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Book Review Thursday: These Haunts are Made for Walking: Haunted Tour Mysteries by Rose Pressey

It’s Book Review Thursday. Come back each week to get a peek inside what authors I love and what storylines inspire me. 

These Haunts are Made for Walking by Rose Pressey

coverRipley Van Raden has come home to Devil’s Moon, Kentucky to become the new head librarian at Bilson Library, and a haunted tour guide by night. People have mentioned for years that there is a ghost in the library, but Ripley’s never seen it…until now.

Her official first day at the library brings out a late nineteenth century ghost named Annie Gibson, who used to be the head librarian, and is actually buried in the small graveyard out front. But what really freaks Ripley out are the text messages she’s getting from Annie, who tries to warn her about a murder.

Ripley also has to contend with a very surly assistant, Leslie, who seems to resent Ripley’s presence there. She meets the Book Wormers, a group of four ladies who meet in one of the upstairs rooms. But this week’s meeting doesn’t start out well: three of the ladies, Katherine, Sue and Dana, have a beef with Marion, the fourth one, who has just bought the buildings their businesses are in. Marion has raised the rent for all of them, and they aren’t happy about it.

When Marion falls down the back stairs and ends up dead, it seems to be an accident. But Annie, the resident ghost, keeps sending Ripley messages, telling her it was murder, and urging her to investigate. The police chief seems to think that Ripley is somehow involved, but his young officer, Brannon, believes she’s innocent. Ripley isn’t sure what to do. She can’t tell her best friend, Tammy, that a ghost is sending her text messages; she’s sure Tammy would have her committed.

Ripley can’t shake the feeling that someone is watching her, and she begins to see a ghost popping up in various places around town. Mrs. Clatterbuck, who lives near the cemetery where Ripley’s haunted tours end, warns her that the dead don’t like to be disturbed. Could the ghosts be stalking her, trying to scare her into stopping her tours? She really starts to feel unwanted in her hometown when library patrons start telling her that she needs to leave town.

When she finds a note in a book that appears to be a confession to Marion’s murder, Ripley follows Annie’s leads and starts asking questions. And when the notes get personal, she begins to worry that she is next on the killer’s list. Can Ripley, Tammy, Annie and Brannon find the killer in time before someone else is killed? Or will they be too late?

I’ve read several of Ms. Pressey’s books before. She has written some wonderful series (The Halloween LaVeau series and the Maggie, P.I. series are two of my personal favorites), so I was very excited to get my hands on this one. How cool would it be to get text messages from a ghost? While the premise of the story was good, I had a difficult time at various points in the story because of inconsistences. That said, I didn’t figure out who the killer was until it was revealed in the story. That is a definite plus in my book, because I am pretty good at figuring these things out. Overall, I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars, and I look forward to the next book in this series (or the Halloween series and the Maggie series!).

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Author Interview: Rose Pressey


We love Rose Pressey’s books and are honored to post this little Q&A with her. Remember to stop by tomorrow to read my review of These Haunts are Made for Walking the first in yet another wonderful series.

Rose, what would you say makes your writing different from other books/series in the paranormal genre?

I enjoy adding humor to my books. There are many dark paranormal books out, but mine are light and fun.

Who would you consider to be your target audience?

My books are adult, but suitable for young adults, too. Anyone who wants their paranormal beings to have a sense of humor might enjoy my books.

What do you think draws so many readers to stories with magical or supernatural storylines?

A supernatural world and magic make a boring world fun. It’s a great escape from the daily routine

What you would like your readers to take away from your books?

I like my readers to smile and get a few laughs from my books. Being introduced to characters they can like and root for is nice.

What is the most challenging part of writing for you?

Editing. It takes the longest. I write a book in a month, but spend a couple months on editing.

What are your favorite books or series to read?

I love the Jane Jameson Series by Molly Harper. Of course, I love the Sookie Stackhouse series, too. Another series I really like is the La Vida Vampire Series by Nancy Haddock. Really, I love too many books to name them all.

What do you like to do with your spare time when you aren’t reading or writing?

Decorating my home on a budget is fun. I love finding bargains. Spending time with family and playing with my Chihuahua. I also enjoy listening to music.

Name one thing that you would really like your readers to know about you.

I suffer from psoriatic arthritis and I have joint replacements in both knees. I’m having my hips replaced soon. I’m like the bionic writer!

You’ve got a number of different series that you write. Tell us about them. Do you have a favorite? And what is the essence of a Rose Pressey novel?

I love all of them, so it’s hard for me to pick a favorite. My novels feature fun and quirky characters with Southern flair.

You suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and have had to undergo a number of operations. Do you feel this has given you a different outlook on life?

I never let my disease get me down. The joint pain may make moving around slower, but that just gives me more time to write. Life is what you make of it.

You can pick up Rose’s books in digital and print versions on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

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Promote an Author Tuesday: Rose Pressey

It’s Promote an Author Tuesday! Meet Rose Pressey who pens more mystery series than I have fingers! This week we’ll be focusing on the first book of her Haunted Tour Guide Mystery Series: These Haunts are Made for Walking. Come back on Thursday to read my review.

These Haunts are Made for Walking

coverIf ever a whole town could be haunted, Devil’s Moon, Kentucky would be that town. Ripley Van Raden, or Rip as her friends call her, has come back to her hometown to start her own ghost tour business. That’s not her only career path though. Librarian by day, and ghost tour guide by night, Rip is ready to take on the ghosts following her around and the mysterious residents who show up for more than the tour in the Devil’s Moon Cemetery.

Her first day on the job as librarian, Ripley finds a dead body and a ghost who can only communicate through electronics. Who knew ghosts could send text messages? To make things even more complicated, Ripley meets a hot cop who happens to also be a ghost hunter. She doesn’t know if Brannon Landon is interested in helping her or just around for the paranormal activity.

When Rip discovers threatening notes between the pages of a novel, she must solve the library patron’s mysterious death before she unwillingly joins the other side of her haunted tour.

About the Author

presseyRose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature; she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.

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