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Ghost Walk

A Lacey Fitzpatrick and Sam Firecloud Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Laura Wilson
Length: 5 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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2017 Finalist New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards

2018 B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree

The first book of a popular paranormal cozy mystery series

Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she's on a quest to prove to herself - and the world - that she's still a competent crime-fighter. In order to do that, she teams up with Sam Firecloud, a half-Navajo man who communicates with ghosts. 

With his talent and her research, they tackle troubling unsolved crimes, but their latest case is the toughest. They have to solve a murder - where no record of a murder even exists. Can Sam glean enough information from the victim's ghost to unravel the mystery, and can Lacey convince the authorities that the murder actually happened?

©2017 Melissa Bowersock (P)2018 Melissa Bowersock

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Too many background noises!

The story and characters were nice enough. I love reading and listening to these kinds of stories. Where the law-enforcement (or others) team up with gifted people to solve crimes and Lacey and Sam were a good team. I liked how they complimented each other, both in skill set and personality, but also how they grew together as partners. The sad part is that the narration and lack of editing kept me from fully enjoying this story.

I rarely comment on the quality of the audio and the recording of it itself, I usually don’t have anything to say on that subject. However the recording of Ghost Walk needed a lot of editing and I found that distracting throughout the book.

I listen to audiobooks basically all day, every day, they are my lifeline and keep me sane(ish). The first thing that I noticed was the sound, it felt off and not the way it usually do. I’m not talking about Ms. Wilson’s voice, but rather the soundwaves themselves. I don’t think they bounced as they should, as the sound sounded flat and kind of dead. There was no softness to them, it was harsh and kind of raw. On the other hand this was something you got used to after listening a while. I also got used to the monotonous way Wilson narrated. It’s far from my preference, at the same time it’s nice to listen to someone new.

By far my biggest issue was the background noises. If I have to guess I believe the narrator was wearing big earrings (or possibly bracelets) that moved every time she did. And she moved - a lot. So the chiming of the jewellery could be heard all the time. And once you heard it the first time, you kept on hearing it time and again. There were times you could hear them in every sentence. I’m someone that gets easily distracted by absolutely everything, so more than once I found myself focusing on the background noises rather than the story, and that’s never a good sign.

A copy of this audiobook was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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A Great series of books

This is the first book of a fantastic series that will entertain you on all levels. Be sure to check out all the books. This Audible version is the first of its kind in the series. Very enjoyable!!!

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  • Jan
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  • 08-22-19

Excellent new series!

cozy-mystery, ghosts, paranormal, excop, private-investigators, law-enforcement, murder, murder-investigation

Through due diligence on excop turning PI Lacey's part and supernatural abilities on Sam's part, one serial killer cold case and one unsuspected murder see the light of day. Convincing LAPD was a bit tricky, but the truth won out as did the victims. Well done! Looking forward to more!
Laura Wilson is a good narrator, but needs to better soundproof her recording closet.

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you better wise up Janet Weiss!

3.5 ***

Ghost Walk is the story of a disgraced ex-cop and a Navajo medium coming together to solve crimes. I enjoyed this story and getting to know these characters. As of this book, there's no romance between to the two but i can feel it brewing. The story is interesting but i had it figured out way before poor Lacey did. I would read or listen to the next book in this series as it takes place on the Reservation and has some supernatural in it!
Melissa Bowersock reads this one and she does a great job.

**I would like to thank Melissa for a copy of this audio book. this is my honest review.**

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Fitzpatrick and Firecloud! What a team!

This is the first time I have ever listened to a book written by Melissa Bowersock and read by Laura Wilson. I received a free copy in return for a fair review. Wow! What a great book. I loved everything about it. Everything. The characters Lacey and Sam are the perfect team. They both have a special gift. One for research and detective work and the other for communicating with the dead. Lacey and Sam just work so well together and it was refreshing to listen to a book without having to be a part of someone's bedroom activities or a bunch of profanity. Thank you for a totally enjoyable 5 hours. I will be either reading or listening to other books in this series.

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Ghost Walk

Lacey Fritzgerald is a former policeman who left under a dark cloud. Now she's doing security work at a local company. One morning she heads out and notices cop cars and spectators and when she goes to find out what's going on, she sees her former boss. There she learns that they have discovered bones which eventually is identified as a young girl who had disappeared 20 years earlier. She meets a man named Sam who help discover the bones. In talking with him she learns he's a ghost Walker. A Navaho man who senses the spirits. This behind a new journey for both Lacey and Sam.
Laura Wilson is a fantastic narrator that portrays each character brilliantly!
Fantastic audio and story!!!

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  • 07-24-19

No, just no

I didn't finish this listen. Audiobooks are a passive activity so when you have to stop what you are doing to figure out who's speaking, then the book and the story becomes less fun. I had to stop too many times in the first two chapters because the male and female voices sounded the same. Worse, there was some emotion hinted at in the written word that never came across in the narration. I stopped listening.

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A great start

This was an amazing story that had me hooked right from the start. The narrator had a lot of distracting noise like a bracelet or something that took away from the story leaving me wondering did I really hear that the first few times. Those noises got progressively worse.
Nevertheless I trudged on because I loved the story. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Poor narration

Narrator ‘s timing was monotonous and I was going to stop listening. Distracted very much from the story.

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No shortcuts in plot

Excellent story that makes sense given the clues uncovered by the detective and her partner. Too many mystery writers plant unconvincing clues to advance the plot. Interesting and compelling characters.

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  • serisa
  • 09-12-19

Brilliant story

I really enjoyed this story. The characters work really well together. A must read or listern.

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  • deafmick
  • 09-07-19

This is my first book by Melissa bedrock 4 out of 5 and my first narrated by Laura wilson 4 out of 5

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  • Helen
  • 08-31-19

great book

Lacey Fitzpatrick is an ex-LAPD detective with an axe to grind. Tainted by the betrayal of her drug-dealing cop boyfriend, she's on a quest to prove to herself - and the world
enjoyed this book can't wait for book 2

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  • Steph Warren
  • 03-02-19

Great new paranormal detective series

*I received a free code for this audiobook, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Fans of the blog will already know that I reviewed Melissa Bowersock’s Ghost Walk back in December and really enjoyed it, so I was happy to give the audiobook a go and see what I thought of it.

I covered my opinion of the plot and characters in the previous review, here, but just to recap, Ghost Walk is a mixture of police-turned-PI mystery and the paranormal. WE have actual crimes , investigated by following paper trails, interviewing suspects and examining crime scenes, but we also have a Native American psychic listening to ghosts in an attempt to find justice for their murders.

I really enjoyed how Bowersock balanced these two elements, and it made for an intriguing and entertaining story with a Scully/Mulder vibe to it.

I was a little unsure of Laura Wilson’s narration at first, as she uses a very calm and sedate tone and pace, which felt almost soporific until I got used to it. Once the story was fully underway I actually found the steady narration fit with my interpretation of the characters and their lack of drama despite the situations they find themselves in. I found that I was able to concentrate fully on the story as it was read to me, without being too distracted by different voices or dramatic performance style.

I would definitely recommend this series to fans of cosy-style mysteries with a paranormal twist, and am looking forward to bringing you my views of Skin Walk (Book 2 in the series) later this month!

Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog