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5.0 out of 5 starsHalloween is an awsome time to read this
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2012
I really love a good mystery. Put a ghost or two in them with the fact I have read some of T. M. Simmons non-fiction books. I can only say I have a real hard time putting them down. They keep my interest from the first page to the last. She gives you humor, suspense and the surprise little endings I like so much. I am not sure why her books are so reasonable though. Our good luck because it is a must read. I think the other part I really relate to in her books, is her love of her pets. If I could write and I can't but if I could I would always include my pets like she does. They are as much part of family as any human. I missed saying anything about that little human element she adds to her writing. Always a little romance to make it even more interesting. I have almost complete the next book, Dead Man Haunting..
To start off, this book felt like it was not the first in the series. She kept referring to other ghostly encounters, like the reader knew what she was talking about. I wonder if those aren't referenced in the ghost hunting diaries she also published, but since those aren't part of this series, it left a lot of questions. It also seemed odd that the majority of the story took place away from her home base. Usually, a character doesn't travel for a few books in a series, to give the books a change of pace.
For me, the main mystery was far less interesting than the "side" mysteries. I couldn't have cared less about the dead guy and who killed him but I was very interested in Sir Gary and what his story was.
Alice is pretty funny, especially in contrast to the very proper Katy and I really enjoyed Granny. I also like how central her animals were to plot. Often, authors introduce animals and then promptly forget about them until they have a sudden plot point.
The book did have some rough patches, with the beginning of the book running at a frantic pace and then the middle dragging on too long, with little to nothing happening. The ending, as presented felt like it came out of left field, but once I thought about it for a few minutes, I actually made sense.
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
So disappointed. Even starting to skim couldn't take any more. The MC just whines on and on not developing a story. It's all screaming and screeching with weird expletives and swear bombs thrown in from nowhere. The pets are just there to the point of 2 being left in the car a quarter mile down a lane from the crime scene "with the air conditioner left on". What? I blew the quiet time set aside for myself on this awful whiney drivelly disapointment. I was going to drop one of the stuid expletives in here for effect. Couldn't do it. s carboni
3.0 out of 5 starsIt was an OK read, but sorry to say that it didn't 'Wow' me
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2020
I usually enjoy Ghost Mysteries, but this one didn't quite get there for me. This is the first book that I've read from this Author. I liked the locale, the supporting characters had promise, and the main character's pets were great. However, the story didn't flow well for me. In addition, I felt that the changing point of views weren't set up clearly, and the ending was rather rushed. The murder didn't make much sense.
The main character wasn't very appealing, but I liked her pets. I may pick up the next book in the series to see if things improve.
Oh, I Am So Glad I Downloaded This Awesome Book, And You Will Be Too! What A Fun, Adventurous, Absolutely Great Story! Alice, Together With Her Aunt Twila, Join Wits With Her Neighbor "Granny" To Track Down The Hidden Head Of The Latest Ghost At 'Esprit D'Chene', Her Ancestral Home And Childhood Haunt In Eastern Texas. It Seems Somebody Beheaded Billy, The No Good Son Of The Local Senator, And All Fingers Point To Sweet Little Cousin Katy, Now Owner Of The Huge Southern Mansion! It's Hilarious Trouble As The Girls Side-Step, Delay AND Involve Alice's Newly Ex Husband Jack, The Local Law, While They Vie For Time To Find The Real Killer, Help Billy's Ghost Cross Over And Get Poor Katy Out Of Jail! Did I Mention The First Ghost Of An Eighteenth Century Shipping Magnate? Did I Mention The Poisoned Sugar Bowl? Did I Mention The Mansion's Hidden Passages? T.M. Simmons Has A New Fan Here, And I Am Already Downloading The Next Books In Her 'Dead Man Mysteries' Series, While I Practice My Southern Drawl! So Pull Up A Chair Y'all, And Have A Slice Of Pecan Pie With Your Mint Julip! ...Murder, Anyone....?
Weird things tend to happen when you live in a haunted house -- not that author/ghost hunter Alice Carpenter has a problem disciplining the ten resident ghosts in her lakeside log cabin near forgotten-time Six Gun,, Texas. When her cousin Katy calls looking for help with the resident ghost at Espirt d'Chene, the family mansion near Jefferson, Alice agrees to come to the rescue. I almost did not download this book because the cover did not grab me. I am glad I did not let that stop me. I loved this story. The characters have humor and personality, even the ghosts. The story flowed smoothly and the editing was outstanding. It's been awhile since I have had a really good read, so good that I am itching to read more of this Authors writing. I would recommend this book to any age. Now go and download it, I know you want too. Have fun.
Dead Man Talking (Dead Man Mysteries)
I just finished this book, the first in a series of 4. I liked the characters, especially "granny and the dramatic yet likeable ghosts". I wish the author used the hilarious granny more in the book. Maybe in the next one. The author is actually a paranormal investigator and has been for years. She says she lives in a big house with her husband, various animals and many Ghosts. Her knowledge of ghosts and paranormal investigation added a LOT to the book. I loved that she incorporated how to protect oneself and the various items of protection into the book. They say, write about what you know, and this authors ghostly knowledge made this a wonderful read. I also love that more and more people are coming forward to let the world know that the "afterlife" is real and ghosts DO exist. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to start book two.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which is a full length story and can't be read in an evening. There is very little swearing or violence (and no sex) which makes this is a very good story for anyone who abhors the trend towards obscenities. This author's skill at writing does not depend on unnecessary swear words to inject some hair raising moments into this excellent tale. I liked all of the characters in this book although Alice and Katy are not exactly heroine material - Katy is too hooked up on being ladylike, and is pretty spineless, and Alice is a bit of a scaredy cat who tends to hide behind the old ladies. The dog and cat behave pretty much like the animals they are except near the end when they dig something out from under a shrub. I do think the animals appear a bit too often but they do add another dimension. Some of the behaviour is a bit OTT but, overall, this book is well worth a read.
You can skip this next bit if you don't care about spelling and grammar but there were a few things that grated whilst I was reading this book, the worst was visualized when materialised would have been a much better choice of word to use for when a ghost showed itself - visualized is more akin to seeing something in the mind's eye. There was also the use of the word bobbies when referring to the policemen - I think this word is more of a UK expression and cops would more likely be used for this story as it was set in the USA (I have watched a great many American crime shows and not once have I heard cops referred to as bobbies). Finally, a misspelt word that I come across frequently in other writers' work and it relates to reading and studying, which should read pore over and not pour over. There are a few other words that I could nit pick over but the three foregoing are the ones that are most exasperating. A good proof reader would probably pick up on these errors and others that I have not mentioned. Despite these negatives I still felt compelled to give this five stars.
I chose this book because it was free and sounded kind of interesting. A pair of unique family members literally see ghosts and help them to move onto the other side. These two people make sure that ghosts know who is in charge by having rules in place.
The younger of the ghost hunters receives a call from another family member, who can also see ghosts, and the fun begins. A headless dead person is found in the pond which leaves a headless ghost running riot.
An amusing book, with dark secrets, a beautifully told story with a surprising twist at the end. I read in about 3 sittings, just couldn't put it down.
A brilliantly written book, excellent characterisation and a whole load of humour written in for good measure.
(I would've bought next one but I've so many to read but have added to my wish list).
3.0 out of 5 starsnot a spooky ghost story by any stretch of the imagination!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2015
I found this book a bit irritating to be honest, it is written with a lot of southern drawl which did help paint the correct picture for the setting of the book but to honest, I didn't really end up caring about any of the living people in the book - they seemed a bit 2 dimensional to me, I wasn't bothered what happened to them and although it's a good yarn, I think there could have been more focus on the actual ghosts. Wouldn't really recommend it to anyone else, I pushed myself to finish the book but honestly if they'd all died at the end, I wouldn't have been bothered! Not spooky enough for me - it was all a bit tame where the ghosts were concerned.