The Anchor is the Key

The Anchor is the Key

by Linda Anthony Hill


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ISBN-13: 9781612969602
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 10/23/2017
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,214,609
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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The Anchor is the Key 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Chewie_the_Mouse 4 months ago
"The Anchor is the Key" is a good book with a solid storyline and an intriguing main character. Celeste is portrayed as level-headed and extremely likeable, and seems very much like a real person. I would have liked a description of her, as I read the whole book imagining a very large senior citizen, only to find out Celeste is only a size 14 and in her 40s. The storyline itself is interesting, with the added dimension of Celeste being able to talk to spirits to help her solve the mystery. Her new apprentice Emma livens things up, and I look forward to learning more about her in future books. In addition to an interesting mystery, the book provides a lot of details about everyday life as a psychic. There is information about appointments, scheduling, and the various tools of the trade Celeste uses. I'd love to learn more about pricing, as I wonder how Celeste can make a living with this as her only source of income. All of this adds realism to a semi-paranormal story, and makes the reader even more invested in Celeste as a person.
BookMomof3 4 months ago
The Anchor Is The Key is a paranormal cozy by Linda Anthony Hill. This is my first book by this author. Wow, does this author pack a lot into this one book! Almost to much so for my taste. I would have enjoyed the book more, if there had been just the main story, and one sub story. I did find the main character, Celeste, to be interesting and likable , but found the rest of the extensive cast of characters a bit much to keep track of and not essential to the story. If you are a fan of paranormal cozys and like a lot going on , this book is for you, if you like things less complicated this book probably isn’t for you.
Kuzlin 4 months ago
Madame Celeste is a practicing psychic, leading a quiet life until one of her clients advertises a successful healing. Suddenly she is thrust into a very public spotlight. As a result, she gets some very interesting clients that present her with a possible murder or two, as well as a haunting in a nearby factory; a new assistant eager to get training in her own psychic powers, and even a few semi-romantic dates. This story started off with great promise, as the main character was a very interesting individual. However, it soon became bogged down with mundane tasks, as Celeste tends to outline every detail of her life, from waking up in the morning to feeding her cat fixing breakfast to efforts in readying for each client. The interactions she had with the various spirits did help entertain, as well as her efforts to derail the haunting at the factory. But the author then tried to wrap up all the disparate elements into one tidy effort that lost me as the reader. And there were some elements that were not fully resolved. Finally, Celeste was presented as an individual that does not drive nor own a cell phone because she seldom leaves her home but suddenly becomes a social butterfly, flirting with at least 3 male individuals and making date arrangements. All in all, I would rate this as potentially interesting, but failing to really hit the mark. There was a promise of more stories in the future, and I may give it one more shot, if only because I want to see how Celeste fares in the future. Disclosure: I am voluntarily reviewing this book.
NeenReads 4 months ago
I enjoyed this book. It is different from what I normally read, but it was entertaining. The main character, Celeste, was interesting and her gift of psychic ability only added to the story. It gave her the ability to help solve what seemed to be a complicated mystery. As Celeste learns more about the circumstances around the mystery, she receives more questions than answers. In addition to that, Celeste receives help from the beyond in the form of some interesting ghostly characters. If you are looking for something different in the realm of cozy mystery, the this is the book for you. You'll find a mix of interesting characters (living and ghostly) and situations that may cause a chuckle or two. I received a complimentary copy and voluntarily posted an honest review.
Amber_TX 4 months ago
It's the first book I've read by this author and it's the author's first full-length novel. I really enjoy paranormal mysteries and this book didn't disappoint. It started slow and it could be shortened, but overall it's a great book. I was given a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
BunnySTx 4 months ago
The Anchor is the Key is a supernatural cozy mystery novel. Celeste, a small town psychic, gets more than she bargained for when a client of hers lets out something that she would rather have had kept quiet. While out to dinner, Celeste is accosted verbally by her client’s grandson’s nephew who manages to gain Celeste more clients through his tirade. But more is heaped upon Celeste’s plate as pieces of a mystery seem to fall into her lap piece by piece. It all begins with a small boat and then the small anchor key that she later discovers as well. Add in a young woman troubled by the hauntings of her parents, a ghost who doesn’t remember events and time accurately anymore and you have a recipe for a haunting mystery with a hint of danger. The Anchor is the Key is a supernatural mystery novel by Linda Anthony Hill. This is the first book that I have read by this author. Celeste is the main character in this story and she has a unique gift that she uses to help others. Celeste leads a primarily quiet life but morning all of that changes when a crystal ball demands her attention and her cat Chaos makes sure that she pays attention to other signs. Things gradually build in the story with each addition of a new character or situation. The author is giving the reader pieces of a bigger puzzle one at a time, but things don’t come together quickly. I like how Celeste handles quite a few of the situations that she is faced with. Especially when she starts getting hostile phone calls calling her a witch and saying that she’s evil. I was shocked that she managed to keep her temper in check and never was overtly rude to anyone! I have to say that Celeste is a truly unique character. While I enjoyed this book and the various characters in it, this story is not without its flaws. I was disappointed that the author doesn’t give us a description of Celeste. I wanted to know what she looked like. We get glancing descriptions, but nothing that truly tells you what she might have looked like – unless I missed it. Also, this book has many editorial issues. In the first half of the story the issues are just here and there and few in number, but once you get further and closer to the end then suddenly they start popping up more and more. There are some misspelled words, missing punctuation in conversations and words that the author fails to capitalize when they have been capitalized before. Also, there are several characters that come and go, while this is typical in most stories some of them and their reactions are rather implausible. One character in a scene becomes angry with Celeste and tells her to leave but when she tells him something only he would know when his attitude changes immediately. I expected him to resist more but it's like a switch flips in him and he is amenable to her. I am rating this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. The story starts out engaging and I enjoyed the psychic angle and how Celeste is able to communicate with the spirits and see things. This was truly fascinating. But the errors are distracting because there are times when I didn’t know a conversation was going on until I read further on and discovered it was. The story starts out good, but then it begins to slow down and gets a bit tedious to get through and for me, the ending is a bit anti-climactic. For those who enjoy an interesting mystery novel, this is a decent book to pick up. But I would recommend that the author have another editor/proofreader go over this book.
CozyUpWithKathy 4 months ago
a unique mystery THE ANCHOR IS THE KEY by Linda Anthony Hill Signs are appearing in rapid succession to Celeste, psychic and psychotherapist, leading her to believe she is coming out of a rut. Sure enough, she finds an new over-emotional and needy client as well as a man who seems to be hiding something. Could he have something to do with the accident that caused the death of the new client's mother. The ghost the client's father says it was murder while the ghost of the mother says to drop the subject. Will Celeste find answers? THE ANCHOR IS THE KEY is a unique mystery with an overall message promoting confidence in oneself, especially regardless of age or size. I appreciate the authentic portrayal of a psychic. It gave me pause when Celeste was clearing her crystals in the stream, but it was noted that doing so was dangerous for certain crystals. I was also taken aback when Celeste gave her own deck of cards to her apprentice to use-generally divination decks are never shared. Yet Celeste did stop someone from touching her runes, so it seems the author is knowledgeable about the subject. I found THE ANCHOR IS THE KEY to be a very interesting book. The mystery is unique. We're led to investigate the death of a woman as well as explore a possibly haunted business. With ghostly help, Celeste is able to find connections. Though puzzling, there is no sense of urgency for Celeste, no real importance to solving the mystery. Some of the characters seemed contrived with some actions seemingly only motivated to lead the reader to suspect the character of something and ultimately leaving several issues that were brought up unresolved.While I really enjoyed the story I found the writing itself stilted. It didn't flow and seemed quite unnatural at times, especially the dialogue. An editor's touch could really polish the manuscript and make Celeste's further adventures shine. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I have always loved books dealing with ghosts, witches, psychics, etc and seek out any authors of such books. This book proved to be just what I love. From the first page I was pulled into the story. Celeste was an excellent heroine and was very entertaining. The plot kept me guessing through out the book. I even learned new things about runes which was fun. The ending was a surprise which doesn’t always happen but makes the story even harder to put down. I sincerely hope this book will have a sequel I will be watching for it.
ashleym919 5 months ago
The Anchor is Key is about a small town Texas psychic, Celeste, and a mystery that she has to solve using the help of ghosts (some friendly and some not so friendly). This is a paranormal mystery so readers should be interested in psychics, ghosts, hauntings, etc. If these plot elements don't excite you, this is not a good book for you. I think readers of Victoria Laurie's Ghost Hunter Mystery series and Carol J. Perry's Witch City Mysteries would enjoy this book. I did wish that the author had included more information about her characters in the beginning of the book. I almost felt like I was dropping into the middle of a series and playing catch-up on the characters' backgrounds though I am fairly certain this is the first book in this series. By the end of the book, I did feel like I had gotten to know Celeste pretty well and there was enough character development with some of her friends that I would be interested to read another book in this series and see where their stories go. My other pet peeve was that Celeste often referred to being overweight as though she were quite obese. She is 5'5" and a size fourteen. Since her weight really had nothing to do with the plot, I felt the author could have just left those mentions out all together. Overall, I did enjoy the book. The mystery kept me guessing - in fact - there are multiple mysteries to keep the reader entertained. I didn't feel like the book was at all formulaic like some cozies. I enjoyed the supernatural elements and learned a lot about psychic readings. I would definitely check out the next book in this series to see what Celeste and her ghosts take on in the future. Note: I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review.
ArizonaJo 5 months ago
The Anchor Is The Key by Linda Anthony Hill was a complex mystery. Ms. Hill has written a strong female character, Celeste, who is confident in her abilities as a psychic. I liked Celeste and found her to be a strong character who has been living a quiet life in the small town of Gloryville, TX. Although I found the book to be slow to start, once Celeste's adventures began the plot was moving so fast that I could hardly keep up. There are several threads throughout the story that don't seem to be related until more clues become evident. With the twists and turns, I was never sure who or what was behind the mischief until the reveal. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. All of the above opinions are my own.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Set in a small town, Celeste is a physic that is enjoying her nice, quiet, life. Her life is quiet and peaceful until she finds a boat. Celeste starts dealing with murders and a large amount of paranormal activity. Celeste suddenly becomes a very popular person in this little small town in Texas especially when people view her as a healer. Celeste is very good at seeing spirits. Celeste helps a woman find out what happened to her mother the night she died. She also deals with an investigation at a warehouse. Celeste had a cat named “Chaos”. I loved the name of the cat as that explained a lot of how the life of Celeste was. It was fun to get to know Celeste and her friends in the small town. If you do not enjoy reading about ghosts and haunting this is not the book for you. This was a good cozy mystery with paranormal as well as a large amount of suspense. I had never read a paranormal mystery but I enjoyed this one. It was interesting to learn some of the tools that psychics use. Since I grew up in a very small town I could easily relate to this book and the small town character. The book started out slow but it then picked up and became very exciting. There were a large amount of grammatical errors in the book. This was my first read by this author. I look forward to reading more books by her.
carol223CS 4 months ago
Linda Anthony Hill’s The Anchor is the Key The Spirits coming and going, crystal balls rolling to the psychic’s feet, the cards and runes predicting changes, accidents, suicide and heart attacks that might not be what meets the eye, mysteries at the warehouse and local farm, being asked on dates, getting an assistant....All this is happening in the life of Celeste, the psychic. Celeste lives in a small town. She lives with her cat, Chaos. Celeste has a Master Degree in Psychotherapy but prefers to work as a psychic. She enjoys a quite, orderly life but finding a small boat in the nearby creek then an anchor which looks like a key is about to change her life aura. A high spirited read with a story that flowed smoothly. The characters were colorful, vivid, complex and very interesting. The adventure was well plotted. It was interesting learning about the tarot cards, runes, the angel cards and psychic sensations. I volunteered to read The Anchor is the Key. Thanks to the Cozy Mystery Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.