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The Ghost of Helen Addison

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Leo Moran is not your average private detective. An avowed gourmet and wine connoisseur, he enjoys the pleasures of life to the hilt in the splendid isolation of his West End apartment. Ordinarily, his most pressing concerns involve which vintage of wine to pair with the finest organic steak, but at times he has more unsettling concerns: visions of violent crimes.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 6th 2017 by Polygon
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Abbi C
Aug 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not your average detective/mystery novel. I thought I had it all figured out from the beginning but was surprised at the end. The writing is intriguing, the references to Scotland and its history are woven seamlessly into the story, and the characters are refreshingly unique. As I look forward to more installments in the series, I wish for less description of extravagant meals and more development of secondary characters (particularly those who play an important role at the end). I am lo ...more
JJ
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think I’d have gone for 3.5 stars if given the choice as parts annoyed me but overall it was a pretty good read.
Leo has visions of nasty dark things happening. When, after one of those, he hears of a terrible murder at Lochdubh near Oban he wangles a meeting DI Lang who is leading the investigation. He stays at the local hotel to get to know the people who may be involved and who knew the victim.
There are long descriptive passages, chapters really, of his surroundings (which sound lovely and a
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margaret chalmers
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first, hopefully if many.

I enjoyed this book but must admit it is not for the police procedural, car chase, blazing guns enthusiasts. It is set in Glasgow and a Glen in Argyll. A good young woman has been murdered and a wildly eccentric private detective, Leo Moran, goes to assist. He has helpful dreams. The book is slowly paced, detailed in Moran's lifestyle. He is a practising Catholic, a gourmand, of prestigious appetite, a drinker on such a scale one wonders how he can walk, a pedantic k
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Alan Rylans
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Leo Morgan has visions 'from the other side' even speaking with the ghost of the victim - as in the title. He acts as a consultant to a reluctant DI Lang and becomes something of an amateur detective. An immersive reading experience as the author gives us the rich Scottish background in detail and recounts the enormous appetite that our hero has for both food and alcohol. There are a range of odd characters from which we can try to decide on the villain, and that is the heart of the story but th ...more
Nancy
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I did not like the character of Leo Moran - I am sure that's partly by design but I didn't feel even the tiniest bit of sympathy or empathy as bits of his backstory were revealed. His relationship with the ghost (and with most of the other characters) was clunky and probably unnecessary to the story.
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