Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dead End

Title: Dead End
Author: Stephen Osborne
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63216-028-7
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Duncan Andrews is an ordinary private investigator with a special talent—he sees ghosts—so he tends to specialize in paranormal cases. He also has some unusual helpers. His best friend, Gina, is a witch, his dog’s a zombie and his boyfriend, Robbie, who has been hanging around for ten years—as a ghost.

When the house Robbie’s cousin, Jason, inherits turns out to be haunted by the malevolent spirit of a serial killer, Duncan thinks it will be a regular banishing. He’s wrong and almost gets killed. It’s tough getting rid of a spirit that’s had decades to take over a house. Then there’s Duncan’s other problems. A witch hunter’s group intends to kill Gina, and Robbie is thinking of passing to the other side. Can Duncan stop a serial killer ghost before he hurts someone, keep Gina alive and convince Robbie to stay? It’s a tall order, and could get Duncan killed, but he has to try.

Dead End is the latest release by Stephen Osborne in his paranormal series, Duncan Andrews Thrillers. Be aware that with the recurring characters and relationships, it would be beneficial to read the books in order.

I was thrilled when I saw that another book in this fun and entertaining series had been released—and I wasn’t disappointed. It has everything a good read needs—characters with interesting personalities, a little angsty romance, good friends, action and danger, all within a well written and paced plot. 

Yes, as expected you’ll find a paranormal investigation, but it never overpowers the personal stuff. There’s a nice balance of Duncan and his life with Robbie, and his friends and what’s going on in their lives. And truthfully in some places the dialogue is funny. I mean make me chuckle out loud while my husband is driving funny. Best of all there’s enough surprises to keep you guessing and the pages turning. The most shocking one comes near the very end—and no, I’m not telling. Just know that it will change Duncan and Robbie’s world, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Enjoy!

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