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  • great beginning

    I enjoyed this story that is the first in a new supernatural mystery series that introduces the main characters and set the stage for the series. It made me laugh and read in one sitting to see how it all fit together and why Abbie was all of a sudden able to see a ghost. A light easy fun read that was not gory or boring. And the mix of magic and mystery was fun too.

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  • Absolutely fabulous!

    Abbie Grimshaw is taking a leave of absence from her job as a paramedic and is on her way home when she takes a small detour to explore one of her favorite place to hang out as a child. When she is checking out the old gravestones behind the church she runs into a man who she later figures out is a ghost and is wrapped up in a mysterious new world of paranormal when charged with the safe keeping of two young children by their recently murdered mother’s spirit. It sounds kinda out there but it’s absolutely wonderful! This book is sort of like the best parts of Supernatural and Scooby Doo. It has great serious explanations like you’d get from Supernatural but a lightheartedness that you’d find in a Scooby episode so the best of both worlds. I absolutely love the blend of mystery, paranormal with a hint of Grimm fairy tales. Abbie’s journey of discovery is a fantastic read that will keep you entertained from start to finish. I am eager to read further adventures of Abbie and rest of the standard bearers. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Heartwarming paranormal mystery with family feels

    A heartwarming family-friendly paranormal mystery with a large dose of family feels (both found and born), a dash of Hindu mythology, a generous helping of cheese, and a happy ending to tie it all up. Overall, Death Takes a Detour is a fun, uplifting, and diverting way to while away a lazy afternoon. It’s not the most realistic of tales, but it’s unrealistic in the kind of way that’s necessary for the kind of simple, feel-good, family-friendly, cheesy, the-good-guys-always-win, guaranteed-happily-ever-after-ending escapism that’s perfect for a rainy afternoon. The kind that leaves you feeling just a bit uplifted, warm-and-fuzzy, and optimistic even though you know what you just read was way too corny, cheesy, fairytale-esk, and full of deliberately positive life-lessons to even remotely resemble real life. This story leaves you with a heartwarming message about helping and healing yourself by helping others. It’s hard not to be charmed. It’s a quick, fast-paced read that’ll keep your attention from cover to cover. It can feel a bit rushed, unrealistic, or corny (in an after-school-special kind of way) at times. As long as you’re not looking for anything too deep or complex, this book is a good ol’ fashioned starts-out-dark-but-ends-so-happy-its-cheesy, fun tale. Brave, resourceful, and still healing from a terrible recent tragedy, EMT Abby Grimshaw returns to her hometown only to stumble upon a ghost, a murder, two not-so-normal newly-orphaned kids, and her family’s big supernatural secret. She commits to protecting and raising these kids as she would her own, which is no easy feat with the creature that killed the kids’ mother on their tail. Along the way, she acquires the help and friendship of a ghost determined to follow her around, a few witchy cop friends, and a siamese cat that may or may not be just a cat. With a new shared purpose to help each other and others in need, these protagonists heal each other and find a way to feel less alone in life. The plot has plenty of twists and turns: some quite predictable and some not. A few twists are not quite believable, but forgivable because they’re fun and help set up the happy ending. This could be read as a standalone. The ending clearly sets up for sequels where the protagonists take on new paranormal mysteries and monster-of-the-week mythological baddies as a close-knit team. I received a free e-copy via NetGalley. I am writing this review both honestly and voluntarily.

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  • A different type of mystery

    I enjoyed this story, my tea got cold and the house work got forgotten and I just had to keep reading to find out what happens to everyone. A story that was well written in my opinion 👍

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  • Death takes a Detour

    A light hearted supernatural adventure about a young girl who discovers she has extra powers. An entertaining quick story.

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