Loose Ends is the first book in Terri Reid's A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery series. This was a fun read. It has many great elements including funny and spooky. I purchased Loose Ends after reading an article Terri Reid wrote in Ditch The Publisher: 40 Indie Authors on Their Unique Self Publishing Journey, edited by Haley Sherman. I was very impressed with her article and her success in self-publishing and this series sounded like something I would love to read.
Mary O'Reilly, the main character, was an ex-Chicago cop who had a near death experience after being shot on the job, and ever since has been able to see and talk to ghost. At times, she also has visions about their death and is stuck in that time for a while which proves to be a bit dangerous since landscapes are bound to change over time.
Ghosts are actually drawn to her because of her ability. She does her best to help them move on. Ghosts can't pay for her private investigator services. That's a problem when it comes to paying the bills.
Mary is hired to solve a twenty-four year old murder of a young woman killed at a newly elected State Senator's home. Mary is pretty excited about having a paying client too. The victim's drowning was ruled an accident. Mary is hired by the senators wife because the ghost is haunting them. All circumstantial evidence points to the senator but Mary continues the investigation, feeling that the senator could have been framed.
While investigating the murder, Mary uncovers the murders of five little girls that were never solved and learns that the cases are somehow connected. As she investigates, she too, becomes a target for a serial killer who is tying up all loose ends.
If you haven't purchased this book, you're missing out. But be warned, if you read this one, you will have to buy the rest of the series because Loose Ends definitely leaves you wanting more.
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