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Haunting Refrain (The McGuire Women Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Ellis Vidler
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Suspense, a little romance, a touch of paranormal . . . Mild adult language and situations. Photographer Kate McGuire hopes for a little fun in her life when she joins a parapsychology experiment--visions of murder aren't part of the plan. Then her eccentric friend Venice, a complication all by herself, leaks the story to a reporter, and Kate's life turns upside down. The police don't take her seriously, but the murderer does. Kate's distrust of the press causes her to clash with the one person who can help her--the skeptical reporter who got her into trouble in the first place. Now it's up to Kate to find the killer before anyone else dies. This is the first book in the McGuire Women psychic series; each book features a different member of the family.
Author's Note: This is a reprint of the book published by Silver Dagger Mysteries. Same book, new cover. Cover art by Anne Cain.

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From Publishers Weekly

Good intentions go awry and a newly discovered psychic gift becomes life-threatening in Ellis Vidler's debut, Haunting Refrain. After a psychometric photographer touches a headband and witnesses, in her mind's eye, a missing coed's murder, and a reporter hard up for news mentions the mystery vision, the girl's killer embarks on a new homicidal mission: he'll do anything to keep Kate McGuire from getting him caught.
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...this first novel [is] a good choice for readers who like a bit of the paranormal in their mysteries. -- Library Journal, June 1, 2002

Quirky, engaging characters .... Both Venice and Kate are charmers! -- Romantic Times June 20, 2002

Product Details

  • File Size: 1168 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494389282
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Parkwood Press (December 13, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00336F3QE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Kate McGuire divorced her wealthy politician husband and set up a photography studio, slowly gaining business over the past year. Deciding to try something fun, she joins a parapsychology group at a local college. It's entertaining, until she gets a vision of an angry man strangling a young woman - a vision that is so vivid that she feels as though she is the one being strangled. After the professor running the group - Martin Carver - checks the registration on the item Kate was holding, it is discovered that it had belonged to a young woman named Kelly Landrum, who has gone missing several days before. Venice Ashburton, a professional psychic, receives a similar vision. When Kate refuses to go to the police, Venice decides to take matters into her own hands and contacts John Gerrad, a reporter, who meets with Venice and Kate and then mentions them in an article about the missing girl. While Kate is upset about people finding out she is involved with a psychic research group because she is afraid it will negatively impact her business, what she should have been concerned about was what the killer would think when reading the article - because now the killer thinks that Kate and Venice know more than they do - and plans to do something about it ...

Ellis Vidler has created a very well-crafted mystery/suspense in "Haunting Refrain." Several good suspects are kept in the mix through the book and while I did figure out whodunit, I wasn't absolutely sure I was correct until the denouement. I was also impressed by the fact that, up until the end, the heroine was shown to be pretty sensible, taking the advice from the police and from Gerrard for her own protection. Of course, then she did go and do something stupid ...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story by a Gifted Writer September 5, 2011
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Ellis Vidler has created a nice mystery with plenty of suspense in it. Her heroine discovers by chance that if she touches an item belonging to a victim, she sees what has happened to the victim. This was one of the elements of the story that especially intrigued me because I do believe this happens, and I can tell you, there's one scene in this book that will stay with me forever. When you read it I bet you'll know right away which scene that is. I also liked the romantic element with the reporter, which was just right for this story. Good job by Ellis Vidler, and I'm looking forward to her next book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer is coming April 12, 2002
This book is just in time for vacation. Good entertainment especially if you are a bit interested in those who have special senses. Kate, the main character, "sees" things happen to people she doesn't know. Mix up a bit of murder, mystery and romance and you have a good read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair attempt. November 3, 2012
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This book was well, written, but I thought it to be kind of strange. There were times while reading this book that I found myself shaking my head and saying, yeah right. There were other parts of the story that I thought were written very well and were intriguing.

I might have been able to connect to the story better if I had liked the main characters a bit more, but honestly, I found them to be shallow and a trifle annoying. The times that I found myself shaking my head in exasperation were always directly related to the dialog amongst the characters.

I thought the author did a good job of setting up the story and there were some fabulous descriptions in this book, but I felt the story could have been woven more tightly and wouldn't have felt so forced if the dialog had been better.

This was an interesting book and not the worst I have read by far. I would encourage you to give this one a try and form an opinion for yourself.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unlikeable characters and unbelievable plot November 16, 2012
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Sorry, spoiler alerts.... Based on the reviews, I reeeally wanted to like this book. I was disappointed in this book. I dont understand why this book was made into an e-book. It should be removed from the romance section. The protagonist was unlikeable and not someone I could ever root for. I felt bad for the romantic interest / reporter - the only likeable character. His major flaws were falling for the protagonist and being a stupid (yet supposedly award winning) reporter that didnt realize identifying his e in his news articles would endanger his sources. The book was written by an amateur who clearly liked to insert cliches (a rehead prone to fits of anger, a dramatic psychic who wore flamboyant clothes, the narcisstic actress). The suspense rested upon the problems of not having a cell phone handy. This book was published in 2002 - cell phones existed. So the protagonist's inability to pick up the phone, be near a phone, unable to leave a decent voicemail message, and reach people. The protagonist never evolved into a hero. She was stagnant (she still defended her slimey ex), self absorbed (she treated the guy who was trying to help her bad and seemed only remorseful when she accused the cook of being a murderer), behind in technology (lack of cell phones and outdated camera techniques), unrealistic (how could she live in a crappy neighborhood with a nice sportscar or in a house practically made of glass), and physically incapable of protecting herself (fight scenes were practically unreadable).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So darn good
A great series, I read book two first, but it was no problem to read them out of order. I loved the characters and the story line. No boring or slow parts to these books!
Published 2 months ago by Virginia R. Clevenger
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychic vs The Man -- fun read :)
While not a fan of psychic powers, it works well in this story because it sets well meaning people against a sceptical police state, and in the meantime the hoodlums get away with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. J. Rankine
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I really liked this book and think that others will like it too. Lots of action and interesting characters in the plot.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed because of negative review
The story has just enough intrigue to be a good story about two people falling in love even though they don't really like each other to begin with. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lecia
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
This is one of the best books I have read and I have read a lot of books. i read a many different kinds of books and like the supernatural also.
Published 20 months ago by betty
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Refrain
A little slow starting, but, otherwise a pretty good read. The psychic paranormal phenomenon is dealt with lightly, the characters with their easily relatable romantic attraction,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gramma Mo
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I like the paranormal so I chose this book. It has a good story about two psychics trying to help solve a murder. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rhonda
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
It took me a little while to get into it, but once I did, it was a good read. The "bad guy" was a little too easy to figure out for my taste and the ending skipped some. Read more
Published 21 months ago by mwgodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Refrain (The McGuire Women) by Ellis Vidler
Haunting Refrain (The McGuire Women) by Ellis Vidler is a great summer time read. Thanks for making it free on Kindle.
Published 22 months ago by NinaS
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading.
I really enjoyed the blend of mystery, romance, supernatural and quick moving action. This is a sit back and relax and enjoy kind of story.
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More About the Author

Ellis writes the stories she likes to read--action, adventure, and heart. She falls in love with the characters, flawed but striving to do the right thing, and hates leaving them when the book is finished.

From early childhood she's told stories (not quite how her mother put it) and collected strays. She imagined herself as everyone from Little Red Riding Hood to Robin Hood and shared their adventures through long hours of reading beneath the covers by flashlight. Her career began with illustrating, moved into editing, and then writing. She also taught fiction writing. Her website is She loves to hear from readers.

Her novels are suspense stories with varying degrees of romance. All contain adult language and situations. She writes two series of linked books: the McGuire women books feature members of a family with a psychic streak; and the Maleantes & More books are linked by the major characters, who work for Will Porter, head of Maleantes & More Security Consultants. Her short stories are Southern fiction, quite different from her novels.

Ellis lives in the beautiful South Carolina Piedmont with her husband; two sweet, wonderful rescue dogs; and assorted creatures who wander by for a meal.

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