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Ghosts of Tsavo (Society for Paranormals) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 7, 2015
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First of all, Bee, the main character is hilarious. Her wit, her dry humor, her observations are not only refreshing but addictive (read: I wanted more and more! Thus my relief that this is a series.) Her powers only add to what makes her character interesting. And the tension between her and Mr Timmons ... Exciting! Can't wait to see if anything happens there.
I also loved the twist in the end - will not give it away of course. Plus all the other characters are funny! Jonas the all around African household staff made me laugh too!
Another thing that makes this book a must-read? Its setting. It takes place in the late 1800s in Nairobi, Africa. There are elephants, zebras, and of course lions in Bee's backyard. And of course, ghosts. Lots of them!
I greatly appreciated the Fact and Fiction chapter at the end of the book. And Vered Ehsani's writing is just excellent. I knew from page one that I had found a new favorite author. Am I gushing too much? Maybe it's time you one-clicked this winner and see why!!!
To carry that analogy one step further, she has struck gold.
"Ghosts of Tsavo" is the first book in a planned series about Beatrice Knight, a widowed Victorian lady who finds herself in Africa at the dawn of the 20th Century with a family of disagreeable relatives who look upon her as part servant and all-around inconvenience. Beatrice, however, has a secret identity: She is an investigator with the Society for Paranormals and Curious Animals, a position she obtained because she has the rare gift of being able to see (and smell) ghosts and other supernatural beings. When in London she has dealt with rogue werewolves and the occasional vampire so when she is forced by circumstance to move to Nairobi with her relatives the Society is thrilled that she will now be able to investigate paranormal activity there.
Bee, as she is known to her friends and the ghost of her late husband Gideon - who comes along for the ride - isn't quite as thrilled as the Society at this prospect. As all well-bred Englishwomen of the Victorian Era, however, she is prepared to keep her chin up and do her duty.
That turns out to be a little more difficult than anyone at first imagined for the spirits and beasties that prowl the East African savannas are very different from those she encountered in London. Her first encounter with one, for example, occurs on the day she arrives at the family's new home. It's not a werewolf - which she knows how to deal with - but a possessed zebra that, among other things, eats silk flower arrangements.
As it turns out, though, a possessed zebra is the least of her worries.
Bee is a delightful heroine - a cross between Eliza Braun of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences books and Mary Poppins. She is a proper lady but she's not afraid to get her hands dirty or to deliver a solid thumping to anything - or anyone - that has the audacity to lay hands upon her. She is plucky and she can be quite sarcastic when the occasion calls for it. The other members of the cast of "Ghosts of Tsavo" are equally interesting, especially the mysterious Kam - who may or may not be an ally - and Mr. Timmons, the godfather of a friend Bee makes on the journey to Nairobi. Timmons in an old Africa hand and, like Bee, he also has a secret.
The narrative flows smoothly and is enhanced by the fact Ehsani weaves historical fact into it. There is a fair amount of action spaced through the story as well as some subtle - but sharp - observations on the role of women in the late 19th Century. Ehsani's descriptions of the area in and around Nairobi give the reader a real sense of not only the time but also the place.
All in all, "Ghosts of Tsavo" is an excellent read and a wonderful beginning to what I hope will be a long series.
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Ghosts of Tsavo (Society for Paranormals Book 1)Feb 14, 2015
by Vered Ehsani
I really really loved this book!Read more