“Sweltering under the summer heat of LA in July, Lacey Fitzpatrick begins planning an Alaskan cruise getaway for herself and her partner Sam, but her efforts are being constantly interrupted by annoying phone calls. Whoever it is, the person calls, says nothing, and hangs up. Then Sam starts getting the same kind of calls. The first possibility the duo considers is that some criminal they helped incarcerate is purposely irritating them or taking out a petty revenge, but after doing a bit of research, Lacey discovers that the caller—and the reason for the calls—is far more disturbing and complex. Now the question is, can the paranormal investigators really do anything to help?”
“Melissa Bowersock is an eclectic, award-winning author who writes in a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres: paranormal, biography, western, action, romance, fantasy, spiritual, and satire.”
Although I’ve only read three of the now 35 books in this series I’ve found them entertaining and fun reads. They all have a bit of a pattern with specific qualities that make for a good story. One of those qualities that some might like and others not is that they are on the short side, around 30,000 words. This makes for a fast read and a story that moves along, never dragging. The mix of things I’ll call “not real” (the paranormal aspects of the story) and the real, specifically figuring out the mystery involved in each story, along with the well-drawn characters, always draws me in. I never have an issue suspending disbelief about the paranormal aspects as I’m reading, even though I don’t believe real life ghosts actually exist.
This particular installment in the series fits the pattern with some unique aspects. One is Cassie, the person Lacey and Sam are trying to help, is an easy-to-like kid who it turns out has a couple different ghosts that need to be handled although in different ways. Figuring this out as well as figuring out a few other things that ultimately turn out to be clues to the main mystery keeps Sam, Lacey, and the reader guessing to the very end. Ms Bowersock has delivered another good one.
Although this is book 35 in the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud mystery series each story stands alone.
No significant issues.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words