DEALS OF THE MONTH
Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.
Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, doesn’t think she’s nuts.
Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected State Senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the Senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator’s wife.
Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, twenty-four years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further she becomes the next target for serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends.
The Jackson's expected the only horror they would experience this weekend was in babysitting cousin Jimmy. But when the door to Hell opens up, all bets were off.
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2017
Another fun and funny episode in the Lafayette Street escapades. This one starts with Melody experiencing a warning dream. The family interaction in this series is simply hysterical. It took me a while in the first book to catch onto Melody's character (at first I thought she was a bit snarky and rude) but now that I have her deciphered, I practically laugh out loud at her unique quirkiness. I LOVE her parents and the way they engage and accept her. This creative little 12-year-old is irritated by 'hand quotes,' certain sounds and corny jokes, and she is prone to go off into her imagination writing her present as if she is seeing scenes being narrated in the movie of her life. Yes, she is a little OCD!
This book is well written and can stand alone but really builds on the first. Some questions are left to play into the next book but it's a rather pleasant sort of cliffhanger. Let me just say that overall I'm 'gobsmacked...' because I think Melody would like my using that word.
Three months have passed since Preen learned that her husband, Rama, was captured and killed by a rival militia. Now the pieces of her shattered life are falling back into place. It's getting easier to breathe again. Preen finds herself smiling over her daughter's antics. She's engaged to her wealthy, handsome cousin, who loved her long before Rama stole her heart. Then, late one night, Rama calls. He asks Preen to come back to the dangerous city of Dor, back to the life she thought she'd left behind forever...
A neighbor dies leaving the family a brown-paper package with mysterious contents, This sets in motion an adventure which threatens to reveal the true nature of reality.
“What?” Bernie stared, wide-eyed into the deep well. He was barefooted, and found it unusual that the bricks which lined the entrance to the mouth of Hell were so cold to the touch.
“Nothing,” the voice came again from the deep blackness. “Nevermind. I thought you were someone else. Go about your business.”
“Wait,” Bernie said. “Tell me. I can take it.” He realized then that the words weren't so much coming out of his mouth as they were emerging from his brain. He shook his head. Why was he trying to extract information that he was nearly one hundred percent positive that he didn't want to know. Especially from whatever entity lived down in this hole?
“Do you really want to know?” The voice seemed hopeful.
“No,” Bernie thought, closing his eyes as tightly as he could. However the words that actually escaped him were more positive. “Of course I do,” he said. “You know that. You've always known that.”
At first, the being from the well was silent. Then came a chuckle, dark and low-throated.
“Okay,” the voice said. “Then I'll tell you, though I must warn you that you might go mad. Are you sure?”
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It all began with a blood-curdling scream in the middle of the night. This spurs on an investigation by Melody Jackson and her family which leads all over Portland. Enlisting the help of Lonnie's friends, Chazz and Malika, the group looks to resolve the mystery of not only the woman in white, but of two mysterious men in a van, and the dreaded Bardo
Reviewed in the United States on October 14, 2015
This is an excellent book for tweens and teens. My mother, bless her 85 year old heart, loves it as well, so I would think anyone would. Melody is my favorite youngster of the last several years. I love her feisty comebacks and her sense of self. I hope there will be many more to come.
I really enjoyed the bad guys in Lady in White, and I would love to see more of the neighborhood boys, every neighborhood has them.