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The small town of Mineral Springs, Texas, will never be the same after Alice Carpenter and her cohorts in paranormal and murder investigations depart. Patrick, a gorgeous naked ghost, gains her agreement to help him on his quest to pass through the light, then leads Alice into a crumbling historical hotel, where she discovers a new murder — a woman severed in half at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Will Alice be able to keep her promise to Patrick while she's under suspicion for murder and when confronted by ...
The small town of Mineral Springs, Texas, will never be the same after Alice Carpenter and her cohorts in paranormal and murder investigations depart. Patrick, a gorgeous naked ghost, gains her agreement to help him on his quest to pass through the light, then leads Alice into a crumbling historical hotel, where she discovers a new murder — a woman severed in half at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Will Alice be able to keep her promise to Patrick while she's under suspicion for murder and when confronted by Patrick's arch-enemy, the ghost, Antonio? Alice also must deal with the betrayal of a good friend, a band of guerilla survivalists, and the ghost of the dead woman, who insists that her murderer be brought to justice.
Joined by her Rottweiler, Trucker, her Siamese, Miss Molly, her mentor and teacher, Aunt Twila, her next-door neighbor, Granny Chisholm, and even her ex-husband, Detective Jack Robecheau, Alice attempts to solve these two murders. It takes each and every one of her allies to overcome the new forces against them while she traverses the bowels of the haunted hotel on foot, escapes interrogation confinement on a hair-raising motorcycle ride, and journeys backcountry boondocks with Granny, who fantasizes she's an Indi-500 driver.
With only a few minutes left to expose the murderers and set the ghosts at rest before a bomb destroys the hotel, decisions are vital. Should they save themselves and leave behind the evildoers and restless ghosts, as well as the stolen body in the coffin? Or can they risk their own lives to bring a peaceful existence to the formerly grand hotel?
Posted December 30, 2012
Dead Man Haunt – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
Twila and I see ghosts. We talk to ghosts. We actually hunt ghosts and enjoy the heck out of our quests. We love to prowl old buildings and graveyards, day and night, study the history of them, and occasionally chat with the long-passed occupants of both the buildings and graves. Yet out of the dozens of gone-by souls we chat with, very few ever keep our attention past that one and only conversation. Patrick, however, a ghost I met recently, had intrigued us into this upcoming adventure, the adventure Jack was so adamantly opposed to. I’d met Patrick when I joined a few local ghost hunters to investigate the historic, scheduled-for-demolition Springs Hotel in the tiny West Texas town of Mineral Springs. He stepped out of the shower in the men’s dressing room, six foot of blond nakedness, dribbles of water crawling down his tanned muscles, a white towel draped around his neck. No doubt in my mind he was a ghost, yet what a gorgeous ghost. Patrick winked at me – he could see me every bit as well as I could him. Then he disappointed me greatly when he faded back into his own dimension. I didn’t even get a chance to see if he’d show up in a photograph, because I was too rapt to remember the digital camera hanging around my neck.
Alice is a writer by occupation and resides in a lakeside cabin in Six Gun, Texas along with several cats and a dog and a mixture of ghosts who would rather stay as they are than to go into the light to the other side. Her closest neighbor Granny and her aunt Twila both indulge in Alice’s taste for the spirit side of life, or should I say death. Oh yeah, I can’t leave out the 4 legged ghost hunters, Trucker the dog and Miss Molly the cat who accompany the 3 on all of their ghost hunting trips. And I almost forgot Jack, Alice’s ex-husband who is a New Orleans detective who seems to be drug into all of Alice, Twila and Granny’s tangles with the ghosts as well as the non-ghosts. Jack just happens to be a non-believer but he can see the ghosts. Go figure.
I can’t get enough of this author. In Dead Man Haunt I enjoyed a real laugh when Alice and team are accosted by a skunk and end up taking a tomato juice bath. I laughed when Patrick would appear at the most inopportune times, sporting nothing but his birthday suit, which seemed to be his preferred mode of dress, or should I say undress. I laughed when the ghost Mary Ann, who had been cut in half, appeared scaring the pants off Delroy the ‘commando.’ But laughter isn’t all T. M. Simmons puts into the Dead Man series. I stayed in total suspense until the end trying to guess who killed Mary Ann and why. I strained my mind trying to come up with the reason for Patrick, as well as several other ghosts, still being on this side and not the other where they can find peace. And then the characters started coming together making the puzzle into a picture. But the ending still ended up being nothing that I had suspected.
I seem to be reading this series backwards starting with Dead Man Hand, book #1, which was just as good as Dead Man Haunt, book #2, I can’t wait to read book #1 Dead Man Talking. I’ve also read T. M. Simmons Paranormal Suspense Winter Prey, enjoying it immensely. As I said, I can’t get enough of this author. And did I tell you that T. M. Simmons actually lives in a haunted house in East Texas which she shares with hubby, a variety of pets and of course her paranormal residents.
Posted September 21, 2012
I like this T.M. works a lot! Please be advised this one is for adults (R) rating. Some stories were very entertaining and humorous. The last story which is true was very horrific about an entity at the bottom of the stairs. This one really creeped me out. I enjoy reading T.M.s works a lot about spirits, ghosts, and paranormal. I like reading about them but not hunting them. I'll leave that to the experts and please keep your protective packets on your hearts. Take care.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2012
Good ghost hunting details with lots of fun action to maintain interest - Good story line with fun characters and good "who dunit" style. Can't wait for the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Not only can Alice Carpenter and her Aunt Twila see ghosts, they can talk with them. The duo helps the sprits stop whatever is holding them on this side of the veil including finding their killers if appropriate. --- In small-town Mineral Springs, Texas in a dilapidated hotel about to be torn down, Alice notices the sexy ghost of Patrick before he vanishes. She convinces Aunt Twila that they must investigate the sighting. With Trucker the Rottweiler and Miss Muffy the Persian feline accompanying them, the two females arrive at the hotel to look around. They find the sliced up body of a man at the bottom of the elevator shaft. Alice demands they reunite her body, find her killer and locate the ghost of Patrick¿s beloved lover Consuelo before he moves on to the other side Alice and Twila are warned that Consuelo¿s brother Antonio stands in the way. As the living females and their pets investigate, their troubles come from the mortal world as someone breathing wants their inquiry ended anyway necessary. --- This exciting paranormal whodunit uses ghosts as support characters, which surprisingly seems real because of the interplay between the spirits and the brave living sleuths. Alice and Twila take the existence of ghosts in stride as if it is an everyday occurrence, which to them it is while Alice¿s ex Jack denies their existence. As with DEAD MAN TALKING, T.M. Simmons provides a delightfully charming leisurely flowing supernatural cozy. ---Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2014
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