2008 Linda Welch
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Book one of the Whisperings series:
I'm told the dead are all around us. I wouldn't know about that - I see only the violently slain. They can be victims of a hit-and-run, innocents caught in a crossfire, or the murdered. They whisper to me, and they never, ever, forget the face of their killer. The departed aren't the only supernatural things I see. No, they're not vampires or werewolves or fae - those things don't exist. We live side by side with what some call the Otherworldly, but that's too much of a mouthful for me. I call them demons. If you saw them as I do, you'd know why.
Right now I'm trying to track down a missing six year old boy whose mother was murdered. Or was she murdered? To further complicate the case, Clarion PD gave me a partner I would rather shoot than work with.
I can't tell them he's a demon.
They'd think I'm crazy
I'm Tiff Banks. Welcome to my world.
Praise and Reviews
I have been an avid mystery fan for much of my life. I read before going to sleep every night and the books that usually make up that reading material are mysteries of the cozy type. Agatha Christie, P D James, Elizabeth Peters, Ngaio Marsh, Sara Paretsky, Martha Grimes, and the list goes on. When I saw that Linda Welch had requested a review for her psi-fi mystery, Along Came A Demon, I leapt at the chance to read and review it. I was not disappointed.
Tiff Banks, nicknamed the Ice Queen by the Clarion police department for her tall stature and ice blonde hair, works as a consultant for the police in murder cases. She has told them that she is a psychic, but in actuality, she sees dead people as flesh and blood and they whisper to her. Tiff, who hates to be called Tiffany because of the image that projects, was orphaned as a baby, grew up in a variety of foster homes, and always felt she was a little different than everyone else. Happier being by herself than with a group of people, Tiff left Utah as soon as she was able and went from place to place and job to job. Until, after landing in San Francisco, boom, out of nowhere she started seeing and being able to talk to dead people. She returned to Utah to the small town of Clarion in the hopes that there wouldn't be too many murdered people trying to get her attention. Unfortunately for her, she moved into a house where there were two ghosts in residence, as well as two who lived on her street. So much for trying to get away from them.
Along Came A Demon starts with Tiff being told by Jack and Mel, her ghost couple, that there is a naked woman dripping on her front grass. Tiff is cranky that she has to deal with a dead person before she can even get her morning coffee
“A naked wet woman in the garden. Dripping wet.”
I sighed and turned to lean against the counter. I would rather she were an escaped lunatic wandered into the neighborhood than what she really was. Although why she was wet on that chilly November morning was anyone’s guess.
“I’ve been watching her from the bedroom window,” Mel said, coming through the door from the hallway, mussing up her permanently mussed red hair with one hand. “She’s been standing there, wet, for half an hour.”
Not a disorientated stranger in the wrong back yard. Not an escaped loony. Worse. One of them. I sighed again. I did not want to deal with it that early in the morning. “She’ll have to wait till after I’ve had my coffee.”
Tiff was trying to figure out how the naked woman came to be on her grass as usually, the dead are bound to where they passed. Lindy Marchant passed away in the apartments behind Tiff's house, and she is concerned about her son. Tiff promises to find out about her son so that hopefully, Lindy will leave her alone, as she doesn't want to live with a naked woman in her orchard. The only problem is that once she checks with the Clarion police department, it appears that Lindy Marchant had no son.
Not willing to give up, Tiff requests to search the apartment. Under the refrigerator she finds a drawing by Lawrence, which is given to the police to goad them into searching for the missing child. So starts the twisted case which involves the missing child Lawrence, which blossoms into a nationwide case where over 200 boys born on November 9, 2002 had gone missing.
In addition to being able to see the murdered, Tiff can also see the otherworldly, whom she had heard about from her psychic friend, Lynn. Lynn was trying to be ethnically sensitive when she called them the Otherworldy. That was too much of a mouthful for me - I called them demons. Not that I thought they were creatures from Hell - I didn’t know what they were or where they came from. They could be aliens from outer space for all I knew. But with their pointed teeth and glimmering eyes, demon seemed a fitting description.
And a little later on, Welch
provides some more description of her demons. I would never call a demon cute. Incredibly handsome. Charming. Deadly. Not to be trusted. According to Lynn, they did not blatantly lie but could do so by omission when it suited them. And you could ask them a question and they would answer in such a way that, without exactly lying, they didn’t give you the truth.
Tiff stays as far away from these demons as she can, but to her chagrin is partnered with Royal Mortenson, of the Clarion PD to work on the missing child case, and he is a demon. While wishing that she could shoot him instead of partnering with him, Tiff becomes suspicious of Royal, who has been moving from police department to police department, never staying too long in one location. She suspects that he may be involved in this missing children case from an inside perspective. Linda Welch
pens a engaging tale, full of action and adventure. A definite page turner full of twists to keep you guessing until the end.
Originially reviewed for the Lulu Book Review
. LK Gardner-Griffie
is the author of YA novel, Misfit McCabe
I can't add anything to the previous reviews accept to say that I love a good ghost story and this is far more than that. It is an easy read that is impossible to put down from the very first sentence: "'There's a naked woman in the garden,' said Jack."
I devoured it in three evenings and am hungry for more!
The protagonist and storyteller, Tiff, is not just a tough and fearless, but an extraordinary woman: she can see and hear the violently slain. This would be enough substance for more than one book, but it’s just the beginning. As strong women go, she has some trouble with her love life, and she seems to tend to collect unusual friendships.
The story starts as an easy read with some funny and surprising ideas, but quickly takes up speed and tension becoming an edge-of-the-seat thriller that refuses to be put aside unfinished.
The most scary thought about this book is that it might be partially autobiographic.
I can’t wait for the next sequel (or prequel!)
When Tiff Banks is asked to help the police with their investigations, it's never good news for the victim...
because it means that they're already dead!
She's not a forensic psychologist or a crime-scene investigator - her talents are much more unique and bizarre. Unlike the many charlatans and pretenders on TV Tiff really CAN talk to the dead - the violently deceased whisper to her, and that can make it difficult to lead a normal life!
Enter a sinister world just beyond the everyday streets and homes of quiet little Clarion - a world inhabited by the souls of the slain, awaiting justice for their murders. And other, darker beings not of the mortal Earth... things that Tiff calls Demons, but who have their own Machiavellian hierarchies and intrigues.
And when the ghost of a drowned woman breaks all the rules of the afterlife and leaves the place of her death, be prepared for two worlds to collide. Suddenly speaking to the dead is the least of Tiff Banks' problems, and the Demons are closing in....
This is a great read - punchy, engaging and flowing prose which outlines a novel approach to the psi-thriller genre. Plenty of twists and turns, humor and tension, action and intrigue... and the best part is, this is just the first of a planned series!
Go on, get this into your hard drive, your book shelf, and your head!
Linda Welch was born in Hampshire, England. She lived in Idaho, California and New Mexico before settling in Utah. She now lives in a mountain valley, more or less half way up More...
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