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Past Tense [Kindle Edition]

Samantha Hunter
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Sophie Turner runs Talismans, a Boston tarot parlor, where she reads tarot and keeps her family’s psychic legacy alive. However, in spite of her tragic family history and Tarot Alley’s reputation for being a mystical hotspot, Sophie has no psychic powers of her own – or so she thinks. Engaged to straight-as-an-arrow Boston PD Detective Roger Paris, and finishing her college degree in Computer Science, she’s ready to start a brand new life that has nothing to do with her paranormal past.

When the murder of her friend and client Patrice Bledsoe leaves Sophie traumatized, she can’t trust her own memory about what happened. She remembers a ghostly encounter moments before Patrice was killed, but she can’t remember anything about the murder, making her a prime suspect. Sophie doesn’t understand why the ghost appeared or why she was compelled to read his cards, revealing a story of violence and betrayal, but she is determined to find the truth about her friend’s murder.

It’s not the last time Sophie sees the tragic ghost figure, and she begins to believe her ghost is real when she’s plagued with visions she can’t ignore. When her skeptical fiancé won’t listen, she asks ghost hunter Dr. Gabe Mason for his help, leading her down a path of no return in more ways than one.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003T0GERQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, gripping read. June 23, 2010
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I found this paranormal mystery refreshingly different from all the vampire and shifter books flooding the market at the moment. It's more of a "ghost whisperer" book with some serious twists, angry ghosts and a high amount of danger and tension. Sophie is the heroine, and she's about as down to earth and "real" as any character I've ever read. She's been through a lot, and has to go through a lot more in order to solve the murder she's accused of committing, but she takes it in stride for the most part, and I admired her strength throughout (which includes navigating a sticky romantic entanglement). And of course the writing is top-notch, as anyone who's read Samantha's romance novels would expect.

My only complaint about this book is the very well-done cliffhanger at the end. Mind you, all of the issues in the book are wrapped up neatly, but a new mystery is introduced at the end as a lead in to future books...and I admit to being extremely impatient with such things. Here's hoping we get the next one soon...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! June 22, 2010
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This is Samantha's first attempt at this genre (paranormal mystery), and she did a great job! I was hooked from the first chapter... I read the book in 2 days. The characters were well written, and the subject material was very interesting. The story takes place in Boston, and there were some very cool facts about Boston (geography), its history, and some landmarks in Boston that I found equally interesting. I really hope she continues to write more books in this series-- I'm really looking forward to it! Well done, Sam!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different kind of Boston sleuth! July 25, 2010
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If you're like me and you've been reading great mysteries set in Boston for decades, perhaps you'll agree that after all the great Spenser tales and Dennis Lehane yarns, it's time for something new. And what could be more of a departure from the past than a Boston sleuth who reads tarot cards as her day job? Great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have read Samantha Hunter's Harlequin Blaze titles in the past and have always enjoyed them. She brings a little suspense into her romance titles and has always done a great job with it. Past Tense is her first foray into the mystery genre. I think she has done a wonderful job. Past Tense had a way of sucking me right into the story beside of Sophie as things happened. I felt like I got to know Sophie as she came to know herself and like I took part in every scene. I was just so absorbed in the story as a whole.

Ms. Hunter does a marvelous job with the characters. Sophie stands out the most as the main character and she is easy to relate to. In her late 20s or so and she's still trying to find her way in life and tragedy has struck in the past and strikes again at the beginning of this book. Roger is Sophie's fiance and also a police officer. He contrasts nicely with Sophie and you can see his love for her even though he can't seem to accept the supernatural world that Sophie seems inclined to become involved with. Gabe is great, a psychologist, and a ghost hunter. He's the best of both worlds and he's interested in helping Sophie find out about her past and put things to rest. All three make a great relationship triangle and while it's not at all the focus of the book, it makes a great side story and all three characters help propel the plot. I liked all three and if you are like me, for a long while you weren't sure which man was right for Sophie.

The main part of this book is the mystery and Ms. Hunter does an excellent job on moving the mystery forward without giving too much away. I was even surprised at one point by something that happened. Ms. Hunter did such an excellent job at leading you to believe one thing even though it was never stated.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Story but... July 31, 2010
By semmeml
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This would have been a really fun read. The characters, the plot, and the setting were well developed. This would have been a 5 star book but the editing drove me insane. There were problems with plurals and tense and even some missing words. Having to stop and decipher really ruined the story for me. I like to read and think about the story, rather than think about the words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a reject June 22, 2010
By Bob Day
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If you're a huge skeptic of the paranormal, as I am, you have to leave your disbelief at the door, because this novel is a fantastic piece of writing. There are several passages that are reminiscent of page 203 et seq. in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" -- not because the scenes are similar, but because of the sheer power and force of the writing. This novel was rejected by all of the publishing houses the author submitted it to??? Unbelievable!! I'm very impatiently awaiting the next book in the series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not even finished yet! August 20, 2010
By Angel
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I haven't even finished this book but I am enjoying it so much I had to write a review! I can't wait to finish it later on tonight. Day 2 and almost done. I am an avid book reader and trying to write one of my own. This is exactly the type of writing I hope to acheive. Wonderful and brilliant! It keeps me guessing and I love that about it. I love the paranormal so that was what drew me in and I am so glad I purchased it. All the publishing companies that didn't buy the book were either idiots or didn't read enough of the book to realize it's potential! Their loss our gain! Please keep writing more of these types of books Samantha!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars You Go Girl!
Loved it through & through. The author does an excellent job of giving us characters that could be people you know. Sophie Tucker comes from a family of psychics. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kurlylocs
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this
This book really drew me in. I loved the characters and the plot.
Thankfully, this was actually a mystery/suspense with a little romance thrown in. Read more
Published on October 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it...kept me guessing
I just finished Past Tense and I LOVED it. I really like the fact that if kept me guessing, usually I can figure out who done it at the middle of the book. Read more
Published on November 8, 2011 by AmandaLegg
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad and Sweet
Sophie has had a tough life; her mother left her and her father at a young age and when she was in her teens her aunt and father were gunned down at their own business and the... Read more
Published on August 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing!
I regret to say that I could not work my way through much more than the first few chapters of this book. I say work because that is exactly what it was. Read more
Published on July 10, 2011 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it...can't wait for the next one!
I really liked this book and read it in one day. I liked the characters a lot, even if they do have some flaws. Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by Febgrl77
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, excellent series idea, but -?
Have to agree with many of the other reviewers on this one. A great little read, good story & idea for a series, 3/4's thru I was thinking that this could turn into a really good... Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by P. M. Scogin
1.0 out of 5 stars what was she thinking?
This book gets 1 star from me, not because of the story which is kinda cute- although slow in places and her characters aren't fleshed out very well- but because of the ending and... Read more
Published on March 23, 2011 by Frankenkitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it highly.
However, I must say an editor was sorely needed. Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by Pat Young
5.0 out of 5 stars i want more
Excellent story, well developed characters, and complete story with an ending just begging for another chapter to begin. Read more
Published on March 5, 2011 by Nancy E. Hodson
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Sam Hunter lives in Syracuse New York with her husband and several pets. Since January 2004 when she sold her first book to Harlequin Blaze, Virtually Perfect, she has gone on to publish several more with new releases on the way. Sam holds two Master's degrees and was a university instructor for many years before quitting to live the writing life.

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Samantha Hunter's Past Tense Forum (Sophie Turner Mysteries)
I just received a Kindle for Christmas and I just discovered Past Tense this week. I loved this book and can not wait to read more about Sophie! Please keep us posted on when the next book will be out.
Jan 7, 2011 by AMKmom3 |  See all 53 posts
Sophie Turner
Hi Martha! I am so sorry I missed this comment -- my father actually passed away the week you posted this, so I wasn't online at all, and then just somehow missed it later, but found it today! Thank you so much -- it will be a series, and I am working on the second book, though everything has... Read More
Aug 8, 2011 by Samantha Hunter |  See all 2 posts
Sophie Turner
Hi Martha, yes, there will definitely be more -- I am hoping to have the next book out by the end of this year. I am keeping folks updated on the Past Tense list (link on the book page description here at Amazon), but I am so thrilled that you enjoyed it, and I appreciate you saying so :)

May 30, 2011 by Samantha Hunter |  See all 2 posts
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