|Lillian Stewart Carl: Shadows in Scarlet|
Wildside Press (Hardcover), ISBN 1587153750
That night James Grant's ghost appears to Amanda. And, oh mama, what a ghost he proves to be. Tall, handsome and quite charming, James brings history home to Amanda in ways she never dreamt of. However, charming or not, Amanda finds her involvement with James puts her in very difficult situations indeed. How does she explain her sudden insights and knowledge or the very odd accidents that suddenly start occurring to her co-workers?
Yet, James is so studly…er, compelling. Amanda impulsively promises James that she'll reveal the truth of his death and, just as impulsively, hops a plane from Colonial Williamsburg to the Grant ancestral castle in Scotland. Amanda commits herself to uncovering James' murderer. But truth can be a tricky thing, and Amanda finds that what rings true to a ghost doesn't necessarily fly with those still living.
Carl manages to pull off a tricorn hat trick by combing a mystery, ghost story and engaging romance into a coherent and completely engrossing whole. From the living Amanda to the very-much-dead-but-still-kicking James, Carl's characters bring Shadows in Scarlet to delightful life. If you like ghosts, mysterious happenings and a satisfying romance to round the whole thing out, then you'll love Shadows in Scarlet. Carl even managed to surprise me with her ending. That doesn't happen often. Brava, Lillian!
Raising hell for fifty years from Alaska to the Azores and all points in between, Teri Smith was an Air Force brat who never stopped traveling. She was also a mother, a grandmother (of ten!), a help desk wizard, a financial assistant, acquisitions editor for Samhain Publishing and, most importantly, the Queen Nag of the Known Universe. A multi-published short story writer, her first novel, With Nine You Get Vanyr, written with Jean Marie Ward, was published in 2007. Contrary to common belief, she never stopped living.
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