Fish and Ghosts
Title : Fish and Ghosts
Author : Rhys Ford
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Urban Fantasy
Length : 240 pages (e-book)
Published : December 30, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age estate, Tristan Pryce knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. He was to be the second generation of Pryce’s to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. The ghosts were the simple part. He’d been seeing boo-wigglies since he was a child. No, the difficult part was his own family. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.
Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. The Grange has more than a few surprises for him, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit and when his Hellsinger team unwittingly release a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’d been sent to discredit.
NOTE : We were given an arc in return for an honest review, and honestly? The book was freaking awesome!!
Wolf Kincaid owns Hellsinger, a company that investigates suspected supernatural events. He is approached by the family of Tristan Pryce to prove their nephew’s claim that Hoxne Grange, the family estate, is a stopping point for spirits before they go to the afterlife is a lie. Wolf takes the job and assures them he will investigate and report back to them, whatever the findings. Wolf has seen enough hoaxes that, although he goes in to determine if the events are real or not, his natural tendency is to believe they are not. He arrives to see Tristan standing behind a counter apparently talking to himself. Unsure of the situation, Wolf waits for the young man to finish the conversation. Even while thinking the family may be correct about the Tristan’s sanity, Wolf is nonetheless attracted to the young man. “Tristan has blonde hair mixed with darker flecks of gold and mica, an aristocratic face with high cheekbones and eyes that at first appear brown but upon closer inspection have green and amber in them”, until they look at Wolf. Upon seeing the man his uncle has hired to investigate him and his beloved home, his gaze is cold and angry.
Tristan is shy, artistic, has a kind heart and has been seeing and interacting with spirits from a very young age. His family has always considered him strange and, after his parents die, he goes to live at Hoxne Grange with his Uncle Mortimer. Hoxne grange is a stopover for spirits before they go to the afterlife. Mortimer left the Grange to Tristan when he died so that he could carry on helping the spirits. When not caring for his unearthly guest, Tristan writes and illustrates children’s books. He allows Wolf and his crew to set up their investigation only to appease his family. Wolf and his team have seen it all before but this time their readings are off the scale. They continue to encounter things that Wolf is certain is being perpetrated as a hoax until an event happens that brings forth a murderous, serial killing spirit into the Hoxne Grange estate.
Fish and Ghosts is the first book in Rhys Ford’s new Hellsinger series. I love the way Ms Ford has set the tone of the story. Wolf and Tristan are an unlikely couple and pretty much only tolerate one another’s presence when they first meet. Eventually the mutual attraction is stronger than their mistrust and the sparks fly. Fish and Ghost is full of witty humor, mystery, sexy romance, quirky characters and a pretty nasty spirit bent on wreaking havoc. The secondary characters are wonderful. Wolf’s mom is so much fun, the little ghost dog is one of my favorites, as are Mara the housekeeper and Boris, the cowardly Irish wolfhound. The writing is fast paced and vivid. I was immediately drawn into to the story and did not want to put the book down. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining book. I cannot wait for the next one!
Rated 5 stars by Deb