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Loose Ends: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Book One | [Terri Reid]

Loose Ends: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery, Book One

Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don't think she's nuts.
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Dying is what changed Mary O'Reilly's life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.

Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary's trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost's word just doesn't hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don't think she's nuts.

Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected state senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator's wife.

Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, 24 years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further, she becomes the next target for the serial killers' quest to tie up all his loose ends.

©2010 Terri Reid (P)2013 Terri Reid

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    Karen Loves Park, Illinois, United States 11-18-13
    Karen Loves Park, Illinois, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book bad narration."
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    Absolutely love reading this collection. Very disappointed in narrator. Very flat, no emotion. Only got to about chapter 2 and had to stop. Will reread book again. Sorry

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marianne 05-03-13
    Marianne 05-03-13
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    "I'm Ready for the Next Book in the Series"

    I'm normally reluctant to buy an audiobook that is performed by someone new. But, Erin Spencer was better than I had expected. The male characters sounded a little goofy, and I would have preferred it if she had sped up her reading just a tad bit, or maybe I'm just being too picky. I think she has the potential to be a really awesome narrator with a few minor adjustments.

    As far as the story goes...

    I really enjoyed the characters. I know there are plenty of paranormal mystery books out there with main characters that solve crimes with the aid of ghosts. (I really enjoyed Amanda Steven's Graveyard Queen series) Yet, this book felt different. I think it was the humor Terri Reid injected into the dialogue. The mystery wasn't much of a mystery, but the plot didn't really suffer from the lack of suspense. I still wanted to know how it's all resolved. Now I'm eager to listen to the next book, Good Tidings, to see where things go with Mary and Bradley.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    sharon SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-18-15
    sharon SAN RAFAEL, CA, United States 05-18-15
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    "Good, clean fun !"
    Would you listen to Loose Ends again? Why?

    A GREAT story that does not rely on foul language or graphic sex. A true romance and lots of
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    What about Erin Spencer’s performance did you like?

    A wonderful narrator, she really brought the story to life. I could tell exactly which character was speaking even before she identified him/her. Great change up from one personality to the next..


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to the rest of the series.

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    vancouverquilter 07-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Story but Lousy Narrator"

    The storyline is entertaining but the narrator nearly ruins the it. I don't know if she's just too young, if she's just learning to read or if it is the producer's fault but Ms. Spencer hesitates too often, making the reading choppy and unprofessional.

    I will attempt to listen to the next in the series (Good Tidings) in the hope that she has honed her reading skills. If it's more of the same, I won't bother with the third.

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    Ms. Barb 2012 07-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good story kept me from canceling..."

    This is the first time reading a Terri Reid book. I enjoyed her writing ! The storyline was interesting and there was just enough humor added to make it a fun read. The only issue I had was with the narrator. Her mechanical delivery was difficult to listen to. Even more irritating were the voices she used to depict characters.....particularly the male characters. I finished the audio with tight jaw muscles from clenching my teeth . I will continue with Ms. Reid's series in book form rather than audio.

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    Carol 07-17-15
    Carol 07-17-15
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    I didn't like the narrator at all, The book was okay a bit corny in places.

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    meggan 07-14-15
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    There are many better reads available. It seemed to borrow ideas from TV shows . I found the narration to be almost irritating

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    Susie Redding CA USA 07-12-15
    Susie Redding CA USA 07-12-15

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    "More thrilling than I thought!"

    Pleasantly surprised as I got in to the story. While I enjoy murders, mysteries and mayhem, I tend to not get in to reading much paranormal writings. By the third chapter I was hooked and now look forward to more Terri Reid books.

    Easy to follow, lots of humor and trying to figure out the "who done it" was great! I was wrong on my guess until she actually revealed the culprit! And I cottoned to the fact that "talking to those from the other side" manner she employed made it sound plausible.

    Great job, Terri Reid! I love Mary O !

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    I liked this book a lot. it kept me entertained and I wish it was longer.

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    Carol Stowe 05-28-15
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    "Decent book but the narration was bad"

    The pause that the narrator would put in a sentence before saying "he said or she said" drove me crazy. It really affected my ability to like the book. I had to decide whether I could take listening to that or just scrap the book several times. Pick a better narrator!!!

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