Today I have a uniquely twisted mystery: Good Gladys: Embrace the Dead
by Martin Renaud.
About the Book:
News reports that the famous psychic Good Gladys is missing coincide with the brutal stabbing of her business manager. Gladys’s daughter Dara asks an old friend, private investigator Byrne Aase, to help find the murderer. She claims that the man the police have in custody is innocent. In fact, she believes that the accused is her mother, having been transformed into a man during a seance gone awry.
When you see the cover or read the synopsis, they don’t do this book justice. A myriad of quirky characters, a séance, a psychic that may or may not be a sham, a murder mystery and a series of ‘calling in old favors’ all combine to make this an engaging and unique murder mystery. Renaud’s plotting is complex, but the story is so unique that even in the more confusing sections where the points of view and delineation of who does what is less clearly defined, you read on. And you are supremely glad that you did. This is an author who does a really cleverly ‘twisted mystery’, unlike those readers of the genre have encountered before.
The characters are well defined and voiced, with habits and behaviors that alternate between laughable and frustrating, so it shows that the characters have gotten under your skin, even the ones you don’t care for. Although the mystery was less convoluted than I would normally hope for in a murder mystery, the story was enjoyable to read and kept me turning pages through the end.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review on the Indie Authors Rock promotion at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Giveaway: You can enter HERE to win an eBook copy of Good Gladys of your very own. Drawing ends at Midnight on 31 March: winners announced 1 April and is open internationally.
About the Author:
I am a single father of two teenagers living in Maple Ridge British Columbia (near Vancouver). I have degrees in Biology and Psychology (Masters). I stopped working for a couple years to care for my wife until she passed from cancer. Since then I have stayed home to raise my children and spend most of my time shuttling them to various activities and writing. My hobbies include writing songs and playing tennis.