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A Spirited Gift (A Missing Pieces Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – December 6, 2011
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A search fails to find Sandi, but Dae, heading to the bathroom, locates the missing mayor's diamond ruby ring, which she picks up and sees a nasty vision of a man with a gun. She has Sandi's younger assistant Matthew Wright restrained until Sheriff Michaels arrives to lead the inquiry. Dae soon locates Sandi's corpse. She, former FBI agent Kevin and Michaels realize someone who attended the conference murdered the mayor, but who had the motive remains unclear.
The latest Dae in a life of a Duck Missing Pieces tale (see A Touch of Gold and A Timely Vision) is an engaging mystery in which the homicide comes a bit later in the story line than usual as the early focus is on the gala with the storm causing the suspense. Dae makes the paranormal thriller work with her psychometric ability to find clues. Mindful of the TV show Bedlam though the Team Lavene series was started earlier, fans know this writing duet can always be banked on for a strong thriller.
Our sleuth, Dae O'Donnell, the Mayor of Duck, NC, is busy trying to contact her Mother's spirit on the anniversary of her death. Mother doesn't come through, however, some unusual 'spirit balls' do and cause a sense of dread in Dae. However, Dae hasn't time to dwell on the lack of communication as she is hosting a mayoral conference at the Blue Whale Inn and to add to the sense of darkness coming, a series of bands of rain from a moving hurricane is changing it's course to aim at her town.
Nature is nature and the bands hit causing severe damage to the hotel and entire town. In the midst of the chaos, Dae finds a ruby ring and 'knows' her friend, Mayor Sandy Foxx is in danger or worse!
There are so many surprises in this novel that I'm not going to tell you any further hints. I always enjoy this series and this book was a treat to read. We are left with unanswered questions and it makes me eager to read the next installment.
This is a lovely gentle paranormal murder mystery. Filled with eerie happenings and edgy atmosphere.
Mayor Dae and Duck, NC is hosting the first Mayors' Conference at the Blue Whale Inn. But as everyone is assembling for the weekends activities an unexpected hurricane comes ashore. The next morning as they are surveying the damage, Dae comes across the body of Mayor Sandi Foxx. At first it is thought that she was outside when the storm hit and was killed when a tool-shed was ripped apart. But it is soon learn that she was murdered. This doesn't come as too much as a surprise for Dae, as she had a vision of someone threatening Foxx with a gun.
Mayor Foxx is attending the conference with a male staffer with whom she is having an affair. Supposedly the affair was over. The staffer becomes the prime suspect, but Dae has her doubts. The husband who could have found out about his cheating wife, seems to have a good alibi.
In addition to trying to find the murderer, Dae is also dealing with her father, who she has just found out recently is still alive and living in Duck. In the beginning Dae is meeting with a medium, trying to get in touch with her mother, instead she makes contact with a pirate who had been hanged some two hundred years ago. The pirate, who is a very distant relative of Dae's, wants her to prove that he was wrongly hung. And he can be a pain in her backside.
Needless to say Dae has her hands full trying to bring all three of these important matters to a resolution.
An excellent story and oh what a surprise ending. Can't wait for the next book to see how the ending plays out.
This time Dae is trying to get in touch with her mother’s spirit, but instead the spirit of the infamous pirate Rafe Masterson makes an appearance and demands that Dae prove is was hung unjustly. This happens just as she is about to have a conference for 20 mayors from all over. Now, you would think that just dealing with a pirate spirit would be enough, but one of the mayors is killed during a storm. Who killed the mayor and was Rafe really innocent all those years ago? You will have to read the book to find out.
I love the way Joyce and Jim spin a yarn. They suck you into the drama and excitement with each written word. I wish I had started this series long ago. I will be continuing to read the series until they write it no more.
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Tracing back history by touch is Dae's gift. Her adventures and insights make for a spell binding read. Very enjoyable and interesting story.Published 2 months ago by Karen J.
This is one of the best paranormal mysteries that I have read. Dae' s abilities have expand and she is now able to see a ghost. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bettylouise
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This book is part of a very fun series about a lovely barrier island off the southern coast. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all of them that I have read in the series.Published 17 months ago by Nancy Pulsipher
This is the first book I have read in this series. I found it to be enjoyable and an easy read. I like cozy mysteries that have a paranormal "air" about them (however I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by DVD watcher
An unique spiritual whodunit. Seances, dead pirates who are looking to clear the name, a cheating dead Mayor Foxx, finding a lost dad and forgiving a lie 20 some years ago fills... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Valerie R. Macaluso