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I’ve investigated some pretty strange cases in my life, but I have to say this is a first. A corpse—a murder victim—has gone missing during the middle of an investigation, and no one has any clue where it went. Psy is called in to clear the investigative team, make sure they’re not an accomplice. It’s a four hour drive outside of Nashville, to a place famous for being haun I’ve investigated some pretty strange cases in my life, but I have to say this is a first. A corpse—a murder victim—has gone missing during the middle of an investigation, and no one has any clue where it went. Psy is called in to clear the investigative team, make sure they’re not an accomplice. It’s a four hour drive outside of Nashville, to a place famous for being haunted, so none of us are particularly eager to go. And then we arrive on scene and I see who we’re dealing with and I want nothing more than to turn around and go right back to Nashville. This case is complicated and strange, and absolutely nothing is as it seems at first glance. Even with my eyes, it’s going to take some digging to get to the truth. Tags: haunted house, disappearing corpses, not in a zombie way, Donovan doesn’t do ghosts, family drama, because families are complicated, muuuuurder, bareback sex, terrible parenting, Donovan puts up with a lot to say the least, developing relationship, Garrett’s a good bro, sometimes, yeeeeeeeeeeeeees, FINALLY, healthy life choices, possibly wrong forensics, I don’t even know, I tried, no ghosts were harmed in the making of this story, supernatural elements, the author regrets nothing


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I’ve investigated some pretty strange cases in my life, but I have to say this is a first. A corpse—a murder victim—has gone missing during the middle of an investigation, and no one has any clue where it went. Psy is called in to clear the investigative team, make sure they’re not an accomplice. It’s a four hour drive outside of Nashville, to a place famous for being haun I’ve investigated some pretty strange cases in my life, but I have to say this is a first. A corpse—a murder victim—has gone missing during the middle of an investigation, and no one has any clue where it went. Psy is called in to clear the investigative team, make sure they’re not an accomplice. It’s a four hour drive outside of Nashville, to a place famous for being haunted, so none of us are particularly eager to go. And then we arrive on scene and I see who we’re dealing with and I want nothing more than to turn around and go right back to Nashville. This case is complicated and strange, and absolutely nothing is as it seems at first glance. Even with my eyes, it’s going to take some digging to get to the truth. Tags: haunted house, disappearing corpses, not in a zombie way, Donovan doesn’t do ghosts, family drama, because families are complicated, muuuuurder, bareback sex, terrible parenting, Donovan puts up with a lot to say the least, developing relationship, Garrett’s a good bro, sometimes, yeeeeeeeeeeeeees, FINALLY, healthy life choices, possibly wrong forensics, I don’t even know, I tried, no ghosts were harmed in the making of this story, supernatural elements, the author regrets nothing

30 review for Jon's Spooky Corpse Conundrum

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Oh man! Disappointing! I thought things were looking up for this series after the last book was so much better than the first one. I was wrong. So wrong. Wrong Level: Christine The author didn't fix the problem with dual POV's that sounded exactly alike. If anything, it was worse in this one because I actually had to remind myself who was narrating a few times in this one. There is no change in tone, language, syntax, anything! The only way to know which one of them is narrating is when you read t Oh man! Disappointing! I thought things were looking up for this series after the last book was so much better than the first one. I was wrong. So wrong. Wrong Level: Christine The author didn't fix the problem with dual POV's that sounded exactly alike. If anything, it was worse in this one because I actually had to remind myself who was narrating a few times in this one. There is no change in tone, language, syntax, anything! The only way to know which one of them is narrating is when you read the other person's name as a third person. Then, everything else I complained about in the first book came back in this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ariana (mostly offline)

    3,5 stars This was more fun than book 2, but it still doesn’t compare to book 1, imo. I still love Jon and Donovan, and it was gratifying to see how their relationship grows from the honeymoon stage into something very solid and steady (and they’re still pretty hot together, too!) I said it before, but I’d hate to have Jon’s psychic powers. I really do NOT want to have the ability to see someone’s darkest secrets and hidden feelings. Yikes, that’s not only burdening and horrifying, but also very mu 3,5 stars This was more fun than book 2, but it still doesn’t compare to book 1, imo. I still love Jon and Donovan, and it was gratifying to see how their relationship grows from the honeymoon stage into something very solid and steady (and they’re still pretty hot together, too!) I said it before, but I’d hate to have Jon’s psychic powers. I really do NOT want to have the ability to see someone’s darkest secrets and hidden feelings. Yikes, that’s not only burdening and horrifying, but also very much an infringement on someone’s privacy. (view spoiler)[ It did actually occur to me at one point, that Jon usually sits in on interviews with suspects without their knowledge. Wouldn't they have to give consent to this? But then again, this is an AU, so it’s probably ok. (hide spoiler)] It was interesting to hear that Donovan has found a way to keep secrets from Jon, and I would have loved to find out more about that, but unfortunately this remains just a throw-away comment. Maybe in the next book? I’m happy though that some hurtful issues from Jon’s past are resolved. While the case was quite interesting, the solution felt a bit underwhelming and ‘easy’. I didn’t really sit at the edge of my seat to see whodunnit, that's for sure. This was a pleasant, no-angst read (maybe I missed a teeny bit of that?) in a universe I’m happy to be in, and I will certainly return for book 4.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara➰

    I absolutely adore these two! We've got a case of a missing corpse and an unexpected surprise. Jon comes face to face with someone who's been missing and it's sad to hear their story as to why they've been missing. I was glad it all worked out. Plus, we get rid of two certain douche bags. Just fabulous! Now I can't wait for Sho & Garrett's story. Plus, I want to see more of Caleb & Neil. I hope they show up more. I absolutely adore these two! We've got a case of a missing corpse and an unexpected surprise. Jon comes face to face with someone who's been missing and it's sad to hear their story as to why they've been missing. I was glad it all worked out. Plus, we get rid of two certain douche bags. Just fabulous! Now I can't wait for Sho & Garrett's story. Plus, I want to see more of Caleb & Neil. I hope they show up more.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Moon ☾ **SEMI- HIATUS**

    There was honestly so much to unpack in this book. The love, the tears, the murder and the missing dead body, the lost parents and freedom from the toxic lover- Rodger, (FINALLY). The start of two new relationships and the cementing of old ones Ok this is basically gonna be a ramble about my feelings. Jon gets reconnected with his father, Caleb in this book and trust me, initially I was dreading the scene so much, but Caleb was the exact opposite of Rodger! I'm sure I'm not the only one who's There was honestly so much to unpack in this book. The love, the tears, the murder and the missing dead body, the lost parents and freedom from the toxic lover- Rodger, (FINALLY). The start of two new relationships and the cementing of old ones Ok this is basically gonna be a ramble about my feelings. Jon gets reconnected with his father, Caleb in this book and trust me, initially I was dreading the scene so much, but Caleb was the exact opposite of Rodger! I'm sure I'm not the only one who's contemplated slapping Roger through the pages but Caleb and his husband Nick are an absolute dream. They love Jon and Donovan, wanna reconnect with the rest of the family and actually be parents to Jon and his sister. Sky too gets a new set of grandparents she loves and with Rodger being botted off, everything is right in the world. Lauren though loses her anchor, but with Alani stepping in, being a new friend, I sense a new bonding and anchor in the air. :D Donovan and Garrett take care of Sho's ex who had been stalking out their crime scene, giving quite a scare to Donovan, who's horribly afraid of ghosts (I knew he was bestie material), cementing the start of my ship. Sho and Garrett, my sweet, lovely, talented and funny babies. This case, too, was a head scratcher but trust in Jon to deliver. Even with a initially missing and later half burnt dead body, an onging petition and ghost scares, Jon delivers the resolution to not one but two murders, finally getting the case solved and going back home with Donovan. Overall this book was all the feels and I loved every single moment of it! And I'll drink to the cutting off of all toxicity.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erth

    This is the third book in the adventures of Jon the psychic, Don the giant (not really), and their families and friends, and it doesn't disappoint! Once again the book is extremely well written and deals with issues in a caring and witty way. Highly recommend this series to lovers of m/m paranormal mystery and I'm looking forward to the next book! This is the third book in the adventures of Jon the psychic, Don the giant (not really), and their families and friends, and it doesn't disappoint! Once again the book is extremely well written and deals with issues in a caring and witty way. Highly recommend this series to lovers of m/m paranormal mystery and I'm looking forward to the next book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Len Evans Jr

    These books just keep getting better & better! This author is a wizard in balancing the sexy stuff, the humor the suspense and all the feels. They made me ugly cry multiple times, giggle a bunch of other times and sitting on the edge of my seat throughout! IMO this book is golden!

  7. 4 out of 5

    ⚣Michaelle⚣

    Best one of the 3 so far. (But again, the use of "collaborate" in regards to independent evidence" instead of "corroborating" evidence was irritating.) Best one of the 3 so far. (But again, the use of "collaborate" in regards to independent evidence" instead of "corroborating" evidence was irritating.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    IN continuing the trend I foresaw in the last book, this one was even worse than book 2. :( The author continued with the dual POVs, which were hardly distinguishable from one another, and continue to make me care less and less about the pairing. I generally enjoy Jon's POV still, but Donovan is so dull and lacking any distinguishing characteristics from Jon's, which is a massive disappointment. The case was... dull. Which might partly because I just recently read a Lanyon book with a similar conc IN continuing the trend I foresaw in the last book, this one was even worse than book 2. :( The author continued with the dual POVs, which were hardly distinguishable from one another, and continue to make me care less and less about the pairing. I generally enjoy Jon's POV still, but Donovan is so dull and lacking any distinguishing characteristics from Jon's, which is a massive disappointment. The case was... dull. Which might partly because I just recently read a Lanyon book with a similar concept about a "haunted" mansion and compared to that plot, this just didn't hold a candle. And then we get the personal developments... which, I was, at first, excited to be introduced to Jon's father and get into some of that familial drama, but the way it unfolded was a little too family special and the notes were all wrong. Way too neat and convenient to get rid of the evil step-dad, and the way everybody becomes happy families just didn't feel authentic at ALL. This father hasn't reconnected with any of his family in nearly two decades, which okay fine, I can kind of buy given his struggles to accept his sexuality, but then mere DAYS after reconnecting with his son, they have this exchange, where the father tells Jon, after the man who is now the father's husband: "...He’s incredibly sexy at a crime scene. He just oozes alpha dominance and confidence.” OMG I vomitted into my mouth. What? NO. This is not a sentence an estranged father says to the son he hasn't seen in two decades in part because he was deeply ashamed of his sexuality and though said son was a homophobe! And then Jon/everybody kept referring to Neil, Jon's dad's husband, AS THEIR OTHER FATHER. I feel like this author has no experience with being an adult and having your parents date/remarry. My mom's boyfriend is great. In no way is he "my other dad". He didn't fucking raise me, and Jon met this dude TWO DAYS AGO. His dad barely gets the title, let alone this fucking random. It was so weird to me. Especially when Neil's parents also want to be GRANDPARENTS TO JON. I cannot stress how weird this is in a normal situation, let alone one in which Jon has literally not spoken to his dad in well over a decade, and this is all happening like a week after reconnecting. Also lots of Garrett and Sho, and like, cute I guess? But they're not the main pairing, I don't care that much. Give them their own book if you want to tell their story. I know there were things I enjoyed about this one, but man, just typing this all up made me so fucking annoyed. I can't remember if I've ever had a series start SO promising and then nosedive so quickly, and it's a real bummer. I'll probably read the next book since it's the last one published in the series so far, but I got to say, I don't have high hopes.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    3.25 stars I loved the first book but was quite bored with the second one. I was glad I liked this one better. But I do have to say that I still felt that there is so much untapped potential in these books. There is something that bothers me in this series. I noticed in the second book that there was a lot of fuss being made of something that ended up being very boring. But I felt like I was constantly told how much of a big deal it was so I had to feel that way (spoiler, I didn’t). The same thing 3.25 stars I loved the first book but was quite bored with the second one. I was glad I liked this one better. But I do have to say that I still felt that there is so much untapped potential in these books. There is something that bothers me in this series. I noticed in the second book that there was a lot of fuss being made of something that ended up being very boring. But I felt like I was constantly told how much of a big deal it was so I had to feel that way (spoiler, I didn’t). The same thing happened here. I was constantly told how crazy weird this case was and how strange it was that the body went missing and then was found again. Of course it was weird, but it wasn’t like they just witnessed a ghost levitating the body somewhere else. Now that would have been weird. This was just a killer trying to cover his tracks. But everyone kept saying how incredibly weird it was. Yeah yeah yeah, I got it the first time someone mentioned it. And when they found the killer, it was all so obvious and cut and dry. It took them a while to figure out who did it, but other than that this was just so easy. The arrest, the questioning, everything went according to plan, no surprises anywhere. At least throw in a surprise motive Jon has to discover with his psychic powers or something. There still is a sweetness to these stories and I do like Jon and Donovan (even though there was almost no romance in this). I just wish the cases were more interesting. Especially with Jon’s ability. It could be so good.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bookreader87(Amanda)

    J💜D 3.5 stars Another crazy adventure with Jon, Donovan and their crew. A murder mystery that has them travelling out of town. Jon is faced with his past. Donovan continues to be his rock. Full review to come...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gerbera_Reads

    Another wonderful addition to the series! Jon finally has settled into the relationship with Donovan, and whatever doubts he had before are now gone. So, when the unusual case takes them out of town, Jon never expects to find the answers to his past and change his family forever. I loved the family drama. It was very emotional and highly entertaining. The case while still depended on Jon's psychic abilities did require some police work. And while working on it, Jon has uncovered evidence of a lo Another wonderful addition to the series! Jon finally has settled into the relationship with Donovan, and whatever doubts he had before are now gone. So, when the unusual case takes them out of town, Jon never expects to find the answers to his past and change his family forever. I loved the family drama. It was very emotional and highly entertaining. The case while still depended on Jon's psychic abilities did require some police work. And while working on it, Jon has uncovered evidence of a long forgotten cold case and was able to give justice to the victim's family. I love when that happens! This book was funny, slightly angsty, emotional and full of teasing banter. All the characters were approachable and very likable. I enjoyed this light-hearted mystery.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Emily

    I could read about Jon and Donovan and their group of friends, family, and co-workers for a very, very long time. I just love how they are together, how supportive and wonderful they all are. I love Donovan and Garrett's friendship. I love Garrett trying to woo Sho, I LOVED Jon's reunion with some family members, including some new ones. And I love how much Jon and Donovan are getting in sync with each other, but still have some things that they are both working on. I truly enjoy Jon and Donovan I could read about Jon and Donovan and their group of friends, family, and co-workers for a very, very long time. I just love how they are together, how supportive and wonderful they all are. I love Donovan and Garrett's friendship. I love Garrett trying to woo Sho, I LOVED Jon's reunion with some family members, including some new ones. And I love how much Jon and Donovan are getting in sync with each other, but still have some things that they are both working on. I truly enjoy Jon and Donovan. I kinda want a wedding for the two of them. I know the author has said she doesn't feel finished with 3 stories, and I think we're getting something for Garrett and Sho this holiday, so I really do hope for more of this series in 2020!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gustaf

    Seriously! This series is everything and this might just be my favorite book so far. Full review to come.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Another 5 stars! Totally in love with this series. After the second book, I was very much looking forward to that bit of development between our IT specialist and Macho man. And yes, I love how they developed. The case for this book was pretty interesting but felt like it could have been so much more. With that title and that blurb, I was expecting more hocus pocus (especially since it was tagged to have supernatural elements) and secret traps/gadgets. It was a bit disappointing how it turned ou Another 5 stars! Totally in love with this series. After the second book, I was very much looking forward to that bit of development between our IT specialist and Macho man. And yes, I love how they developed. The case for this book was pretty interesting but felt like it could have been so much more. With that title and that blurb, I was expecting more hocus pocus (especially since it was tagged to have supernatural elements) and secret traps/gadgets. It was a bit disappointing how it turned out at the end and it was not adequately described on how the crime was executed. Love how the old stones were unturned and very proud of Jon's mother for making hard decisions to move on. The side characters were portrayed very much to be very selfless in here which was a bit blinding for me. This won't be my favorite book of my series but it was still entertaining nonetheless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    February 2021 this time around, I liked it more ... especially Caleb and Neil are a great addition. and I am so glad that Roger is out of the picture. love it August 2019 I love A.J. Sherwoods work and I absolutely adore Jon and Donovan. and I loved, loved, LOVED, the first two books. but although this one was a great read and a good addition, it was not on the same level as the others. but don't get me wrong ... normally this book would maybe get 5 stars but because of my expectations it got down to February 2021 this time around, I liked it more ... especially Caleb and Neil are a great addition. and I am so glad that Roger is out of the picture. love it August 2019 I love A.J. Sherwoods work and I absolutely adore Jon and Donovan. and I loved, loved, LOVED, the first two books. but although this one was a great read and a good addition, it was not on the same level as the others. but don't get me wrong ... normally this book would maybe get 5 stars but because of my expectations it got down to 4,5 stars. nevertheless ... this is an absolutely recommended book!!! the mystery is interesting and I loved to see that Donovan has also his little weaknesses ;) maybe what I missed was the one on one time between these two. we don't see them so much together (view spoiler)[ I loved the development with Rodger, although my hear broke for Jons Mum ... but maybe Donovans mother can step in ... something to think about :) (hide spoiler)] can't wait to read the next book :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Bassett

    Still awesome I love this series so much! It’s a great blend of humor, action, and romance. The characters are vivid and the mystery is interesting. Can’t wait for more!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Gypsy Soul

    I really love the world and the concept of this book and it was my favorite of the series so far. Jon and Donovan are great characters and the plot of this one was really interesting. Not only do we get the case of a missing corpse but an old cold case is thrown in as well. On top of that Jon is reunited with his father who he hasn't seen since he was a child. There was a great balance between all the different plot points with plenty of feels between Jon and Donovan. I really hope to see more b I really love the world and the concept of this book and it was my favorite of the series so far. Jon and Donovan are great characters and the plot of this one was really interesting. Not only do we get the case of a missing corpse but an old cold case is thrown in as well. On top of that Jon is reunited with his father who he hasn't seen since he was a child. There was a great balance between all the different plot points with plenty of feels between Jon and Donovan. I really hope to see more books in this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    BWT

    Case #3 Dual POV again, with an interesting mystery that ends up becoming two mysteries thanks to Jon. These are a few of the fluffiest mysteries I've read, and I'm enjoying the series. Case #3 Dual POV again, with an interesting mystery that ends up becoming two mysteries thanks to Jon. These are a few of the fluffiest mysteries I've read, and I'm enjoying the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    DeeNeez

    I’m loving this series.not only do I love Donavan and Jon, but whole premise of the psychic police team. Of course I love the humor too! This book was a key family reunion and forgiveness, especially when the truth of the past comes out. Loved the mystery of both murders, and to find out Donavan’ Achilles heel is ghosts. Hah! We need more Garrett and Sho. I still want a book on Donavan’s brother with the FBI. And we have not seen the last of Roger, you can count on it!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diane Dannenfeldt

    I love this series - RTC

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shaz

    Once again a book I've owned since it was out and I've just had sitting on my shelf has me wondering why I keep doing this, lol. Why didn't I read this sooner? I was missing out on another fantastic story from this author. There's a lot happening in this instalment. A corpse that goes missing almost under everyone's nose. That's a mystery and a half already. Then there's other stuff happening on a more personal level, but I won't spoil anything for anyone, so I'm not telling what. You'll just ha Once again a book I've owned since it was out and I've just had sitting on my shelf has me wondering why I keep doing this, lol. Why didn't I read this sooner? I was missing out on another fantastic story from this author. There's a lot happening in this instalment. A corpse that goes missing almost under everyone's nose. That's a mystery and a half already. Then there's other stuff happening on a more personal level, but I won't spoil anything for anyone, so I'm not telling what. You'll just have to read this book for yourself. To be able to really enjoy this book, I feel you do need to have read the previous instalments. While each book deals with a particular mystery that does get solved in each instalment, the overlying relationship arc between Jon and Donovan, as well as their colleagues and families continues to build and grow. If you miss out on one, I don't think you'll get the whole experience. The upside of having left it so long to read this is that there are already several more books in this series. So guess what I'm reading next... *grin*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Iz

    3.5 This was a really cute read. Jon is, as usual, a sweetheart. I loved how patient and forgiving he was. We get to see a bit more of his past and his family and that made me so very happy. And also a bit more of Sho and Garrett (I love them so much: who do I need to sell my soul to for their own story? *cries*). I've, unfortunately, gone off of Donovan a bit: some thing he says and thinks irritated me quite a bit, but to a lesser degree than the previous book. I'm still much a fan of his posses 3.5 This was a really cute read. Jon is, as usual, a sweetheart. I loved how patient and forgiving he was. We get to see a bit more of his past and his family and that made me so very happy. And also a bit more of Sho and Garrett (I love them so much: who do I need to sell my soul to for their own story? *cries*). I've, unfortunately, gone off of Donovan a bit: some thing he says and thinks irritated me quite a bit, but to a lesser degree than the previous book. I'm still much a fan of his possessive/protective streak but alas, I think I liked him more when we didn't know his thoughts. Looking forward to starting book number 4, though I'm hoping we'll get to see a bit more action and Jon, once again, desplaying his full abilities.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Perfektionaise

    I have a really soft spot for old(erly) men in love, okay? So yeah, this book really touched me and I liked it even more than the first ones. A really great series. The criminal cases are very interesting and captivating and the characters keep developing which I hiiiiighly admire.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hayley

    Another great installment in the Jon's Mysteries series. I'm really liking them and so far there hasn't been a bad book. Jon and Donovan are still going strong and their relationship continues to grow. I loved how big, strong Donovan is a scaredy cat. I also really liked how Jon gets to dig into his own past with his father and find out the truth of the situation. Wounds are healed and personal growth takes place. Cho and Garrett are in the background but that situation is developing as well. I Another great installment in the Jon's Mysteries series. I'm really liking them and so far there hasn't been a bad book. Jon and Donovan are still going strong and their relationship continues to grow. I loved how big, strong Donovan is a scaredy cat. I also really liked how Jon gets to dig into his own past with his father and find out the truth of the situation. Wounds are healed and personal growth takes place. Cho and Garrett are in the background but that situation is developing as well. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mirjam

    Another great adventure from Jon & Don. They are called to find the corpse of a murdered man, that went missing from his haunted house. When they arrive at the crime scene, it seems the ME working the case is someone from Jon's past causing some life altering changes for his whole family. And Donovan, together with best friend and colleague Garrett, solved tech co-worker Sho's long time problem. Part of the Jon's Mysteries Series that is best enjoyed when read in order: Spin-off Mack Another great adventure from Jon & Don. They are called to find the corpse of a murdered man, that went missing from his haunted house. When they arrive at the crime scene, it seems the ME working the case is someone from Jon's past causing some life altering changes for his whole family. And Donovan, together with best friend and colleague Garrett, solved tech co-worker Sho's long time problem. Part of the Jon's Mysteries Series that is best enjoyed when read in order: Spin-off Mack's Marvelous Manifestations Series should be read after Jon's Mysteries Series

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Silman-Herbert

    While I still enjoyed this it definitely wasn’t as good as the previous two books. First please please MAKE THEM STOP CALLING EACH OTHER BABE. There are so many wonderful adjectives, why can’t the author use those? Second the two MCs sounded exactly alike. I had to keep checking to see which name appeared at the beginning of the chapter to know who was in first POV. Third while it’s lovely that Jon found his dad it went from I haven’t seen you in eighteen years and it’s going to take a lot of ti While I still enjoyed this it definitely wasn’t as good as the previous two books. First please please MAKE THEM STOP CALLING EACH OTHER BABE. There are so many wonderful adjectives, why can’t the author use those? Second the two MCs sounded exactly alike. I had to keep checking to see which name appeared at the beginning of the chapter to know who was in first POV. Third while it’s lovely that Jon found his dad it went from I haven’t seen you in eighteen years and it’s going to take a lot of time for me to adjust having you back in my life to calling him and his husband my dads. I feel like the author tried to cram way too many plot points into one book and as a result everything felt rushed and not quite complete. I am definitely continuing on with the series but I truly hope the next book contains very little usage of the word babe and maybe only one mystery so the author can concentrate on making the MCs sound different again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    VVivacious

    Wow, this took a long time to finish. This reading slump of mine has no end in sight. Anyhow, the fact that I'm not having a great reading year combined with the fact that this book lacks coherence made this one a slow read for me. I love the characters and I know the characters so a lot of the times when the plot slumps the characters pull me through but it doesn't make for a great reading experience. The previous books in this series have done interesting things with psyche but not this one whic Wow, this took a long time to finish. This reading slump of mine has no end in sight. Anyhow, the fact that I'm not having a great reading year combined with the fact that this book lacks coherence made this one a slow read for me. I love the characters and I know the characters so a lot of the times when the plot slumps the characters pull me through but it doesn't make for a great reading experience. The previous books in this series have done interesting things with psyche but not this one which was a bit of a bummer. But, you can't always have a plot that revolves around the culprit's psyche and that's why you try new avenues but instead of trying one new avenue and sticking to it the author tried three simultaneously and it was a colossal mish-mash that initially made it really hard to understand what was going on. There has been a murder in the Wheatlands Plantation, unfortunately, the victim's body disappeared soon after it was discovered, while investigating the case Jon stumbles onto a murderer of an unrelated crime that also occurred in the Wheatlands Plantation all while a mysterious figure is seen by multiple people outside the said, Wheatlands Plantation. The plot is exactly that chaotic at times. The second thing this book does is that it didn't focus on a particular aspect of Jon and Donovan's relationship for the emotional plot but decides to tackle Jon's relationship with his father instead which is something I enjoyed but it did take the focus away from Jon and Donovan but I liked that we finally have some closure on that particular open wound. Dr Caleb Bane is a medical examiner with the Sevierville PD the ones investigating the murder at the Wheatlands Plantation and is also Jon's father. We get to dig up a lot of the history behind Caleb's alleged dissertation of his family which leads to a re-evaluation of all relationships. We have Jon and Natalie who now have to decide what kind of relationship they want with their father and Lauren who is confronted with the truth about their divorce. All in all the emotional arc of this book is very well handled and really pulled the book through but is mostly resolved halfway through the book which means that it can't be the rudder for the remaining half of the book. There were almost four ongoing plots in this book that each started at the same time but were resolved at wildly different times. The emotional arc resolves early while the rest of the plot takes time which wasn't good for the book because the former was more appealing than the latter. Also, the four plots don't lend themselves to each other, a breakthrough in one is not progress at all fronts instead these four plot points are very self-contained which was why the plot slumps in between when one plot resolves but the other isn't in the position to take its place. Overall, it was fun but it definitely wasn't the best in this series. I also feel like this is the conclusion to this series which all things considered I wouldn't hate because although I'm pretty ambivalent towards this book, I still like where we are leaving Jon and Donovan, settled and with hope for their future. Also, I am really excited to read Brandon's Very Merry Haunted Christmas and getting to encounter these two in that one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelby

    This story was just great. I loved how integrated psychics are into things with this series. While there is of course a "spooky" disappearing corpse and a murder to find in this one, really this story is all about the development and repair of Jon's relationship with his father Caleb. He's never known what caused his father to just disappear out of his life and running into him unexpectedly on a case has Jon struggling to reconcile what he knows with what he sees in his fathers' lines. I loved a This story was just great. I loved how integrated psychics are into things with this series. While there is of course a "spooky" disappearing corpse and a murder to find in this one, really this story is all about the development and repair of Jon's relationship with his father Caleb. He's never known what caused his father to just disappear out of his life and running into him unexpectedly on a case has Jon struggling to reconcile what he knows with what he sees in his fathers' lines. I loved all the interpersonal reactions in this story. Donovan is such a stable force and support for Jon to lean on. His world is in turmoil as everything he always thought he knew about his family history doesn't appear to be what he thought. I appreciated how all of the reveals happened in this one. The mystery was really secondary to getting to know Caleb and the life he has now. This was really sweet. I loved seeing the steps forward for Garrett and Sho too. All in all this series is just a lot of fun. I can't wait to read the next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rishika Aggarwal

    This was my fave of the three books, by far. There was a nice amount of character development here. I really enjoyed the introduction of Jon's dad to the storyline, and the clarification of that back story somewhat more. Also, always fun seeing the dick (Rodger) getting his comeuppance! I also actually kind of liked the mystery in this one. It didn't have the type of urgency that I would have liked, but it was an interesting little ghostly mystery. Also, loved the whole Donovan being scared of gho This was my fave of the three books, by far. There was a nice amount of character development here. I really enjoyed the introduction of Jon's dad to the storyline, and the clarification of that back story somewhat more. Also, always fun seeing the dick (Rodger) getting his comeuppance! I also actually kind of liked the mystery in this one. It didn't have the type of urgency that I would have liked, but it was an interesting little ghostly mystery. Also, loved the whole Donovan being scared of ghosts thing! Sho and Garrett were SO fun, and I liked having more of an introduction to Sho's backstory. Can't wait for a book with the two of them! Really enjoyed this one, and can't wait for more! 4/5 stars on this one

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I really enjoy this series due to the psychic and mystery storylines, and I love the main couple Jon and Donovan. They are so well suited and really sweet together. Jon seems more confident within their relationship now, so the focus of the storyline was really on the mystery and the interesting dynamics of Jon's family. The murder mystery ended up being sorted with relatively little drama towards the end, but this was overall an entertaining read. I really enjoy this series due to the psychic and mystery storylines, and I love the main couple Jon and Donovan. They are so well suited and really sweet together. Jon seems more confident within their relationship now, so the focus of the storyline was really on the mystery and the interesting dynamics of Jon's family. The murder mystery ended up being sorted with relatively little drama towards the end, but this was overall an entertaining read.

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