Book Reviews of The Presence

The Presence
The Presence
Author: Heather Graham
ISBN-13: 9780778320746
ISBN-10: 077832074X
Publication Date: 9/1/2004
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 262 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
This is my first Heather Graham book, and I really liked it. It is one of those books that you don't want to put down [I read it in one day!]and the ending was a surprise. I will definitely be reading more of this author's books.
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Helpful Score: 4
Very good book. Kept my interest from beginning to end.
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Helpful Score: 4
Six friends rent an old scotish castle to hold reenactment tours for tourists, then discover they had been had, they rented a castle that wasn't for rent, murders were hapening and the ghost of the original laird of the castle appears to help solve the crime, clear his name and ensure his wife is put to rest beside him. A cute story with some romance, paranormal activities, murder mystery and fun.
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Helpful Score: 3
Another great Heather Graham. This one had me guessing until the very end. Toni Frasier is once again having visions of murder. Visions she thought she had "turned off" in childhood. Add that she is seeing the ghost of the ancient Laird of the castle and she's spooked. She and her friends thought they had a rent-to-own lease on the ancient Scottish castle, but when the current Laird turns up, they find they have been duped and their life savings is gone. Don't want to give too much away - there are lots of twists and turns. REALLY enjoyed it!
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Helpful Score: 3
Paranormal romance with strong mystery plot.
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Helpful Score: 1
Heather Graham roped me into this story with castles, ghosts, murder and a hot Scottish hero. I was very impressed with her writing and her plot. I'm anxious to read more of her work.
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Helpful Score: 1
Love and the supernatural. Good combination???
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Helpful Score: 1
GREAT story! I hadnt read this author before but I loved this book. Great, fast read
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This is a fun read. Good story line, love interest and ghosts! It's got it all. Good twists and turns. Keeps you going right up to the very end. I highly recommed it.
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Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help... A paranormal romance with a strong mystery plot and a vibrant setting.
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm usually pretty good at figuring out who-done-its. But this book had me vacilating between my two chosen culprits until the end.
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Helpful Score: 1
Intriguing enough to finish in one night.
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Really different story line. Nice for a change of pace!
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A mystery/romance with some paranormal activity as well..The cover blurb puts it this way: "Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help."
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i liked it,interesting story
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Young women are being killed and dumped and Toni can see through the eyes of the killer...a great paranormal romance and mystery.Heather Graham wirtes a great book as usual.
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Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner - a tall, dark, and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name - comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer - dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Fairly pleased with this book. It has a nice plot that will keep you guessing. The topic was a bit graphic [backdrop of a serial killer dumping bodies in the local forest] for before-bed reading, but it makes a great weekend page turner.
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Ancient rundown Scottish castle... with ghost?
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There is a lot happening in this book and I don't want to ruin it so I'm just going to copy the back cover of the book for you,

"Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that comvines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginarey laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner--a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name--comes chargin in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible that he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily famimliar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, their bodies dumpred nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer--dreams that suggest a connextion to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he want to help catch the murdere. But can Tnic trust him..especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?"
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did not want to let go of this book..
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Another good book by Heather Graham. Lots of twists and turns and surprises. Keeps you guessing.
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This was my first reading by Heather Graham. I thought it was a very good book, and really enjoyed reading it.
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This was an interesting read, with a paranormal twist.
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Paranormal romance with a murder mystery in a haunted castle.
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This book was amazing! One of the best paranormal romance novels I've ever read.
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A Scottish Castle, where make believe turns into reality and murder.....
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ghosts, murder, mystery and a poignant love story set against the backdrop of a Scottish castle.
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Mindy's Rating: 4 of 5

Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner - a tall, dark and formidable Scot who share the fictional laird's name - comes charing in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer - dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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A paranormal romance, with a great mystery plotline. You will like this one.
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A paranormal mystery with a little romance.
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TONI FRASER AND HER FRIENDS THINK THEY HAVE HIT ON THE ULTIMATE MONEYMAKING PLAN. BUT WHEN TALL, DARK AND FORMIDABLE SCOT WHO SHARES THE LAIRD'S NAME COMES CHARGING IN TONI IS SHOCKED. HE ONLY EXSISTED IN HER MIND. SOON THE GROUP IS DRAWN INTO A REAL-LIFE MURDER MYSTERY.

NOT ONE OF MY FAVORITES BY GRAHAM......
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Very good mystery, kept you guessing. First book I have read by Graham and I would be interested in reading more.
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A great mystery with a touch of the paranormal
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5 stars - A real page-turner that you won't be able to put down. As a child, Toni Fraser has chillingly accurate dreams of murders about to be committed, a

psychic gift she suppresses. Years later, Toni and five friends follow a real-life dream:

they procure a ruined Scottish castle and turn it into a tourist attraction, highlighted by

a faux historical show Toni scripts about a murderously passionate Cromwellian-period laird,

Bruce MacNiall. Of course, the laird is fictional, as is Toni's terrifying tale of his

wife's strangling. Or so it seemsuntil an angry kilted hunk thunders onstage one night atop

a black stallion, claiming to be the castle's absentee owner, Bruce MacNiall. Ghost? Not

likely. But when several missing girls are found strangled to death in the surrounding

forest, it certainly appears that some murderous spirit is very much alive. The author's

seamless incorporation of just a few supernatural elements into an otherwise solidly real

situation makes the nightmarish threat believable. But more than anything, Graham's

(Haunted, etc.) deft characterization of Toni and her friends (who are as funny and familiar

as the cast of "Friends"), and especially the laird, mysterious but never one-dimensionally

goth, keeps interest in the book's romance, as well as its suspense, high.
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Great book... 4 American's buy a castle in Scotland. They make up a fictional history...or so they thought. Then comes in the charater they made up in real life. Mean while murders happen around then and they must be sloved.
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Another of Heather's greats
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This is a fun book and thrilling and suspenceful at the same time. The plot moves along and the characters are all interesting. It is a fast read and between the ghost and the nowaday characters it moves fast. I recommend it.
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Couldn't figure who had done it until the end.
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Another ghostly romance from Heather Graham. Loved the ensemble of characters, even if I did guess the villain fairly early. Contains "cameo" appearances by Adam Harrison, Darcy and Matt Stone from the book, Haunted, by same author. Not a sequel though.
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Romance, suspense, great
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I liked the characters, good story.
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This book is about a group of people who run a tourist attraction in Scotland. A man shows up claiming that he owns the castle that the group is using for tourism. The strange man looks alot like the original owner from hundreds of years ago! Great read!
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love the suspense, the quirky cast of characters and the scottish setting. it's an awesome book, that i totally recommend reading.
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Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fictiona, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall. But when the castle's actural owner--a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name--comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar. Soon the group is drwn into a ral -life murder mystery; young women are being killed, their bodies dumped neaby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer--dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him..especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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THIS BOOK IS A GREAT MURDER MYSTERY/ ROMANCE THRILLER. IT IS RACY AND SUSPENFUL AND KEEPS YOU GUESSING UNTIL THE VERY END. IT'S ABOUT A GIRL NAMED TONI FRASER WHO ALONG WITH FRIENDS DECIDES TO BUY A CASTLE TO TURN IT INTO A TOURIST ATTRACTION. THEY CONCOCT THIS WHOLE STORY TO ENTERTAIN VISITORS ABOUT THE PREVIOUS OWNER AND ABOUT MURDER AND BETRAYAL, BUT THE STORY CHANGES WHEN THE WHOLE CONCOCTED STORY ACTUALLY TURNS OUT TO BE TRUE AND THE OWNER DOES EXIST. NOW WITH A MURDERER ON THE LOOSE AND TONI SEEING THROUGH THE EYES OF THE KILLER SHE HAS TO FIND OUT WHO IS KILLING ALL THESE WOMEN AND AS SHE GETS CLOSER TO THE REAL OWNER OF THE CASTLE SHE DOES NOT KNOW IF SHE SHOULD TRUST HIM OR NOT. READ THIS FOR A GOOD THRILL. I MYSELF HAD A HARD TIME PUTTING IT DOWN THE BOOK IS TRULY EXCEPTIONAL!!!
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Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help. . .
Toni MacNally and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate money making plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.
But when the castle's actual owner -- a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name -- comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance. . .yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.
Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, and their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer -- dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him. . .especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Started a little slow, but turned into a pretty good mystery/love story.
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"Toni Fraser and her friends think theyve hit the ulitmate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run down Scottish Castle, turn it into a tourist attraction. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that cobines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird, Bruce MacNeill.

Soon the group is drawn into real life murder mystery, young women are being killed their bodies dumped nearby..."
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Toni Fraser and her friends come up with the ultimate moneymaking plan. But an ancient run-down Scotish Castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. But they get more than they bargained for when the Castle's owner comes charging in. Toni is shocked! How can this be because she invented Laird Bruce MacNeil from her imagination!
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(The eighth book in the Suspense series)
Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help. . .

Toni MacNally and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate money making plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner - a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name - comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance. . .yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, and their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer - dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him. . .especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Group of actors takes over a castle, then discovers the owner didn't rent it to them. They get involved with a serial killer and a ghost. Good suspense.
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Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-own Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner-a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares teh fictional laird's name - comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through teh eyes of the killer - dreams that suggest a connection to Laire MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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here is the synopsis from the inside dust jacket:
Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run down Scottish castle. turn it into a tourist destination. sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction., complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNaill.
But when the castle's actual owner, a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional lairds name, comes chargind in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.
Soon the group is drawn into the real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer-dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.
But when the castle's actual owner--a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name--comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.
Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young wormen are being killed, their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer--dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Toni Fraser and her group of friends think they've hit on the ultimate money-making plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle and turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors nightly into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

Although this is all "made up" by Toni, the castle's real owner and laird turns out to be a formidable Scot named Bruce MacNiall. Not only that, his family history is exactly what Toni has fictionalized. How can this be?

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, and their bodies dumped in a forest on the castle's land. Toni has sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer-dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall.

This is a real who-done-it with dual mysteries of murder both current and centuries old with a great emphesis on the paranormal.

I'm usually not much of a mystery fan, butI couldn't put this one down.
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interesting storyline
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I enjoyed this book..a combination of some paranormal and murder mystery. Has twists I wasn't expecting in it and a pretty quick read.
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good book
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This book is a PAPERBACK edition. It is NOT a Large Print, Hardcover book. This system would not accept the paperback ISBN for this book. However, the book is still the same whether it be large or small or hardcover or paperback and in great used condition.
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from the back:

Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help...

Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder, and an inaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner-a tall, dark, and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name-comes charging in Toni is shocked. How is it possible that he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer-drams that suggest a connection to Larid MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Sometimes closing your eyes doesn't help. . .

Toni MacNally and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate money making plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner a tall, dark and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance. . .yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, and their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him. . .especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Good story!
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Toni Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird named Bruce MacNiall.

But when the castle's actual owner - a tall, dark, and formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name - comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.

Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mystery; young women are being killed, their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer - dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer. But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night?
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Tony Fraser and her friends think they've hit on the ultimate moneymaking plan. Buy an ancient run-down Scottish castle. Turn it into a tourist destination. Sweep visitors into a reenactment that combines fact and fiction, complete with local history, murder and an imaginary laird name Bruce MacNiall.
But when the castle's actual owner- a formidable Scot who shares the fictional laird's name-comes charging in, Toni is shocked. How is it possible he even exists? Toni invented Bruce MacNiall for the performance...yet every particle of his being is eerily familiar.
Soon the group is drawn into a real-life murder mysters;young women are being killed, their bodies dumped nearby. And Toni is having sinister lifelike dreams in which she sees through the eyes of the killer-dreams that suggest a connection to Laird MacNiall. Bruce claims he wants to help catch the murderer.But can Toni trust him...especially when his ghostly double wanders the forest in the black of night.