Dark and Disorderly

Dark and Disorderly

by Bernita Harris
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Dark and Disorderly by Bernita Harris

I was standing there naked when my dead husband walked into my bathroom...

Lillie St. Claire is a Talent, one of a few who can permanently dispatch the spirits of the dead that walk the earth. Her skills are in demand in a haunted country, where a plague of ghosts is a civic nuisance.

But those skills are also feared by many citizens, who view Talents as near-demons. Her husband comes to see her as a Freak; so when Nathan dies after a car crash, she is relieved to be free of his increasingly vicious presence. Lillie expects to be haunted by Nathan's ghost, but not to become Suspect #1 for her husband's murder and reanimation.

But what's most surprising of all is the growing attraction between her and psi-crime detective John Thresher. He thinks that Lillie killed Nathan—and Nathan must agree, because his zombie is seeking revenge. Now she and Thresher must work together to solve her husband's murder—before his corpse kills her...

84,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426896620
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 07/15/2013
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 695 KB

About the Author

Bernita Harris worked as a short-order cook, a library assistant and a less-than-serious actress before winning a university fellowship and earning a master's degree in English literature. Subsequently, she worked in public affairs and later as a forensic consultant in occult-related material, events, practices and beliefs.

A Libra and left-handed, she is drawn naturally to the sinister side of justice. She has grown four splendid children and now lives in an old house in the Thousand Islands with a German shepherd, a "mostly" corgi and ten thousand books. A Canadian who hates the cold and thrives on spring, she spends her time writing, tending her herb and flower gardens and negotiating with the dead.

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Dark and Disorderly 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with mystery, paranormal, and even romance. Moves along well and was hard to put down. I just wanted to keep reading until done. Hope there are going to be more!
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happyendingamust More than 1 year ago
Highly enjoyable urban fantasy. Looking forward to more.
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alexia561 More than 1 year ago
While I've read books before about people who can see and interact with ghosts, don't think I've ever come across someone like Lillie before. I really liked her! She's been considered a freak almost her entire life and is dealing with the betrayal of her late husband, but still has an inner strength that I admired. Despite everything, I think she'll recover and take another chance on romance. And if that chance should somehow involve the interesting Detective Thresher, well....that could be very, very interesting. Lillie lives in an ever-changing world. The supernatural is becoming more active, and the ghost problem needs to be addressed. Lillie is a contract employee for the town, and it's her job to address it. Sort of like a ghost remover. Natural-born talents like Lillie are usually distinguished by their silver hair and are not only able to see ghosts, but can dispatch them with a touch. Sometimes the ghosts resist, but Lillie is a strong talent and can usually handle them. Her specialty is ghosts, but Lillie finds herself needing to know about the various myths and legends she may run into. For instance, no one expects to run into a Banshee at the local laundromat, yet Lillie does. And there are all those omens and signs foreshadowing death to keep track of. What's that crow outside my window mean again? Found this to be a well-written story, with good pacing and interesting characters. Like I mentioned, I really liked Lillie and hope that she survives so we can see her in action again. Future sequels maybe (hint, hint Ms. Harris!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** First, I had quite a few problems with this book. That being said, I liked it, and I will definitely read the next book in the series. Lillie St. Clare is a Talent. She can see and exorcise ghosts and may just have some sidhe blood flowing through her veins, but the answer to that question is only hinted at. The story begins shortly after the death of her abusive, jerk husband. A few days after his death, he visits her at home, zombie-style. What follows is fast-paced ride as Li ...more First, I had quite a few problems with this book. That being said, I liked it, and I will definitely read the next book in the series. Lillie St. Clare is a Talent. She can see and exorcise ghosts and may just have some sidhe blood flowing through her veins, but the answer to that question is only hinted at. The story begins shortly after the death of her abusive, jerk husband. A few days after his death, he visits her at home, zombie-style. What follows is fast-paced ride as Lillie tries to solve the mystery of who raised her husband and why. Along for the ride is the mysterious, manly federal psi-crime detective John Thresher. For those who need a relationship wrapped up by the end of a book, this book definitely isn't for you. At the end of this book, Lillie and Johnny haven't resolved anything relating to their feelings for each other. Johnny kisses Lillie a couple of times throughout the book, but, that's it, and she doesn't like the fact that she enjoys those kisses. This brings us to one of the problems I have with this book. Johnny just seems to randomly kiss her a couple of times, very forcefully, and he doesn't back down easily once she tells him to stop. Not a fan of guys forcing their attentions on unwilling women. He does back down eventually, and it is possible that she has some kind of sidhe-seduction powers that she doesn't know she has (which is hinted at but not outright stated), which could explain his not-nice-guy behavior when he's normally very much a nice guy. It's also hard to know how much of what happens in the book is colored by Lillie's limited POV. She's used to her abusive jerk husband, so maybe she's assuming worse of Johnny at times than he deserves. Another thing I really didn't like is that Lillie was either constantly jumping to the incorrect conclusion that Johnny was accusing her of being up to no good, which makes her seem willfully stupid, or Johnny was actually constantly accusing Lillie of being up to no good, in which case Johnny is a jerk. I'm not clear which it was or if it was a combination of both. They definitely spend more time fighting than communicating like mature adults. I didn't guess the answer to the mystery until Lillie did, so the mystery aspect of the book worked well for me and kept me turning the virtual pages. Maybe this is because I don't read a lot of mysteries, but maybe not. My curiosity about both Lillie and Johnny is piqued, and I do really want to see them get together (assuming the overly forceful, constantly accusatory nature of Johnny is all in Lillie's head or a result of her uncontrolled supernatural seductive powers), so Carina Press better put out a sequel to this because the ending is *not* an ending, and that would just be unfair to leave readers hanging like that.
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Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
First of all, this cover looks amazing, I want to hang it up on my wall. Lillie St Claire works for the city dispatching ghosts and other various things that go bump in the night, day, or during recess. She is caught between being respected and feared by almost everyone, but never thought anyone would stoop to trying to kill her. Enter John Thresher, a psi-crime detective that has his eye on Lillie for multiple reasons. John is the kind of guy that always seems to show up at just the right time to save the day. Saving Lillie is going to involve a little more than one heroic moment when some particularly undead begin showing up at her doorstep and are linked to her recently deceased husband. Lillie and John have quite an interesting bond grow between them and sparks start to fly (in a good way). I enjoyed reading a book where the ghosts, goblins, zombies, and leprechauns are part of the modern world, some even in a good way. A fast paced quick read. 3.5/5
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darkangel_1988 More than 1 year ago
An okay book but left with a hope for a sequel.
Trebble More than 1 year ago
This book is the first book in a series of Lillie St. Claire. Her past was not happy and was in fact orphaned at the age of 5. She has had to endure a lot of prejudice because of her "Talent" at an early age and so has no solid sense of self. When she meets the charismatic and sociopathic former husband, Nathan, the torture continues until she doesn't know what is true and false in the world. Despite this, she finds some strength but never feels strong since she constantly has her husband's abusive talk in her head. Her talents and a sudden rise in paranormal activity bring the attention of the feds and particularly Johnny Thresher. Thresher becomes enamored, but his police attitude doesn't allow himself to fully fall into Lillie's spell easily. They both fight an attraction all the while trying to figure out exactly who killed her husband and who reanimated him. Also, who could be wanting Lillie dead as well? This was a fun book full of mystery and lots of paranormal activity. Not only do we have the mystery of Nathan, but a personal mystery of who and what exactly Lillie is as well. My main criticism is Lillie herself. I understand that she had been through a lot, but her constant whining about not being strong started to get on my nerves a bit. Now, if perhaps more of her abuse with her husband was revealed even in her private thoughts it might have seemed less whiny. Not that I wanted to be a voyeur, but it would have put that constant worry in a more comparative light. It would have made her strengths even stronger as well. I do think that as we see more of Lillie, however, I think that worry will get less and she will be more confident in her self and in her own strengths. I personally want to see what happens to Lillie as the story goes on. I give this book 3 1/2 stars. It was an interesting first book and I think we really start to understand and get to know Lillie St. Claire.