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When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age estate, Tristan Pryce knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. He was to be the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. The ghosts were the simple part. He’d been seeing boo-wigglies since he was a child. No, the difficult part was his own family. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted. Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. The Grange has more than a few surprises for him, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit and when his Hellsinger team unwittingly release a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’d been sent to discredit.
Listening Time: 8 hrs 16 min
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
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After his Uncle Morty died, Tristan is left Hoxne Grange. His other uncle, or rather his auntie, wants The Grange, so tries to prove Tristan is insane. For Tristan can see ghosts, talks to them, indeed, they check into The Grange for 3 days. Wolf Kincaid is sent to disprove what Tristan says. But immediately he feels the Grange is different. And when his team inadvertantly releases a deadly ghost, Wolf has to set aside his beliefs, and help Tristan.
This was brilliant! I loved it. The ghosts, the drama, the love that springs from all that! I got a few twists very early, one that isnt revealed til the epilogue, I got that! I did! I'm rather pleased I did, can you tell??
Anyway, a fabulous story, with spooks and sceptres, cooks and housekeepers, wolfhounds and jack russels, this story will grab you, and not let you go. The relationship between Tris and Wolf is hot off the charts, but it builds, quickly, but its not an intsalove thing. It grows as the troubles at the Grange grow, adding to the tension in the book.
Tristan James narrates, and he does an awesome job. I love his work, and he is fast becoming an auto buy if I find him as narrator. His ability to tell a tale, add all the "pictures"(for want of a better word) that you make yourself while READING is astounding. His voice is low and deep, and crystal clear. His voices of the characters is clear and definative, so there is no mistaking who is talking. The way he tells of Winifred and her coming and going is brilliant!
I should like to go back and READ this one at some point. I'm trying not to read and listen but this one warants it. I want to see if the same pictures pop in my head as I read, as they did while listening.
5 stars for the book, and 5 for the narration **same worded review will appear elsewhere**
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
Rhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications. She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people.