Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Native American
“On a lazy morning, paranormal investigators Sam Firecloud and Lacey Fitzpatrick take some rare time off and head for the beach—Huntington Beach, to be exact. What they don’t expect is to wander onto the scene of a brutal murder committed the night before. When Sam’s initial impressions are surreptitiously recorded by TV cameras at the same time that a local psychic named Anubis makes startling claims about the murder, news journalists smell a ratings bonanza—the battle of the psychics. All Sam and Lacey want to do is stop the killer from killing again, which turns out to be more complex than they’d imagined—especially with the annoying distraction of being partnered with Anubis.”
“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 superblogIndies 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.”
Navajo Medium Sam Firecloud and Lacey Fitzpatrick, an ex-LAPD homicide detective, have become quite well known as paranormal investigators. On one of their days off they head to Huntington Beach to stroll and take in the sights. Unbeknownst to them a murder is discovered in a small park area just outside of the business district. Were they drawn to Huntington Beach because of the murder or was it serendipitous? As they are rubbernecking along with the rest of the tourists they come across a local psychic named Anubis speaking to a local news reporter. Sam scoffs privately to Lacey about Anubis’s reading. He didn’t realize Marina Vasquez, another journalist they know all too well, is directly behind him recording his words to Lacy, and of course her cameraman got them all on tape. So begins the battle of the psychics.
After another murder Tobin, the Chief of Police in Huntington Beach, has no other choice than to bring in Sam with Lacey, and Anubis with his lovely assistant Falana, to enlist their talents to help solve these murders. Lacey is in her element helping the police. The murders seem random and unrelated in similarities. Execution Walk has a nice pace as the plot twists into a web of ignored humanity that turns into a standoff and bullets start flying. Tension and emotions run high for a powerful conclusion. Then the reader will get a reprieve to breathe again, and the story comes to a satisfying ending.
Execution Walk is book 29 in Melissa Bowersock’s, A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Series. There are also a few F-bombs dropped.
I was a beta reader for this book and can’t comment on the finished product.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Approximate word count: 35-40,000 words