Happy New Year everyone from Crime Scene Reviews. To get the new year off with a bang, let’s take a dip into the world of the paranormal. Here are two smashing book titles, written with wit, daring and verve. Both crime novels have sassy, smart, highly competent female detectives, both of them ‘gifted’ or ‘cursed’ with paranormal abilities. Both titles have been taken from Book Club Reading List. Please help me decide which one to review first by voting in the book poll!
The first choice is First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones:
As the only grim reaper this side of Mars, Charley sees dead people. Yep, dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Sadly, she’s having a hard time focusing on her day job. A man as dark and dangerous as Charley’s sense of humor has decided to visit her at night. To seduce her in her dreams. Charley’s all for it until she realizes he may not be a man at all. He may be something else entirely.
Rita, Golden Heart, and Daphne du Maurier award winning book!
The second is Divine Intervention by Cheryl Kaye Tardif.
CFBI agent Jasmine McLellan leads a psychically gifted team in the hunt for a serial arsonist―a murderer who has already taken the lives of three people.
Jasi and her team members―Psychometric Empath and profiler Ben Roberts and Victim Empath Natassia Prushenko―are joined by Brandon Walsh, the handsome but skeptical Chief of Arson Investigations. In a manhunt that takes them from Vancouver to Kelowna, Penticton and Victoria, they are led down a twisting path of sinister secrets.
Sifting through ashes and clues, Jasi realizes that there is more to the third victim than meets the eye. Perhaps not all of the victims were that innocent. The hunt intensifies when she learns that someone they know is next on the arsonist’s list.
Unleashing her gift as a Pyro-Psychic, Jasi is compelled toward smoldering ashes and enters the killer’s mind―a mind bent on destruction and revenge. And in the heat of early summer, Jasi discovers that a murderer lies in wait…much closer than she ever imagined.
**Book 1 in the Divine series & an international bestseller**