I keep hearing what a great author Sandra Brown is but I will not be picking up another one of her books in the near future if this is an example of her work.
It had lots of twists and turns but in the end was not realistic. There were also a LOT of unnecessary sex scenes. I ended up skimming a great deal of it and did not feel I missed a thing. In fact I should not have bothered finishing it.
Fun book that I would recommend.
The new owners of historic Bernini House want to return it to its original state and make it into a haunted Bed and Breakfast. They have heard about Mel’s special gifts in communicating with the dead and are hoping that she can convince the ghost family to stay. Although Mel has met Annabelle, one of the children (ghost) that lives in the house, she has competition for the job. Avery Builders is also going to bid on the job.
The catch is that both Mel and Josh Avery have to spend the night in the home to win the project. Whoever stays the longest wins the job. Graham, Mel’s boyfriend, doesn't like the idea of her spending the night with Josh and decides to join her. Both competitors end up with an entourage at the house because no one wants them to be alone with the ghosts.
However, that problem all goes by the wayside when a body is discovered in the well. Mel tries to convince Annabelle to tell her what happened but isn't getting any answers. Instead the haunting becomes more menacing and Mel finds herself as a suspect in the murder.
I highly recommend this series if you like paranormal mystery.
The main character, Mel, a general contractor, is interesting and quirky. However, she wears frilly clothes to the job site even though she has “overalls to wear over them if she needed to crawl through grime”. (Please, that is a little over the top.)
She has taken over Turner Construction from her retired dad and is surrounded by a warm non-traditional family and steadfast friends who add to the interest of the story.
Every house has problems during a renovation, but this one has the additional problem of Jim Daley, the owner, who insists on living in the basement apartment with his family while the renovations occur despite the fact that his wife is against it.
There are spirits residing in Cheshire Inn. Mel has dealt with spirits on other jobs but this one is different. When cantankerous neighbor and former resident of Cheshire House, Emile Blunt, is found dead, Mel believes there is a link between the murder and the spirit. Although she understands the risk, Mel, must find a way to coax the ghosts to move on and out of Cheshire House while finding out who killed Emile.
There is also a sub plot involving Jim’s wife that adds to the mystery and intrigue as well as a female police investigator that has her eye on Mel's dad as a suspect for Emile's murder.
My other half and I are addicted to this colorful series of novels. We love the humor, sharp dialogue, twist & turns, and fast pace of these books. This novel includes coal cars, snow storms, physical injuries, hallucinations, and flying bullets. Where does Craig Johnson come up with so many ideas?
In “Any Other Name”, Walt is supposed to be on his way to be with Cady, his daughter, for the arrival of his first grandchild, a girl, but he gets roped into helping Lucian, the former sheriff of his county, with a new case. The case, however, is one that is considered to be a closed case in the neighboring county of Gillette and ultimately takes him to Deadwood, South Dakota in the Black Hills.
As usual, the case turns out to be much more dangerous and more complicated than Walt thought. At least he has help from all of my favorite supporting characters: Henry, Vic, and Dog. Plus Virgil White Buffalo makes a return with other new characters.
As his investigation progresses Walt starts to realize that this is not just about the declared suicide of an officer in the neighboring jurisdiction. It is a much larger conspiracy that implicates a whole chain of unsavory characters as well as those you would guess to be law-abiding citizens.
The clock is ticking and Cady threatens that there will be a whole new investigation into Walt’s death if he does not arrive on time.
I recommend any of these books but they are best read in order to fully enjoy all the nuances and innuendos carried throughout the series.
The novel centers around Walt’s daughter’s wedding plans and the death of a young Indian woman, Audrey Plain Feather. Did she and her baby fall from the mountain top or was she pushed. The woman is killed and the baby survives the fall.
There are many subplots as usual and the reader is kept in suspense to the end as with all of the Longmire novels.
In this novel we are introduced to a new neophyte female tribal Chief of Police, Lo Lo Long. She is fresh from Iraq with a gung ho attitude, and no experience in law enforcement. There is also an FBI agent with his own agenda. There is an episode in the book where Longmire gets acquainted with peyote and takes a drug induced trip. This scene, although interesting, was not, in my opinion, necessary to the plot.
Henry Standing Bear, Longmire’s long-time friend, and Vic Morretti, his Undersheriff, all shine in this and add some lighter moments accompanied by humorous dialog.
Craig Johnson’s description of the Wyoming landscape is beautiful and his narrative gives a true sense of the modern day Indian culture as well as their traditions such as the Indian wedding.
I missed Vic and the humor of Johnson's other books. This was just to dark and often times confusing.
It was thrilling and a tear tearjerker. One of the best of the Longmire series.
In this book Lily's "familiar" Oscar is at the center of the plot. He is a potbellied pig and so much more. The books can be read on their own but I highly suggest they be read in order. Ms. Blackwell's books are so much fun that I am already on the second book of her house haunting series.
Cormoran Strike is an amazing detective and I love the fact that he has so many physical problems to overcome in his personal life. It makes him more human. I also like the way Robin is developing/growing and I do hope she dumps Matthew who is not her equal and is very pompous.
I did, however, enjoy “The Cuckoo's Calling” better. This book was too long and detailed and at times it was hard to follow. I sometimes had to go back and do a “re-calculate”.
The subject matter is not for the faint of heart, squeamish or prudish. It is quite graphic.
I did not suspect the ending. In fact I had it totally figured wrong but everything tied together. Although it had terrific ending, the book itself was way too long with too many details. To the point I sometimes wanted to scream “get on with it already”.
The isolation of Henbane in the Ozarks, the helplessness of the characters, and the evil that leaked there could have been so much more but instead the story line was SLOW to the point of boring. I stuck to the end with high hopes but I would not recommend your wasting your time.
After investing a lot of time into the series I believe the reader deserved more. Was the writer just burned out between the TV series and the books. We, the reader, deserved more.
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