Saturday, September 12, 2020

Blog Post and Review: THE HOUSE OF THE SETTING SON A Misty Dawn Mystery by Nancy Cole Silverman

About the House of the Setting Son
When Misty Dawn, the former "Hollywood Psychic to the Stars," receives a phone call in the middle of the night, she knows it can't be good news. Dorine Witherspoon, an actress and former client is in town for the opening of her touring musical and tells Misty the show's leading lady, Cassie Marx, has disappeared and the understudy had to go on for her on Opening Night!

Misty immediately suspects foul play and when she and Wilson, her psychic shade, arrive at the theater the next morning they discover LAPD's Detective Cesar Romero meeting with the cast and crew. Events on both sides of the veil take a dark turn when Romero asks Misty off the case, and Wilson appears out of his depth with ghosts who want nothing to do with him.

Death, close calls, and forces on both sides of the veil threaten to undo Misty and destroy her relationship with Wilson unless she can find Cassie and restore order to the show.
Misty Dawn is a psychic who worked with the police to solve mysteries in the past. In this book, the third in the series, the mystery revolves around the theater production of My Fair Lady. Even the squawking bird sings lines from the songs. The original Eliza became ill, and her sister, Cassie, stepped into that role. No one is particularly sad about that and some fear Alexa will return.  That is until she's murdered and Cassie is a person of interest - and missing. Cassie isn't the only one missing, though. The theater ghost is also missing and Wilson wants to fill that vacancy. Misty doesn't want to lose him.

The theater provides a wonderful setting for this mystery, complete with a ghost believed to be creating havoc and another helping Misty. Cassie isn't the only suspect and there are many mis-cues as to the killer. The pace is good and the characters likable. This is the third in the series, but my first. It was easily read as a stand alone mystery, though starting a series at the beginning is the best approach. Readers who enjoy paranormal cozy mysteries will enjoy this one.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About Nancy Cole Silverman
Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five years in Los Angeles Talk Radio. She began her career on the talent side as one for the first female voices on the air, and later on the business side, where she retired as one of two female general managers in the nation’s second-largest radio market. Leaving her successful radio career behind in 2010, Nancy began to write fiction, and her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America. Her Carol Childs Mysteries series (Henery Press) features a single-mom whose "day job" as a reporter at a busy Los Angeles radio station often leads to long nights as a crime-solver. Her most recent series features Misty Dawn, an aging Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, who supplements her day to day activities as a consultant to LAPD and the FBI. Nancy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle.

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