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Séances Are for Suckers

Eleanor Wilde Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Ellie has an ailing sister to care for and working as a ghost hunter who doesn't believe in ghosts helps cover the bills for both of them. When she's lucky, it also pays for the occasional tropical vacation. Her brother doesn't exactly approve, but Ellie figures she's providing a service. On her latest job, though, she may be in for some genuine scares.

The skeptical, reserved, and very rich Nicholas Hartford III has flown her all the way to his family's ancestral estate in England - supposedly haunted by a phantom named Xavier. Nicholas thinks it's all just as much a crock as Ellie's business is, but the fact remains that something is causing the flashes of light, mysterious accidents and other apparent pranks in the chilly, eerie castle. His mother is sure that Xavier is real, and he's willing to employ Ellie if she can get to the bottom of it and put a stop to the nonsense.

While the food and accommodations are somewhat disappointing (IKEA furniture? Really?), Ellie is finding it an adventure to get to know this eccentric family and their houseguests and to poke around in the nearby village for clues. But when an actual dead body appears - and subsequently disappears - at Castle Hartford, she'll have to apply her talent for trickery and psychological insight to solve a flesh-and-blood murder.

©2018 Tamara Berry (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • ch
  • Portland, OR USA
  • 09-08-19

Light mystery/romance, well narrated.

I was worried that this book would be more in the supernatural mystery or horror genres but was relieved that it was just a light brush of that and more of a real mystery. The genre “lumping” that audible and other providers have been doing makes one wary.
The narrator did an excellent job.

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Loved it!

Well written and well paced out. I was never bored. The whole time I wanted to get answers, but didn’t want the story to end!

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very well written book

very well written book with a story line that kept me guessing. can't wait for the next one.

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A fun listen!

The idea behind this book was so different that I thought it could be a refreshing read. it was! I very much enjoyed all the characters and the narration was perfect.

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Enjoyable

I like the premise and the main character. And of course I want to know the next phase of Ellie’s life journey. The paranormal is just getting started.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 11-17-18

Pretty good

This is a pretty good book but it took me a while to get into it. The characters are well developed but the pacing of the story is slow in the beginning. I forced myself to continue and discovered an interesting book. I hope the next book doesn't take so long to develop. Sarah Zimmerman did a great job with the accents. I look forward to the next book.

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wow! loved it

I was so pulled into the lives of the characters. great mystery! great performance

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 09-24-19

Delightfully Different

Although I try not to listen to books from American authors, I found this to be a delight. Partly the delight is due to the book and partly to the narrator who really brought it to life.

There is humour here and a light touch to the writing which makes the book fun to listen to. A few of the characters are developed and some merely sketched in, so it's not a book where you can detect whodunnit, really you just go along for the ride.

I have to give the author full marks for creating a different slant on paranormal investigations (there are a few surprises) and also for being able to insert into the dialogue humour that is both subtle and funny.

Full marks and can we get the next one please?