Reviewed for Great Minds Think Aloud
The Unholy by Heather Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another fascinating paranormal from this prolific and multitalented author, “The Unholy” is set in Los Angeles and Hollywood, focusing on a special effects firm which has a particular forte for “film noir,” the classics of the 1930’s through 1950’s, when movies such as “The Maltese Falcon” drew viewers in by the hordes. As well as showcasing these classics of the genre, the company also works on newer films in the same venue, and operates a museum showcasing classic film noir favorites.
But now, during filming of a new film entitled “The Unholy,” intended to be a reprise of the early film “Sam Stone and the Curious Case of the Egyptian Museum,” something in the museum has turned deadly: the “mummy” of the murderous Egyptian priest Amun Mopat. So either someone is disguising himself as the priest-or something seriously paranormal is occurring. It hasn’t escaped notice, either, that the original film had been marked by untimely and inexplicable death. Since one of the special effects firm’s employees not only views the dead, but many of them speak to her, she can function as a medium to reach the “Other Side.” The FBI agent and erstwhile effects wizard specializes in odd investigations too, and these two may be exactly what is needed to delve to the source of this case.
A Heather Graham paranormal is always a delight: smoothly written, with superb suspension of disbelief. Author Graham never has to convince us that the paranormal is real, we take it for granted. That’s how talented is she!
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