October Takeover: Trick-or-Treat Mysteries

~posted by Lori T.

Vampires, Cones, and Treacle Scones by Kaitlyn Dunnett

A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry

Trick or Deadly Treat by Livia J. Washburn

Witches Bane by Susan Wittig






With cauldrons bubbling, ghost shrieking and the things that go bump in the night, the mystery side of Halloween comes to life.  A person cannot be too careful on All Hallows Eve for the bump in the night could be a dead body falling from great height.

Parties and Carnivals start this day of fright. Agatha Christie’s Hallowe’en Party starts the show with a murder.  You might think you are safe looking for antiques; not if you read Antique Maul by Barbara Allan or Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs. A Halloween pumpkin festival is the setting for murder with Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier. A visit to a cemetery is required for a good fright, Ray Bradbury has penned Graveyard for Lunatics for your delight. Continue reading “October Takeover: Trick-or-Treat Mysteries”

They see dead people…sort of

Here are two paranormal series written on a theme, a woman who can see how and when people die, one in hindsight and other as foresight. The Harper Connelly Series is the invention of Charlaine Harris who is known for several series including Sookie Stackhouse in the Southern Vampire Mysteries. The other by Chuck Wendig is the Blackbirds Series. Wendig is also a screenwriter, blogger and game designer. Both are excellent writers, but with very different writing styles.

Harper Connelly has it rough. After being struck by lightning at the age of 15 she can find missing people’s remains. She can feel the dead and find their final resting place, and then experiences their death. The drawback is if it is murder Continue reading “They see dead people…sort of”

Book review: Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun

ghoulst-just-haunt-to-have-funIn Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun by Victoria Laurie, ghost-hunting medium MJ Holliday signs on to film a reality TV series centered around her paranormal talent. When a murderer strikes at the hotel where MJ and her crew are staying (and where the TV show is set to be filmed), it quickly becomes apparent that the killings are more than merely mundane.

This fourth installment of Laurie’s Ghost Hunter series is a lot of fun, with a few good chills tied in to keep things nice and creepy. With humor and the paranormal running rampant across the pages, this story will delight fans and new readers alike.

Book review: New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear

The year is 1899 and America is ruled by a distant king sitting on Britain’s Iron Thrown. In the colony of New Amsterdam, dissatisfied citizens spread whispers of war while Crown Investigator Abigail Irene Garrett uses sorcery to find a murderer. During her investigation into a brutal and possibly supernatural killing, Abby Irene meets amateur detective Sebastien de Ulloa. As chaos and war erupt around the pair, Abby Irene must chose a side—the crown, the rebels … or a vampire.

New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear is a refreshing addition to the world of vampire fiction because of its classical style. Bear does not try to engage readers with a new and edgy (and bloody) story, but rather catches readers’ attention with intricate politics, interesting characters and a language and technique that is reminiscent of an earlier time. Fans of Bram Stoker’s Dracula or Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray will appreciate the atmosphere and subtlety of Bear’s world, and readers new to vampire fiction will be dropped gently into a sub-genre that can be pretty gruesome.