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‘A Bullet For The Ghost Whisperer’
By Stan Schatt

Detective Francis “Frankie” Ryan brushed her short red hair into place and checked her jacket for coffee stains, noting that her shoulder holster gave her an additional bulge she didn’t need. She called her partner and arranged to meet him at the crime scene and then peered in her bedroom at Nick. She smiled as she glimpsed his head buried under two pillows while his snores rose in volume. A maple bookcase stood across from the bed and housed Nick’s collection of the “Great Books of the Western World” that he insisted on bringing with him when he moved in because his father had given him the set. She never saw him actually read any of the books, but she admired him for paying homage to the man.


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    • Hi Bev,

      Thanks for stopping by today. I always enjoy meeting new people, so I shall look forward to your visits and comments 🙂

      I have just finished reading the first “Francis Ryan” book and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I am hoping to get started on this follow up really soon, to keep up the momentum of the series, as anyone will tell you how notoriously bad I am at ‘series reading’

      Have a good weekend 🙂

  • Loving the title. Reading that short excerpt I am however wondering if this would be one of those books that goes into the minutest of details. Not something that used to bother me but at the moment I find myself getting quite annoyed by it for some unexplainable reason.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I did wonder if the title of this book was a little too lengthy and not catchy enough to be remembered, although the cover art is quite alluring and memorable.

      I wonder what has put you off of overly descriptive writing and whether that is going to change the type of books and authors you ultimately find yourself choosing to read.

      I really enjoy descriptive writing, although it does need to be relevant and real, so that I can immerse myself in it, without it spoiling the story.

      The first book in the series ‘Silent Partner’, whilst descriptive, didn’t allow the words to detract from the storyline, which was quite strong and compelling.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy a good weekend 🙂

  • I’d really need to check out the synopsis to know, but it certainly starts off like a good, traditional detective story. Not knowing, though, ‘traditional’ might be entirely the wrong word!

    I’m set to begin Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty later today (book club read). Here’s the opener:

    ‘ “That doesn’t sound like a school trivia night,” said Mrs.Patty Ponder to Marie Antoinette. “That sounds like a riot.”
    The cat didn’t respond. She was dozing on the couch and found school trivia nights to be trivial. ‘

    • Hi Kelly,

      I think that this storyline is going to follow pretty much the same format as Stan’s first book – “Silent Partner”, although of course, not having started reading the book, this is simply an assumption on my part. If that’s the case, then “A Bullet For The Ghost Whisperer” should offer some great traditional police procedural, mixed with a healthy dollop of the paranormal.

      I know I have declared in the past, that the paranormal is not one of my favourite genres, but the subject is integrated so well into Stan’s writing and has that slightly “tongue in cheek” quality about it, that I rather enjoyed it 🙂
      I have never read anything by Liane Moriarty, although her name has appeared many times in posts by fellow bloggers.

      Having checked out the full synopsis for ‘Big Little Lies’, I’m still not sure about how those opening lines fit into the storyline, however it certainly sounds like a fun read and I hope that you enjoy it!

      As this is a book club read for you, are you also planning to explore the study guide for the book? Never having felt the need for such a guide, I’m not really sure how much use they are, especially when you have other members in a group to bounce around ideas with 🙂


      • I saw that there was a study guide, but given there is a reader’s guide with questions in the back of the book, I felt that was enough. Even without questions to guide us, our group does a pretty good job of discussing. 🙂

        • The trouble with study guides, is that it is almost like being back at school, don’t you think?

          I am reading purely for pleasure, not to feel like I am going to have to take a test at the end of it 🙂

    • Hi Maria,

      This is an author who has written technical and non-fiction books very successfully for many years and has now set his sights on capturing the fiction market with the same enthusiasm.

      In this series, he has successfully blended good police precedural content, with a medium sized helping of the paranormal and it seems to be working very well! … And that’s praise indeed from me, who is so very sceptical about the entire concept of the paranormal and all things concerning the unknown!

      Definitely one worth checking out if you get the chance 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

    • Hi Katherine,

      I am not certain if Stan has intentions of increasing this series from its current two titles, as the next book on his publishing agenda is a science fiction novel.

      Whilst both stories look as though they will work as stand alones (I haven’t started ‘A Bullet For The Ghost Whisperer’ yet), they are probably better read as a series in all honesty.

      They are definitely worth checking out – Great police procedural, with a healthy helping of the paranormal, which really does work well 🙂

    • Hi Fiza,

      Thanks for stopping by this week. I always enjoy meeting new people, so your visits and comments will always be appreciated 🙂

      Perhaps this isn’t the most exciting and action packed of beginnings, however the words do set the storyline up nicely and having recently finished the first book in the series, I know just how relevant the plot building is.

      I hope that your week is going well so far 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I made all the wrong assumptions about this opening passage myself … In the first book, it was hinted at that ‘Frankie’ had a son, although we never got to meet him in the story. I therefore assumed that Nick was that son, who was now living with his mother and had brought with him the set of books given to him by his father … How wrong could I have been!!

      I have kept one or two personal childhood momentos, although many others were consigned to the charity shop, years ago. Young people today just don’t seem as sentimental about things, they definitely live a more minimalist life and are certainly not interested in inheriting any of the pieces we have in our home … It’s a whole new world out there 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you.

    • Hi Lauren,

      My favourite genres are murder/mystery and suspense/thriller, so those opening lines would have attracted me, even if I didn’t have access to the synopsis.

      Also, I am always a sucker for descriptive writing, which some fellow reviewers may find too wordy. The more information I can gather, the better!

      Thanks for stopping by this week. I enjoy meeting new people, so your visits and comments will always be appreciated 🙂

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