AUTHOR: Jordan Castillo Price
DATE FINISHED: June 4
BLURB: Few people would willingly spend the night in a murder house, but Victor Bayne is up for the challenge. He’ll do whatever it takes to get a look at his permanent record, including going undercover in a townhouse where a recent death took place. Why not? There was no foul play involved, and as a psychic medium, he’d know if a ghost was creeping up on him. The whole “murder house” claim is just a product of a kid’s overactive imagination, and he’s confident he has the situation under control.
Until he gets a load of the smell.
Turns out, undercover work is a lot tougher than it looks. Vic misses Jacob something fierce. The subject of his assignment is a real piece of work. His partner has definitely got something to hide…and then the investigation takes a truly bizarre turn.
What happens if the murder house reveals itself to be more than just a schoolyard rumor?
REVIEW: I was so excited to see a new book drop in this series! I'd put an alert out on the author at Amazon, but that didn't pan out. I ended up seeing a review for it on one of the sites I follow, so I promptly ran over to buy it. It's a solid entry, with Victor doing a lot of re-evaluating of his life once he's forced out of it when he goes undercover. He's been overdue for that. But the real surprise was Bly. He's been a secondary character in the past few books, an interesting one but not one I would've thought would demand more of my attention. After this book, he does. He just comes to life in this one, and I absolutely adore him. I would love to see him get his own story like Crash did.
As for the mystery/ghost aspect, that really plays second-fiddle to Victor's introspection. Seriously, for most of the book, it's Victor banging his head against the wall. It's entertaining, but not in the same way of reading about ghosts or solving crime.
Plus, I don't understand how some people can be annoyed that there isn't enough romance in this. This is book *ten*. These guys have been together for ages in book time. If the focus was still the romance, I would've stopped reading ages ago.
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