An interesting take on the cozy mystery genre. Liz Talbot, a licensed Private Investigator, is asked to find Kent, the daughter of well-off Colton and Virginia Heyward. The police were convinced that she had chosen to leave home for personal reasons. However, not having provided any clues prior to or following her departure, that scenario was not a done deal.
Liz has lots of help - Kent’s father and mother, her grandmother, her fiance, her roommate from college all have thoughts - nobody seems to know the truth. The most interesting source of help comes from Colleen, a guardian spirit. There is a clear distinction between ghosts and guardian spirits.
“The distinction, according to Colleen, was that guardian spirits had passed to the next world and been sent back with work to do. Ghosts were the lingering spirits of the dead who had yet to cross over to the next life.”
I felt like I was reading the memoirs of the 2005-2010 TV drama, Ghost Whisperer.” Colleen adds little to the story itself, though she occasionally steps into the open to help Liz with some brainstorming or to serendipitously keep her or her family from finding themselves in serious danger.
Though this is the third book in what is (currently) scheduled to be a four-book set, the lack of having read the previous two novels did not seem to distract from my enjoyment of this book. I would not recommend this book to the committed Christian, but if one is willing to set aside a small bit of reality, the reader might find enjoyment in this book as a late night read around the fireplace. After all, Colleen is not a scary ghost, but she is a ghost.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.