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message 1: by Steph, Road Tripper!! (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 26849 comments Daffodil's post in "currently reading" inspired this thread. I like to read some paranormal mysteries too. So, I thought I'd create a thread where we can list which ones we've read and/or want to read.


message 2: by Steph, Road Tripper!! (last edited Dec 06, 2010 11:07PM) (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 26849 comments Some I haven't read, but have seen around:


"A Bewitching Mystery" by Madelyn Alt
The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, #1) by Madelyn Alt A Charmed Death (A Bewitching Mystery, #2) by Madelyn Alt Hex Marks the Spot (A Bewitching Mystery, #3) by Madelyn Alt No Rest for the Wiccan (A Bewitching Mystery, #4) by Madelyn Alt Where There's a Witch (A Bewitching Mystery, #5) by Madelyn Alt A Witch in Time (A Bewitching Mystery, #6) by Madelyn Alt Home for a Spell (A Bewitching Mystery, #7) by Madelyn Alt

"A Missing Pieces Mystery" by Joyce Lavene
A Timely Vision (A Missing Pieces Mystery, #1) by Joyce Lavene

"Beaufort & Company" by Mary Stanton
Defending Angels (Beaufort & Company, #1) by Mary Stanton Angel's Advocate (Beaufort & Company, #2) by Mary Stanton Avenging Angels (Beaufort & Company, #3) by Mary Stanton Angel's Verdict (Beaufort & Company, #4) by Mary Stanton

"Ghost Hunter Mysteries" by Victoria Laurie
What's a Ghoul to Do? (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie Demons are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #2) by Victoria Laurie Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #3) by Victoria Laurie Ghouls Gone Wild (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #4) by Victoria Laurie Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls (Ghost Hunter Mystery, #5) by Victoria Laurie

"Lucy Valentine" by Heather Webber
Truly, Madly (Lucy Valentine, #1) by Heather Webber Deeply, Desperately (Lucy Valentine, #2) by Heather Webber Absolutely, Positively (Lucy Valentine, #3) by Heather Webber

"Ophelia & Abby Mysteries" by Shirley Damsgaard
Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby, #1) by Shirley Damsgaard Charmed to Death (Ophelia & Abby, #2) by Shirley Damsgaard The Trouble With Witches (Ophelia & Abby, #3) by Shirley Damsgaard Witch Hunt (Ophelia & Abby, #4) by Shirley Damsgaard The Witch Is Dead (Ophelia & Abby, #5) by Shirley Damsgaard The Witch's Grave (Ophelia & Abby, #6) by Shirley Damsgaard The Seventh Witch (Ophelia & Abby, #7) by Shirley Damsgaard

"Pepper Martin Mysteries" by Casey Daniels
Don of the Dead (Pepper Martin, #1) by Casey Daniels The Chick and the Dead (Pepper Martin, #2) by Casey Daniels Tombs of Endearment (Pepper Martin, #3) by Casey Daniels Night of the Loving Dead (Pepper Martin, #4) by Casey Daniels Dead Man Talking (Pepper Martin, #5) by Casey Daniels Tomb with a View (Pepper Martin, #6) by Casey Daniels A Hard Day's Fright (Pepper Martin, #7) by Casey Daniels

"Psychic Eye Mysteries" by Victoria Laurie
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie Better Read Than Dead (Psychic Eye Mystery, #2) by Victoria Laurie A Vision of Murder (Psychic Eye Mystery, #3) by Victoria Laurie Killer Insight (Psychic Eye Mystery, #4) by Victoria Laurie Crime Seen (Psychic Eye Mystery, #5) by Victoria Laurie Death Perception (Psychic Eye Mystery, #6) by Victoria Laurie Doom with a View (Psychic Eye Mystery, #7) by Victoria Laurie A Glimpse of Evil (Psychic Eye Mystery, #8) by Victoria Laurie
Vision Impossible (July 5, 2011)


Some I have read:

"A Ghost Dusters Mystery" by Wendy Roberts (read all)
The Remains of the Dead (A Ghost Dusters Mystery, #1) by Wendy Roberts Devil May Ride (A Ghost Dusters Mystery, #2) by Wendy Roberts Dead and Kicking (A Ghost Dusters Mystery, #3) by Wendy Roberts

"A Witchcraft Mystery" by Juliet Blackwell (Only read #1)
Secondhand Spirits (A Witchcraft Mystery, #1) by Juliet Blackwell A Cast-Off Coven (A Witchcraft Mystery, #2) by Juliet Blackwell
Hexes and Hemlines: A Witchcraft Mystery (June 7, 2011)

"Harper Connelly" by Charlaine Harris (only read #1)
Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, #1) by Charlaine Harris Grave Surprise (Harper Connelly, #2) by Charlaine Harris An Ice Cold Grave (Harper Connelly, #3) by Charlaine Harris Grave Secret (Harper Connelly, #4) by Charlaine Harris

"Jazz Tremaine" by Linda Wisdom (only read #1)
50 Ways to Hex Your Lover (Jazz Tremaine, #1) by Linda Wisdom Hex Appeal (Jazz Tremaine, #2) by Linda Wisdom Wicked by Any Other Name (Jazz Tremaine, # 3) by Linda Wisdom Hex in High Heels (Jazz Tremaine, #4) by Linda Wisdom The Best Hex Ever (Jazz Tremaine, #5) by Linda Wisdom


Karin Elisabeth (goodreadscomKarinElisabeth) | 151 comments Steph wrote: "Some I haven't read, but have seen around:


"A Bewitching Mystery" by Madelyn Alt
The Trouble With Magic (A Bewitching Mystery, #1) by Madelyn Alt A Charmed Death (A Bewitching Mystery, #2) by Madelyn Alt [bookcover:Hex Marks ..."

Steph, I've never come across even one of these series and I wonder which one you would suggest most strongly. I might start ordering books (again!) based on your recommendations!


message 4: by Steph, Road Tripper!! (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 26849 comments Hmmm, first let me say that I'm always nervous about providing recommendations for series that I'm not 110% head-over-heals in love with. I don't want anyone upset with me over the $ or time spent on a book.

That being said, I enjoyed Ghost Dusters quite a bit. It was different, funny and had some romance. I've only read #1 of Witchcraft Mysteries and it was ok. Not my favorite, but worth a read (maybe library to give the series a test-run 1st?). I didn't care for Harper Connelly's first book and haven't bothered trying to read any more of that series. I liked Jazz Tremaine's first book and will definitely continue with the series. Book 1 was a bit eh, but I think the series should get better with each book (my guess). I really liked Nick, the vamp and the story that "she's a witch and he's a vamp, but they are bad for each because of it" added a twist to their on again/off again relationship.

Out of the ones that I haven't read, I'm interested in at least reading #1 for each to see what they're like.

These books usually end up being a light, quick read, which is nice sometimes to break up the "heavier" reads each month.

Let me know which you decide to read and if you like it/them. :)


Karin Elisabeth (goodreadscomKarinElisabeth) | 151 comments Steph wrote: "Hmmm, first let me say that I'm always nervous about providing recommendations for series that I'm not 110% head-over-heals in love with. I don't want anyone upset with me over the $ or time spent..."
I might try "Jazz Tremaine" but I'm not yet sure about it. Will let you know more, when I've made the decision. Thanks for the answer anyway!


message 6: by Steph, Road Tripper!! (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 26849 comments You're welcome.


Diane ~Firefly~ | 858 comments I've read at least one book in each of those series Steph listed. I'd have to say the Lucy Valentine is my favorite (but also fairly light on paranormal). My second favorite is probably the Chintz 'n China mysteries or Jazz Tremaine (I love the bunny slippers).

Here are some other paranormal mystery series:
Vintage Magic Mystery by Annette Blair
A Veiled Deception (A Vintage Magic Mystery, #1) by Annette Blair Larcency and Lace (A Vintage Magic Mystery, #2) by Annette Blair Death by Diamonds (A Vintage Magic Mystery #3) by Annette Blair

Haunted Guesthouse Mystery by E.J. Copperman
Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #1) by E.J. Copperman

Delilah Street: Paranormal Investigator by Carole Nelson DouglasBrimstone Kiss (Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, Book 2) by Carole Nelson DouglasVampire Sunrise (Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, Book 3) by Carole Nelson DouglasSilver Zombie (Delilah Street, Paranormal Investigator, #4) by Carole Nelson Douglas

A Chintz 'n China Mystery by Yasmine Galenorn
Ghost of a Chance (A Chintz 'n China Mystery, #1) by Yasmine GalenornLegend of the Jade Dragon (A Chintz 'n China Mystery, #2) by Yasmine GalenornMurder Under a Mystic Moon (A Chintz 'n China Mystery, #3) by Yasmine GalenornA Harvest of Bones (A Chintz 'n China Mystery, #4) by Yasmine GalenornOne Hex of a Wedding (A Chintz 'n China Mystery, #5) by Yasmine Galenorn

Bailey Ruth Mysteries by Carolyn Hart
Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #1) by Carolyn HartMerry, Merry Ghost (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #2) by Carolyn HartGhost in Trouble (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #3) by Carolyn Hart

Pet Psychic Mystery by Joyce Lavene
The Telltale Turtle (Pet Psychic Mystery, #1) by Joyce Lavene

Dog Walker Mystery by Judi McCoy
Hounding the Pavement (A Dog Walker Mystery, #1) by Judi McCoyHeir of the Dog (A Dog Walker Mystery, #2) by Judi McCoyBegging for Trouble A Dog Walker Mystery by Judi McCoy

Maggie Kelley Mystery by Kasey Michaels
Maggie Needs An Alibi (Maggie Kelly Mystery, #1) by Kasey MichaelsMaggie By The Book (Maggie Kelly Mystery, #2) by Kasey MichaelsMaggie Without A Clue (Maggie Kelly Mystery, #3) by Kasey MichaelsHigh Heels And Homicide (Maggie Kelly Mystery, #4) by Kasey MichaelsHigh Heels and Holidays (Maggie Kelly Mystery, #5) by Kasey MichaelsHigh Heels And Homicide (Maggie Kelly Mystery, #4) by Kasey Michaels



message 8: by Daffodil (last edited Dec 09, 2010 02:41PM) (new)

Daffodil (Daffodil--RIPCranberry) | 2098 comments Great idea Steph. It's funny, you started this thread 3 days ago and I only just now found it, not sure how I missed it.

Ones I've read:
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye Mystery, #1) by Victoria Laurie I really love Victoria Laurie's Psychic Eye mysteries. The main character is a psychic, who runs her own business and keeps getting involved in murder investigations. The author, Victoria Laurie is a professional psyhic herself and regardless of your beliefs on the matter, this lends an authenticity to scenes centering around Abby's office consultations and business. This has become one of my favorite paranormal-mystery series.

Witch Way to Murder (Ophelia & Abby, #1) by Shirley Damsgaard One of my other favorite p-m series. Ophelia is a small town librarian and a reluctant witch. She also seems to keep stumbling into murder investigations and cannot help lending a helping hand despite skeptical law enforcement. Abby, her grandmother, often supplies guidance and wisdom.

Defending Angels (Beaufort & Company, #1) by Mary Stanton I've read all four books so far and enjoyed them. I had a little trouble with the suspension of disbelief factor with these. Not over the paranormal bits, I read plenty of UF/PNR and push the impossiblity aside to settle into the narrative. In the books, Brianna Winston has inherited her uncle's legal practice, not just his earthly one, but also his Celestial Court practice. She defends already deceased clients and attempts to mitigate their afterlife sentences. In the process she pursues her own investigations in order to dig up the truth about what happened and presents these facts in court. My problem is that shouldn't an Angelic Court already know the truth? Why is an investigation and defense even needed? There's some logical point that's not quite worked out in there. However, the concept is unique and I've enjoyed reading them anyway.

I've read the first book in a couple of the other series listed here, but I'm running out of time this afternoon. If I think of anything, I'll come back later and comment.


message 9: by Steph, Road Tripper!! (new)

Steph (angel4492) | 26849 comments Great! Thanks for the reviews/suggestions. These type of books always provide a nice buffer when looking for a lighter read. I'll have to check some of those out, Diane.


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