Genre: Cozy Mystery/Ghosts/Native American Spirituality
“Jerome, Arizona, is known as the most haunted town in the state. In its history as an old west mining town, it endured explosions, cave-ins, fires, and the usual consequences of rampant prostitution, gambling and gunfights. It experienced enough mayhem to generate countless ghosts, which is exactly why medium Sam Firecloud does not want to go there. When he and partner Lacey Fitzpatrick get a call to eradicate a ghost from an old bordello, there’s more at stake than simply freeing a tortured soul. Sam’s own soul could also be in danger.”
“Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic, award-winning author who writes in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres: biography, contemporary, western, action, romance, fantasy, paranormal and spiritual. She has been both traditionally and independently published and is a regular contributor to the superblog Indies Unlimited. She has a tattoo on the inside of her left wrist that says IMAGINE. In her next life, she plans to be an astronaut. She lives in a small community in northern Arizona with her husband and an Airedale terrier. She also writes under the pen name Amber Flame.”
I know I have said this before, but I believe this might be my newest favorite story in A LACEY FITZPATRICK and SAM FIRECLOUD MYSYTERY SERIES. Not only do we get to experience some of Jerome’s history and learn a bit about the bordellos, we also get to meet some of its residents, past and present. You can tell Ms. Bowersock had fun with some of the names. There are some humorous scenes in the first half of the story as Sam and Lacey gather information. However. Sam’s walks seem to take an extreme amount of stress on him.
What sets this story apart and above the previous additions to this series is the serious note that Sam and Lacey’s trip takes when they stop at the Navajo reservation on their way home. It’s this type of inclusion of Sam’s and Lacey’s personal life that makes this series so great. The ghost stories are interesting, sometimes horrific, and sometimes heartwarming. But it’s Sam Firecloud, his kids, and Lacey Fitzpatrick who carry the series. I would love to live next-door to them.
If you haven’t started reading this series you are missing out. I highly recommend it for cozy mystery readers who may enjoy a little otherworldliness in their stories as well.
Bordello Walk is book seventeen in Melissa Bowersock’s, A LACEY FITZPATRICK and SAM FIRECLOUD MYSTERY SERIES.
Review is based on a pre-release beta copy and I cannot comment on the completed product.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 35-40,000 words