Synopsis: Misty Dawn, a former Hollywood psychic to the stars, knows the dark and sometimes glamorous streets of Los Angeles are full of secrets, broken promises, and dashed hopes.
When a young woman comes to her door because she’s lost her engagement ring and is afraid to tell her fiancé (the son of one of the world’s biggest cosmetics empires), Misty senses it’s no accident.
Together Misty Dawn and her psychic charge, Wilson Thorne, must not only sneak behind the walls of the Conroy Estate (aka The House That Vanity Built), but go beyond the veil where the luminaries have laid plans to seek revenge.
Murder, lust, and a quest for a fountain of youth are hidden inside a family’s secret, one that threatens to upend the young woman’s life, and quite possibly, Misty’s as well.
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the second book in the Misty Dawn Mystery series and I am thoroughly enjoying it. Misty is a sixty-something psychic, who lives in the home of a client’s deceased brother. She is smart, bold and sassy. The brother is a “shade”, not a ghost but a spirit of sorts, who helps Misty solve problems, in these books it is a murder. I really enjoy the partnership of Misty and Wilson. Their banter makes me smile and Wilson’s exploits are funny. I love that he drives the cars, yet makes it look like it is Misty. In this story, Misty was hired to help a young woman find her misplaced engagement ring. When it ends up that her fiance dies that night at his bachelor party, Misty is sure it was not an accident. She finds evidence that unfortunately has them looking at someone who is innocent and she ramps up her investigation to find out who the real killer is.
I really enjoyed this story. The setting of The House That Vanity Built was reminiscent of the old Hollywood parties, with drinking, drugs, sex and rock and roll. There were several suspects in this one, and when I thought I had it all figured out, there was a twist that had me looking in another direction. The characters were wonderful, even the other spirits in the story. The writing was great and the plot well paced. I loved the ending of this one, and the final few pages had me sitting holding my breath. I will definitely continue with this series, and I recommend it to cozy mystery lovers. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Author: Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five in Los Angeles Talk Radio, beginning her career on the talent side as one for the first female voices on the air, and later on the business side, where she retired as one of two female general managers in the nation’s second-largest radio market. After a successful career in the radio industry, Silverman turned to writing fiction. Her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America. Her Carol Childs Mysteries series (Henery Press) feature 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. Her most recent series with Misty Dawn is centered on an aging Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, who supplements her day to day activities as a consultant to LAPD and the FBI. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle.