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Posted March 13, 2014
My first Sue Ann Jaffarian book was the first in the Odelia Grey mystery series. It was after that, that I fell in love with her charm and her witty writing style. Her characters always have a bubbly personality that's simply infectious. It's always a pleasure to read her work, and Dummy of a Ghost is no exception.
Generally speaking, novellas that are written in to the middle of a series can either go one way or another. They can either add a lot to a story, or they can be completely random and unnecessary. But when an author takes the opportunity to explore in a little more detail one of the minor characters of a series, it's generally magic. This is precisely what Ms. Jaffarian has done.
The lucky character in this book is Kelly, the daughter of another character in her Ghost of Granny Apples series. Right from the start, Sue Ann's signature charm is present in Kelly. She's witty and bold, exhibiting some of the same characteristics of her mother, Emma.
My favorite part of this short story, however, is the creativity behind the setting. Ventriloquism is intriguing all on it's own. But to add an air of mystery to the puppets themselves is brilliantly haunting. I loved that she took the paranormal and mixed it with something so different from your run of the mill ideas. What an extraordinary way to convey the voices of the dead to the living. Bravo, Ms. Jaffarian!
This is a fantastic addition to an already wonderful series. If you're looking for something new to read, Ms. Jaffarian is a great place to start.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions are my own.
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