Freak Show (Episode One: The Nightshade Cases)

Freak Show (Episode One: The Nightshade Cases)

by Patti Larsen

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When transsexual starlet Aisling is murdered, Detective Geraldine Meyers is assigned the case. With help from medical examiner Dr. Rachel Hunter, Gerri realizes this is no ordinary killing. While she might not want to call in over-eager anthropologist Dr. Kinsey DanAllart, the detective is forced to trust her friend’s expertise in symbology, even though doing so means admitting “weird” things might be happening in Silver City. As the three friends unravel the mystery of the dancer’s death, one thing is made absolutely apparent—something isn’t right in their new hometown. And someone is doing everything they can to make sure the truth doesn’t come out.

In Silver City, sometimes friendship can be murder.

Welcome to the first Nightshade Case, a series of twenty-one episodes in twenty-one weeks. Please note: this episodic series is based on the television show model, with screenwriting notations and shorter formats. There will be a complete mystery each week, with cliffhangers only occurring in the full season story line.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046010367
Publisher: Patti Larsen
Publication date: 06/13/2014
Series: Nightshade Cases , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 661,410
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

About me, huh? Well, my official bio reads like this: Patti Larsen is an award-winning middle grade and young adult author with a passion for the paranormal. But that sounds so freaking formal, doesn’t it? I’m a storyteller who hears teenager’s voices so loud I have to write them down. I love the idea of sports even though sports hate me. I’ve dabbled in everything from improv theater to film making and writing TV shows, singing in an all girl band to running my own hair salon. But always, always, writing books calls me home. I’ve had my sights set on world literary domination for a while now. Which means getting my books out there, to you, my darling readers. It’s the coolest thing ever, this job of mine, being able to tell stories I love, only to see them all shiny and happy in your hands… thank you for reading. As for the rest of it, I’m short (permanent), slightly round (changeable) and blonde (for ever and ever). I love to talk one on one about the deepest topics and can’t seem to stop seeing the big picture. I happily live on Prince Edward Island, Canada, home to Anne of Green Gables and the most beautiful red beaches in the world, with my very patient husband and four massive cats.

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Freak Show (Episode One: The Nightshade Cases) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool! An adult mystery by one of my favorite YA authors. I love the concept of a 22 series "season" of novels. So very clever, Patti Larsen. This "pilot episode" was great, and I'm keen to learn more about the paranormal aspect to this intriguing story. Looking forward to the next 21 episodes!
mpw_ind More than 1 year ago
I loved this book.  Its a different side of  Patti Larsen that we haven't seen.  This is not a YA book, but for a more mature audience.   The characters, three very different women, are endearing, while trying to  adapt to and understand their own unique abilities.. which they are just now realizing they have.   I can't wait to read the next book to see what the girls will discover about themselves next.
TheBibliophilicBookBlog More than 1 year ago
FREAK SHOW is episode one of the Nightshade Cases featuring Detective Geraldine (Gerri) Meyers, Dr. Rachel (Ray) Hunter, and Dr. Kinsey DanAllart. An episode of the Nightshade Cases will come out every week for twenty one weeks and is modeled on the television show format (ex: you’ll see screenwriting notations). In FREAK SHOW, Gerri is now a detective in Silver City and she’s called out to the murder of a transsexual dancer named Aisling. Gerri’s two best friends from college are also now living and working in Silver City, but Gerri doesn’t believe in coincidences or in anything weird. However, this case is nothing but weird, so she calls in Ray and Kinsey. Ray is a medical examiner for Silver City and Kinsey is a professor of anthropology who specializes in the weird and occult. As Gerri’s investigation unfolds, it becomes all too clear to the three friends there is something very strange about Silver City. FREAK SHOW is a novella to help readers get introduced to the main characters and Silver City. I thought it was a good background to lead into the next episode of the series. I liked all the main characters, but Ray is my favorite. FREAK SHOW is a good mystery and I loved the paranormal elements which will play a big part in this series. At this point, my least favorite of the three women is Gerri, but it’s because of her contempt for the unknown rather than a true character flaw. I’m excited to see where the author takes Gerri, Ray, and Kinsey. Welcome to Silver City and enjoy FREAK SHOW!
Cherri-Anne More than 1 year ago
Freak-ing Awesome!   5 stars What a unique story told in a very unique way!  This is my first time reading any type of serial series or the like, but to have a book that reads quite similar to or like a TV show?  Well that is just plain freaky!  Or is it?  “Welcome to the first Nightshade Case, a series of twenty-one episodes in twenty-one weeks. Please note: this episodic series is based on the television show model, with screenwriting notations and shorter formats. There will be a complete mystery each week, with cliff hangers only occurring in the full season story line.”  This is such a terrific story that pulled me in right from the very beginning of the book!  It is also a terrific start to a new series!!!  Of course, I would expect no less from Patti but being new to this type of format, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It is a very well written story that follows three women who might have some sort of talent or ability, or as they secretly refer to it – what makes them a freak!  Because they have a hard time acknowledging it in their own minds, they sure are not going to share or talk about it out loud!  That is until they…Yup!  I am going to leave you hanging!  Just like a “winter break” in your favorite TV show!  I don’t want to put any spoilers in here because that is half of the beauty of reading – reading the book and discovering it all for yourself – the other half is of course getting to know, love, root for (or against) all of these great characters who become your new friends (or enemies)!  I have even become quite attached to Gerri, Ray and Kinsey as if they are real people that I am honored to call my friends!  I like how there is the mystery of the characters, that you are not overloaded with EVERYTHING involving them and their “freak”, and that you get to follow the three girls throughout.  I like being able to get different views or opinions on situations.  I have to admit that I am really intrigued both with the format it is written in as well as the topic itself.  It is worth mentioning that there is a wide variety of topics, people and spice if you will, involved.  These are not books for the closed minded or faint of heart type of readers.  For example, the story opens with a girl walking through an alley behind the club where she dances at, she is wobbly from the one drink and cocaine that she had earlier, swearing as she talks to herself, the she ends up being murdered in that same alleyway.  However, she is not what she seems, for “she” is really a HE!  Of course through the investigation there are a more people who are not what they seem – more dancers, bartenders, management etc. that work at the club and are also gay or transsexuals.  Don’t forget the people who vehemently oppose this lifestyle like the minister and his flock.  But don’t be mistaken to think that this is what the story is about!  It is actually about three friends who under their own circumstances all end up making Silver City their new home unbeknownst to each other.  One is a homicide detective, one is a medical examiner and the other is an anthropologist who teaches at the college.  Reuniting and working to solve the case(s) together has also given them the chance to renew their friendship with each other.  They all met in college and became the best of friends, but like a lot of friends, as you get older and more involved in your career, you don’t spend as much time with your friends that you would like.  In fact they have only exchanged the odd phone call and birthday cards recently, so they did not realize that they have all ended up in the same city, let alone working the same cases!  I found that the format was actually rather cool – instead of numbered chapters you get the setup for the next scene.  For example “INT. – SILVER CITY COLLEGE – AFTERNOON”.  And even though it does say it is in a shorter format, the book is about 150 pgs.  I can’t wait to keep reading to see what is going to happen next in Silver City!  I am glad that I am picking this up when it is already a few weeks in.  No matter how fast I read, I should always have another episode waiting for me.  All in all, I really enjoyed this first episode and am so curious that I cannot wait to read the next one!  And the next one, and well you get the picture!  So don’t have an episode – read one instead and get your Freak on today!  Tune in next time for the next installment of “Freak Show – The Nightshade Cases” written by Patti Larsen, reviewed by Cherri-Anne Boitson.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Ever gotten hooked on the weekly episodes of a television show? The one you cannot miss? I think Patti Larsen has hit on a perfect answer for readers with Freak Show – The Nightshade Cases #1. Has fate drawn three former college roommates to Silver City? Part gritty crime mystery, part paranormal mystery, 100% engaging, a quick read that promises more to come in a week, The Nightshade Cases is a trip on the seamier side of life and death. Gerri, Kinsey and Ray are professionals, with a close connection and dynamics that work! Each has a special “sense” that gives them an edge. Gerri, the seasoned detective, doesn’t want to commit to her sense, Kinsey and Ray realize they have an ability that is different and more readily embrace those differences. As a medical examiner who treats her "patients" with respect, Ray is exposed to the aftermath of murder and death. Kinsey is an anthropologist, well-versed in symbolism and together these three make Charlie's Angels look like two-dimensional amateurs. This episode opens full tilt when a popular transsexual dancer who is found murdered and has been carved up with mysterious symbols. Is it a gang murder? A hate crime? Will there be more murders before the villain is discovered? Follow the dark journey Patti Larsen has mapped out full of mystery, mayhem, and evil lurking in the shadows. Ms. Larsen has set the stage, introduced her characters, given them life and has set them on the trail of a danger only they may be able to stop. Great intrigue, great flow and just enough mystery to hook me in and want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it!  Patti Larsen is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  Her YA books are wonderful reads and I'm hardly a YA anymore. This series is a bit grittier, more adult oriented and I'm enjoying the heck out of it.  Keep up the excellent work, Patti!
amm02 More than 1 year ago
Ok so I loved the premise of these stories. Its a TV show that has no commercials. I love the story line, it is so different.  You have 3 strong awesome women who don't fit the mold. I just cant put into words. So they are working on a murder of a drag queen when they start to realize there are more things in their town. They discover who they are and what is going on in their town.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I was excited to review this book since I love the Hayle Coven books.  But I was disappointed. It had the touch of paranormal but is for a more mature reader.  The language was more gritty and had 12 F words. The storyline was interesting but with the language/content I can only give it 1 star.