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June 2018: Magical Realism > The case of the Green Dressed Ghost: 2 Stars

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message 1: by Kimberly (last edited Jun 06, 2018 01:01AM) (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost (Dr Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural) by Lucy Banks

The Case of the Green Dressed Ghost, Lucy Banks

★ ★

Kester's mother has died with the instruction that he is to go see Dr. Ribero.

It turns out Ribero is Kester's father and a once famous "ghost-buster" . Kester's mother was Ribero's lover and had the skill of opening spirit doors that would pull the ghost back into the spirit world. Kester also has the same ability as his mother.

Dr. Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural is declining, they have more competition than they can successfully deal with until they are hired to deal with the malevolent spirit of the Green Dressed Ghost.

The spirit, loves human men but destroys their wives. A part of the spirit's story is told in the journal of Emmaline, whose husband falls in love with the spirit via her portrait, which Emmaline eventually destroys.

The new owner of the house, found the destroyed portrait in the attic & had it restored, allowing the spirit's return and it is now attempting to destroy the new owner's wife. She calls in Dr Ribero & his crew requesting that they get rid of the spirit.

The story itself is compelling and it held my interest (I wanted to know about the Green Dressed Ghost), but it started off excruciatingly slow and it annoyed the hell out of me. Seriously, it took the author Six (6) pages to get Kester into the agency once he found the street it was on.

More annoying was Kester's defeatist continual self-talk and even more annoying than that were two Kester's co-workers, they were nasty, mean, ugly people, and they constantly spewed negativity on every page they were on. In short, I disliked Kester, but I absolutely hated his two co-workers.

Magical Realism

Paranormal Investigators, psychics, & "ghost-busters" are real & they do work in today's world cleaning up, which I know from my own personal experiences w/ "Spooks"
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The reviews on the back of the book were way off:
* "Recommended for readers interested in modern-day ghost stories or edgier cozy mysteries" --Library Journal There was nothing remotely "cozy" about this book
* "...fun and compelling" -- Booklist I failed to see anything "fun" in this book, I don't believe mean nasty characters are "fun", unless written by Carl Hiaasen or Elmore Leonard

So, no matter how good the story, I had to knock off stars for: the hateful characters, the defeatist negative self-talk, & the first two dreadfully slow chapters.


message 2: by Nicole R (new)

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7784 comments Ugh, this does not sound like a book that I will be reading! I can handle characters that are not likable if there is a reason and they are portrayed as complex individuals who show growth and/or serve a purpose. These just sound like horrible characters!


message 3: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Ann (auntie-nanuuq) | 753 comments Nicole R wrote: "Ugh, this does not sound like a book that I will be reading! I can handle characters that are not likable if there is a reason and they are portrayed as complex individuals who show growth and/or s..."
They were awful:
Kester whines & negative self-talk (but I get he was new to ghost-busting and was afraid)
Mike complains about almost everything all the time & argues w/ Serena
Serena is snide, rude, and a Total B***H to everyone all the time


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