Eager to start their life together, historian Vickie Preston and Special Agent Griffin Pryce take a detour en route to their new home in Virginia and stop for a visit in Baltimore. But their romantic weekend is interrupted when a popular author is found dead in the basement of an Edgar Allan Poe-themed restaurant. Because of the mysterious circumstances surrounding the corpse, the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters paranormal team is invited to investigate. As more bizarre deaths occur, Vickie and Griffin are drawn into a case that has disturbing echoes of Poe’s great works, bringing the horrors of his fiction to life.
The restaurant is headquarters to scholars and fans, and any of them could be a merciless killer. Except there’s also something reaching out from beyond the grave. The late, great Edgar Allan Poe himself is appearing to Vickie in dreams and visions with cryptic information about the murders. Unless they can uncover whose twisted mind is orchestrating the dramatic re-creations, Vickie and Griffin’s future as a couple might never begin…
Worldbuilding: Baltimore setting. Imagine my excitement at having freaking Poe and The Raven involved (one of my fav poems)!
Characters: Vickie and Griffin are settling into life as a couple, but of course duty calls just when things get really hot and fun. I enjoyed how well they worked as a team. Vickie became more confident in her investigative skills as Griffin demonstrated absolute faith in her skills. I love how supportive and well-balanced they are as a couple, supporting and encouraging each other. One of the main things I love is loyalty, and they have it in spades.
Plot: This adventure starts with Franklin Verne’s death. The next murder is just as intriguing, and the full mystery is very engaging and provocative for a solver. The theory on Poe’s death and the parallel to these murders was very exciting and kept me on my toes. Loved that ending too, hehe!
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. What I don’t get and have to mention already is the bones for exclamation point – zounds of them. It got tiring. In my mind, every line with it is shouted and thereby annoying. That was part of what ruined a bit of the reading experience for the previous novel in the series too, tbh. So many! Too many! Jesus! It’s one of those things that becomes a pet peeve due to repetition, sigh. It took effort to ignore them and the scream effect they have in my mind, and that effort often pulled me out of the story.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – good candidate for impulsive buy for my paranormal procedural cravings.
I recommend Wicked Deeds to fans of ghosts, of course, famous deaths theories, and supernatural procedurals with twisty and elaborate plots for the win!