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Dead is dead. Gera Stapleton does not believe in ghosts.


In the infamous town of Jerome, Arizona, a once-friendly ghost named Mac has reportedly embarked on a petty crime spree, and Gera is there to investigate. Has her journalism career come down to this? How can she accurately report a story on something she does not even believe exists?


Now there has been a murder, and

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Paperback, 316 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Becki Willis
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T.J. Wray
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book sounded so promising. When I read that it was about sending a young reporter into a known (ghost town), to investigate a murder.

The first half of the book is very slow, almost boring. I just about gave up on the book and didn't finish it.

But I am so glad that I did finish it. The second half is great. It's a ghost story/love story, wrapped in a murder mystery.

I believe you too will enjoy this book...TJ
Tabatha The Librarian Pope
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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InD'tale Magazine
“Tangible Spirits” takes the reader to Jerome, Arizona for a beautifully written story and informational trip as well.

Read full review in the 2017 September issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Kristine Hall
From the very beginning, I knew I would enjoy author Becki Willis's writing style. In Tangible Spirits, she puts readers straight into the setting and into the head of our main character, Gera, who is clearly unhappy with her latest reporting assignment. Willis uses snippets of thought and sentences that fit perfectly with the way a reporter's mind would collect details. I also love the parallels drawn between the changing scenery and Gera's changing mood. As her surroundings provoke memories, G ...more
 B. Sinsational
Absolutely fabolous Story! With wit, ingenuity and skill your drawn into a captivating tale of ghosts, murders and romance. The awesome way the tale is spun, the mischievousness and wit found in conversations, and events, makes for a highly compelling and captivating intrigue, where you dont have the answers until the very last page. Its not one of those action/ highspeed cheap thrills 1-0-1 books, but this type of books has no need for that, they have so many other merits. It's well written, co ...more
Bobbie
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
Tangible Spirits by Becki Willis is a great book, about paranormal activity or is it really, murder, high suspense, along with some romance. It begins with reporter Gera going to investigate ghostly sightings in a town called Jerome where it seems almost everybody in the town believes in ghosts. When she arrives there, she finds that there's been a murder and many think it was ghost Mac who killed the person. I recommend it to the reading community..
Aly
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Who doesn't love a great ghost story? This book has so much more in it for us to enjoy. It was a little slow in the beginning for me but once the story built up it was unstoppable. Lots of twist and turns and great characters in this book. I do believe in ghosts so this book was a fun read. *This book was given to me for free at my request from Netgalley and I provided this voluntary review.*
Debbie Ament
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read several books now by Becki Willis, and I have enjoyed every one of them. Tangible Spirits was a bit slow to start, but it did not take long for the story to pick up. It is nice to read a book with a good story line that has no cursing or explicit love scenes. I did receive an advance reader copy for review purposes. To tell the truth I like the style of Becki and would purchased this book any ways. I was not at all disappointed.
Bev
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, have-read
This was very interesting due to the fact that the writer actually went to Jerome AZ and included some of the history in the book. It is about a small mining town way up in the mountains of Arizona. Legend has it that there is a ghost that roams the town, but he is a good ghost and helps people.Then there is a murder of a townsperson, and everyone is quick to blame the ghost. Gera, first off, doesn't believe in ghosts. Second she is a bit ticked off that her boss would send her to this god forsa ...more
Jill Elizabeth
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"I've seen things. Heard things, felt things. Sensed things. Things that cannot be readily explained. Call them what you may, but we have tangible spirits among us."
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This was a fun ghost story-cum-mystery. I will admit, I saw the surprise twist at the end AND the whodunit coming from a mile away, but that didn't take away from the enjoyment of the story at all... I found myself drawn in by the colorful descriptions of the townspeople and the evocative setting. The plot was not
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Patricia
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is a good story, if you like suspense and some romance you will enjoy reading the story. the ghosts add to the story. i was given a copy of the story, but i am giving an honest review. i have read other book by becki and enjoyed them. i did not know if i would like this one but said i would try it. i am glad it did. try it i learned alot about the area and about the law that was passed to take all the gold the people had and gave them paper money back and then the money was devalued. it is ...more
Barrett
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Different Type of Ghost Stoy

If you enjoy strong female protagonists, then this is the book for you. The main character stuck to her beliefs until the end. The author plausibly unwound such strong beliefs in such a manner that made me want to reread the entire book
Aurora Batty
More like a 3.5
Not your run of the mill paranormal romance. Its completely fiction but still makes you wonder. Its perfectly lovely!
For my full review check out here: https://aurorabattysbooks.wordpress.c...
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Mike
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tangible Spirits is not your typical ghost story. Or even your atypical ghost story. It is a story about greed, love, and an entire town’s willingness to believe in the possibility of life after death. For this reader, that’s all it took for this story to completely draw me in.

At face value, that may not seem like a great recipe for a ghost story, or any story for that matter. But that’s where the magic comes in! The way Becki Willis intertwined greed, love and belief made for a very, very compe
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Kelly Well Read
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Most days I think the internet is a wonderful thing, especially for an information-junkie like myself. At the touch of my fingers I can find out the answer to just about any question I can think of. But lately I’ve been thinking about how the internet has taken away a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. As a child, I would lie on the grass in my yard, stare up at the sky and wonder about things like: how far away is the sun? why is the sky blue? how are clouds formed? Today, I would j ...more
Seraphia
Tangible Spirits by Becki Willis is a book about a young woman reporter who is assigned to report on a story concerning a ghost committing murders. Gera is skeptical of this story even having any substance at all and is really not that engaged in trying to accomplish it. She'd rather be chasing down a piece that she'd be more interested in. On the way to the town she thinks of all the different people who would be better at this story and would actually enjoy it. Let's just say her name is far a ...more
Christena
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Oh, great,” Gera grumbled aloud. “They’re even blaming that on the poor guy. Like a ghost from the thirties even knows what the internet is.”

First – Jerome, Arizona is a historical mining town that I fell in love with while traveling that I often wish I’d gone back to visit, but when you’re traveling with dogs it’s hard to make stops for a proper visit.
Second – I love ghost stories.
Third – I thankful for being exposed to new authors I would never try on my own. Thanks, Lone Star Lit.
Fourth – I
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Max Knight
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just want to read a book for pure enjoyment; sit back, relax, and escape into a thoroughly captivating story that will keep you engrossed from start to finish. Author Becki Willis has written exactly that! Tangible Spirits combines history, romance, murder, mystery and paranormal activity into a totally enjoyable and heart warming tale.

The setting is Jerome, Arizona (an actual old mining town turned tourist attraction because of ghost sightings) where protagonist Gera Stapleton ris
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Teresa Brown
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***** I received this book as an advanced reader copy for review purposes. *****


Tangible Spirits, by Becki Willis, is about a reporter named Gera, who is sent to Jerome, Arizona to write a piece about the ghosts that roam its streets. Gera believes that “Dead is dead.” How is she to write about something she doesn't even believe in? Although the story starts a little slow, it doesn't take long for it to kick into high gear. As soon as Gera arrives in Jerome, she learns there has been a murder. T
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Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

Blending elements of paranormal, cozy, and romance, this story is just multi-layered enough to satisfy any reader as it weaves together into an intriguing and well plotted mystery. While there was a certain degree of predictability that worked to downplay the tension, ultimately the unique twists created an engaging and thoroughly entertaining story from beginning to end.

I was instantly drawn into the story
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Susan
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gera is on assignment to go to Jerome, Arizona to write an article for her boss. She doesn't want to do it as she doesn't believe in ghosts. When she finally arrives at the hotel she has been booked into by her boss, she is dismayed that everyone seems to believe in ghosts. She still can't believe that Jerome's population believes a ghost murdered a man. Even though her article is suppose to be about the hauntings in Jerome, she thinks the murder (if it really is a murder) would be a much better ...more
Aldis
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tangible Spirits by Becki Willis was a fun, fast read. Gera Stapleton, a young reporter hoping for her first big break, gets sent into small town Jerome, Arizona, for a fluff piece. As she pulls into town, she passes a crime scene - someone murdered Abe Cunningham in an abandoned building. Gera starts investigating and finds out that everyone thinks the local ghost, Mac, has killed Abe. He has also burgled some of the townspeople lately. No one knows why - he was always a kind and protective sp ...more
Crittermom
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tangible Spirits is a light paranormal cozy that is a pleasure to read. It isn’t one of the standard witches/shifters/psychic (which can be very good in their own right) mysteries. Instead the mystery is set in a small tourist town that is reportedly haunted. The paranormal component is important but not overwhelming.
Gera Stapleton is a no nonsense reporter just starting out. A fluff piece about a town ghost who has turned against residents is exactly what she doesn’t want to write. Gera doesn’t
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Teresa
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book did not turn out to be what I thought it was but... it was still a great story. It was more a mystery and romance then a paranormal book, even though there were some ghosts. The book moved a little slow for me especially at the start but it was still a book didn't want to put down. I liked that the book did not need cursing or steamy sex scenes. Yes there was sex but it was just hinted at and you used your imagination to fill in the blanks. The book has a lot going for it, ghosts, myst ...more
N.W. Moors
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gera Stapleton has been sent to Jerome, Arizona to write a story about ghosts for her magazine. Gera is not a believer, and she's appalled when she stumbles onto a murder scene where it appears the perpetrator is one of the town's ghosts. She decides to investigate this new angle to her story and starts to question people in the town.
There are three attractive single men in town to help her in her quest: the Clark-Kentish hotel owner, the elegant president of the bank, and the rough-and-ready s
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Deirdra
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A "Tangible" and long lasting pleasure arriving as school begins!

Oh, how I love this writer! She has freshened the genre of ghost stories by her unusual point of view. I enjoyed having the story be about a whole town and its people, versus just one person. The setting of the wild West was a "draw", as another New England heavy sweater "yarn" would have left me "cold". If you're smiling, that is just how you'll feel after gobbling this fast read. I remembered Becki Willis from Forgotten Boxes. Sh
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Bob Lee
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating Supernatural Love Story

This has been the single most enjoyable love story I've ever read. The characters (Gera - reporter and main character, Jake-hotel owner that Gera gets booked at for a ghost story, Lucy- hotel worker, Grant- disgruntled banker and if course Minnie) all have such wonderfully developed characters.
For a reporter that doesn't believe in ghosts to be assigned an article too do on ghosts where nearly the entire town believes in ghosts it is the biggest mismatch one
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Lee
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It was a lot of fun to read. Having all kind of adventures, Gera traveled to the mountains to do a story on a little town known for ghosts. She drives up winding cliff trails, investigates a murder, stays in a historic old hotel positioned right against the mountain, starts hearing supposed ghosts...and so on. She makes several new friends and then someone is determined to get her away from the town and its mysteries. I totally got into this story and couldn't put it down. I l ...more
Linda
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very fun story about a reporter that is trying to make a name for herself. She is sent to a small town in Arizona to investigate and report on a ghost that has been friendly and helpful, but has now seemed to be creating acts of vandalism. Just as she gets to town, the ghost has apparently killed one of the upstanding citizens of the town. Since she doesn’t believe in ghosts, she must prove a human did the dastardly deed. This story is very well written. And the plot just flows pullin ...more
Shari Ring Wolf
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice tribute to Jerome, Arizona

I live near Jerome. The author did a wonderful job describing this place that really must be experienced to appreciate.

Excellent writing, beautiful descriptions and good story. Talented blending of skepticism and belief. The story has touched of supernatural whimsy without going too "woo-woo".

Professional, clean writing from an author who knows spelling and grammar! Those skills made reading enjoyable and allowed me to immerse myself in the story, not needing to
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