"House of the Setting Son" By Nancy Cole Silverman: Review/Giveaway

Review by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a book from this series--you can choose either this new one, or the first book in the series The House on Hallowed Ground-and either in print or ebook. There is also a link to purchase the new book. 

Psychic to the Stars Misty Dawn may have officially retired as a law enforcement consultant and advisor to Hollywood’s elite, but even a non-psychic knows that a middle-of-the-night phone call never means anything good. Misty’s actress friend Dorine Witherspoon is frantic that the star of the Crowne Theater’s production of My Fair Lady has gone missing, only the latest calamity to have plagued the stage. Cassie Marx was already a replacement for her Tony Award-winning stepsister, who had fallen ill after their Chicago performance. Missing scenery, falling props, and then the discovery of Alexa Marx’s body all culminate in what the superstitious theater crew believe the result of a vengeful ghost.

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Misty believes that a far more corporeal menace is responsible, but it’s not because she doesn’t believe in hauntings. In fact, Misty herself recently acquired the companionship of Wilson Thorne, a movie and stage set designer whose untimely death made him a shade trapped between worlds. Unable to pass into the beyond until he settles his baggage with the living, Wilson roommates with Misty in the home she leases from his sister, while also chauffeuring her around in his beloved Jaguar and Rolls Royce. Being invisible to the living may be a little disconcerting as a driver, but it only enhances his natural inclination to snoop and eavesdrop on the gossip flowing through the money-backers and players. Misty’s intuition tells her that Cassie is in danger and not fleeing justice, but more challenging will be swaying LAPD Detective Cesar Romero. The movie-icon-resembling detective is still reluctant to trust evidence he can’t see or use in court, so it’s up to Misty, Wilson, and his irrepressible sister Denise to investigate Alexa’s previous relationships, resentful ingénues, and probable contributors to the MeToo movement.
This series successfully blends a light paranormal mystery with the tantalizing intrigue of the theater world. California is a glorious setting for these eccentric characters, especially as Misty takes a nostalgic trip from Santa Monica down the Pacific Coast Highway to Venice Beach, Malibu, and its pot dispensaries. Meeting up not just with a Cannabis dealer but also with a startling blast from her hippie past rocks Misty’s world and stirs up far more excitement and confusion than any ghost. Ushering Wilson on to his proper place in existence will be as challenging as bringing justice for the murdered actress, who is also on hand to complicate Misty’s investigation without adding any real helpful insight. The glamor of the theater, fascinating eeriness of the paranormal, and charming prospect of romance all guarantee a lively and fun mystery that will delight readers and theater fans.

To enter to win a copy of either House of the Setting Son or The House on Hallowed Ground (in either print or ebook), simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "son,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 17, 2020. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win and want print. MAKE SURE YOU STATE WHICH BOOK YOU WANT AND WHAT FORMAT. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. Sounds interesting! I think I'll choose this book! Thanks for the chance!

  2. Sounds like a good read. I read
    about Sarah Booth Delaney and
    Jitty - this might be along the same
    line. Would like to try it.
    thanks txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. This sounds really good! legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  4. New author and series for me. Would love to get a print copy of the first one! tWarner419(at)aol(dot)com

  5. Would love to read this series! I would like a print copy of "The House Of The Setting Son". Thanks for the chance.

  6. I really enjoyed book one in this series. Different...
    Karen94066 at aol. com
    I would like a print copy of House of the Setting Son. Thanks.

  7. This looks like an interesting read. Please enter me in the giveaway.


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