The House on Hallowed Ground (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Henery Press (September 10, 2019)
Hardcover: 260 pages
Paperback: 260 pages
When Misty Dawn, a former Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, moves into an old craftsman house, she encounters the former owner, the recently deceased Hollywood set designer, Wilson Thorne.
Wilson is unaware of his circumstances, and when Misty explains the particulars of his limbo state, and how he might help himself if he helps her, he’s not at all happy. That is until young actress Zoey Chamberlain comes to Misty’s door for help.
Zoey has recently purchased The Pink Mansion, a historic Hollywood Hills home, and believes it’s haunted. But when Misty arrives to search the house, it’s not a ghost she finds, but a dead body.
The police are quick to suspect Zoey of murdering her best friend. Zoey maintains her innocence and fears her friend’s death may have been a result of the ghost…and a long-time family curse.
Together Misty and Wilson must untangle the secrets of The Pink Mansion or submit to the powers of the family curse.
This is the first book in a new series from an author that I enjoy. This book is a little outside my comfort zone as I do not read a lot of paranormal stories, but the occasional ghost in a cozy is okay.
The main character in this story, Misty Dawn, is a former Psychic to the Stars, When she finds herself homeless, she is offered a house to rent cheaply, by a former client. All is well and she moves in with her cat. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that the ghost of the former owner, Wilson Thorne, is living in the house. He worked in Hollywood and has some rather quirky habits. When a young, well-known star visits Misty, she has an odd request. She is sure her new home is haunted and no one will believe her. She wants Misty to visit and find the ghost so she knows she is not crazy. Misty and Wilson head to the house, but arrive with police and news crews there. Zoey’s best friend died in her backyard. Once it is determined that it was murder, Misty and Wilson start an investigation to help Zoey. Once Zoey is arrested, she learns that you can’t trust everyone.
I enjoyed this story. I liked the characters and felt that Nancy Cole Silverman did a good job developing them. I enjoyed their banter and how their relationship develops. There were a lot of suspects and as they were eliminated, Zoey became the chief suspect. The twists and turns kept me guessing as I thought I had it figured out, but was sent in another direction. Yes, there is a ghost in Zoey’s house, but I will let you discover more about that plotline. Is the murder related to the family curse? Was the ghost involved? The story is well plotted and enjoyable and I recommend that you pick this one up and sit back and enjoy this light, paranormal, cozy mystery. I have to mention the cover of this book. I absolutely love how the pink mansion is the focal point of the cover as it is so important to the story. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Nancy Cole Silverman’s realization that she and Edgar Allen Poe shared the same birthday sparked her lifelong interest in mystery fiction. After a very successful career in the radio industry she turned to writing, and her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America. Her Carol Childs Mysteries series (Henery Press) features a single-mom whose “day job” as a reporter at a busy Los Angeles radio station often leads to long nights as a crime-solver. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle.