Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: The Bones of the Holy - Jennifer Allison

Synopsis: When Gilda Joyce's mother gets engaged to a man from St. Augustine, Florida, Gilda is appalled. Sure, a Southern belle wedding would be fun to organize, but Gilda hasn't even given him the "Joyce Family Application" yet! On the bright side, spooky St. Augustine is full of ghost stories to unravel.

But soon the city's mysteries come too close to home. Who is the mysterious woman in white Gilda and another girl keep seeing? And why is Mrs. Joyce acting as if she's possessed? With only a few short days before her mother says "I do," Gilda knows this much for sure: it's going to take every ounce of her sleuthing skill and psychic savvy to solve this one.

Review: I have said before that I find these books creepy, but I can't seem to stop reading them. Gilda is such a wonderfully unique and hilarious character that I can't help but eagerly look forward to her next paranormal mystery. And this one is probably the best by far (though it is hard to beat The Ghost Sonata).

Though I prefer the approach the Author took in the first two, where she left the question of "Was it really a ghost?" hanging, offering a logical explanation along with a paranormal one, I have to say that the purely ghost-caused occurrences of this one left me pleasantly spooked. I admit, even at my age, I was a little scared going up to my room at night afterward. I only wish the murders weren't all accidents - let's have some intentional deaths here!

Like all the others, The Bones of the Holy is filled with Gilda's quirky humor and her awesome vintage costumes (her and I would get along in that department). And a new character is introduced, who has greater psychic abilities than Gilda, and is equally likable even with her justified fears, and I hope that if there are more Gilda Joyce books, she is included in later ones.

Gilda Joyce: The Bones of the Holy is most definitely not disappoint those fans of this series, or ones who are planning on reading the series.

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Others in the Gilda Joyce Series:
1)Psychic Investigator
2)The Ladies of the Lake
3)The Ghost Sonata
4)The Dead Drop
5)The Bones of the Holy

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