“A prominent family in Plymouth, Massachusetts is restoring a 250-year-old patriot smuggler’s mansion for conversion into a historical museum. The conversion is going well with one exception: there’s a ghost in the house, and the city council is not keen on exposing the public to that particular aspect of history. Paranormal investigators Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud are tasked with clearing the house of the ghostly presence, and although the storied history of Plymouth gives them plenty of clues, they’re still not quite prepared for the brutal and violent revelations that Sam uncovers.”
“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.”
I’ve read several of the books in this series and enjoy them every time. The basic premise is the same, a ghost is causing issues somewhere and someone calls Sam Firecloud in because he’s shown an ability to communicate with such beings and help them move on to the next realm, taking care of the issue. Essentially “unhaunting” some location. Sam’s partner, Lacey Fitzpatrick, helps him. She acts both as an observer and a researcher, helping him figure out who the ghost is and what they might require in order to move on. It’s a good formula, but just because you know from a high level how the book is going to go, doesn’t mean it isn’t still an entertaining and sometimes thought provoking read. As every reader of books in the romance genre will tell you, if the formula is a good one, then it can make for an unlimited number of great reads, and that’s what Melissa Bowersock has found with this series.
This book was interesting in that it had a couple surprises from what Sam and Lacey typically encounter. What that is specifically is a bit of a spoiler, so you’ll have to read it yourself to find out. The story takes place in Plymouth, Massachusetts, which provided an interesting setting with lots of history that figures into the story. Near the end of the book two of the characters are talking to Sam about what happened and ask if all of his cases surprise him, to which he gives an answer that indicates that they do, are “all pretty convoluted” and that he never knows what he’s going to encounter. As a reader, I feel the same, and it keeps me coming back for more.
This is book #40 in the Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery Book series, but each book stands alone, so there is no need to have read any of the prior books in the series to understand this one.
A small number of proofing errors.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 25-30,000 words