solved.
Now…historian Scarlet Barlow is working at a small museum attached to a B and B, the same building where that murder occurred. She recently came to Colorado, reeling after her divorce from FBI agent Diego McCullough. Diego—who's just been asked to join the Krewe of Hunters, a unit dealing with "unusual" situations…
When Scarlet unwittingly takes pictures of people who've been murdered—just like the Kendalls a hundred and fifty years before—the police look at her with suspicion. Then the museum's statues of historic people, including Nathan Kendall, begin to talk to her, and she knows it's time to call her ex-husband. Diego heads to Estes Park, determined to solve the bizarre case that threatens Scarlet's life—and to reunite with the woman he never stopped loving.
There were just so many enjoyable things about this one! First, the Estes Park, Colorado setting was terrific. I've only been to Colorado a handful of times, and then only in and near Denver. I'd really love to visit big mountains and this one made them sound beautiful. I would absolutely LOVE to stay at this B & B, minus the murders, of course.
I haven't read many reunion after a divorce books and this one made me want to rectify that. Scarlet blames herself completely for the failure of her marriage. Sure, at the time she thought it was Diego's fault-- and his job's, but now with hindsight, she realizes that she definitely could have stepped up more and avoided a lot of heartbreak. Diego is incredibly nervous about getting his heartbroken again, but when Scarlet needs him he does not hesitate to go to her. I had a hard time in the last book because I often forgot if Brett were the hero or if Diego was, but Diego completely redeems himself in this one. He's incredibly protective of Scarlet, who is in real danger, while also not treating her as a helpless female. He's also clearly completely and totally still in love with her. I adored the romance here, and loved seeing them make their way back together.
The history of the area and the background of the murder didn't overwhelm the plot, as I felt it did in The Silenced, although I did (kinda) figure out the guilty party way before the FBI did. The Krewe of Hunters series is quickly becoming a series I can count on to break me out of a slump and it's predictable flow is comforting to me when I can't settle on anything else to read. This one really makes me want to go back and read the ones that I missed in the middle. If I had any complaint it would be that the titles are completely forgettable and interchangeable, but I feel that way about most series so you can't really hold it against this one. Is it 5 star book? No, but it's above average, highly readable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.