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Ghost of Christmas Past

In this short novelette, a little girl hires Jonathan to get rid of a ghost that haunts her family every Christmas. The hauntings have escalated from sightings to full possession.

It should be an open-and-shut exorcism, but when Jonathan discovers the truth, it's more than he bargained for....

©2016 Gary Jonas (P)2017 Gary Jonas

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Spirited Christmas

An enjoyable read that will fill your heart with the Christmas spirit. Likeable characters, especially Esther the ghost. Great attitudes, a little snarkiness & a happy ending.

Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators and he does a great job with this book. I will definitely be looking for more booked in this series!

I was given the chance to listen to this book and chose to review it.

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Fantastic listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Spirited Christmas to be better than the print version?

Did not read the printed version

What did you like best about this story?

How Jonathan finally figures out who the ghost is that is haunting the little girl

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

Joe Hempel is one of my favorite narrators and he does a great job with this book

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A spooky Christmas story

A little girl hires Jonathan to help her get rid of a ghost in her house.

Jonathan, is not sure, however, does go to her house to see. there is definitely a ghost. With further investigation, Jonathan uncovers the reason for the ghosts visits, which gets stronger around the holidays.

This was a great short listen and the narration was great as well.
I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review

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An Enjoyable Short Story

“Spirited Christmas” is a short story featuring author, Gary Jonas’ private detective, Jonathan Shade. Although he has no magic or supernatural powers of his own, Shade specializes in paranormal cases. The one thing Shade does have on his side is that he's immune to magic. In “Spirited Christmas,” a little girl hires Shade to get rid of a ghost that haunts her family every Christmas. The hauntings have escalated from simple sightings to full possession. An exorcism seems to be what’s needed, but in Jonathan Shade’s world, things aren’t always as straight-forward as they seem.

“Spirited Christmas” is a good short story with a nice little twist to keep the reader/listener engaged. If you have never read/listened to a Jonathan Shade story before, you might be at a bit of a disadvantage. I would recommend picking up “Modern Sorcery.” It’s book one in the series. “Spirited Christmas” seems to follow “Modern Sorcery” in the Jonathan Shade, story timeline. If you choose not to pick up “Modern Sorcery,” you can definitely still enjoy “Spirited Christmas.” Overall, I just think you would be best served to start with book one in the series to fully appreciate things.

Finally, this audiobook was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Audio Book Boom.

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Great story that makes me want the series!

This is a great story. It's the first Jonathan Shade story I've experienced, and it makes me want more! I like the interaction between Jonathan, Kelly, and Esther. The fact that Jonathan carries around the typewriter that Esther's spirit is tied to so that she can join him in his investigations, makes me love him. This story is very interesting, and the narrator's performance makes the author's work come to life brilliantly.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Feel-good Christmas mystery

I have never read/ listened to any other books in this series. Due to this, i have little insight into the background of any of the characters but, this did not detract from the storyline. I quite enjoyed this short story and would like to listen/ read more of these books
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This story is a feel-good Christmas story with a little paranormal mystery. No sex scenes or violent parts or swearing.

The narrator did well giving a voice to all the characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Sweet Story

This is a sweet heart warming Holiday story with a supernatural twist that can be read year round. The Narrator brings the story and characters to life flawlessly. I look forward to more from this Author and Narrator

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Fantastic listen

A quick, heart warming listen. I loved the story and the characters, plenty of snark and humor. I’m new to the Jonathan Shade series and plan on listening to more. I loved the narrator, he always does an amazing job of bringing the characters to life. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Good!

This was a really unique christmas type story. Short, well written and fantastic narration - I really enjoyed this story!


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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Enjoyable for the holidays - or anytime!

Note: While this book fits somewhere into the Jonathan Shade series, it works perfectly fine as a stand alone and can be read at any point in the series.

Set in modern day Denver and surrounding area, paranormal private investigator Jonathan Shade is hired by young Madeleine Franklin who is tired of being bothered by a ghost that shows up every Christmas. Each year the sightings of this ghost have gotten worse and worse. She’s determined that this Christmas her family won’t be bothered by it. Jonathan reluctantly takes on the case.

This was a charming holiday tale by one of my favorite authors. He utilizes my favorite characters from the series in the story – Jonathan, Kelly Chan (his friend and part-time bodyguard), and Esther (who is a ghost who died in the 1920s and her spirit is tied to a typewriter). Little Maddy offers up all her money (which can easily be counted in coins) to Jonathan to perform an exorcism. Jonathan gives her a discount and heads over to perform a simple exorcism. It’s a ghost alright, but now he’ll be spending some time and money doing some house repairs over at Maddy’s for the unexpected side effects of the exorcism.

The story doesn’t stop there. Jonathan suspects he doesn’t have the whole story, but he’s not sure what he’s missing. He digs around a bit and discovers a hidden truth. I was quite pleased that this wasn’t a simple little case for Jonathan and crew. Nope. There’s flames and a sewage treatment plant involved.

The ending doesn’t leave everyone with everything they want, but it did leave me with a good warm fuzzy feeling. Jonathan and crew helped out a little girl and still had time to decide if they really wanted to go to a holiday party or not. The tale captured the humor I so enjoyed in the first 3 books of the series, with Esther and Kelly teasing Jonathan and him throwing it back at them. I also liked Jonathan’s little song about the bones.


The Narration: Joe Hempel continues to do a great job with this series. He’s a perfect fit for Jonathan Shade. I also love his Kelly Chan voice. Esther is always great, especially with the accent Joe gives her. He did a great job of imbuing the characters with emotion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful