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Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Subject: Paranormal mysteries
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 9:50 AM ET
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Thought I would start a topic about one of my favorite mystery subgenre, Paranormal mysteries. The paranormal market has taken off in recent years thus there are some very good new writers and some truly awful ones. I find some are more paranormal that mystery but others are very good msyteries.  Some of my favortie are authors are:

Madeline Alt, Shirley Damsgaard, Juliet Blackwell, - Good mysteries light on paranormal

Charlaine Harris and Patricia Briggs excellent little heavier on paranormal.

So what authors and books have you found in this subgenre?


Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 12/22/2009 5:38 PM ET
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How about Victoria Laurie - she has two series.  The Physic Eye and Ghost Busters.  The Physic Eye is a bit more mystery and lighter on paranormal and Ghost Busters is a bit more paranormal, not heavy duty though..

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 8:08 PM ET
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Y'all have listed pretty much all the authors I read and know.  lol

Date Posted: 12/23/2009 2:13 PM ET
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Yasmine Galenorn writes a short (5 book) series about a woman who owns a tea shop and does tarot readings, which is called the Chintz n China series. I enjoyed that. She also writes several other series that are more "straight paranormal." I liked this series.

Dolores Stewart Riccio writes a short series (the "Circle" series) about a small coven of Wiccans, the first is Circle of Five and I think there are four of them. I really wish she'd write more, as they really had a good sense of what everyday life is like for many Pagans and the characters were great!

There is a series written by M.R. Sellars (Rowan Gant series) which is totally NOT cozy, in fact quite violent and graphic, about a Wiccan computer geek and his wife who live in St. Louis. The first is called Harm None.

I have mixed feelings about some of these types of series, because I am a Pagan, and a lot of what most folks call "paranormal" (ie, books about witches) is actually not paranormal to me, but part of my belief system and way of life. I am kind of picky about these types of series too...I rather prefer those that show at least somewhat realistically how witches and Wiccans and such live and practice, although admittedly we Pagans can be very diverse in our practices from one person to the next. Both Dolores Stewart Riccio's and M.R. Sellars' series do that moreso than some of the fluffy ones that also have fairies and vampires and stuff. I liked the first couple of Shirley Damsgaard's and Madeline Alt's series, but there were other issues with them (not the paranormal parts) that kept me from reading on.

Mercedes Lackey (of fantasy book fame) also has a short paranormal mystery series featuring Diane Tregarde. There is a series by Rosemary Edghill that's older, featuring an incarnation of the goddess Bast. I could not finish the first series, and haven't yet gotten to reading Edghill's. I'm going to have to check my reviews and book journals, I know there are others!

I just finished up Juliet Blackwell's Secondhand Spirits also, Alice, and while there were some parts of it that were really good, other parts left me scratching my head. I did like it quite a lot and warmed up to the main character more by the end of the book--definitely will read on. I had to laugh because she had a parking space spell, which I also do--and I've never seen that in a book before! LOL


Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 12/23/2009 6:57 PM ET
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Thanks Cheryl for the suggestions I will look the series up, and will add to my already full wish list as space becomes available. I think Juilet Blackwell series is a good start with the first book. She was trying to define the characters, work space and abilities. I am they develop as the series grows. I thougth that gave her way too many abilities to make it plausbile but we will see how she develops it. Often the first book in the series is just setting the stage for oncoming book.  I have the Yasmine Galernon series you mentioned above but have not started it yet.


Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 12/23/2009 11:05 PM ET
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Shanna Swendson has a paranormal series that is a bit of mystery and a bit of chic lit.....but lots of fun. I've read them all really liked them.

1. Enchanted Ink

2. Once Upon Stilettos

3.Damsel Under Stress

4. Don't Hex With Texas

Last Edited on: 12/23/09 11:07 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 12/24/2009 7:05 AM ET
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This is a good topic for those of us who would have had difficulty with the paranormal 2010 challenge. It's especially nice to know which are heavy/light on the paranormal. Suddenly the vistas for that one are expanding. :-)