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Monday, January 18, 2016

THE HAUNTING OF MELMERBY MANOR by David W. Robinson_review





Review: THE HAUNTING OF MELMERBY MANOR by David W. Robinson (Spookies #1)

What a perfect collection of characters populates this novel, the first in a series. Author David W. Robinson has chosen cleverly so that the three main protagonists--Sceptre, Pete, and Kevin--are foils each for the other, and he interweaves practical tension with their incipient ghost hunt business. Additionally, the actual supernatural events and characters play against a backdrop of actual crime and criminals, and one skeptic and one frightened non-believer partnering with a true believer. It all meshes seamlessly.

Sceptre Rand-Epping, an aristocratic scion living in genteel poverty, has been a psychic since age eight; her spirit guide is her great-grandfather's butler, Albert Fishwick, deceased July 1, 1916, at the Somme. Pete Brennan is a private investigator who enjoys violence but operates out of a strong moral code, a former police constable. Kevin Keeley is a wheeler-dealer, small-time, and a tech wizard. That they are platonic roommates and partners in a new ghost investigation business should be a marvel, but instead the three are a perfect balance.

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