08 August 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Ghostly Christmas Present (The Clarke Lantham Mysteries) by J. Daniel Sawyer

I grabbed this one to read while sitting in a waiting room and looking for something light and quick to read. Wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into, but since it’s July in Austin, I thought anything that might have snow in it would be a welcome reprieve from the heat.

What a fun and well told story by Mr. Sawyer! It delivered on what I expected and was so much more. This was my first book starring Lantham and I’ll be looking for others for certain. This is a true whodunit mystery/thriller told by a private detective who gets himself into way more hot water than he intended. The writing was very well done, it wasn’t overly descriptive and didn’t bog down in places. It was a delightful story of family, drama, mystery with little bits of humor thrown in for good measure.

The editing was well done, I didn’t see anything in there that made me want to cringe. It was long enough to take me a few sittings to read through, but not too long to drag out. For the story it told, I think the length was absolutely perfect.

This book is recommended for thriller/mystery fans and folks looking for something light to read. Well done.

When it comes to raw-deal Christmas presents, it’s hard to beat being thrown in an out-of-state jail on a trumped up charge–but detective Clarke Lantham always did love a challenge. So when he calls up his brother for help with bail, he thinks he’s prepared for the ordeal of spending a holiday weekend with relatives who put the “strange” back in “estranged.”

That was his first mistake. Unfortunately, with an old client gumming up the works, a ten-year-old niece with a ghost problem, and the occasional murder competing for his attention, it’s unlikely to be his last–especially when he only has two days to clear his name before he gets thrown back in the slammer.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Book count for 2012: 15

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