Saturday, March 26, 2011
42) Allegra Fairweather by Janni Nell
Allegra Fairweather here. Paranormal investigator. Got problems with specters? Shapeshifters? I'm the woman to call. Just don't call me a Ghostbuster. The last guy who did that ended up flat on his back with my boot at his throat.
With my 99.5% success rate, solving the mystery of a bleeding rose that has sprung up on the shores of Loch Furness should have been an easy gig. But already I've heard the shriek of the local banshee, discovered two bodies (and then lost two bodies), and had a near-death encounter with a three-hundred-year-old ghost. And perhaps most dangerous of all, the hot pub owner who hired me now wants to show me exactly what's under his kilt.
Luckily, I'm ably assisted by my very own guardian angel. I'm grateful for his help-but he's also drop-dead gorgeous. A bit distracting when I've got a mystery to solve, and the clock is ticking...
My Thoughts -
I am not sure how I got this book. I believe I saw it cheap on Amazon and decided to buff up my to be read pile on my Kindle. The blurb obviously got me interested enough to take a chance on it and I am glad now, that for whatever reason made me buy this book, that I did indeed get it. It turned out to be a surprisingly good read and much better than I thought it would be.
With a good plot and an interesting story I quickly got interested in this one. I liked Allegra almost immediately and grew to like her even more as the book progressed. As a paranormal investigator I have to wonder how much experience she really has because sometimes she seemed a little slow. However despite her somewhat newbie like skills she got the job done and did it well.
The writing style was a little strange and took some getting used to. I always had the feeling that there were details missing from the story and the depth and details were lacking at points. Although the great plot and storyline made me ignore this and of course the paranormal elements more than made up for any flaws this book had.
I have to say that this was a very delightful debut and would be a great read for anyone who likes the Paranormal genre and even cozy mysteries. I thought it was a little strange that the author based this debut in Scotland and didn't introduce us to Allegra at home in her own surroundings but she made it work.
Now I am anxious to find out what happens next and to see what Allegra's family and home are like. The ending suggests a sequel but I didn't see any announced. Hopefully it will come sometime soon because I definitely want to read it.