Loose Ends by Terri Reid
Is she the next target for the serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends?
Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.
Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, don’t think she’s nuts.
Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected state senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator’s wife.
Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, 24 years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further, she becomes the next target for the serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends.
Review by Marianne;
I’m normally reluctant to buy an audiobook that is performed by someone new. But, Erin Spencer was better than I had expected. The male characters sounded a little goofy, and I would have preferred it if she had sped up her reading just a tad bit, or maybe I’m just being too picky.
I think she has the potential to be a really awesome narrator with a few minor adjustments. As far as the story goes… I really enjoyed the characters. I know there are plenty of paranormal mystery books out there with main characters that solve crimes with the aid of ghosts. (I really enjoyed Amanda Steven’s Graveyard Queen series)
Yet, this book felt different. I think it was the humor Terri Reid injected into the dialogue. The mystery wasn’t much of a mystery, but the plot didn’t really suffer from the lack of suspense.
I still wanted to know how it’s all resolved. Now I’m eager to listen to the next book, Good Tidings, to see where things go with Mary and Bradley.
Review by Mrs. Bear: If you could sum up Loose Ends in three words, what would they be?
Interesting, Fun Read
What was one of the most memorable moments of Loose Ends?
Mary O’Reilly’s interactions with various ghosts, particularly the murder victim.
What about Erin Spencer’s performance did you like?
I really like the sound of Erin Spencer’s voice, which I feel is important when you are listening to a book. The “wrong” voice can ruin an otherwise good book. I also like the way she pauses a little before saying “he said or she said” and she doesn’t read too fast. Occasionally, I thought she put the wrong inflection or emphasis on some words/phrases. I sometimes found myself saying the words/phrases differently in my mind, but that’s just my opinion. I think trying to use a man’s voice for Bradley and other men in the story didn’t really go over very well. It came across as a little silly. However, I would definitely listen to more of these books. In fact, I have put all of them on my Wish List. They are well-written, enjoyable stories and kudos to Terri Reid for keeping them pretty clean. Vulgar language and/or suggestive dialogue causes me to lose interest quickly, even if the book is good. I wouldn’t call these books page-turners but they are interesting enough to keep me wanting more.