Socially awkward Emma “Spider” Fisher prefers her laptop to people, so she’s more than happy to oblige her boss when he asks her to pet and house-sit while he honeymoons in London.
But it doesn’t take long for accident-prone Spider to lose a dog, get locked out of the house, and set off the house alarm!
Thankfully, her hot new neighbor is more than happy to come to her rescue. But Noah West is a mystery to Spider—and one she intends to solve.
If you love ghosts you won’t be disappointed with ‘Spirited Away’. The paranormal characters add to the humour, mystery and suspense but they are just the icing on the cake.
Abbott, Charlie and Costello, the animal stars of this series are involved in many comic scenes which make this fun to read. Spider’ our geeky, vulnerable heroine is not psychic but the quirky pets manage to make their wishes known, in ways that are familiar to every person who shares their lives with cats and dogs.
‘Spider’ lost her mother young. This left her emotionally immature. Dominated by the men in her life she has rebelled in ways usually associated with teenage girls. Working in the psychic detective agency as the computer whizz, is the perfect setup for ‘Spider’ to be herself. This book sees her reach her full potential and makes her easy to empathise with.
Noah shies away from ‘Spider’ despite their mutual attraction. Noah is easy to like and whilst not the typical ‘alpha’ male, except in physical characteristics he is certainly worthy of ‘Spider’ but can she make him see how good they would be together? The romance between this odd couple is lovely and there is plenty of heat when they’re together.
A thread of poignancy runs through this story which gives it added depth and the clues left at the end suggest a change of direction for our intrepid heroes and hopefully more books in this absorbing series.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
‘Something Wicked’ the second book in Angela Campbell’s psychic detective series is darker but still includes a strong romance and plenty of the delightful humour which characterised the first book in the series ‘On the Scent’.
The characters are engaging. Alexandra is independent but vulnerable in ways not immediately obvious to Dylan or the reader. Dylan is alpha but full of contradictions which make him likeable. As the animals were the stars in ‘On the Scent’ it is Charleston’s ghosts who make this an enchanting read even for skeptics.
Strong-minded psychic medium Alexandra pursues Dylan Collins estranged brother of Zach her boss in Charleston at the behest Rebecca their dead mother. Charleston’s numerous ghosts exhaust Alexandra with their multiple demands. The local bar famed for its ghosts witnesses a serendipitous meeting between Alexandra and Dylan set up by the mischievous resident ghost. The sexual tension is red-hot.
Dylan Collins a successful homicide detective has cut his older brother from his life. On the trail of a suspected serial killer Dylan discovers Alexandra is the psychic consult on the case after she supplies vital evidence on the latest murder. A psychic skeptic Dylan pushes Alexandra away.
The plot is complex and fast paced. Alexandra realises she is on the serial killer’s hit list. Dark paranormal forces stalk Alexandra which creates a nail-biting climax to the story. Plausibly written ‘Something Wicked’ has elements of a paranormal psychological thriller without the graphic blood and gore.
The anticipated reconciliation between the brothers contributes to a satisfying conclusion as does the happy for now ending for Alexandra and Dylan.
I’m hooked on the series and its characters.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you love books where the animals are the stars then this romantic suspense novel is for you.
It has a very sexy hero in Zach and a feisty, gutsy heroine in Hannah but Abbott and Costello make this a 5 star read for me.
Abbott is a cat with an ‘A’ list superiority complex but a heart of gold and Costello is a lovable if slightly dim dog. These two remind me of the Siamese cat detectives Koko and Yum Yum in the Lilian Jackson Braun ‘The Cat who…’ series, which I also love.
The plot is interesting and many layered with lots of twists which kept me turning the pages. Coupled with the paranormal element, which allows Abbott and Costello to become fully fledged characters it is an enjoyable read full of comedy, suspense and romance.
The romance between Hannah and Zach is fraught with obstacles, most stem from their inner demons. The sexual tension dominates the story and culminates in a sensual love scene which further increases the pressure on their new romance. At the end of the story you feel they’ve earned their ‘Happy Ever After’.
Supported by an array of fascinating secondary characters I can’t wait to see what happens in book two of this trilogy.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars