Wiccan Gavenia Kingsgrave’s psychic gift, the ability to talk to the dead, comes with strings attached. As a Shepherd, she escorts them into the hereafter, but not all the souls want to cross over, and some can be downright vicious. When her latest case involves a heart-breaking hit-and-run victim, Gavenia is stressed to the max. The last thing she needs is a no-nonsense private detective on her tail, even if he is a handsome Irishman.
Former homicide detective Douglas O’Fallon possesses his own psychic gift, one he’s denied for years. Hired by a wealthy client to prove that Gavenia’s a con artist, he is skeptical of the witch’s claims she can speak to the dead. If he finds her gift is genuine, then he will be forced to accept his own. When their two cases intersect, opposites attract. But will they be able to set their differences aside long enough to outwit their foes – both the living and the dead?
Jana Oliver has the perfect job—she listens to the voices in her head and then writes their stories. Her latest creation, BRIAR ROSE, is a dark steampunk retelling of Sleeping Beauty, complete with Hoodoo, a vengeful Civil War ghost, and metal magic (Sept. 2013 Macmillan Children’s Books). In Jana’s young adult DEMON TRAPPERSSeries, Riley Blackthorne, Atlanta’s first girl Demon Trapper, takes on a host of Hellspawn and their diabolical masters. This award-winning series has spread across the globe, with editions in ten countries. Jana’s foray into time travel and alternate history resulted in the Time Rovers Series. Set in 1888 London, the series deftly blends time travel, shape-shifters and Jack the Ripper. The trilogy received twelve awards, including the Prism Award for Time Travel and the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense. When she’s not daydreaming, she can be found savoring a growing collection of single malt scotch and old books. Visitors are always welcome at her website: www.JanaOliver.com
It was a bit confusing as a story and, after finishing it, I still have a few unanswered questions – but hey that’s why its adult urban fantasy – not everything is wrapped up in a neat shiny bow when you get past your teens. It definitely had the feel of an almost Film Noir detective novel and perhaps would have been better set back in the 1920s. The love story was very believable and kind of sweet to see two very dark, broken souls come together.
From a writer’s perspective it was a great plotted mystery and the two characters were well defined. For me, it could have been a bit more action heavy. It was very slow going. After reading the history of the book I noted that Jana Oliver had been working on it for several years and that could have been the issue. The longer you cook a manuscript the more themes, facets and connecting scenes end up in there.
I do love the front cover – very pretty indeed. If I could change it, I’d add O’Fallon in there too – as he is just as much a part of the story as Gavenia, as its told through both of their eyes.
Overall I’d give Tangled Souls 3 out of 5 stars – a great example of an supernatural mystery with a healthy dollop of romance.