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It would be a mistake to pass on Grave Errors
August 28, 2017
Grave Errors by Carol J. Perry Kensington Books Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 29 Aug 2017
The Witch City mysteries are exemplary paranormal cozies. Lee Barrett teaches tv production, but her unique gift - that of receiving visions, puts her in the midst of murder investigations more often than her boyfriend Pete, a local detective, would prefer. He does, however, agree that her visions are useful and important, particularly in this case.
Lee’s students join her class for a variety of reasons, but this is the first time one has joined in order to find the identity of her sister’s killer. Dorothy is convinced that the police are wrong, and her sister’s accidental death was in fact a murder. Pete agrees to look into the matter, and the class plans a Dia de Los Muertos celebration for the city. But when a threatening letter arrives at the school, Lee and the others start looking deeper into Emily’s final days, using their collective skills to determine why Emily was targeted.
Part of what I enjoy about these novels is Lee’s strength of character, her intelligence and persistence. It’s easy to believe she was once a news anchor. Perry makes Lee’s train of thought natural and easy to follow. The steadfast romance between Pete and Lee is another nice element. And of course you can’t forget O’Ryan who always plays an essential role. There are even recipes at the end for those tantalized by the descriptions in the book. I definitely would recommend Grave Errors to anyone who enjoys paranormal cozies.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Grave Errors from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Whose funeral will be next?
For residents of Salem, Massachusetts, the day after Halloween brings empty candy wrappers, sagging pumpkins, and a community-wide identity crisis. That is, until Lee Barrett’s TV production class suggests extending the spooky season with the traditional Mexican celebration Dia de Los Muertos. But when the students discover not all of Salem’s dead are resting in peace, the post-October blues don’t seem so bad after all . . .
As if a series of haunting graveyard visits isn’t disturbing enough, Lee and her policeman boyfriend connect the crime to an unsolved missing person case. Driven by a series of chilling psychic visions, Lee calls on her cleverest allies—including her shrewd cat, O’Ryan—to go underground and dig up the evidence needed to put a lid on a cold case forever . . . before the latest headstone in town has her name on it!