“The Dead Among Us” by Carrie Marsh was published March 10, 2017 by Smiling House Publishing Co. It is a cozy mystery and the fourth in the Millerfield Village series. I got the book as a free download. I am not being paid for my review.
Synopsis (my summary):
While the heroine is helping her friend prepare for her wedding she uncovers a mystery. A ghost is scaring people near her friends bed and breakfast. She can still communicate with her cat. In this mystery the heroine finds a portal that takes her back in time. The murder she uncovers back then ties in with the ghost.
Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent
- Overall: 2
- Heroine: 1.5
- Hero: 1.5
- Read again: no
This novel starts out in the past with an English Count meeting his lawyer. The lawyer seems upset by a decision that the Count has made. The novel then jumps to the present where the heroine and her friend first see what they believe to be a ghost. From there the novel focuses on searching for the ghost. It isn’t until later in the story where the heroine finds a portal to the past. While in the past she finds a murder. It is with the help of her telepathic link to her cat that she finds her way back to the present.
The rest of the book is focused on solving the murder in the past and figuring out who the ghost is and what he wants. The hero and heroine lay something of a trap for the person they believe to be the villain. Only when the villain takes the bait and the action scene occurs it gets cut off in the middle. There is no big reveal to answer if they were right in their assumptions.
- Lack of editing and proofreading. There were formatting, awkward sentences, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and consistency issues.
- The readers is told about things that they should have been shown.
- There are scenes and details that don’t really add to the forward momentum to the story. There were times when a bit more detail would be nice.
- A bit of research would have helped avoid some items.
- There were too many characters floating around.
- Characters didn’t act in believable ways at times.
Overall the story is cute. This book is better overall than the last two that I read by Carrie Marsh. As I said last time a better editor/proofreader might have helped avoid the issues that took from my enjoyment of the novel.