Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pale as a Ghost

Title: Pale as a Ghost
Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-837-2
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Private detective Duncan Andrews’s life is a little out of the ordinary. His best friend, Gina, is a witch who’s been around since the Salem witch trials, his dog is a zombie and Robbie, his boyfriend, has been a ghost for nearly a decade. Right now, he has a couple of cases where his affinity for the paranormal comes in handy. A woman wants him to find her daughter, who’s working as a stripper and another has an angry specter haunting her home after her kids use an Ouija board.

His personal life needs some help, also. He loves Robbie but wants to feel the touch of another man again…and Robbie isn’t happy about it. When Duncan meets Nick while on a case, he’s ready to take a chance and they agree on a first date, except Robbie pops in at the movie theater to ruin it. It’s frustrating, but there’s so much going on that Nick and Duncan have little chance of getting together. It includes a strange inhuman serial killer on the loose and Duncan’s also got a missing husband to find.

Pale as a Ghost is a fun read and the first for me by the author. I must admit that this little paranormal gem had me grinning and I certainly hope that there’s a sequel in the works so we can find out what happens to Duncan, Robbie and Nick.

The personalities of Duncan and Robbie are nicely developed…you just have to like these guys and feel sorry for them and their situation at the same time. The writing is tight with a great tongue-in-cheek style, there’s an interesting paranormal component to the story with its unique mystery/serial killer and has strong secondary characters. The plot even has a nice bit of humor interspersed throughout, along with lively, bantering pieces of conversation. It’s pretty much a win-win situation all-around and even though there’s a bit of romance …gasp…it doesn’t even have any sex in it, just a few kisses. Read and enjoy. I did.

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