Hello once more you lovely folks and welcome back to this little ol’ blog of mine 🙂
This week I have another book review for you – I do enjoy discovering a new author and how better to find them than by having other people tell you how good they are !
So on with the review
Book blurb: “The Strangest Things Happen When You’re Dead.” – May Elizabeth Trump.
The deathly silence is about to be broken. She disliked the company of others and death did little to warm her spirit. She had led an independent life and she faced death in much the same way. She was finally alone, finally free from the mindless babble of others, at least that’s what she thought. May Elizabeth Trump was the rarest of spirits and she was none too happy about it either. She was a dead medium, a ghost who can speak with the living, and her services were to become in great demand. Flung into the limelight and smothered with unwanted attention, May soon discovers that it is not only ghosts with long awaited messages that have taken an interest in her. Something dark was lurking in the shadows, stalking her. Even the dead are not left to rest in peace. Dead Medium: A humorous, character driven story and a unique vision of life after death. Not your average ghost story.
My thoughts: I had never read anything by Peter John before so I didn’t know what to expect, I have to say I really enjoyed this book though. It’s a very cleverly worked out story with some strong, funny, sometimes grumpy characters who, by means of death or friendship come together to try and help a young woman save her home following the death of her mother.
May, the main character in the book, starts out as a typical – and maybe even stereotypical – grumpy old woman who merely tolerates a weekly visit from her friend but likes nothing more than generally being left to her own devices. All of that is about to change when she unexpectedly dies.
Expecting an afterlife of peace May finds the truth rather more startling. The world is filled with the undead, each one desperate to contact their loved ones one last time but so few ever can and that is how May’s ability to speak to the living suddenly thrusts her into the spotlight.
So many ghosts are in need of May’s services but it isn’t only ghosts occupying her time. There are rumours of something else out there, something darker and possibly deadlier – no one knows for sure because no ghost who encounters them ever returns to tell their tale.
All in all this is a very well crafted story and a real pleasure to read. Without wanting to give any major spoilers I just have to say that I loved Mr Kibbles and truly adored the ending.
Give it a read, I don’t think you’ll be sorry 🙂