Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal
“Los Angeles has been besieged with relentless rain for weeks. There has been massive flooding, swift-water rescues, and an entire warehouse has collapsed from the weight of catastrophic rainfall, resulting in the death of six people. When medium Sam Firecloud is asked to connect with the only ‘witnesses’—the victims—he finds more questions than answers. He and his partner, Lacey Fitzpatrick, must take on the police, the insurance company and the architectural firm as they realize that things are not as they seem. Sam and Lacey aren’t experts in any of the associated fields, but they do know one thing—the dead don’t lie.”
“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.”
Learn more about Ms. Bowersock and her other books on her website or on Facebook. For an up close look at A Lacy Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series check out Firecloud’s exclusive website.
In Storm Walk, Sam Firecloud is asked, by a warehouse owner, to investigate why the ceiling collapsed during torrential rain fall, killing six of his employees. The insurance company is calling it an act of God and therefore they are refusing the owner’s claim. Storm Walk is different from the other stories in this series because there are no earthbound ghosts to help move on after this tragedy.
It’s Lacey’s job to investigate the building specs, blue prints, and question the architects of the warehouse to figure out what went so devastatingly wrong with this building. No one wants to accept the culpability for the roof’s failure. Lacey and Sam are both out of their element with this jigsaw puzzle. Lacey has always been in touch with her intuition, which makes her an excellent investigator. To solve this mystery, Sam and Lacey need to figure out the right questions to ask to find the answers they seek.
In other news, there is teenaged drama on the home front. Daniel’s girlfriend, Tori, has broken up with him. So, he is all sulky and angsty, making everyone around him miserable as well. Tori is a smart young lady, and I give her kudos for standing up for her convictions. Perhaps Daniel won’t be so flippant with female feelings in the future.
I love how strong family relationships are portrayed in Ms. Bowersock’s stories. It’s not just Sam and Lacey’s relationship with his kids, or Sam and Lacey’s relationship with the kids’ mother and stepfather. Also victims’ families, or the ghosts’ relatives often figure in as well. All elements of relationships past and present are always handled with care and respect.
Storm Walk is book eighteen in Ms. Bowersock’s, A LACEY FITZPATRICK and SAM FIRECLOUD MYSTERY SERIES.
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Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words