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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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Publisher's Summary

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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Turnbough 06-29-15 Member Since 2015
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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
    Carol Stowe 05-28-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    tweety09 04-14-15
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    "Good read!"

    Very intriguing! ! Keeps you guessing until the end. Wonderful narrator! Great plot.

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    S. DeJaeger Fort Pierce, FL 02-07-15
    S. DeJaeger Fort Pierce, FL 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great read a modern day ghost buster"

    I was surprised by this story. It had lots of twists & turns, performance was excellent knew who was talking by reader change of voice.

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    Reader From Aus 10-17-14

    A tad action, mix in some history, throw in some battle & a sprinkle of mystery. A dash narration with added heart & a novel can become art

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    "where to begin"
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    This is a tricky one to review, normally if i like a book i finish it, i dont like a book (can generally tell within the first hour) i will return it, however this is a grey area.

    I like the concept of the book/main character because it is an outside the box approach to a mystery and one i have not come across before (besides ghost whisperer).

    However that is about as far as the entertainment went, the narrator does an ok job, but its no award winner and the book itself is written in a slighty disjointed manner in some parts and pretty terrible in others.

    The plot line did keep me guessing towards the end which was a bonus, despite the most inaccurate gunman and unstrategic killer. It kept me entertained enough to finish it, but not entertained enough to listen again.

    If you like the sample audio give it a go, but if your on the fence give it a miss.

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    keyswitch11 09-13-14
    keyswitch11 09-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "i enjoyed the whole series but"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Loose Ends to be better than the print version?

    unknown


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike because he is funny.


    What does Erin Spencer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i love her voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    disturbing


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the entire series and I can only say that these people know an awful lot of bad people and it seems that they should move to a nicer place. Every other person they know is a serial killer or a wacko. After the first 2 books it got kind of redundant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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