Curse Of Salem – Kay Hooper

It’s been a minute since I’ve read a book by Kay Hooper – I first discovered her in 2000 or so – but she never disappoints! If you love a good mystery with a bit of paranormal tossed in, this is the book – and the series – for you! 

Noah Bishop is the leader of an elite group of FBI investigators that call themselves the Special Crimes Unit, or SCU for short – but what makes these investigators special?? Each possesses some form of paranormal talent, and each agent is showcased as the novels progress, with new faces joining the team regularly.  This is the 20th book in the series – and if you lover a new series, this is as good a place to start as any! Curse of Salem is the second of what appears to be a trilogy within the Bishop series (there are several) – I have not read the first, but I will be soon!

Special Agent Hollis Templeton awakens abruptly to find herself in the gray time – a one dimensional place where spirits reportedly roam. As Hollis is a medium – able to communicate with spirits – she can be drawn into the gray space, but usually only at the bidding of another agent, Diana, who has had similar abilities for most of her life. She soon finds Diana in the space, and they both learn that they’ve been drawn to the space by Daniel – a young child who warns them that a new menace has taken up residence in Salem and shows them images of the carnage to come if they don’t stop a very real killer. 

A meeting with Bishop at Quantico the next day, followed by a phone call from the sheriff of Salem ensures the team’s timely return to the area, as certain Salem residents are also sensing the unrest to come. Salem is a small town that was founded by several families all with psychic talent who accept Bishop’s agents for their abilities. It is also home to a unique murder of crows. Soon after the arrival of Hollis and her team, the first person goes missing…  Soon, Hollis receives a visit from the spirit of a young woman, who explains that she was actually the killer’s first victim from last summer– and now he’s taken another…she also tells Hollis that the crows can help… As the team throws themselves into the investigation, they quickly learn that their nemesis has his own psychic abilities…can Bishop’s unit prevail? 

I had forgotten how good these books are! This is yet another novel that will grab you from the very first page and keep you turning pages well into the night. Far-fetched, perhaps but awesome nonetheless!! For sheer reading pleasure, with great plots, intrigue & memorable characters, you just can’t beat this series – 20 books strong with no end in sight!