Review: Earthbound Wings

32494098Earthbound Wings by ReGina Welling

Waking up in strange places has become stock in trade for earthbound angel, Adriel. This time she has landed right in the middle of a crime scene where some guy who looks like a superhero wannabe gives her a hard time about her performance. The Powers That Be keep sending her on jobs without explanation and now she has to rescue her own guardian angel from the clutches of evil.-Via Goodreads

Another great adventure for Adriel and her friends, beginning with the very first page! First introduced in the excellent Psychic Seasons series, Adriel is adapting to a new existence on Earth, guiding guardian angels and combating darkness. When she lands in an alley right after a woman is killed, she has no choice but to team up with Leith, a man with apparent magical abilities who is bent on saving souls. Leith was a complex characters, I liked that you’re never quite convinced that he is who he says he is. The three fairies were a hoot, and I loved the carnival between worlds! The gripping plot led up to a thrilling ending that kept me on the edge of my seat! I can’t wait for the next book to come out to see what Adriel does next!

Combining action, mystery and a hint of romance into only 159 pages, Earthbound Wings is a satisfying read in a great series and I definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy a light mystery, captivating adventure and great characters.

Series: Earthbound #2
Rating:★★★★✰ 4 stars
Publication Date:Oct 6, 2016
Language: English
Formats: Kindle/Paperback
ISBN:9781539396055
ASIN:B01LY42Z5L
Genre:Cozy Mystery
Reviewer: Mystereity Reviews

Review: A Ghostly Gift

24954886A Ghostly Gift by Angie Fox

A short and sweet read, A Ghostly Gift has a touch of humor, a sleazy ghost bar, and a heartwarming tale that will hit you right in the feels.

After reading the 4th book in this fantastic series, I vowed to catch up with all the other books. A Ghostly Gift is a very short story (it took me a half hour to read) set just after the first book. Verity’s sister, Melody asks her for a favor; a friend’s resale shop is being terrorized by a ghost and she needs Verity’s help to get rid of the ghost before anything valuable is broken. With gangster ghost Frankie by her side, Verity goes to investigate and uncovers a long lost secret: a dead WWII soldier needs help to find his old sweetheart.

This was heartwarming and a little sad; my heart went out to the poor soldier and his lost love, who have spent decades mourning their lost love. When they were eventually reunited, it made me a little teary. I’m a sucker for this kind of thing.

Overall, an excellent short story in a fantastic series, and highly recommended for paranormal mystery fans.

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Series: Southern Ghost Hunter #1.5
Rating:★★★★★ 5 stars
Publisher: Angie Fox
Publication Date: Feb 15, 2015
Language: English
Formats: Kindle/ePub
ISBN: 2940151540735
ASIN: B00TOZ9EC2
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)

Release Day: Deader Homes and Gardens

32149236Deader Homes and Gardens by Angie Fox

A spooky tale of a haunted mansion, evil spirits, and Egyptian curses will leave your poor nails bitten to the quick in this exciting paranormal cozy mystery.

Verity Long has given up her graphic design business to become a  full-time ghost hunter.  With gangster ghost Frankie by her side to lend her his power to The Other Side, Verity awaits her first ghost hunting job.  When Lee, the last heir to the very haunted Rock Fall mansion, calls her in to investigate, Verity has to battle a murderous spirit hell bent on keeping the secrets of Rock Fall from being uncovered.

I could not put this down and read this in one evening. I can’t remember the last time I read a cozy mystery with this much depth, it reminded me of the early Ghost Hunter books by Victoria Laurie; a scary baddie, lots of thrills & chills, a sprinkling of horror, a dash of humor, and that creepy kind of suspense that raises the hair on the back of your neck.

    “Lord have mercy.  Dozens of doll heads, broken from their bodies, stared up at me through the gently moving water in the basin.  Their eyes opened wide, their cracked mouths smiled. My blood went cold.”

My blood went cold reading that.  *shiver*

The plot surrounds the Treadwell family, who died mysteriously after a cache of Ancient Egyptian treasures were brought home after a dig in the early part of the 20th century, was excellent, very well written with lots of red herrings and plot twists. The ghosts were the stars of this book, from the mute little girl, Charlotte to the scarred Governess to Frankie, the gangster who blackmails Verity into allowing a gangster get-together in her backyard in return for his help. Complete with flapper girls, a jazz band, and a spectral craps table, it sounded like the kind of happening party anyone would want to be caught dead at. I loved the descriptions of the grounds at the mansion, a beautiful abandoned garden left to grow wild.  My Secret-Garden-obsessed self was in heaven.  I’d love to explore something like that (but without the evil ghosts, thanks)

While there are references to previous books, they don’t distract from the plot, so this can be read as a standalone but you will want to read the other books after reading this one!

Overall, an exceptional cozy mystery for any time of year, but especially good for a Halloween read.

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I was provided an advanced copy of the book by Season Publishing, Moose Island Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

Series: Southern Ghost Hunter #4
Rating: ★★★★★ 5 stars
Publisher: Moose Island Books
Publication Date: Oct. 09, 2016
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Language: English
Formats:  Kindle, Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1939661371
ASIN: B01M98PA4S
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)

Review: Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner

28902351Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner: A Ghost Writer Mystery by Teresa Watson

Ghostwriter Cam (who can actually see ghosts) is back for another adventure in Waxahachie, TX.  In this book, Susan Ingram is murdered during a dinner theater performance of Blithe Spirit. In a striking coincidence, her mother in law, Lillian, was murdered in the same place in the 1960s, and in the same manner.  Are the two deaths related? It’s up to Cam to unravel the secrets of the past to solve the murders of today.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was looking forward to this one and it didn’t disappoint. This was a complex mystery with lots of surprise twists, and I admit, although I had a lot of theories who the murderer was, I really didn’t guess the true outcome.  There’s also a bit of a cliffhanger, as the mobster ghost of Mac “The Faker” Green is still hanging around because his murder still needs to be solved. I loved the heartwarming scene with Reed at the end, it was a great way to end the book.

While the plot and characters (love Grandma Alma!) are what make this series for me, the unrealistic action really pulls me out of the story.  There seems to be a lot of bombings in a small city like Waxahachie, maybe Cam’s police chief boyfriend Mike should investigate that further and spend less time telling Cam to stop investigating so he can “keep her safe” ::insert eye roll::  If I was Cam, I would get myself one of those Kevlar suits that bomb disposal technicians wear. One can never be too careful.

Overall, an excellent followup to the first book with an outstanding mystery that will keep you guessing.  This book can easily be read as a standalone, but I do recommend reading the first in the series.

Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

Series: Ghost Writer Mysteries #2
Rating: ★★★★✰ 4 stars
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Language: English
Formats: Kindle, ePub
ASIN: B01BDX4UHQ
ISBN-13: 2940152733075
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)

Review: The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum

29242824The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss

I’ve been looking forward to curling up with this book for awhile; with a cute premise (a paranormal museum? Sign me up!) an interesting plot and a beautiful northern California setting, I just wanted to sink right in to it.

And it was pretty good, there was a lot to like about it: a twisty plot that kept me guessing, a likeable main character, a historical mystery subplot and a way cool paranormal museum (did I mention what an awesome idea I think this is?) Unfortunately, a few things bogged it down. In fact, this book nearly ended up on the Did Not Finish pile because (and this is one of my pet peeves) there always seems to be a catty woman who hates the MC over something trivial, and in this book it was one of the police detectives. After finding the murder victim, Maddie and her friend Adele are hauled down to the station for questioning. The detective bursts into the room and declares, “ok, which one of you idiots killed her?” What, seriously? Maybe it was supposed to be funny or something, but I just found it really annoying.

My favorite part of the book was the historical mystery subplot, it added just a touch of paranormal to the story. In the 1890s, Cora McBride was convicted of killing her husband and Maddie sets out to prove Cora’s innocence. I enjoyed watching Maddie dig up new evidence and the idea of staging a mock trial was a novel and interesting idea. Wish I could’ve seen it!

Overall, a good start to a new series and I recommend it to cozy mystery fans who enjoy a touch of paranormal.

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum is available at book retailers or on Amazon

 

Review: Earthbound Bones

84b7be2a411a562204779bd6f4121940Earthbound Bones by ReGina Welling

Being an angel ain’t easy in Earthbound Bones

In Earthbound Bones, the angel Galmadriel finds herself earthbound after a daring act caused her to fall from Heaven.  With no communication from her superiors, Galmadriel is forced to find her way in an unfamiliar world as she tries to solve the mystery of a little boy hit and killed by a car and the murder of the woman living next door.  Galmadriel must connect the dots and find a killer in the hopes that she will redeem herself and be allowed back into Heaven.

This book can be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the 4 books in the Psychic Seasons series as it is frequently referenced in the book. I read (and loved) the Psychic Seasons series last year, so when this sequel came up on Netgalley, I snapped it up.  I loved the premise of the guardian angel Galmadriel  having to adapt to being a human.  Or, at least, an angel in a human body.

The whole fish-out-of-water theme has always appealed to me, and I enjoyed watching Galmadriel adjust to human life, particularly her struggles with the coffee maker and experiencing a BLT for the first time (That BLT sounded really good, too!).  I also enjoyed her reunion with the Psychic Seasons ladies.  It was rather like visiting old friends when they showed up in the story, with Amethyst plucking auras, Kat winning bets and Gustavia’s funky skirts.

The plot was well-paced and unfolded neatly.  I loved the scenes with Craig’s mind, it was fascinating, both haunting and enthralling. And as  the main plot of solving the murders progressed, the secondary plot of Julius going missing and the block on Galmadriel’s powers snuck in there and added another layer to the already rich plot. I love how the author expertly weaves several books together with one theme, and this one, ending neatly with a cliffhanger, always leaves me wanting more.

Overall, a fantastic read and a great sequel to the Psychic Seasons series.

This book is available only on Kindle or Kindle apps.  Order a copy of Earthbound Bones from Amazon
Recommended Reading:  The Psychic Seasons series