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Loose Ends

(Mary O’Reilly #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  6,854 ratings  ·  655 reviews
Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it.

Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get re
Paperback, 281 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published August 23rd 2010)
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Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life.

3.5 stars. Loose Ends is a light mystery read. I thought it was both charming and humorous. Mary O'Reilly was a Chicago police officer who was shot in the line of duty. She died but was resuscitated. Since that day she has been able to see the ghosts of people who have not crossed over. She decides to quit the police force and opens up a paranormal detective agency after moving to a small town.

For the most part I liked this. I would give it 4 stars f
Ivonne Rovira
Loose Ends should have been a complete cliché: Ghost-glimpsing paranormal investigator Mary O’Reilly teams up with skeptical handsome new police chief Bradley Alden to solve the disappearance of five little girls near the Apple River Fort Historic Site in Illinois. But somehow author Terri Reid makes it work well enough.

Don’t ask me how she did it, but, for the most part, I really enjoyed this breezy read — the first in a series — about fictional doings in the real-life small town of Freeport,
Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews
I am not usually one who's drawn to paranormal mysteries, however, after reading so many positive reviews about Terri Reid's Mary O'Reilly's series, I decided to give it a try, and boy oh boy, I was literally blown away by this book. 'Loose Ends' is just the first in a long series.

Mary O'Reilly, a Chicago cop, was shot during a stake-out gone bad. Later, surrounded by her family, she died in hospital, but she remained dead only for a few minutes. She was sent back among the living with an added
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book for the same reason a lot of people did, it seems. It was cheap (or in my case, temporarily free) on Amazon. I usually won't bother with self-published books unless I know the author. However, this book really surprised me.

A basic, non-spoilery run down is that our main heroine was shot in the line of duty as a police officer and died momentarily only to be brought back from the brink. She also happened to bring back the ability to see and communicate with spirits with her.

Now sh
Debra Johnson
Finished Reading October 15, 2015

Loose Ends by Terri Reid
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Paranormal
4.5 Stars

A great read. The story flowed so smooth that it was a fast read. Mary O'Reilly is a private detective. An ex-cop who died & came back with the ability to see & talk to the dead. Bradley, the Chief of police is intelligent. Both characters are strong and human. Then there are Rosie & Stanley who bring humor to the story. I am very impressed with Terri Reid's writing

No Adult sex scenes.

Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
3 stars

Own in: Crimes of Passion: 6 Romantic Suspense Books

This one suffered in comparison to a couple of good books I just read. That said, I don't think I would rate it higher than 3 stars. I am very interested in Bradley's (H) missing wife Jeannine. Somewhat predictable - didn't quite have the edge of my seat suspense to rate higher.
Pretty average and I read too many mysteries books 😬

The way the author tried to give you some idea about the villain in the first chapter is not working with me, I can guess the bad guy straight away, gosh! He was so damn obvious!!

Also with the crimes like these and that cover, you wanted more intensity in this book which is not happened here, a bit disappointed really.

But this book on KU and pretty thin compare with other mysteries books, so you can read quick between your other book. Also you
Beanbag Love
I bought this because it was cheap and had good reviews. An excellent way to go about finding new authors, I think. It was pretty good for the first book in a series. Except for the fact you can tell who the culprit is as soon as they're described. Authors have these little axes to grind and they become a lot more obvious than they think they're being. This is why I don't always go for mysteries. I can usually tell by the way an author describes a person whether or not that person is going to be ...more
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Cute cozy mystery from a new to me author.

In general I don't read cozy mysteries and to be honest, I purchased this book thinking it would be a more "meaty" mystery with the paranormal mixed in. I also expected it to be well...a little scary. I was way off the mark but I was pleasantly surprised by this well written start of a series. Mary O'Reilly is a fun character and I really enjoyed how she was developed. Mary is strong, independent, and yes she does see ghosts. I liked how her character pl
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first in a series of paranormal mysteries. The characters are fun and sometimes quirky. Mary O'Reilley is a former cop turned private investigator who was shot dead but revived with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Some of them have problems for her to resolve, sometimes they help her solve real life mysteries. None of the characters takes themselves too seriously and the mystery story-telling is pretty good. Halfway through the first one I downloaded three more (there ...more
Kathleen Valentine
One of my main complaints about too many female detective stories these days is that the women are supposed to be brilliant in every way but do totally stupid things so the guy can rescue her. Mary O'Reilly not only doesn't do that, she makes a point of not doing that. I liked this book very much and I loved Mary -- she's smart,savvy, plucky and has a wicked sense of humor which I guess is a good thing when one of your clients shows up in your bedroom every night without his head on.

The story is
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read!! First time reader of Terri Reid. The author took a common idea and turned it into a well developed and interesting story. This was a page turner for me. I would recommend the book to anyone who enjoys the lighter side of paranormal/ghost stories. This was right up my alley and i have all intentions to read more of this series.
WOW... ghosts that appear on schedule! Who would have thought it could be so easy to talk to the dead.

I gave this up at the end of Chapter 8 / page 49.
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book in my TBR pile for awhile. I bought it for the ghost theme. I don't know why I let it set for so long. I guess I was worried it would be another poorly edited book or the ghosts wouldn't be real or have very little ghost interaction. This book was wonderful. I don't give five stars to many books. This one earned it IMHO.
It was funny, had a wonderful secondary cast that didn't distract from the main characters, it just added to the them. The amount ghostly interactions was p
Stanley McShane
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Obviously Terri Reid has a winner in her Mary O'Reilly paranormal series as she's written 15 of them successfully. I can see why. I greatly enjoyed Mary with her ghostly characters popping in and out on her, although Bradley channeling through her might have stretched the imagination a bit much. Still, it's a ghost story--who's to know? Only thing I didn't enjoy was the formatting. Enjoyed her best buds, Stanley and Rosie; enjoyed getting to know Bradley. A former crack Chicago cop up for detect ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow this book was very well done. About third of the way through I kinda had an idea who the bad guy was.

Mary is a fantastic character. She's smart, sassy, sarcastic and has a sense of humor. A woman gets killed at the start of the book and then years later Mary is hired to figure out why the ghost is haunting this house. She is also investigating a group of missing 8 year old girls that may or may not be tied to the first ghost. Then someone starts trying to kill her and Police Chief Bradley s
A pleasant cozy/paranormal mystery. I read all six books in the series one after another. They need some serious proof-reading and the help of an editor, but if you can get over the typos and the fact that there really isn't much of a mystery to them, they are quite pleasant, remarkably quick little reads. Be warned that the need for proof-reading really worsens throughout the series and eventually becomes downright annoying in th 6th book. But having said that (and gritting my teeth over things ...more
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm giving this four stars even tho it had issues. I liked the story and the main characters. Since I like paranormal themes this really worked. It flowed well and was an easy read. The negatives were the punctuation and other editing problems. Not to mention a faux pas near the end where the villain apparently gave himself away with a statement and the Chief didn't catch it. I did figure out earlier that he was the one. I have the next book and still do look forward to reading it. ...more
Britny Urena
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I accidentally read the 2nd book first...I got confused when she mentioned things but didn't explain them, then realized I was reading the 2nd one. So right after I finished it, I bought this one. I'm so glad I did, and can't wait until I can read the next ones. So many more to read!
She is such a good writer and her story is unique. Mary is easy to like, and I'm totally rooting for her and her love interest! <3
Linda Todd
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-fab
A great book loved the banter between the characters a very well deserved 5 stars would give it more. The characters well thought out and had the gift of the gab a wonderful story I would love to read more of Mary O'Reilly and the ghosts she helps. My thanksto the author Teri Reid for the privilege & pleasure of reading her wonderful book so to all happy reading from wee me. ♥☺ ...more
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable, fast-paced read. Cover to cover in one day with lots of other things going on in-between...really held my interest. Likable characters, interesting premise, hopeful romance...will read the next in the series!
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread-books
Bad formatting but fabulous book!
Christy Wahl
1.5 stars. Good premise, poor delivery. I think I would have enjoyed this book and given it about 3 stars if the writing had been cleaned up. The writing was just a little too choppy, hard sometimes to follow where the author was leading you because of the wording she chose, or the abrupt change in subject without leading up to what she was trying to communicate.
Also... can someone PLEASE come up with another "plot twist" other than the female main character hating the male main character and t
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. I wish the details of Mary's death and coming back were part of this story. You sort of go in clueless as to the situation. The descriptions were great for the characters, down to the dripping blood and rotting flesh of the the soldier.
The storyline of the senator could have been more broad, but overall the story was very well done. The little girls deaths were heartbreaking, but Mary's fierce determination made it worth continuing.
Jenna Scribbles
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what I was looking for. A quick read with ghosts, a strong female character and lots of possibility for many books in a mystery series. This is a cozy mystery, nothing too complicated. I finished it in one day and really liked it. 👍👍
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Book Excellent! Kept me turning pages.

This is the first book in a series and the first book I read by this author. It was a pleasant surprise. Loved Mary’s background story. Seeing ghosts, moving them on. Helping solve old mysteries. Excellent read and highly recommend!
Kiki Z
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's a decent mystery, but that's all the good I really have to say. I didn't like the police chief even once, the writing wasn't great, and the characters weren't well-written enough. It felt just slightly too silly, especially given the subject matter. ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't want to put this book down it had me so engaged! ...more
H.L. Carpenter
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Former police officer who was shot and can now see ghosts solves a 28 year old murder mystery with the help of some of the ghosts. Light romantic interest, engaging mystery, practical, intelligent heroine.
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Terri Reid is the author of the Mary O’Reilly Paranormal Mysteries. An indie author, Reid uploaded her first book “Loose Ends” in August 2010. By the end of 2012, “Loose Ends” had sold over 82,000 copies and, as of the writing of this bio, was the number one bestselling book in Amazon’s ranking of Ghost Stories in the Book/Literature & Fiction/Genre Fiction/Horror/Ghosts section and the number two ...more

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“We need to have an escape plan.""
"I'll shoot him," Bradley offered helpfully.
"He has your gun,"Mary replied.
"Oh, then that won't work."
Mary sighed. Somehow she didn't think that Bradley's warrior-police guy was coming back anytime soon.
"So, how do your legs feel?" she asked.
She felt a large hand squeeze her thigh.
"Bradley, that was my leg."
"Oh, sorry, but what a relief, I thought I had lost feeling in my legs.”
“I've never met someone who died.I mean someone who could actually talk to me about it.Was it all bright lights and Mormon Tabernacle Choir music?" She smiled in spite of her fear.She'd used this tactic before with victims in their first stages of shock to calm them down until help could get there."Well,I can't really be sure but I think I remember hearing Queen's 'Another One Bites The Dust',"she quipped.He snorted."Well, at least it wasn't ACDC's 'Highway to Hell'.” 6 likes
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