Friday, 4 December 2015

A Love and Murder Christmas - Edie Ramer

Adam Donahue lives in the perfect vacation place – Door County, Wisconsin. But his life isn't perfect. His wife was killed by a drunk driver three years ago, and his twelve-year-old daughter has type one diabetes. Now his daughter claims a mythical pooka, in the shape of a giant cat only she can see, is living in her bedroom. It scares him enough to do something he hates – ask for help from his late wife's best friend. 

Lauren Finney's insurance agent husband disappeared four and a half years ago. Good riddance. Her Irish wolfhound is better company than he ever was. And she misses her best friend more than the missing husband, though Adam – her best friend 's widower – makes her heart beat faster. Now it's time to initiate divorce proceedings against her husband, before the prenup restrictions expire and he comes back to claim half her considerable assets. 

As soon as she starts the proceedings, bad things happen. Very bad things. 

Then Adam asks her help with his daughter, and good things happen. Very good things. 

It might be their very best Christmas ... or it might be their very last. 

My thoughts:
A bit of romance, a bit of suspense, a bit of paranormal.

Adam is a widower with a tween daughter. He is not out there, he is not looking. But hey being alone is not good either, and I liked him, and he so needed someone.

His daughter realises she wants that too, for him to find someone. But first there is the pooka in her room. What does a mythical beast want?

Then there is Lauren, Adan's wife's BFF. Duh, the love interest. That is obvious. She was perfect for him. But here the suspense comes in. Someone wants her dead. Why? And what is it about that missing husband of hers?

The pooka helps out. Lauren's dog helps out. Adam and her gets closer. The suspense builds ( I liked that part). I also liked how this guy was introduced, and I was all, I'd read about him, and tadaa, his book is up next.

Conclusion:
Romance, paranormal and romance all in time for xmas

Cover
Nope

Kindle Edition, 221 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Blue Walrus Books
Love & Murder #3
Romantic suspense
For review


43 comments:

  1. LOL about the cover!

    Happy Friday!!

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  2. I agree the cover on this one leaves a lot to be desired, but the story sounds fantastic:)

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  3. I would have passed this one up if not for your review. It does sound good.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Heidi, I had no intent to have anything paranormal in the book. But as I was falling asleep one night, the idea to add a pooka came to me. I jumped out of bed and ran to my office and scribbled it down. Sometimes that's how I get my best ideas. I just wish that would happen more often.

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    1. Let's call it a kind of shapeshifter...that was not human to start with

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  6. egasp! Not murder! hahahaha
    But yes - does sounds oddly fun.

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  7. B, thanks so much for the review! I'm glad you liked it! As for the cover, I guess I'll have to do something about it. In defense of my cover artist, I was the one who wanted a graphic look, so I have to take the blame for that.

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    1. I do like the xmas ball, the rest, meh

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  8. Definite nope on the cover. Would have passed that right on by. But it sounds pretty good!

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    1. And that is why we have reviews ;)

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  9. This sounds cute. But what is a pooka?

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    1. Jen, here's on definition I found: "The Pooka, or in Irish Puca, (goblin) is a phantom fairy creature that features in Celtic folklore and fairytales of Ireland. A similar fairy entity appears in mythology of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Channel Islands and Brittany. Often thought of as an animal spirit, some accounts believe it gets its name from Poc, meaning he-goat in Irish. In fact Pooka is a changeling, and can take animal or human form; like a horse, donkey, cat, dog, bull, young man or even a voluptuous young woman. The animal Pooka is usually jet black with fiery golden or red eyes." I decided to make mine a giant black cat.

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    2. Ha! B, you said it so much better.

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    3. Awesome! Thanks for all of the detail, Edie, and for the short answer, Linda!

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  10. Sounds perfect! But what is a pooka?

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    1. Wait, I looked it up..right, shapeshifting goblin

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  11. This is one of those that is offbeat for the holidays so... something I would enjoy! :D

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  12. I'm not normally a fan of kids in books, so I'm still on the fence. I do like mysteries with a Christmas feel though.

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  13. Oh, yes, I would like to read it.

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  14. Suspense and romance= ultimate addiction!!! :D
    Haniya
    booknauthors.blogspot.com

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  15. Sounds kinda sweet. Covers a nope from me too.

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  16. This is where the whole "never judge a book by its cover" comes into play. I love a mix of suspense, pnr and romance.

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    1. I do judge books by covers, I admit to that. I like covers. But I also know that great books hide behind covers too

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  17. This sounds good, even though the cover is not so great.

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