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Ex stage and Television actor,director, producer and script writer, now a full time carer for his physically handicapped wife, Marie. Lives in Australia on the beautiful Gold Coast of Queensland. Has written seven novels: The Grumpy Old Withered of Oz, an autobiography, The Twilight Escort Agency, a bawdy comedy set on the Gold Coast, Code Name Millicent:The CIA Agent Who Came Out of the Cold, a whimsical comedy, The Tourist From the Light,a paranormal romance and The Burning Boy, an action crime adventure. This was followed by, The Reluctant Psychic, a paranormal murder mystery, and A Novel Approach, a compilation of The Withered of Oz and The Twilight Escort Agency. Oh well, it keeps me off the streets.
on April 16, 2013 :
This book had me hooked from the very beginning. I love that the story's protagonist is murdered during the first few pages. Although it left me feeling a little concerned for the rest of the story it also had me thinking "this is an exciting beginning, let's read on..."
This classic murder mystery with an esoteric twist will entertain as it has you guessing at its twists and turns whilst exploring some of the 'what ifs' of life after death in a sensitive, entertaining and comedic manner. This is a writing style I've come to enjoy from author, Bryon Williams, writer of 'The Tourist from the light', 'The Twilight Escort Agency' and 'The Grumpy Old Withered Of Oz' to name a few.
We begin with the sudden and unexpected death of an ambitious young police detective, Lucielle 'Lucky' Lambert. Searching for her killer with only limited help from her handsome and enigmatic spiritual guide, Joseph, she is forced to enlist the help of the book's name-sake, Evelyn, 'the reluctant psychic'. The story takes us through the familiar streets of Melbourne's suburbs and finds us reopening cold cases, chasing down street thugs, tracking drug traffickers and murderers and even going undercover into a biker gang for the elderly whilst simultaneously exploring the ethereal world of the afterlife in the form of the Celestial Investigation Agency or CIA for short. We'll meet some deceptively likeable and unpleasant characters, enjoy a little misdirection and find ourselves both surprised and satisfied with the conclusion.
Bryon's Williams' character driven cinematic and comedic writing style will draw you in and keep you entertained until the very last page. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the Psychic Spy series, 'The Mystery Of Masterman's Retreat'.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on Aug. 30, 2012 :
I’ve just finished “The Reluctant Psychic” by Bryon Williams and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Bryon’s latest offering relates the efforts of a deceased Police Detective – yes, a ghost! -to solve her own murder and a few other related crimes with the assistance of an eccentric psychic who has become disillusioned by her treatment from the police in a previous attempt to assist them with an investigation – hence “reluctant”.
It gives an intriguing and humorous twist to the crime genre, and although the ghostly intervention might be seen as a tad “woo-woo” by some, several TV documentaries have been made displaying both the successes and failures of psychics in searching for missing people. Given the current popularity of Sci-Fi and Fantasy on TV and in Film, and the success of shows like “Medium” and “Ghost Whisperer”, Bryon’s book is a no-brainer to be adapted for television! I think there would be a huge audience out there that would love it!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)