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- Book 1 of 3 in A Lily Evans Mystery (3 Book Series)
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More About the Author
Over the years, Susan visited ancient Rome, medieval England, and resided for a long spell on a starship orbiting Orion. A recent stay in Pharaonic Egypt resulted in her romantic suspense novel Soul and Shadow, which won a silver medal in the 2011 Reader's Favorites contest. It has been published by Imajin Books. Fire and Shadow, the second story in the Lily Evans series, was released in October 2012. Shell and Shadow is a novella that Susan wrote to raise money for Zara's Center. It was published in February of 2014.
Susan also writes short stories and poetry, and has won awards in both mediums.
She works for a non-profit family foundation that supports Zara's Center, a haven for AIDS impacted orphans.
U2 sums up her philosophy in life when Bono sings "We're one, but we're not the same/we get to carry each other, carry each other."
Top Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor ReviewYourBook.com, 02/09
Mystery, paranormal, and romance...
A strange woman approached Lily and insisted on telling her a story. They were looking at the exhibit of the mummy of Amisihathor. The woman was Dame Ursula, a famous archaeologist, the one that found the tomb of Amisihathor (Ami). She wanted Lily to assist her in finding away for Ami to be reunited with her lover in the spirit world. She felt that Ami could not rest; her spirit could not move on.
Susan McLeod is a creative author. Her book Soul and Shadow has twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. I read this book in one sitting. I was so engrossed I read late into the night. McLeod mixes romance, mystery, and paranormal to create dynamic read. I've always been fascinated by Egyptian history, and this book did not disappoint me.
Susan McLeod's Soul and Shadow provides an interesting look a the social parallels of ancient Egypt and today; greed, desire, politics, love, betrayal, and romance are timeless. I especially enjoyed the sections of the novel which recounted the life and times of Amisihathor. McLeod's writing, cadence, and style is spot on in these sections and her considerable research and expertise in this area shines. I did however find the early romantic interactions between Lily and Kent a little forced early on in the novel though this improves as the story evolves.
Soul and Shadow is a brief novel at 124 pages and I longed for more of the ancient Egyptian parts of the story. McLeod's writing style is very refined and enjoyable to read; I look forward to her next offering.
At a museum exhibit Lily is approached by Dame Ursula Allingham, a retired archeologist. Dame Ursula wants to help set right an ancient problem: she's been haunted by Amisihathor, temple songstress. The lady believes that Lily can help right an old wrong and unite Amisihathor with her true love and husband.
Lily doesn't buy it, but she's getting romantically involved with Dame Ursula's grandson, and even though she denies it, she finds herself able to channel Amisihathor's memories. The reader is drawn in to Lily's unraveling of the ancient conflict.
Lily Evans and Amisihanthor are both sympathetic characters. Her mom, best friend, and ex-boyfriend, are all easy to picture. Her descriptions of ancient Egypt are colorful, and the conflicts they go through feel real and relevant.
McLeod draws quite a few parallels between the present and the past. I enjoyed how McLeod gave her readers room to piece the story together themselves, yet still leaving herself room to surprise us at the end.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book very much, even though I read the trilogy out of order. It was nice to find out how everything started and why certain things were the way they were. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Becky S
Very nice. it was a good story with an Egyptian mystery of long ago to solve. The ending was happy but with a twistPublished 7 months ago by Linda Cole
I will continue to read this series. I would recommend this book. It wasn't as suspenseful as I would like, but was a surprise in the plot.Published 7 months ago by Judith A Hartsock
I downloaded Soul & Shadow while I was sick over the weekend and inhaled it in two sittings. What an amazing story, and I simply adore Lily Evans. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jen
A fun story, the flow was easy to ride and left me wanting to know what would happen next. I am looking forward to the next storyPublished 7 months ago by Tami Williams
This was a great mystery with a few unexpected twists and a little bit of romance. It started a little slowly for me, but it picked up fairly quickly and ended on a high note. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Virginia
The past is never far behind, one only has to look over their shoulders. Nice plot twist at the end.Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
I Have not finished but feels it seems I should only be favorable given the the price.Published 9 months ago by david