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Whenever her husband is asked to describe her in one word, he usually says "strange." While other kids watched cartoons, Sandy waited with baited breath for Shock Theatre. While other young women subscribed to Cosmopolitan, Sandy subscribed to Dr. J. Allen Hynek's "UFO Reporter." Her Sam Casey series features a detective who can hear the dead speak. (Think "Medium" with a Native American twist. A fan of Stephen King and Nancy Drew, she was able to combine both of her loves in her cross-genre mysteries.
on June 24, 2012 :
Against the backdrop of the city of Chasen Heights condemning a neighborhood, claiming eminent domain, and revitalizing the area by building a youth center on the site of the former Embers Hotel, S.D. Tooley's story weaves a paranormal mystery.
While chasing a cat, Jake Mitchell (Sam Casey's husband) and his partner Frank find a mummified female body in the vacant Embers Hotel slated for demolition. They both are working on temporary assignment with Animal Control in retaliation for pissing off Police Chief Dennis Murphy. Jake calls his wife, the former Sgt. Samantha (Sam) Casey (now a private P.I.) to the scene to see if she can get any visions from the dead body. Sam, who sees visions from the dead, finds a locket on the body and does indeed receives some clues, but nothing conclusive.
Police Chief Murphy, who is running for mayor, considers the Jane Doe a low priority since it is a cold case but this dramatically changes when the mummified young women turns out to be Murphy’s old girlfriend.
I quickly grew tired of the "baby dicks" nickname for rookie homicide detectives that Tooley uses throughout this book. Also, practically all the men at one time or another “heft their cheek” on the side of someone's desk to sit. Do all these detectives need to get physically fit? These clichés just grow tiresome.
(reviewed long after purchase)