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One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again.

Now, Detective Dori Orihuela witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares.

Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn't sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.

Her wisecracking Grammy Cena has waited too long for her independent granddaughter to return home. She hires a kooky psychic to banish the ghost and a handsome contractor with whom Dori has an unhappy past. With a promise to Vicente, Dori may solve a forgotten Prohibition era murder. Or she may exhume secrets someone died to protect.

A modern gothic mystery woven with suspense, ghosts, and romance, Lost in the Light was nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Paranormal Mystery/Suspense.

Fans of Susanna Kearsley, Simone St. James, Diana Gabaldon, Mary Stewart, Kate Morton, and Victoria Holt will want to curl up with Dori on her journey to love, past and present.

©2012 Mary Castillo (P)2016 Mary Castillo

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Spellbounding

This book kept me on the edge of my char. the writing, the atmosphere, the mystery was great. I couldn't put it down until I finished.

The characters were very well written, the plot was wonderful with the twists and turns. I enjoyed the parallel stories of Dori and Vicente. I was captivated how the story of Dori's discovery of Vincente's fate unfolded. I'm looking forward to listening to the next book. Mary Castillo's narration added a special touch to the whole experience.

Highly recommended

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Centerville, OH, United States
  • 10-27-17

An Haunted House/Ghost Story



Dori is a police officer who's recovering emotionally and physically from from an officer involved shooting, where she shot and killed a crazed gun toting young mother.

While Dori is on leave she buys an old historical house that she is drawn to. The house is haunted by Vincent a probation era gangster who was brutally murdered in the house. Vincent appears to Dori and implores her to investigate what happened to the love of Vincent's life, Anna.

Dori has a zany, quirky grandmother, Grammy Cena who really makes this novel and adds comic relief.

The story is an okay listen and has promise for an entertaining series. The narration is also well done.

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A fun escapist read

Would you try another book from Mary Castillo and/or Mary Castillo?

Yes, I would. I think she's a talented storyteller.

What other book might you compare Lost in the Light to and why?

The mirroring storylines kind of reminded me of "The Longest Ride" by Nicholas Sparks if there'd been bootlegging and prohibition.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Mary Castillo?

Yes, but I think she needs to check her editing a bit closer. Her storytelling ability is wonderful, but the recording had repeats, feedback, and background noises.

Could you see Lost in the Light being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes. Justina Machado as Dori and Diego Luna as Vicente.

Any additional comments?

I received this book from the author as part of a blog tour. The opinions are my own.<br/><br/>This was a really fun story. I like the mystery, the characters, and even the two romances. Dori was a fun main character, and I thought her unintentional friendship and kinship with ghost Vicente was fun in a Ghost and Mrs. Muir kind of way. Finding out the truth of what happened to Vicente was heartbreaking. I loved all of Dori's friends and relatives. They were all easy to tell apart and added so much humor to the story. <br/><br/>I got the audiobook via Audible, and it was read by the author. She did a good job telling the story, but the editing of the audiobook left something to be desired. There were moments where she repeated herself, there was background noise, and sometimes weird static that was very jarring. But overall, it was a great read, and I really enjoyed it.

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Team Grammy Cena!

Wow, that’s all I can say, what a book! Dori is a police detective recovering from an injury that puts the badge she wears in jeopardy. Needing an outlet Dori buys an old house in her hometown, determined to slowly bring it back to life.

Unfortunately for Dori, that’s not the only thing to come to “life” in the old home. Vincent a prohibition era ghost enlist Dori to help him figure out what happened to his long-lost love, and just maybe along the way Dori will help solve a long-ago murder… If she's not declared crazy first.

Lost in the Light will make you feel sad, anxious and laugh out loud. I especially got a kick out of Grammy Cena, she’s the MVP of the book in my opinion.

Mary Castillo wrote and narrated this 8 ½ hour audiobook. I know what you’re thinking! "Lynda, I thought you never listen to audiobooks read by the author!" I know, I know, but the premise of the book sounded so intriguing to me and Mary did such a wonderful job on the sample, I decided to take a chance, and I’m glad I did! Mary was outstanding, she voiced so many different characters with a variety of accents including the character Meg, who was British! All of the characters in this audiobook were done well.

If you are looking for a different type of book that is part ghost tale, murder mystery and love story, you’ve stumbled across a gem of a book. Enjoy!

This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!

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Lost in this Good Book!

I thoroughly enjoyed Lost in the Light. It’s a wonderful combination of ghost story and historical fiction with a modern-day heroine to root for. The author does a great job toggling between the main character, Dori Orihuela in the present day and the life story of her ghost, Vincente. The intertwining stories drew me and kept me riveted until the end.

I also loved the cast of characters in Dori’s life. I laughed out a loud a few times over the antics of Dori’s Grammy who’s unapologetically irreverent and outspoken about Dori’s life.

What really brought the book to life for me was the wonderful narration by the author, Mary Castillo. Her voice is very pleasant to listen to. And, she’s spot on with the voices and accents—not easy to do! She did a better job than some of the “professional” narrators in other books I’ve listened to. In fact, I think she could have a second career as a narrator if she wanted to.

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A sweet story

Would you listen to Lost in the Light again? Why?

I loved the quirky and sympathetic characters in this book, they were so easy to listen to I would definitely listen again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved Dori's grandmother in this book, she's a tough woman and will do anything for her family.

Which character – as performed by Mary Castillo – was your favorite?

I loved Dori's grandmother in this book, she's a tough woman and will do anything for her family.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Nope, I enjoyed listening to this book in installments - it's not exciting and suspenseful, it's more of an enjoyable experience to be reserved for a cosy night in

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Entertaining new series - I'm looking forward to t

I really liked this book. I love paranormal mysteries, historic fiction, and stories about haunted houses. This book hit all those points. The book has lots of interesting characters (I especially love Grammy Cena and Meg), and is a fun look back at the times of prohibition in California. I loved seeing the ghost's reaction to Dori's cousin and the way he described his appearance. I love thinking about all those historic homes in National City and the secrets they might hide. I listened to the Audible Audio version of this story that was narrated by the author. She does a great job narrating and giving everyone a unique voice. My only complaint with the audio was that during the second half, there were a lot of repeats of words and phrases - I don't know if that was the recording itself, or the device I was playing it on. It was a little distracting, but it did not interfere with my enjoyment of the book. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

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Terrific First Book in the Series!

Where does Lost in the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was wonderful, and I know I will listen to it again. Mary Castillo did a terrific job narrating it, bringing all the characters to life. She is a top notch writer, and she covers an intertwined plot that spans two time periods perfectly. A great story!

What other book might you compare Lost in the Light to and why?

I have read several mystery books that contain ghosts because I like them. This book is a very satisfying read, a great addition to the genre. I love the plot, love the ghost Vincente.

What about Mary Castillo’s performance did you like?

The MOST important thing about doing accents is that they have to be done well. Mary Castillo obviously has the background to do a spot on Spanish accent. I like her voice, and I was able to know every character as they spoke.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when Dori Orihuela decided to help Vincente find out what happened to his long lost love.

Any additional comments?

I liked Dori Orihuela, the main character, a lot. She is strong, loving and a caring grand daughter. She's dealing with an injury on her job as detective. Practical, independent, she is struggling with the after effects of being shot. As if that isn't enough, she has a big house that needs a lot of work, an ex boyfriend as a contractor and a touchy mother. Oh yes, and she has a ghost. <br/>

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Great story

Lost in the Light (The Dori Orihuela Series) by Mary Castillo Lost in the life is paranormal mystery. Yep you get all the great things we red for. There is touch of romance, Ghosts, mystery, and the coolest sounding Granny on the planet. Dori is a police officer who was shot in the line of duty. While home recovering she decides to buy a old house and remodel it. Shorty after buying the the resident spirit Vicente steps out of the butler's closet. Not only does he introduce himself he also tells Dori what he wants from her. He wants her t find Anna, who was the love of his life. Vicente was murdered in 1932. While trying to find Anna, Dori also decides to find out who murdered Vicente so he can rest in peace as well. This story is basically 2 stories in one. You have present day as well as the story of Vicente and Anna in the 1920's and 30's during the prohibition. So you learn about the present and the past. And like I said you get the coolest Granny on the planet as well. I have to say she was my favorite character int he book. She is full of vinegar. She brings a lot of humor to the story. She is never short on smart comments. This was a very interesting story. I did really enjoy my time with Dori, her family, ad the ghosts. Ghosts are my favorite form of the paranormal genre, and Mary Castillo did not let me down. The ghosts are not scary. There is very little cursing and no strong 4 lettered words, nor any sex in this book. I would call it a clean read.