Eric James Miller is a former long-term resident of Venice Beach, California who took to writing about his experiences living there after he moved to Las Vegas. Currently, he finds life in the Mojave less neurotic, but equally as eclectic and entertaining as Hollywood and the southern California beach communities. He enjoys ghost hunting in very small groups, painting and exploring wine country in his Prius with his wife and their seven year old golden retriever who, he has been told, is quite possibly the reincarnation of Ava Gabor.
For Rent: Dangerous Paradise: (a modern day ghost story)by Eric James Miller, idrew design, Laura Miller
If character shapes destiny, what happens when place shapes character? One by one the residents of a spooky apartment building in Venice Beach, California are about to find out. "For Rent: Dangerous Paradise", the first in a new series of For Rent Mysteries by Eric James Miller, follows spunky young journalism student Dana Santoyo as she struggles with her clairvoyant gifts and races to figure out who killed her neighbor. Moving from unit to unit, chapter by chapter, the clues unfold from multiple points of view as Dana helps two L.A.P.D. detectives unravel a spider web of secret lives. "For Rent: Dangerous Paradise" will appeal to anyone who has ever lived in an apartment and had suspicions about their neighbors or wondered about previous residents. Who killed Serena Andrews and where is her missing son? Why is the building's past so violent and cursed? Step inside 399 Broadway to find out.
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite For Rent Mystery Series Book 1: Dangerous Paradise by Eric James Miller is a thrilling story. Residents of an apartment building in Venice Beach, California find out that there is something strange about the place. Journalist Dana Santoyo investigates the eerie happenings there. She tries to find out who killed Serena Andrews, the whereabouts of her missing son, and the apartment's violent past. It is a fast paced, entertaining mystery. There is a lot of suspense, with twists and turns in the plot. The reader keeps guessing the next moment while reading. The characters are very well etched and the narrative is detailed and descriptive. The author manages to keep up the tempo of the suspense by bringing in frightening episodes. The story moves from past to present where Dana is trying to find out the violent history of the apartment, and at the same time the present happenings that leave the residents baffled and scared. The experience of each resident is given in detail and each one's terrifying experience is narrated with intrigue and suspense. Dana also experiences several weird incidents which actually make her want to get to the bottom of all the mystery surrounding the building. Will she be able to solve the mystery? Will she find out the murderer of Serena Andrews? Will Dana be able to help in tracing Serena Andrews' missing son? Dangerous Paradise is an excellent read.
Very fun read. Great characters. I felt like I was living in that spooky Venice Beach apartment building with Dana as she figured out who killed her next door neighbor. (Nice surprise twist at the end.) Cool ghost back story too involving an old Native American love triangle gone wrong. Makes me want to go back to Venice the next time I'm in L.A.! I bet if I tried I could find the real apartment building the author used as inspiration and if I hung out at a few of the places he mentioned in the book, I might bump into the real Spence, or Jared or maybe even Alamo. Really vivid writing, a little kinky ;- ) and pretty funny in some places too.