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The Spiricom: An Early Mystery

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This mystery was really refreshing. I loved that it was mature, but also did not focus on the main villain taking advantage of the main character. I found it interesting that the main focus was on science and the way that the real world helped with the case as well as the mystical world. Often in murder mysteries or mysteries in general, the detective magically comes across evidence instead of actually looking for it. In this book, the detective actually uses his skills to get the job done. The main focus of the book was solely on the case, but also sprinkled in some of the detective's home life to give character development. I could see who the killer was even before they got deeper into the mystery. I don't think that is a bad thing, it just made me want to see how the killer had done what they did. I want to read the other book of this series and see what it is all about.
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Part sci-fi, part horror, part mystery and the perfect recipe for a jaw dropping, page turning, read all night novel.
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3,5* rounded to 4
This is a well plotted, gripping and entertaining story featuring interesting characters.
The plot is well developed and I appreciated the world building.
The rating could have been higher but it's part of a series and it's a bit confusing to read it as a stand alone.
I recommend to read the rest of the series and then this one as it's full of potential and entertaining.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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I picked this up because I am a fan of Raudive's EVP, reception of voices from beyond. But this goes far beyond: the Bride is alive (very!) at first, then suddenly and violently passes over. The injured Groom and Widower invents 2-way communication with the Beyond on his improved Spiricom. And his bride cries-out for justice! But Detective Early suspects foul play in the 'accidental' death, and has doubts about the electronics. Is he just being skeptical? Is he involved in a bad ghost story? What does his psychic say? Life, death, afterlife? Dark demons upstairs? A cold-blooded murderer? "Who... is... this?" Then hands grab him and.... do the hanky-panky? Or is this a load of red herrings? (In Maine, that's 'lobster bait'). 

The narration is smooth and clever. The old mansion is home to strange events. The characters play off each other many ways. Like Shaun Pinkham, Roslyn Reid captures the everyday accents of today's Maine. This is not another formulaic mystery nor horror book. Roslyn leaves you wondering and page-turning right to the explosive climax.
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