Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator [NOOK Book]

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Allegra Fairweather here. Paranormal investigator. Got problems with specters? Shapeshifters? I'm the woman to call. Just don't call me a Ghostbuster. The last guy who did that ended up flat on his back with my boot at his throat.

With my 99.5% success rate, solving the mystery of a bleeding rose that has sprung up on the shores of Loch Furness should have been an easy gig. But already I've heard the shriek of the local banshee, discovered two bodies (and then lost two bodies), ...

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Overview

Allegra Fairweather here. Paranormal investigator. Got problems with specters? Shapeshifters? I'm the woman to call. Just don't call me a Ghostbuster. The last guy who did that ended up flat on his back with my boot at his throat.

With my 99.5% success rate, solving the mystery of a bleeding rose that has sprung up on the shores of Loch Furness should have been an easy gig. But already I've heard the shriek of the local banshee, discovered two bodies (and then lost two bodies), and had a near-death encounter with a three-hundred-year-old ghost. And perhaps most dangerous of all, the hot pub owner who hired me now wants to show me exactly what's under his kilt.

Luckily, I'm ably assisted by my very own guardian angel. I'm grateful for his help—but he's also drop-dead gorgeous. A bit distracting when I've got a mystery to solve, and the clock is ticking...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426890116
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 322,329
  • File size: 564 KB

Meet the Author

Janni Nell grew up in a beachside suburb of Sydney, Australia. After traveling and working in the UK she returned to Sydney, where she now lives with her family. Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator is her first novel.

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My name is Allegra Fairweather and I'm a paranormal investigator. Do you have trouble with ghosts? Witches? Shapeshifters? I'm the woman to call. Just don't call me a Ghostbuster. The last guy who did that ended up flat on his back with my boot at his throat. Okay, I overreacted, but I'm tired of my profession being confused with a movie—and a comedy at that. Real paranormal investigation is a serious and dangerous business.

I had recently traveled from my home in San Diego to the chilly shore of Scotland's Loch Furness. Usually I don't travel halfway across the world on a whim, but Douglas MacGregor had a rather intriguing problem and I couldn't resist poking my nose into his business. My first grade teacher told me no good ever came from being nosy. She was wrong. I've made a nice career out of it, thank you very much.

After parking my rental car, I did a quick reconnoiter. Loch Road ran the length of the village, curved right and then followed the shore of the loch like a lazy snake. My eyes were drawn to the broad expanse of water that nestled between the surrounding hills. Today it was calm. The entire scene—glassy loch, quaint villages and the few isolated cottages that lined the shore—was as pretty and peaceful as a postcard.

Turning my back on the scenic splendor, I took a brisk walk up Loch Road. The village of Furness boasted a general store, a post office, a greengrocer, a butcher and no less than three pubs. I guessed there wasn't much to do here but drink, which wasn't a happy thought considering most paranormal activity is reported by drunks. That's a statistical fact, by the way.

Hoping Douglas MacGregor wasn't having a love affair with the bottle, I continued down Loch Road until I came to the address he had given me. My heart sank. Mac's, Loch Road, Furness, was the address of the largest pub in the village.

Centuries old, its facade had the kind of dark glamour that would not have been out of place in a novel by Charlotte Bronte. I, however, was no Jane Eyre. Feeling more like Wyatt Earp, I pushed open the doors and strode inside.

The tables and chairs were empty but the old wood gleamed a welcome. I could imagine this place full and noisy. Especially when I caught sight of the bar.

Everything from the enameled handles for pulling beer to the wooden shelves lined with bottles and glasses made me feel as though I had taken a step into Scottish history. The bartender was the sole incongruity.

Caught in the act of polishing beer glasses, he looked like the worst kind of Wild West cliché. Or so I thought until he raised his head and turned my way.

In a heartbeat I registered his dark hair, electric blue eyes, and the hint of a fine body beneath his sweater. It was a tasty package. Moving right up to the bar, I held out my hand and introduced myself. He responded in an accent that was as thick as it was sexy.

"Pleased to meet you, Allegra. I'm Douglas McGregor."

Looking into his sober blue eyes I sensed that alcohol had nothing to do with the paranormal activity he had witnessed. He might serve alcohol but I guessed he didn't imbibe too much.

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  • Posted July 14, 2010

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    Like Cotton Candy: Fluff!

    Allegra Fairweather is a paranormal investigator and she's taken a case in a quaint little town in Scotland. The town is all stirred up due to a possible monster in the loch. Before you know it, two local men are dead (murdered?) and Allegra is encountering all kinds of paranormal activity. There's the banshee that howls at night, the nude lady who has been seen wandering the hillsides, and Allegra's own guardian angel, who seems to appear whenever she's in trouble. The writing is fairly simple, but the paranormal elements are at play and the mystery offers little unexpected twists and turns. Overall, it's a great summer read for that beach blanket if you enjoy paranormal mysteries. Just don't expect too much substance and you won't be disappointed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    When good Ideas go bad

    Interesting character and main plot interesting. Lose the angel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Allegra Fairweather

    Allegra is a detective. A detective of paranormal happenings. Her most recent case takes her to Scotland where a bleeding rose has been discovered. While this may sound odd enough, we get to throw in a banshee, two dead bodies, a ghost, a shapeshifter, and Allegra's own guardian angel.

    At first I thought the author was going to have a hard time trying to tie all of these strange happenings up into one cohesive story, but she did an excellent job. I was surprised and excited at the events as Allegra hikes through the small village trying to do her job.

    Although initially pegged as a romance, there was not much of it to be found. While it was there, was not the main drive of the story and more of a pleasant background threading its way through. Again the characters were a bit stagnant (my biggest complaint of "romances"), but the plot made up for it quite a bit.

    4/5

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    fantastic read

    Excellent, can hardly wait for a sequel. Yet another heroine to look forward to.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2010

    Exciting new twist!

    What a great new set of characters! An easy yet fun read!!!

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