The criminal underworld meets the spiritual otherworld in this thrilling debut collaboration between the inspiration for television's The Ghost Whisperer and an award-winning writer/director.
Anza O'Malley is in most ways a typical single mom. She lives a happy, busy life with her five-year-old son in Cambridge, Massachusetts, juggling the joys and challenges of life as a doting parent and a freelance bookbinder. But there is more to Anza than meets the "ungifted" eye: she can see and speak with ghosts.
Although she's been solving cold cases for the police for years, Anza has been hoping to focus her energies on her son and her bookbinding career. But when an exquisite and priceless illuminated manuscript is stolen from the Boston Athenaeum, and when its desecration spurs the appearance of some very unhappy spirits, Anza can neither look nor walk away. With an unlikely trio of ghosts by her side–a charming butler and two medieval monks–Anza leads us on an urgent journey through Boston's winding, cobbled streets to uncover a trail of deceit, danger, and ghoulish intrigue.
Anza O'Malley can see ghosts, a talent that injects some occult thrills into Winkowski and Foley's otherwise flaccid debut. When Anza looks into disruptive paranormal activities at the Boston Athenaeum, she quickly discovers that they're the handiwork of a group of ghostly monks who are hovering over a newly donated 12th-century illuminated manuscript. Their protectiveness suggests the manuscript is the Book of Kildare, which legend says was dictated by an angel. Many scholars doubt the book's existence, but someone believes in it strongly enough to steal the manuscript, setting off an investigation that enlightens Anza and her colleagues to the intrigues of the international antiquities black market. Distracting subplots involve Anza's efforts to help the ghost of a family butler escape the earthly plane and her attempts to be a good mother to her five-year-old son. Future novels in the Ghost Files series this book inaugurates will, one hopes, be more tautly focused. (Oct.)