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Along Came A Demon (Whisperings #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  922 ratings  ·  141 reviews
I'm told the dead are all around us. I wouldn't know about that. I see only the violently slain. They could be victims of hit-and-run, innocents caught in cross-fire, the murdered. I've come to terms with that. In fact, I've made a career out of it. They whisper to me and they never, ever, forget the face of their killer. They aren't the only supernatural things I see. No, ...more
Paperback, 2nd edition, 204 pages
Published November 13th 2009 by Createspace (first published March 11th 2009)
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Carol Kerry-green
Brilliant, I loved this straight away, Tiff Banks (don't dare to call her Tiffany) shares her home with two roommates, Mel and Jack, except their both ghosts, violently slain by the previous owner of Tiff's home they remain in the house and become Tiff's 'family'. Tiff can see and talk to the ghosts of the violently slain, whether murdered or killed in automobile crashes etc. Her skill has led her to become a consultant for the local Police Department who were skeptics at first but as her inform ...more
is book one of the Whisperings Paranormal Mystery Series.

Need I mention he’s handsome? He’s one of those men to whom every woman’s eyes are drawn when he walks into the room, and they see him as a human male. I see him as he is. His copper and gold streaked hair reaches his shoulder blades when unbound, and when he’s excited it swirls and emits sparks, as if full of electricity. His eyes are deep copper-brown, like new pennies, and glint when he moves. He has a demon’s angular face and high che
Tiff can see the dead, the violently slain, she can also sense the Otherworldly, whom she calls demons. All mesmerizingly beautiful, able to seduce at will, and deadly. Due to her gift, she is a consultant for the PD. So when Tiff discovers a dead woman outside her home, who claims to have a missing son that nobody remembers, she vows to help out. The only problem: demons are out for the same boy, and she gets partnered up with the most gorgeous detective... Unfortunately also a demon, who won't ...more
So, I Read This Book Today
But, soft: behold! lo where it comes again!
I’ll cross it, though it blast me. – Stay, illusion!
If thou hast any sound, or use a voice.
Speak to me. – Hamlet 1.1

Why, what care I ? If thou canst nod, speak too, -
If charnel-houses, and our graves, must send
Those that we bury, back, our monuments
Shall be the maws of kites. – (Macbeth, 3.4)

There is no ghost clause in that lease. – David Simmons

I know it is silly, but when I find an author I wasn’t previously aware of who really catches my interest and
2 stars = okay - I ended up pretty neutral in my reaction to Along Came A Demon. There are a lot of familiar pieces stitched together is this story. The basics are: the heroine can see and talk to ghosts, she is a consultant to the local police department, she has two dead housemates, and the ghost of a murdered woman turns up on her lawn asking for help. In addition to seeing ghosts she also sees 'demons' - who seem very fae-like with their glamor and aversion to iron filings.

In and of itself
In the last year or two I’ve probably read more books with some kind of paranormal twist than I had all the remaining years of my life combined. I’ve been amazed to discover the number of ways authors have to give a novel a paranormal twist. "Along Came a Demon is among my favorites." I was happy discovering they aren’t all glittery vampires.

As I evaluate the reasons "Along Came a Demon" was an enjoyable read for me several things come to mind. Part of it is the mystery portion. Ignore the para
Lisa Cox
I am almost embarrassed to admit how much I enjoyed this book. It is not at all in a genre I usually visit. I picked up a copy of Indie Chicks: 25 Women 25 Personal Stories when it was offered for free, and after reading the first few chapters of Along Came a Demon, I *had* to buy it. I kept imagining the actress Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) playing Tiff.

The writing is fresh, fun, a little gritty, and the main character is tough, believable, and almost instantly sympathetic. I love the writin
Apr 30, 2013 Tayinnawin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People weary of YA/Teen Paranormal Series

I prefer to review the experience of reading the book and comment on the character development and writing style of the author rather than rehash what the book description already provides.

I enjoyed this book a lot. The writing style was quite easy to visualize. I eased into the story, following along like a movie in my head. The development of the main character is done quite well; you are given a good glimpse of who/what she is, while a
Valerie Long
The protagonist and storyteller, Tiff, is not just a tough and fearless, but an extraordinary woman: she can see and hear the violently slain. This would be enough substance for more than one book, but it’s just the beginning. As strong women go, she has some trouble with her love life, and she seems to tend to collect unusual friendships.
The story starts as an easy read with some funny and surprising ideas, but quickly takes up speed and tension becoming an edge-of-the-seat thriller that refuse
"There's a naked woman in the garden," Jack said.

Tiff(never Tiffany) Banks sees ghosts of people that died a violent death. Jack and Mel are her resident ghosts as their bodies are buried in her basement. When a wet, nude ghost shows up in her backyard, Tiffany takes on the task of finding a six year old boy. Tiff works with the Clarion police on occasion and asks the captain for his assistance. Much to her surprise, he pairs her with Royal, a demon that only she can see.

Interesting take on talk
Tiff sees the dead as if they are there, she talks to them, they tell her how they died and she occasionally helps the police. There isn't a disastrous event in her past that gave her the gift. It just happened one day. I assume the explanation and more information about her parents would be revealed in the rest of the books in the series. That's not the only thing she can see. She can see supernatural beings. Some of them she calls demons and so far they are the only supernatural beings that
This book is pretty much perfect as a light read. There is a good plot, there are interesting side characters, the protagonist is snarky without being annoying and can totally hold her own, and the male lead is the right combination of hot, teasing and useful.

Tiff can talk to dead people, but only those who died violently. Its something that has led to her working as a consultant for the PD in her small hometown of Clarion. Then a dead woman walks into her backyard and she has to help find out
Oddly enough I found this more enjoyable than I thought. The combination of a person who communicates with the spirits of people who died difficult deaths with a police officer who is from another world made for an interesting story line. At the end of the book the 2 main characters are contemplating starting their own investigative firm.
There are plenty of interesting support characters to add flavor to the story while not distracting from it.
Muttix Onlymuttix
I love, love, love this book! I can't believe this was a free download on the Kindle app. Seriously rocked my socks off. Just recommended it to everyone who 'likes fantasy' on Goodreads. :D
Nanci de Suffren
I know this is paranormal and thus hardly intellectual stuff but I read for the fun of it and this book made me laugh out loud and smile at the heroine and her unlikely hero. The cast of characters, including the unique roommates creates an interesting environment for the story. For those who enjoy things that go "bump in the night" I highly recommend this for their light reading moments. It is a really fun book.
Jessica Gomez

Okay, I am a little confused after reading this book. My thoughts and emotions are a bit all over. I enjoyed the story line of Tiff, a girl who one day just started seeing dead people. She can communicate with them and find out how they died. Then a case comes along of a little boy who goes missing, who follows a long string of little boys that go missing.

During that time, Tiff works for the Police department, and they pair her up with a detective who turned out to be a Demon. Royal, seem
Realistically, it was not terrible but it is a tired story of the supernatural detective. It hits on every single cliche. The biggest failure is that there was nothing to make the reader able to connect with the characters. The plot was as unoriginal as most supernatural novels now
Started out interesting then turned dull, anyone else incredibly tired of the "I CANT RESIST HIM" romances in books? :|
I just ended up skimming through the rest of it just to see what happened at the end ..and it was a soap opera cliché..

Also considering the main characters eyecatching features, how come NO ONE REACTS TO IT?
Kristie Cook
This book was such a fun read. I enjoyed getting to know the characters as they solved an interesting mystery that takes the reader down an unexpected and otherworldly path. It's relatively short and a quick read, making it a great introduction into Linda Welch's new series.
H.P. Mallory
I really liked this book. It was very well written and kept my interest the entire time. The plot was unpredictable and kept me on the edge of my seat.
Linda Welch is a very good author and I definitely intend to keep an eye out for future works of hers!
Standard PNR/UF but enjoyable nonetheless. It is standard stuff for a reason. I like Tiff and while there was insta-lust it wasn't insta-love (which I hate) and Tiff didn't act on it til after she had come to trust Royal. One thing that really bugged me though was how she had to hide her 'true' power which was holding conversations with murdered people from her police contact who thought she was psychic and accepted that she got messages from the dead and then acted on the info she gave him. WTF ...more
C. Erani Kole
The whole thing was pretty cool but towards the end it fell a little flat for me. The details (the way she told me almost everything she did) were a little long but eventually I got into it. The ending of the middle and the ending itself were very different from the way the book first started out, and that's usually not a bad thing, but in this case, it changed the way she thought and acted, and THAT was a little off-putting for me.

It was free on Amazon so it wasn't bad, considering that it was
Jonathan Slaton
This is a really great book. I enjoyed it!
Along Came a Demon is a relatively short story about a woman who has the ability to see and talk to the dead. Tiffany Banks (Tiff) periodically works for the Clarion Police Department in solving crimes. However, this time a dead woman,Lindy from the apartment building behind her house comes to see her. She has asked Tiff to locate her missing son, Lawrence.

Tiff contacts her friend, Mike at the PD and inquires about Lawrence. Mike nor the PD is aware that Lindy has a son. Upon further investigati
Tiff Banks sees dead people. She talks to them, and they talk to her. They tell her how they died, and she tells as much as she can to the police, who do their best to take her seriously and catch the guilty party. It’s a sporadic arrangement, but a good one.

I really enjoyed being with Tiff. I found her a bit tomboyish at first, but we warmed up to one another. It was funny - I kept expecting Royal to sweep her off her feet. I guess it's just that Welch's style reminds me so much of Nora Roberts
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Tiffany (Tiff was what she preferred) Banks sees the dead. She doesn’t see everyone who died; only those who were killed by another person. It seems they cannot leave the Earth until the person who caused their death also dies. That’s how she ended up with two roommates no one else could see. The previous owner of her house had killed Jack and Mel and they liked living with her so they were sticking around. Because of her ability Tiff chooses to lead a very solitary life.

To make extra money Tif
LK Gardner-Griffie
I have been an avid mystery fan for much of my life. I read before going to sleep every night and the books that usually make up that reading material are mysteries of the cozy type. Agatha Christie, P D James, Elizabeth Peters, Ngaio Marsh, Sara Paretsky, Martha Grimes, and the list goes on. When I saw that Linda Welch had requested a review for her psi-fi mystery, Along Came A Demon , I leapt at the chance to read and review it. I was not disappointed.

Tiff Banks, nicknamed the Ice Queen by the
Sadie Forsythe
I found this to be a satisfying read. There wasn't anything superlative about it, but nothing stood out as particularly displeasing either. It was of median length. The characters were likeable, but not loveable. The mystery wasn't obvious, but neither was it hard to figure out. There was humour, but it wasn't laugh out loud funny. There was a hint of sexual tension, but very little sex. All in all, it had enough of all the requisite elements to satisfy the reader without leaving them gasping fo ...more
Lynda Kelly
This wasn't what I expected but I ended up quite enjoying it. There were some mistakes and a few times I wondered if I was going to carry on but then the story would improve so I stuck with it. In a few places it got way too unbelievable for me and I'm unsure whether I'd read the whole series as they seem to get even more fanciful. At the start of this book I enjoyed it more before things headed into the realms of fantasy. I don't "do" fantasy books at all so that's a big sticking point for me f ...more
Reviewer note: This review is for the pre-edited/lengthened Kindle novella version and was originally posted on Amazon in May 2010. Linda Welch has since re-released this title in a full novel format that I haven't yet read...but it's on my list! Issues mentioned in this review may no longer be valid...but the kudos are totally worth keeping it posted here.

~* 4.5 Stars *~
Fantastic Urban Fantasy Novella

First in a new urban fantasy series, Along Came A Demon introduces Tiff (don't call her Tiffany
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Born in England, Linda ended up in the USA and lived in New Mexico, Idaho and California before settling in the Wasatch Mountains of northern Utah near a small community called Eden. She lives there with her husband and Scottish terrier, and an awful lot of wildlife. She is the author of the Whisperings paranormal mysteries: Along Came a Demon, The Demon Hunters, Dead Demon Walking, Demon Demon Bu ...more
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The Demon Hunters (Whisperings, #2) Dead Demon Walking (Whisperings, #3) Demon Demon Burning Bright (Whisperings, #4) A Conspiracy of Demons (Whisperings, #6) Demon on a Distant Shore (Whisperings, #5)

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