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C.L. Bevill is the author of several books including Bubba and the Dead Woman, Bubba and the 12 Deadly Days of Christmas, Bubba and the Missing Woman, Bayou Moon, The Flight of the Scarlet Tanager, Veiled Eyes, Disembodied Bones, and Shadow People. She is currently at work on her latest literary masterpiece.
on Oct. 27, 2015 :
Ah...I so enjoy this series. I found Ms. Bevill's work a few years back while still in my Indie reading phase. She's one of several Indie authors I still follow as she captured my attention with her stories. Death Twitches is the fourth...and very eagerly awaited...installment of the Lake People Series. While Disembodied Bones remains my favorite to date, I enjoyed meeting new members of La Famille and seeing what trouble they were into this time.
There are plenty of characters here that you'll love to hate, but the secondary character that stood out to me is actually a good guy. Joey was a riot. Regardless of where we were in the story, he put a smile on my face!
Mila, our heroine, is a strong and independent young woman, yet very likable. You won't find a TSTL heroine in a Bevill book - at least I haven't yet. Mila's mother has a severe drug addiction, so it's up to our young heroine to support the family (which includes a younger brother). She does this by using her psychic gift and playing poker. Of course, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Enter Rousseau, one of the Lake People from Unknown, Louisiana. He's a likable guy who is fresh out of college and still not quite sure what he plans to do with his future. He's "heard" Mila for years, but when the volume suddenly cranks up, it's time to find her. Mila's life depends on it.
This series isn't your typical paranormal mystery with vampires or zombies, which is just one reason I'm drawn to it. The supernatural elements are more subtle. They don't dominate the story or the characters, but compliment them. I also really enjoy how Ms. Bevill weaves events from previous stories into this plot. You don't have to read those books first to understand this one and this book won't ruin those stories for you; however, if you're up to date on the series you'll get an extra punch of enjoyment. I personally loved it! Especially considering two of my favorite couples make appearances.
The pacing was good and there is always a sense of urgency. The book really takes off fast and when I reached the peak, I was flying through my virtual e-pages like a mad woman. I have to say, when it comes to creating places for her big scenes, Bevill's mind is a wicked scary place. You'll just have to read the book on that one. Personally, I still have nightmares about the house in Part I of Disembodied Bones. She knows her stuff and can write thrilling suspense scenes with the best of them! There are a few typos here and there, but I really didn't care since I'm invested in the series. It's hard enough to self-publish without the grammar police on your case.
I highly recommend giving this series a try!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2015 :
This author is one I actively watch for. The Lake People books grab my attention and don't let go. Typically, I read the entire book in two days.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)