Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal/Ghosts
“When paranormal investigators Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud are on a case, they are all in, and don’t rest until the haunting is resolved. Now they’ve been invited to a Murder Mystery Weekend of role-play, sleuthing and fun. Lacey thinks they’ll have an advantage because they’re such practiced investigators, and the tangled trail of clues, motives and red herrings creates a fierce competition to find whodunit. Lacey fully intends to solve the mystery and win the prize, but the weekend turns out to be surprisingly different on very many levels.”
“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.”
Christine, Sam’s ex-wife, asks Sam and Lacey to join her and her husband, Ed LaRosa, for a murder mystery role-playing weekend. This was a lot of fun, and Ms. Bowersock did a wonderful job getting all of the details right. Everyone was given a character to portray, and a history profile they were to keep secret from the other players. They were also given play money with which to bribe secrets from the other players. It was also suggested to rent period costumes for their personas. And they are reminded to try not to get their feelings hurt if they are snubbed by another player, it is all an act. So, they should try to have fun with it.
Lacey is a little slow taking on her character, her investigator self is hard to let go of. However, she is sure her professional life will give her an advantage in this game she fully intends on winning. Sam has no problem taking on his character fully, and he won’t share a whit with her, much to Lacey’s chagrin.
Mystery Walk is a fun relaxing read. The details were entertaining and captivating. The detective added an intriguing element with his tidbits of information from his investigation for the players to chew on. I enjoyed watching the players interact, and the murderer was a complete surprise. I did not see that coming. I would suck at a role-playing murder mystery game.
Mystery Walk is book sixteen 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: 25-30,000 words