Ghost Detective (A Myron Vale Investigation)

Written by: Scott William Carter

Recommended by: Jana DeLeon

Price at time of purchase: $6.99

Genre: Mystery

Give a brief description of the story.

After narrowly surviving a near-fatal shooting, Portland detective Myron Vale wakes with a bullet still lodged in his brain, a headache to end all headaches, and a terrible side effect that radically transforms his world for the worse:  He sees ghosts.  Lots of them.

By some estimates, a hundred billion people have lived and died before anyone alive today was even born.  For Myron, they’re all still here.  That’s not even his biggest problem.  No matter how hard he tries, he can’t tell the living from the dead.

Despite this, Myron manages to piece together something of a life as a private investigator specializing in helping people on both sides of the great divide — until a stunning blonde beauty walks into his office needing help finding her husband.  Myron wants no part of the case until he sees the man’s picture . . . and instantly his carefully reconstructed life begins to unravel.

What did you think the author did particularly well?

The conflict was particularly well done. The emotional conflict was also wrapped up in the mystery and included the secondary characters as well.

What was your favorite thing about the story?

The world-building surrounding the protagonist was very detailed about the issues someone might face if they awakened with Myron Vale’s skill set. He also incorporated plausible issues between humans and ghosts, if you assumed such a situation could actually exist.

Fans of police procedurals with a paranormal twist will enjoy this book. The style and tone of the book reminded me a bit of the original Night Stalker series, but not as graphic or violent.

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