Dead Man Haunt

Dead Man Haunt

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by T. M. Simmons
     
 

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First novel throws ghost-hunting Texas gals and survivalists together in a haunted hotel. Not-so-intrepid paranormal investigator Alice Carpenter and her more accomplished Aunt Twila go to Mineral Springs to help Patrick, a handsome, often naked ghost, pass through the light. Their assistance takes a dangerous turn when Carrie, their hotel tour guide, passes out at their feet at the sight of the two halves of a dead flapper at the bottom of the elevator shaft. After Twila's release from police questioning, Alice is rescued by her reluctant ex-husband, Detective Jack Robecheau, who refuses to believe in ghosts even though he can see them. When their friend Penny, an ace reporter, is kidnapped, Alice and Twila set off on a wild ride over the Texas countryside along with Granny Chisholm, Trucker the Rottweiler, Miss Molly the Siamese and the ever-protective Jack. Patrick keeps popping up at odd moments, along with his nemesis Antonio, who killed him in a macho rage over Patrick's love for his sister. Together they rescue Penny from a villainous survivalist, but it will take a trip back to the dangerously haunted hotel to move Patrick and Antonio through the light and solve the real-life murder. For those who believe in ghosts, thrills, chills and giggles. Skeptics may find the going slow.

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ISBN-13:
9781594144431
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Five Star First Edition Mystery Ser.
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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Dead Man Haunt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good looking guy with a towel, but he's what ? he's a ghost. This one was more intense in alot of ways than the first book.More of the fast-pace heart beat moments.You wanna scream at them not do certain things,just 'git'.I got lost a couple of times had to reread. There are rated R moments as one reviewer had written. Just doesnt seem to belong . Not a fan of potty mouth ,which became more toward the end. I bet if that keeps up Grannys gonna get her trip.
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Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
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.
hasenbusch More than 1 year ago
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.
nKayt More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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 Klausner