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Two Ghosts Haunt A Grove (A Mellow Summers Paranormal MysterySeries Book 7) Kindle Edition
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Mellow Summers is a school girl who works part-time in a candle store, has a boyfriend, Greg, a best friend, Jackie, with whom she lives. She also has another `tough but good-hearted' friend, Tiny, leader of a `biker' group and a slightly strained acquaintance with Detective Shorts, that has developed because of her repeated involvement with attempts to solve crimes. She also is a `person with whom ghosts easily converse'.
While working in the candle store, a local resident approaches her because of her ghost-talking ability. He is the owner of a large piece of property that contains a long abandoned inn, both purportedly inhabited by a ghost who if seen results in death. The man has seen him and dies while speaking to Mel. Because of a very serious heart condition, his death is ruled as natural. Before dying, the man has told Mel he had been threatened, so her curiosity aroused, she begins to investigate. Her subsequent activity leads to dangerous situations for both Mel and her friends and acquaintances.
The pace and mood of the story brings to mind a hint of `chick-lit' at a low level of sophistication quite in line with some of descriptions of various phases of the "Nancy Drew Mystery Series" so popular to young readers for many generations. So to reiterate, the author has provided a tale that should be quite appealing to somewhat younger readers who enjoy a light trip through fantasy. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author.
There are a few editing errors and one basic plot error. While the author did get a lot of things right she got one very basic thing very wrong. Essentially the plot revolves around selling fake ivory. She explains in the book about how it is now illegal to transport and sell ivory. basically true but does not include items that can be proved to be antique ivory. Additionally she has her counterfeiters making face ivory from plaster. Just wont work. plaster is just to soft to pass off as ivory no matter how you treat it (ran a business that made and sold plaster statues for many years). Even a rank amateur would be able to tell plaster from ivory. Also several other reviewers pointed out she had her ghost sailing from England to Vermont an impossibility. She actually said he landed in Virginia and then traveled to Vermont. However if you just go with the story and forget the implausibility's it isn't bad but, it is fairly juvenile. Which is why Scooby, Nancy or the Boys was used as a descriptor.
So to sum up if you want something, light, quick to read, clean and with just a little mystery this probably will be ok. Looking for more of a plot and a more complex mystery probably want to keep looking. The plus side if this is for your teen or YA there are seven in the series and at .99c won't cost you a lot for a little bit of entertainment.
As for the prolific author, I wish Janet could learn the proper use of objective case pronouns. Here’s a quote from the book: “…he told both Kyle and I…” Janet made this error at least four times. Here's a hint: Take out the other person’s name and say, “…he told I…” That is not only awkward, it’s incorrect. The verb "told" requires the objective case pronoun "me." The same rule applies to pronouns following a preposition.
Sorry to complain, but that is such a common mistake. Otherwise, the book is rather clean and well written, although the paragraph structure sometimes makes it difficult to know which character is speaking. One awkward sentence amused me, as follows: “…a woman in a scantily clad summer dress.” Huh? Was the dress scantily clad – or the woman?
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In spite of my nitpicking, I enjoyed the book enough to give it four stars.
This is a very well written book. It is easy to follow and understand. The book sparks your interest from cover to cover.
The characters are also well written. Right off you know whom to love and whom to hate.
Folks who don't like sex scenes or cursing in their stories, you can buy this book with no problems.
I recommend this book for 16 on up. I know you will love it.
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