Dead Man Talking by T. M. Simmons

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    T. M. Simmons gives you humor, suspense and the surprise little endings I like so much.

    Weird things tend to happen when you live in a haunted house – not that author/ghost hunter Alice Carpenter has a problem disciplining the ten resident ghosts in her lakeside log cabin near forgotten-time Six Gun, Texas. When her cousin Katy calls looking for help with the resident ghost at Espirt d’Chene, the family mansion near Jefferson, Alice agrees to come to the rescue.

    Sir Gary Gavin, dead now over two hundred years, insists Alice is the only one who can expose his undeliberate murder to allow him to leave his tortured existence; and he’s not above wreaking havoc at Espirt d’Chene until Alice concedes to his demands. Before Alice can even pack, though, Katy discovers a new murder – a headless corpse floating in her swimming pool. This new ghost – Bucky, the black-sheep son of a Texas senator – is dangerous in his newly-dead, confused state as he searches the plantation for his head.

    Alice must somehow uncover the identity of Bucky’s murderer, or else it looks like Katy will be charged with the crime, despite several other suspects who have motives for wanting Bucky dead. To make matters worse, the homicide detective in charge, Alice’s ex-husband Jack, doesn’t believe in ghosts. That leaves Alice no choice but to depend on her ghost hunting mentor, Twila, and her elderly neighbor, Granny, to assist in the investigation.

    Katy is arrested, and there’s no help for it: Sir Gary’s going to have to join the investigation. Much to Jack’s dismay – and the delight of the women – he is finally forced to admit that Sir Gary is real. A real ghost, anyway. Together, the unlikely team of sleuths join forces to help send Sir Gary to his deserved reward, track down the real killer, and set Katy free.

    Review by Jen:

    I really love a good mystery. Put a ghost or two in them with the fact I have read some of T. M. Simmons non-fiction books. I can only say I have a real hard time putting them down. They keep my interest from the first page to the last.

    She gives you humor, suspense and the surprise little endings I like so much. I am not sure why her books are so reasonable though. Our good luck because it is a must read. I think the other part I really relate to in her books, is her love of her pets. If I could write and I can’t but if I could I would always include my pets like she does.

    They are as much part of family as any human. I missed saying anything about that little human element she adds to her writing. Always a little romance to make it even more interesting. I have almost complete the next book, Dead Man Haunting..

    Review by Madeupagin:

    Ms. Simmons claims her books are based on true stories. If this is true, while living them may not have been fun, the retelling certainly is. There is the damsel in distress with a ghost or more in her home, all wanting to know how they died.

    There are the ghosthunters trying to find out. There are the critters who help. There are the relatives we may wish we had, including a hunk of an ex-husband who finally learns ghosts are real.

    All in all, a rollicking fun time (except for the damsel in distress). Recommended.