Professor Jack Wood's silver-streaked hair definitely ages him, and he can thank Killer Dawn for that. He won't be falling into the love trap again anytime real soon. But this new librarian has him curious, with her head-to-toe black Goth garb, piercings, and a defiant attitude to match. Definitely not his type of girl, but still...
Abigail Stryker's got her work cut out for her. The last two librarians didn't last a month before airborne books chased them off. But Abby's determined to make her new life a go-and to stay as far away from older men as possible. Once was enough. Might be tough to do when the library's best patron is none other than dreamy-eyed Jack Wood. And it seems the eccentric ghost may have taken a shine to her as well.
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Abigail Stryker is starting over in the small town of Caldwell, North Carolina. She’s determined to make a success of her new job and the book hurling, pipe smoking ghost who chased away the last two librarians from the historical Harvey Library isn’t going to stop her. But the local college’s history professor, Jack Wood may. Her growing attraction to him terrifies her. Her only other love affair ended badly and she can’t bear the idea of history repeating itself. Jack’s afraid that Abby’s too young for him and the last thing he wants is to repeat a bad relationship. But the more he sees of her, the more he is sure there’s a secret covered by Abby’s brash Goth Chick exterior. And it’s a mystery he wants to solve. Add in a bitchy college dean, a coven of Wiccans and you have a recipe for a great read. Lovely debut novel. (less)
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite Professor Jack Wood has his own issues and swears not to fall into another love trap, but the new librarian caught his eye. Abigail Stryker determines to make a fresh start in her life and leave her painful past behind, and she believes a new job and a new town are just what she needs. However, Abby has her work cut out for her. The last two librarians didn't last a month due to a tortured spirit in the historic Harvey Library, searching for his lost love. The local college dean has a peculiar, almost manic determination to close the historical library by channeling funds and patrons to the one at the university. Then there’s the library’s ghostly patron himself, who tempts Abby and Jack to find out his story and why he haunts the place. With a history professor, a goth librarian and a book-hurling, eccentric ghost in the cast, Phantom Traces by Claire Gem is a pleasant read. It has ghosts, romance, mystery and drama. The plot has a leisure pace which I find completely suitable for the story. Abby is instantly likable, and her feelings toward Jack are easy to relate to. The vivid description of the setting is beautiful and adds charm to the story. The prose and the dialogue are straightforward, engaging and witty. The way Gem concludes this ghostly tale will satisfy readers. All in all, Phantom Traces is an easy read that anyone can enjoy. I’ll keep my eye on Gem’s next work in this genre.