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Dead Man Talking
     

Dead Man Talking

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by TM Simmons
 

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Weird things tend to happen when you live in a haunted house — not that author/ghost hunter Alice Carpenter has a problem disciplining the ten resident ghosts in her lakeside log cabin near forgotten-time Six Gun,, Texas. When her cousin Katy calls looking for help with the resident ghost at Espirt d'Chene, the family mansion near Jefferson, Alice agrees to

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Weird things tend to happen when you live in a haunted house — not that author/ghost hunter Alice Carpenter has a problem disciplining the ten resident ghosts in her lakeside log cabin near forgotten-time Six Gun,, Texas. When her cousin Katy calls looking for help with the resident ghost at Espirt d'Chene, the family mansion near Jefferson, Alice agrees to come to the rescue.
Sir Gary Gavin, dead now over two hundred years, insists Alice is the only one who can expose his undeliberate murder to allow him to leave his tortured existence; and he's not above wreaking havoc at Espirt d'Chene until Alice concedes to his demands. Before Alice can even pack, though, Katy discovers a new murder — a headless corpse floating in her swimming pool. This new ghost — Bucky, the black-sheep son of a Texas senator — is dangerous in his newly-dead, confused state as he searches the plantation for his head.
Alice must somehow uncover the identity of Bucky's murderer, or else it looks like Katy will be charged with the crime, despite several other suspects who have motives for wanting Bucky dead. To make matters worse, the homicide detective in charge, Alice's ex-husband Jack, doesn't believe in ghosts. That leaves Alice no choice but to depend on her ghost hunting mentor, Twila, and her elderly neighbor, Granny, to assist in the investigation.
Katy is arrested, and there's no help for it: Sir Gary's going to have to join the investigation. Much to Jack's dismay — and the delight of the women — he is finally forced to admit that Sir Gary is real. A real ghost, anyway. Together, the unlikely team of sleuths join forces to help send Sir Gary to his deserved reward, track down the real killer, and set Katy free.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011348808
Publisher:
TM Simmons
Publication date:
06/13/2011
Series:
Dead Man Mysteries , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
38,393
File size:
410 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

For over twenty years, I have been chasing, and finding, ghosts and other paranormal entities. For even longer, I have been publishing fiction and non-fiction. I delight in scaring myself silly, as well as anyone else I can corner with my verbal or written tales.

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Dead Man Talking 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a lover of ghost stories , haunts , old houses you'll love it too. Fast paced read.Some funny moments. I think Granny is my favorite character.Awesomesauce!!!! Just purchased next one,so gotta get back to reading.OH, YOU ARE SOOO GONNA ENJOY THIS!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well...i got the illusion of this story being fast paced while reading it. Once i finished reading it turns out it really wasnt fast paced. The constant head thoughts and conversations of the characters were head spinning and rather hectic. Not bad story line, but writing style was not real engaging for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever had occasion to read any of Jana Daleon's Ghost in Law series, this is your next read. Alice is a mystery writer who lives in a log cabin in the woods which is haunted by 10 resident ghosts. That was the reason she bought the house after her divorce. While fighting a strange new ghost working on her deadline for publication, cousin Katy calls with a host problem at the family manor a few hours away. Alice begrudgingly agrees to help but before she can leave or pack another call from Katy comes, she has discovered a body in the pool in the back patio. Alice arrives to find her ex husband Jack has been placed in charge and a ghost may be involved but Jack will her nothing of ghosts. Enter aunt Twila with all her psychic and ghost handling ability and finally Granny, Alice's ghost seeing elderly neighbor. Chaos ensues especially when the floating body in the pool can't cross over because he died when someone lopped of his head with the sword that had been on display inside the manor so the new ghost is searching for his head. So the search for a head is on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was enjoyable read, interesting characters.
hasenbusch More than 1 year ago
Wow! This is another excellent book on paranormal and ghosts. T.M. Simmons is an outstanding writer and is fearless when dealing with ghosts, spirits, and dark entities. Get this ebook and all of her others. give her a try. You'll be glad you did
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Six Gun, Texas, author Alice Carpenter has worked out the rules of sharing her home with ghosts. However, her cousin Katy Gueydon is not doing quite as well dealing with spirits and begs Alice to help her with Sir Gary Gavin. Katy¿s plea changes when she finds a corpse in her swimming pool at Esprit d¿Chene estate. Alice calls her former spouse Detective Jack Carpenter, who works near her cousin¿s home, while she drives the two hours to help Katy............................... Alice quickly learns that the victim is Bucky Wilson-Jones, son of a state senator. Though Bucky was a reprobate, Alice realizes that the prime suspect is her cousin, a steal magnolia who has lost her metallic backbone. As Alice investigates the current killing, tries to solve Gary¿s two century old ¿undeliberate¿ murder, and works with settling down a bewildered and angry Bucky, she needs help. Jack don¿t believe in ghosts so she turns to her mentor Twila Brown and their neighbor Granny to form the ghosthunter amateur sleuth team trying to resolve the three related scenarios............................ This is a fabulous holiday investigative tale that hooks the audience the moment that readers learn of The Alice and the Howard Ghost Agreement of co-living rules. The women especially Alice and the ghosts own the plot, but readers will commiserate more with Jack the non-believer; he copes with ghost hunting females, a real murder with political implications, and some paranormal phenomena that makes him wonder what to accept as truth. Even without the Ghostbusters, readers will believe in ghosts as Alice and company act like it is a normal phenomenon, all this supernatural phenomena resides inside a delightful who-done-it.................................. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A murder or two, bumps and bullets in the night, a laugh here and there, and a good ending....what more could you ask for? Oh, yes, a litttle, tiny bit of romance. Good reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was cute & funny at time's. I wasn't sure about this book at first but it keep me interested & up late reading.
pedigreedmutt More than 1 year ago
a fun read. quick and enjoyable. a nice break. recommend for vacations
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an enjoyable read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good cozy mystery with good characters and (finally) an enjoyable ending. Definitely thinking of getting the other books in the series.
DerFish More than 1 year ago
Fantastic great read. Bit of humor, bit of romance, bit of detecting, bit of ghosts, but a great read. No were wolves or zombies, just good old fashioned type ghosts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book. I really liked Alice, Twila and Granny. I enjoyed the humor as well as the story line. Highly recommend.
rational-reader More than 1 year ago
Silly, poorly written story told from the perspective of someone who talks with ghosts on a regular basis. In itself, that wouldn't necessarily be a huge problem, but she is so obnoxious in her belief, and her derision for the (rational) people who don't believe in ghosts or that she can interact with them. More than once the narrator tells us she firmly believes "a person's living personality follows into death." If a person's personality didn't follow them, then there would be nothing there to be a ghost, would there? Inconsistencies in the abilities of ghosts are also disturbing, along with the ridiculous measures that supposedly protect against ghostly mischeviousness. The narrator's irrational yet unquestioned attitude towards this supernatural world was just too much for me to take. [If this is your kind of thing, then Paige Shelton's books are much better.]
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CozyFan2014 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much. I also liked the fact that the author actually goes ghosthunting. Some of the story, as she points out in her introduction, is based on actual experiences/techniques, and some parts are not. It was easy for me to tell the difference between the two. The only thing I found annoying was the cousin. She's a little too much for me towards the end of the book, when I fully expected her to complain of "the vapours" and refer to her housekeeper as "a darkie". I admit, I have a low tolerance for Southern belle types, and my patience ran thin with this one. I sort of hoped the ghost would get her. All in all, though, a decent read. Well-written and very light on the romance (thank goodness). I will read more of the author's books, for sure!
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Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
Dead Man Talking – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish A second later Katy continued with a resigned sigh, “He says his death was a murder, but not deliberate murder. That he can’t find eternal rest until the deed is exposed.” That got to me. The ghost must have known it would. How can you have an undeliberate murder? I never could ignore a murder mystery with a death riddle attached. “Interesting,” I mused. “Are you coming then? In the morning, not next week?” I chewed my lip and contemplated. “Ask Sir Gary why he doesn’t come over here and talk. I’ll leave a light on.” “I’ve already told him that,” she ground out. “Hell, I even got out a map and showed him where you live! But noooo. He insists you come here!” A stubborn ghost. He’d probably been that way in life, because Twila and I firmly believe a person’s living personality follows into death. One crotchety old man – Alice was contacted by her cousin Katy to help her remove her resident ghost who calls himself ‘Sir Gary.’ Apparently he had died due to drowning but wasn’t quite sure that it wasn’t without help. He just couldn’t remember how nor who had murdered him and until he could resume that memory he simply couldn’t cross through the light into the other side. Sir Gary has taken to acting up around Katy demanding that she have Alice come to solve his mystery and help him end his half life existence. In his eyes, Alice is a paranormal writer and solves murders all day long through her writing making her perfect for the job. Alice, on the other hand, has a deadline to meet for her latest book and just can’t get away for a few days. That all changes when Katy and Sir Gary find a headless body floating in Katy’s pool giving her home yet another ghost to deal with. And this one is mad! He can’t find his head so he can’t see nor communicate leaving him nothing else to do but rant and rave until it’s found. Katy now has Alice’s attention and she is on her way, as are her aunt Twila, her ex-husband Jack and eventually her neighbor ‘Granny.’ I’ve now read all of T. M. Simmons’ Dead Man books – Dead Man Haunt, Dead Man Hand, and now Dead Man Talking. Each is equally as good as the other and each is filled with ghosts, murder, suspense and lots of laughter. When I read the part about the traffic jam and its cause I busted out laughing out loud. When Jack, who was a non-believer became a believer I laughed. When Jack and Alice go to a biker bar undercover, I laughed. This book, as well as all of the Dead Man books are filled with so much humor that it becomes a ‘fun filled suspense.’ And for the suspense, I never did guess who killed the man in the pool until I read it near the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is insanely good i was hooked from the first page to the last
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great cozy fun with a chill of the supernatural combine to create goosebumps for the funnybone. Author and Ghosthunter TM Simmons' fictional counterpart Alice works with ghosts the way she works on her books...no nonsense and always on dead...er...deadline!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hectic and over the top...hysterics and babblings