Ghostly Interests Series: Harper Harlow Mystery #1
Published by HarperHart Publications
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Source: Personal Collection
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Harper Harlow lives in a world of ghosts.
She sees them. She talks to them. She investigates them. She sends them on their merry way.
She’s not embarrassed by her abilities, and she’s not afraid to be who she is. She’s also not looking for a relationship.
Enter Jared Monroe, a smooth-talking police detective who sees things in black and white and ignores any shades of gray. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, and while he’s intrigued by the feisty blonde ghost detective, he’s not interested in the paranormal.
When twenty-one-year-old Annie Dresden’s body washes up on the beach of Whisper Cove, Harper and Jared collide. Sparks may be flying, but so is confusion and mistrust.
Harper calls on her loyal band of ghost hunters to solve the crime, and Jared relies on his training to tackle the same problem. It doesn’t matter what approach they take because all paths are destined to intersect.
Can Harper and Jared learn to work together? And, more importantly, can new ghosts let go of the past and give in to an obscure future? It’s anyone’s guess when big personalities go to war and find they might have more in common than they think. - via GoodReads
I honestly have no idea. I have no idea how Ghostly Interests by Lily Harper Hart came across my path. One weekend morning I decided to give it a go. It was a good read for the $0.99 I paid for it. I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it but it was a pleasurable way to pass the time.
Hart has a good plot in Ghostly Interests. I’m a total sucker for ghost communicating mystery solvers, male or female. That alone caught my interest. If you like books that have secondary characters living out their lives in the hereafter this is a decent read. There was only one ghostly character and the mystery was to find her killer. There were several good suspects and the mystery ended up being pretty good. I figured it out right before the reveal. That’s pretty good. I don’t want a mystery where I have it pegged a quarter of the way through the book. Then it just isn’t any fun. It was a fairly quick read.
Characters are where the story flagged for me a little bit. At times I really enjoyed them and at other times they irritated the crap out of me. The maturity level seemed like a roller coaster with it’s ups and downs. One minute Harper was a level-headed female lead who co-operated her own business and then this same girl would do something so completely illogical that it made you think twice. The perfect example would be entering the victim’s house at night with their afterlife permission after being told to back off the case by a cop who doesn’t believe in her powers. It works to advance the plot but at the cost of making Harper look less than intelligent. I know I’m probably being overly picky but these are things that stick out to me as a mystery reader. Another reader pet peeve is when an author uses a phrase too much. Everyone was “dead panning”. I ‘ll see this phrase occasionally in other books but it seemed like there were a ton in this book.
I haven’t decided if I want to continue the series or not. Maybe that should be my indication? I hate not finishing a series…I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Ghostly Interests is a good mystery but its characters lacked for me.