Reviewed by Sarina
TITLE: Ghostly Investigations
AUTHOR: Edward Kendrick
PUBLISHER: JMS Books
LENGTH: 111 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2017
Jon Watts heard stories about ghosts but never believed in them … until he becomes one. Now, if he wants to move on, he has to solve his own murder.
At least he’ll have help from three new friends: Brody, an undercover cop who was killed five years earlier by an unknown assailant; Sage, a medium who can see and speak with ghosts; and Mike, the detective investigating Jon’s murder, who doesn’t know ghosts exist until Sage convinces him otherwise.
Will the four men solve both Brody’s and Jon’s murders? The possible attraction between Mike and Sage only complicates things. Or are Jon and Brody doomed to remain ghosts forever?
Its always a pleasure to discover a new author and its even better when the book ends up as enjoyable as this one. The story starts with Jon standing around watching as police canvas a crime scene. The issue? He’s dead and the murder the detectives are investigating is his. When he meets Brody, an undercover cop that was killed five years previous, the two men team up to try and solve Jon’s murder before he ends up stuck and unable to pass on like Brody is. On the flip side of things, there’s Mike, the detective assigned to the case; with no witnesses or motive readily apparent, the chance of solving the crime seems slim. But then his neighbor, Sage, walks up to him and claims to be able to see and speak to ghosts…
The big draw for me with this one was the concept; I really enjoyed seeing Jon and Brody attempt to find Jon’s killer while, on the other side of things, you also get to see the official police investigation being carried out by Mike. The ghosts obviously have an advantage in not having to wait for things such as search warrants but it was nice seeing the police work match up in a more ‘proper’ manner. Sage was a good intermediary between Jon, Brody and Mike and while not officially involved with the investigation, he was a nice counterbalance to the other three men and it never felt as though he didn’t belong or wasn’t necessary. The case itself ended up being a lot more convoluted than the beginning originally suggested, which was nice, but it was also handled fairly easily overall. This was a nice easy mystery that was enjoyable, but not very involved, if that makes sense.
I liked the story quite a bit but more for the overall concept than for the case itself. The characters were interesting, if not overly detailed, and I liked how all four men found themselves intertwined by a seeming quirk of fate. If you’re looking for something new and would prefer a more laid back mystery rather than a really long, overly complicated one, I’d recommend you give this one a look. I certainly enjoyed it and will be checking out this author’s other works because of it.