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Ghostbusters International | by Erik Burnham

Ghostbusters International
by Erik Burnham; illustrated by Dan Schoening
(IDW Publishing, 2016, 120 pages)

These are your old Ghostbusters back in action—Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddmore. Janine is back as the receptionist. The Ghostbusters have become famous and even have multiple offices now. Their services are in demand. They work for New York, but when a wealthy businessman pays the city’s latest Ghostbusters bill, he also offers to buy the company, including its equipment, and eventually plans to phase out the old Ghostbusters for new ghost hunters. The Ghostbusters refuse the offer but end up working for the man part-time on haunted property on an island near Italy he’s planning to develop. Or does he have other motives?

I enjoyed this book because it captures the personalities of the characters from the movie—Venkman’s sarcasm, Ray’s vast knowledge of useless information, and Janine’s New York accent. You can hear Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Annie Potts’ voices as you read the dialogue. I haven’t read any previous Ghostbusters comics, but I’m planning to. If you’re a fan of 80s movies, you’ll probably like this one.

Fiction · Paranormal · Romance · Stephanie T

Shadow Spell | by Nora Roberts

Shadow Spell (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #2)

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #2
(Berkley, 2014, 319 pages)

In Book Two, Connor is taken back to an earlier time to encounter the son of the original Dark Witch. There are many likenesses but the mission remains the same. The power of three is strengthened to the power of six as Meara Quinn, Branna’s best friend, realizes that she is falling in love with Connor. While preparations are being made to battle evil, Connor slips back in time to get advice from his kin. Roberts continues to tell the mystical tale while painting pictures of beautiful old country and the bonds of friendship and love. And just when you think the O’Dwyers have rid themselves of their adversary, the reader finds evil lurking in the fog waiting to break through and steal their power.

Fiction · Paranormal · Romance · Stephanie T

Dark Witch | by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch (The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, #1)

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
(Berkley, 2013, 342 pages)

Iona Sheehan is desperate to find her roots and her place in life. She decides to quit her job, sell her belongings, and take her grandmother’s advice to fly to Ireland and start anew. She books a week-long stay in the old castle that now serves as a luxurious hotel. She plans on pampering herself and taking in some scenery. She ventures out on her first day to find her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. Along the way she encounters a huge dog, but later finds out that he belongs to Branna and was sent to fetch her. Branna embraces Iona, offers to find her a job in the horse stables, and encourages Iona to move in when her time runs out at the castle.

Iona soon realizes that her cousins possess mystical powers. She had been told stories of the Dark Witch, her ancestor, by her grandmother, but she begins to understand that there is a reason and a purpose for which she has been drawn to Ireland. Iona’s arrival means that the three cousins will be able to join forces against the dark one, Cabhan. However, before the summer solstice, Iona will learn the trade of witchcraft and fall in love with a horseman. This is book 1 of the Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy.

Local Interest - MO · Non-Fiction · Paranormal · Rebecca K.E.

Haunted Webster Groves | by Patrick Dorsey

Haunted Webster Groves

Haunted Webster Groves by Patrick Dorsey
(Factual Planet, 2015, 131 pages)

This book by Patrick Dorsey provides fourteen riveting accounts as told to him of unquiet spirits in and near the area of Webster Groves, Missouri. As a ghost agnostic, I am generally fascinated by and open to hearing people’s accounts of interactions with ghosts. This 131-page book is divided into two main section: “Legends,” being more a compilation of experiences that many people have had over many years, and “Firsthand Accounts,” in which Dorsey interviews several Webster Groves-area residents about their up-close-and-personal experiences with these spirits.

Regarding the writing style of the book, sometimes I was charmed by the way in which the author inserted his own editorial commentary into the stories; at other times, I wanted him to get out of the way a little more and simply let the stories speak for themselves. However, a book of this nature is at least in part personality-driven, and the playful treatment of this subject matter provides a bit of non-ghostly levity to the stories. Dorsey notes that he is “a storyteller and a writer, not a ghost hunter” (p. 10), and that the reader will thus find more story and less science. This book is good reading for the casual ghost hunter looking for an entertaining and spooky evening, particularly one familiar with or interested in the Webster Groves/St. Louis County area.