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Monday, August 5, 2013

Dying to Dream by Kathryn Long (Book Review)

Title: Dying to Dream
Author: Kathryn Long
Publisher: Mainly Murder Press

About the book: Take a strong dose of mystery, add a bit of the paranormal, flavor it with southern charm, then heat it up with romance and you have Dying to Dream. 

When Jack Robesaux is found lying dead on a Louisiana beach, psychic, Marin Seurat, must use her gift to prove it is murder and not suicide. Though Marin knows her dreams with their messages from the dead could help, she struggles with the idea of returning home and facing a troubled past. However, a phone call informing her of Jack's murder and the return of the family curse gives Marin that final push. In a surprising turn of events, Marin discovers a mystery from long ago that somehow connects to recent deaths. With the help of cryptic messages delivered by spirits, Marin races to solve the mystery of Saint Toulere. 

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My thoughts:  This is what I consider a good Gothic mystery! There is murder, ghosts, voodoo, a long-standing feud, big old houses, creepy basements and all set in Louisiana, of course.  I did get a little confused what with all the names, both living and dead that we are introduced to, but it becomes clearer as the story progresses. 

First you have Marin and Charlie (Charlene) who are cousins.  They both suffered the loss of a parent, Marin's mom and Charlie's dad, who died together in a car crash.  They love each other fiercely and watch each other's backs.  Then there is Tante Louise, who is their Aunt.  She has certain "gifts", which Marin think are questionable, but she does have the gift of sticking her nose in and figuring things out.  She tends to work alone though and this worries Marin, as her Aunt is in her 70's.  

Marin begins having dreams about the Baulliere family before Charlie even visits to try to get her to come home.  She tends to stick her nose in places she probably shouldn't because of these dreams as well.  She is being visited by Marguerite in her dreams, but can't figure out why, or what Marguerite Picoult is trying to tell her.  Combined with Charlie telling her that Ash Baulliere wants her to come figure out what the ghost of his Uncle Francis is trying to tell him and Marin knows she must return home.   

With the help of both the living and the dead, a family history is woven together that will bring light to secrets that have long been buried.  

I like Gothic mysteries and this one didn't disappoint!

~I received a complimentary ecopy of Dying to Dream from Reading Addiction Blog Tours in exchange for my unbiased review.~

About the author: Kathryn Long is a recently retired school teacher who has enjoyed writing mysteries for several years. Credits include mystery shorts, "Betrayal in an Envelope" and "A Good Man", both published by The Piker Press. Long has ventured into self-publishing with a cozy mysteryseries beginning with Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes, as well as a series of YA novels, Cinderella Geek, Not So Snow White and Alice in Realityland under the pen name Jennkrist. Dying to Dream is her fourth mystery gone to print with indie publisher, Mainly Murder Press. Future publications include a romantic suspense novel titled A Deadly Deed Grows, which will be coming out next year with The Wild Rose Press. Long keeps actively involved through such efforts as belonging to Sisters in Crime, maintaining a writing blog:http://kjlongteacherwriter.blogspot.com , an author website: http://www.kathrynlong.webs.com , and an author Facebook page, Kathryn Long’s Books. 

Dying to Dream grew from the author’s strong interest in “ghost hunting” and participating in several ghost tours. Her knowledge of French and Spanish and love of foreign cultures helped create more colorful characters in the book and add to their authenticity.

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