Not my cup of tea, thank you very much. I read to page 94, then gave it up. First, there's a bit too much romance for this big he-man reader :). When our heroine finds herself sitting on the lap of the newly-met sensitive hunk... well, I didn't get a thrill.
The other problem is the overly horror-book-style treatment of the otherworldly elements. A seance with the appearance of a sinister but amorphous dark force of enormous power was the last straw. I like ghosts and can tolerate lots of paranormal stuff, but this is over the top for me. I almost quit when the evil black force took possession of the heroine's young son, but I kept plugging away it until the seance scene, when it just became too much.
On the other hand, you may love this stuff. Just not me. I discussed it with my wife, and she said to go ahead and list the book rather than saving it for her to try.
I gave this book about 60 pages or so. By the time I was on page 51 I had decided I didn't care who did what to who or why.
Not really a cozy in my opinion. I love a good paranormal cozy but this was just not it. When the son got possessed by something I was pretty much done. I had all of these books on my wishlist but after reading the first part of this one I deleted all of them.
This was my very first cozy mystery and I thought it was very good. Good characters you feel you can get to know and I like the paranormal edge to it as well. Can't wait to read more of her!
Chintz and China Series. 1st in the Series.
Emerald awakes one night to find Susan Mitchell at the foot of her bed. Susan has to tell Emerald that she has been murdered by her husband. The authorities feel that it was an accidental death and now its up to Emerald with her psychic talents and tarot cards to set the record straight.
Nice twist at the end, but I could only give it a 3 because of the two ridiculous sex scenes that just didnt belong in a cozy mystery.
Don't be fooled by the cutesy blurb on the back of the book, or the kitschy cover. This is not really a cozy mystery, although at times the author tries for that. Overall, it's a pretty good story, but much scarier than I expected. Also, some of the dialogue is downright laughable. But overall, it is a solid first book from this author, and I'll give others in the series a chance.