Jim Malhaven is a lonely hack reporter stringing along on assignments no one else wants at the local paper until he gets the scoop of his life. There’s a mysterious wraith haunting the local cemetery, and it’s up to him to get to the bottom of the ghostly goings-on. Along the way, he’ll cross paths with a trio of weird sisters, uncover a sinister conspiracy, have more than one brush with death, and meet a gal with honey blonde hair and a killer smile. Is she that certain someone he’s been looking for all his life, or is there a villain hiding behind that lovely face? This twisty tale is the first in a new series of mystery novels paying loving homage to the hard-boiled detective novels and movies of the 1940s and 50s with a paranormal bent that will leave you guessing until the final shocking revelation.
What a fun audiobook! The narrator had a great 50’s noir accent that matched the story perfectly. I found this story by Helen Whistberry from recommendations on Twitter – I love that Twitter can help me find something other than the top selling books. While I do enjoy some of the books that have big presses behind them, I’m always looking out for indie options too!
This was an easy audiobook to get into and stay engaged. I listened to it while walking the dog, driving to work or playing Animal Crossing New Horizons. The first person narrative was done well. I never felt that it was a droning train of consciousness which to me is most import thing when writing in first person. Being able to listen in on Jim Malhaven’s internal dialogue throughout the varied situations he found himself in greatly helped move the story along. He was a fascinating character who was easy to connect with as he shares his insecurities about past injuries.
Oh my the twists and turns though! I was constantly being caught off guard with revelations from characters I didn’t expect. It is a true mystery novel with surprises right until the end which made my heart sing. I’ve been reading too many mysteries that have predictable endings so this was a treat.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great mystery to dig into.