The Ghosts of Mystic Springs

Mystic Springs Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Raquel Beattie
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Why be normal when you can be paranormal?

Welcome to Mystic Springs, where things definitely go bump in the night.

As the town’s medium, Connie Winters is the only person who can see the ghosts who call Mystic Springs home. When young temptress Lola is killed, the dead mayor and the dead sheriff are determined to investigate. Since they’ve never been replaced with live counterparts, they’d better get on with it. But they need Connie’s help. And if Connie’s helping, her sister Sage is going to get involved too - she’s beautiful, slim, and 20 years dead. 

Connie must battle her own inner demons in order to believe she’s capable of succeeding. But she has no idea what she’s up against, because when your life has been destroyed, you have nothing left to lose.

©2018 Mona Marple (P)2019 Mona Marple

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This idea of an afterlife looks good to me........

The Ghosts of Mystic Springs is a charming and fun paranormal, cozy mystery. Connie is a woman of indeterminate middle age living in the small town of Mystic Springs and working as a medium. Since she was a child, Connie has been able to see and communicate with ghosts, and Mystic Springs is jammed packed with them. She interacts with spirits as often as she does with living people, and she is especially close with the former mayor, Atticus, and her sister Sage. The former sheriff becomes an integral part of this threesome when they begin to investigate the murder of Lola, a young woman known for her promiscuous behavior and rebellious personality. There seem to be many contenders for the position of Lola's murderer, and it is fun to watch the living and the dead try to solve this crime. Although the mystery held my attention, it was really the idea of spirits living and walking among us with a completely fulfilling and separate life after death that I found particularly engrossing. I could relate to all the characters, and the relationship between Connie and Sage is very touching.

Raquel Beattie's narration is great. She has a light, feminine voice that perfectly suits this story of mostly female characters. Her delivery is smooth, her performance flawless, and her emotion level suited to the various moods of the story. The only jarring item was that the two main characters, Connie and Sage, were supposedly born and raised in England, but neither spoke with any hint of a British accent.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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Good but not my thing

I'm sorry, but I just couldn't get invested this one. I like mysteries with ghosts, but this one seems more like ghosts with a side order of murder. The characters certainly are and are very clearly portrayed.
The narrator is exceptional and stays perky throughout.

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Interesting take on a paranormal mystery

The main character is a little difficult to warm up to but I enjoyed the story and look forward to reading/listening to more. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I will have to try the next book and see if makes me feel any better!

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Love the characters, both the living and the dead.

I LOVED this book! Wonderful setting, delightful characters both living and dead! I'll definitely be reading more of this series. Love a mature, not thin main character!

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Fun twist on a ghost story.

I loved the relationship of the sisters in this book. The narrator did a great job with the different characters.

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A very good start to a series...

It's a very interesting concept for a cozy mystery: ghosts taking up a murder investigation, with a little help from the only living person who can see and talk to them :) Why do the ghosts have to do it? Because there are no law officers in town - no police force, no sheriff, no-one... And so they do what they have to do to make sure that their town is again as safe as before:)

I like this concept a lot; there are many paranormal cozies out there, but it's ususally witches who do the job. Having a medium and her long dead sister as main characters/sleuths is a nice change... The murder case itself is intriguing, with leads taking us here and there, with suspects having plausible motifs for murder and a logical, though quite paranormal solution:) Characters - the good and the villainous ones - are colourful, vividly and quite realistically portrayed (even though many of them are ghosts:)), and most of them are likeable...

Narration by Ms Beattie is very good, with the right pace and nicely done voices; some of them may sound a bit too similar to one another but I didn't have any problem with recognizing who was who, so that's OK.

It's a very good interpretation of the book which kept me listening from chapter one to the end in one sitting:)

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

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Enjoyable Paranormal Cozy

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is the first book in the Mystic Springs cozy mysteries series. It is a standalone book with no cliffhanger ending.

Here, in the very small town of Mystic Springs, Connie is a medium. She is able to see and communicate with her deceased sister Sage, the deceased former Sheriff of the town and the deceased former Mayor, among others. Since the town's Sheriff died, Mystic Springs has no law enforcement. So, when a murder occurs at an April Fool's Day party, there is no one to investigate. The spirits of the Sheriff, the Mayor, Sage begin to investigate with Conmie's help.

I love this premise - spirits investigating and using a medium - lots of fun. There were some distractions to the story such as the Connie's constant whining about her weight/poor self image; that law enforcement would simply ignore an entire town and not investigate a murder [??] - it's not a traffic ticket; Sage being a bit self-centered. Overall I enjoyed Connie's interactions with the main spirits as well as the spirits who she called upon as part of her medium business. The mystery was decent and a nice twist regarding the murderer. There are some unanswered questions regarding some of the MC's but it is the first book in the series so plenty of time to resolve these issues. Overall, I enjoyed it and would be interested in seeing what else transpires in Mystic Springs.

The narrator has a very nice bright pleasing voice. She did a very good job with the narration. My only quibble - Connie and Sage are both described as being from England but neither had an English accent.

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Surprising and great work around for mystery

There is a new cozy mystery series out. The twists and turns are gentle not break neck speed. This one contains themes of sisterhood, community and spirits among us. I recognize in all family relationships we tend to repeat ourselves and our arguments but at times its redundant to point I could finish the quote because I heard it before multiple times already. There is a surprising and very good work around for the mystery.
There are pieces of backstory that help but I really was disappointed where a couple of them were sorely lacking. I’m not changing the stars for it because it’s my hope the author will address them in the next book. This book is not a cliffhanger but left many doors open to go through.

The Narrator was excellent and I will be looking for her other works. She does excellent male voices and multiple characters with ease.

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Really enjoyed

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I expected this book to be like all the other cozy supernatural mysteries but I was pleasantly surprised. I love the idea behind this story, lots of directions it could go.

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Good paranormal story

Connie is a medium who lives in a little town called Mystic Springs.. Mystic Springs happens to have lots of spirits in their residence and Connie can communicate with them all, including her sister Sage.

When a local woman is murdered, and the town without a sheriff, Connie and a few other spirits, (including the former sheriff, who is now a spirit himself), take it upon themselves to help solve the murder.

There were some unanswered questions in this first story, but I'm sure they will be answered.

Raquel Beattie did a great job in the narration.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Helen
  • 04-24-20

Amazing storyline

Wonderful storyline enjoyed this audio book very much
Love every minute for the storyline
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  • Julie
  • 03-27-20

Mystic spooks

I enjoyed this book but didn't see the end coming. I haven't read a story by this author before but the blurb sounded interesting so I gave it a go, it is a very unusual plot and I quite liked it. The story is told by two character, so you have to make sure you listen well because at the start of each chapter it tells you who perspective you are listening to, either Connie the Medium or Sage the ghost of her sister. The mystery is fun and I liked the way the ghosts help to solve it. There are plenty of suspects to keep you guessing and the book takes a twist at the end which could lead to some interesting stories in the series. A series I will be keeping an eye out for.
Connie is a medium and finds it hard being the only person in town the can speak to both the living and the dead. So when it comes to arranging a Halloween party that both could attend she hesitates it could so easily go wrong but Sage her sister and a ghost knows how to get what she wants. It turns out Connie had good reason to worry there is a murder and a young girl is murdered before the party ends. Mystic springs is a small town and when there only policeman and mayor died they never replaced them. The two men, with the help of Sage convince Connie that they need her help to find the murderer before anyone else gets hurt. Not everything is what it seems at Mystic Springs.
I liked the narrator and the hours listening to the story just flew by.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.