Oct 272014
 
Review: Seeing The LightSeeing The Light (Marie Jenner Mystery #1) by E.C. Bell
Published by Tyche Books Ltd on Oct 29, 2014
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Format: eARC from Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Marie Jenner has never had much luck. Her job sucks. Her apartment — the one with the unbreakable lease — has a ghost. And worst of all, her mother won’t let up about her joining the “family business.” Since that business is moving the spirits of the dead on to the next plane of existence and doesn’t pay at all, Marie’s not interested. She wants a normal job — a normal life. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

Apparently, it is. Even when she applies for the job of her dreams, Marie doesn’t get what she wants. Well, not entirely. She does get the job — but she also gets another ghost. Farley Hewitt, the newly dead caretaker of the building, wants her to prove his death is not an accident, and she’s pretty sure he’s going to haunt her until she does.

All she wants is normal. She isn’t going to get it.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a quirky ghost story set in Edmonton, Alberta. With likeable characters Marie, who can see ghosts but doesn’t want to, and Farley, who is a recent ghost who wants to find out what caused his death, this story was a fun and fast read.

I will admit that I was a bit leery at first as the premise of a reluctant “ghost whisperer” character is nothing new, but there is a gentle sassiness to this story that is quite entertaining. Marie is very much an optimist, even when her string of bad days seems like it will never end. This optimism helps keep the story from feeling dark or depressing, even when bad things happen.

It doesn’t quite fall into a cozy mystery feel, but it’s still light enough to be an easy weekend read that will leave you smiling. Marie seems to have a knack for getting into almost ridiculous situations, and I’m sure they will only get better as the series progresses.

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