Publish Date: May 30th 2017
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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When terrified Elaine Patrick knocks on Driscoll Investigations’ door and insists her house is haunted, Giulia Driscoll’s first response is “we don’t handle ghosts.” When Elaine’s housekeeper and crackpot filthy rich cousin descend on Giulia and demand she find out who’s trying to steal sweet, fragile Elaine’s family business out from under her, that’s a different story. They want DI to provide Tarot readings, ghost hunting sessions, and even an exorcism.
Ghost hunting? There are apps for that. Tarot readings? Experts in the skill are right across the street. Exorcisms? Having a priest for a brother-in-law comes in handy. Giulia plunges into a crash course in all things supernatural, convinced everything happening to Elaine is stagecraft.
Except when it isn’t. Giulia’s about to discover a new dimension to sleuthing, if she can survive attempted murder long enough to see through the web of lies around her client.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
While this book is part of a series it may be read as a stand alone. With that being said , how could I have missed these books so far?? This is the first book that I have read from this author.
What a great mystery, it has just a touch of the paranormal and that is enough to have me wanting more. Giulia is a ex-nun who at this point in the series is married to Frank, a police detective and pregnant with their first child and runs Driscoll Investigations , a detective agency. Giulia is one tough and feisty pregnant lady, she got in more hair raising near miss serious accidents in this book and found a way to avoid injury! This is a fast paced story with some action (the near miss accidents). The characters in the book are quirky but very believable and I really liked Zane, Driscoll Investigations computer genius, he was constantly embarrassing himself with his accidental inappropriate comments and I found that charming. There were quite a few red herrings in this book , so many suspects and angles to consider and I have to admit I fell for a few of them. I found Elaine , the client who has a haunted house to be a very interesting character. Elaine suffers from serious childhood drama ans has many hangups, to be an interesting character and for some reason she seemed to be a bit distant to me, I could not really get a feel for her as a character. Giulia has to figure out who is trying to scare Elaine and find her too incompetent to run her company. The ending of the book was a huge surprise for me that I did not see coming, although in hindsight when I dissect the characters maybe I would have guessed? Hmm no , I don’t think so.
I loved the fact that this is a series but you may read it as a standalone. I am bummed that I have not read this author before but happy that I have quite a few books of Alice Loweecey to read. The story was fast paced with a great twist.