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Three paranormal mystery short stories featuring Creole gentleman Remy Pigeon. Remy has a gift, or a curse. He touches objects and reads the past from them. Sometimes this lets him solve mysteries, but mostly it gets him neck deep in paranormal problems.

"Til Human Voices Wake Us"

Bodies of men start turning up in the bayou and the sheriff turns to Remy to solve the who, why, and how. But when his gift uncovers more mystery and more bodies, Remy might have to choose between justice and saving his own skin.

"Dusk and Shiver"

The last thing Remy expects on a quiet day at home is an axe-bearing zombie breaking through his front door. Worse, she's a former client of his, and the mother of a newborn baby. To solve the mystery of her un-death, Remy must venture out into the post-hurricane wreckage of his town, find the baby, and stop a murderous voodun sorcerer. It's one hell of a day off.

"Flashover"

Remy prefers to stay away from trouble, but when an attractive red-head with a serious problem and a supernatural secret wanders into his house on a hot summer day, Remy knows that trouble has just found him.

©2011 AnneMarie Buhl (P)2013 AnneMarie Buhl

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Palpably chilling

I'm going to start this review in a roundabout way, by looking at the Kevin Bacon film "Stir of Echoes", which came to mind as I listened to this book. I don't think it's a great film, but I always watch it if it's on. Why? Because it has moments of greatness, moments of pure supernatural dread when the mysterious feels like it's just about to reach out and grab you. During those moments, that film is palpably chilling.

And I bring that up because "Dusk and Shiver" gave me that same palpable chill; but where "Stir of Echoes" had it in moments, this collection has the chill throughout. As I listened, I worried what I might touch if I weren't careful.

Because that is Remy Martin's gift: he touches things, and he reads their past, and sometimes a little of their future. He's a psychometrist, a reader of emotional echoes. And while he thinks this is more of a curse, his REAL curse is this: he can't let well enough alone, and he can't let injustice go unrevealed. When he touches these echoes of horror, he could easily run away. He knows he should. But instead he's compelled to run toward them and find out what lies behind the echoes.

And what lies behind is human weakness and venality. There are villains here, but there are no grand villainous masterminds. Instead, there are weak, petty people who let their weakness seduce them step by step from small, careless evil into dark, tangled traps.

In the first story, "Til Human Voices Wake Us", we meet Remy as he investigates a string of strange killings. But is he looking for a killer, or a victim?

In the second story, "Dusk and Shiver", Remy has a visit from a former client turned zombie; and thus he finds himself in a twisted family tragedy that he unwittingly played a part in.

In the third story, "Flashover", Remy's client is an unwilling arsonist. He must find who compels her to burn down seemingly random homes. This story is different from the other two in that Remy has found a sense of humor. Amid their darkness, there were moments of humor in the other two stories; but this one literally had me laughing out loud -- when it didn't have me shivering in dread.

I originally read this collection in Kindle format. When I joined Audible, this was one of the first books I downloaded. It’s just as good in audio. I highly recommend it!