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Loose Ends (Mary O'Reilly Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terri Reid
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Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.
Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, doesn’t think she’s nuts.
Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected State Senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the Senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator’s wife.
Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, twenty-four years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further she becomes the next target for serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y5H8IK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky Fun Read Dec 11 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The characters are easy to like with their quirky behaviour and witty dialogue. Mary, the main character has some solid policing skills as well as an ability to see ghosts. The ghost testimony is cleverly woven into the whodunit structure. Overall, an entertaining read. If you enjoy Canadian author, Gloria Ferris' novels, you'll enjoy "Loose Ends".
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5.0 out of 5 stars I just love this type of book Dec 1 2014
By Sarah
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As another reader wrote, I could not put it down!!. I just love this type of book. Little mystery, little romance, little paranormal. What's not to like. A bit of something for everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of fun July 23 2015
By kevinmcl TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I seem to have gotten onto Bookbub's list for "paranormal detective" books, or some-such. Anyway, it was free, and definitely worth more than that.... :-)

I suppose it's natural for people to keep arbitrary things private, but I think many such instances were purely to make the mechanics of the story happen. If this-or-that character didn't explicitly choose this-or-that specific piece of info about themselves to hold back, while "opening up" to another, the story would have stalled. It's not as irritating as Deus-ex-machina interventions, but it does annoy a little. On the other hand, the whole 'paranormal' genre relies inherently on deus-ex-machina, so I guess I can't complain that much.

And I did read it.

And I might read another.

Maybe I won't pay full pop for it, but if there's a bargain to be had, it'll be worth my time, and ... at my age... time is more important than money.

So, if you like these sorts of stories, this was a better-than-average example.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this paranormal mystery! June 26 2015
By Jennifer Mclean TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I really loved this book, in fact, it made me buy Ms. Reid's next three books just so I could know what would happen to the series characters next. Mary O'Reilly is a former police detective who was fatally shot one evening when she was on a stake out. She died and made a choice to come back, she didn't think she was done here on earth. When she awoke she she had lost her job as an officer but had gained a new skill. She could now see ghosts.

Using her severance package from her former job, Mary moved to a small town and opened a detective agency. She helps people with complicated problems. When someone is being haunted or has a problem with a ghost, Mary figures out what's keeping the ghost hanging around and tries to solve the problem so that soul can go to the light.

Mary meets Bradley, the Sheriff of her little town, and he doesn't believe in her skills at all. Bradley thinks Mary is a little loopy, that is until he hears a ghost in her house. Bradley is staying close to Mary to keep her safe, there's a serial killer after her. She's helping a Senetor's wife rid her house of a ghost. The ghost shows Mary that she died twenty four years ago in a violent manner and she wants closure. But for Mary to help the dead woman, she puts herself in the sights of that woman's killer. The killer will stop at nothing to keep his secrets buried.

I have no trouble suspending disbelief and this mystery was so well written that it was easy to think that Mary O'Reilly really exists and sees ghosts. Her talent is well explained and isn't kitchy at all. The relationship between Mary and Bradley is interesting and thought provoking and it makes the reader want to read more. In fact, that's why I purchased the next book in the series right after I read the last page of this book.
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