Title: Pale as a Ghost (Duncan Andrews Thriller #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Stephen Osborne (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2011 – 200 pgs
Private detective Duncan Andrews’s best friend Gina is a witch. His dog is a zombie. And his dead boyfriend, Robbie, is a ghost. So it’s hardly any wonder that he uses his connection to the supernatural to help him solve cases. Good thing, too, because Duncan has his hands full. Janice Sanderson, the richest woman in Indianapolis, wants him to find her stripper daughter, Brenda, and another client is having some trouble with a specter haunting her family home. On top of that, Duncan has decided to add dating into the mix, though after Robbie’s death, he’s not sure he’s ready.
When Duncan meets Nick while tracking down a lead on Brenda’s boyfriend, he shelves his doubts and agrees to a date. Robbie doesn’t make it easy on him, showing up to spoil his chances, but that is the least of Duncan’s worries—because one of his clients’ husbands is missing and there’s a serial killer on the loose—one Duncan fears isn’t human.
So Duncan is a private detective who just happens to be able to see ghosts like his boyfriend Robbie who died 10 years ago. He has a friend Gloria who is a witch and a zombie dog named Daisy.
Well he gets called on a case to find a missing girl whose mother wants found. At the same time he is also called on a different case where a ghost is terrorizing a family.
Let me just say the action in this book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I really loved Duncan’s character who was so strong.
So he enlists help from his friends to solve these murders that are happening at a strip club. I have to say I would have never thought of the murder being that. That was a twist for me because for awhile there I thought the person was something else.
So I loved the author’s pretense of this story and writing style. Also the way these characters were written, I thought fit perfectly with this story.
All together I really loved this book!
I would definitely recommend this book!
I first fell in love at the age of 9. Her name was Alexandra Moltke, and she played Victoria Winters on the soap opera Dark Shadows. Yes, I was one of those kids who ran home from school to watch Barnabas and the other spooky people on that show. I obviously never lost my love for the macabre, and it turns up often in my writing.
I graduated from Purdue University and went on to manage a pizza restaurant. I also worked in bookstores for many years, and I joined an improvisational comedy troupe and did that for nearly a decade. I now work in a food packaging plant, testing the product before it goes onto the lines…so I basically bake brownies for a living. Someone has to do it.
Even though I write about ghosts, zombie bulldogs, and impulsive college students, some of my real life seeps into my writing every now and then. I’m not saying which bits, but there’s a scene in a bedroom in Pop Goes the Weasel which still brings back painful memories…