Ghost Talker by Robin D Owens #Review

Ghost Talker by Robin D Owens #ReviewGhost Talker by Robin D. Owens

Series: #4 Ghost Seer
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Intermix on February 16, 2016
Pages: 281
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The last book in the series ended on an exciting high note both with Claire and Zach and Enzo the ghost dog barely escaping with their lives, but also that big declaration between the two.  I’ve always been a bit off balance with this series, but find it engaging with its unique world, quirky characters, and interesting new psychic mystery cases for the team to solve.

This is book four in a series and the series is an ongoing story so the books have to be read in order.

Claire and Zach just want to rest after nearly being killed by an evil ghost, but two days after they are back, they get the call.  There is a poltergeist being troublesome at Buffalo Bill Cody’s grave.  The wealthy man who lives nearby is a believer in the paranormal and he is excited at the prospect of the ghost and seeing Claire in action.

This new connection drags Claire further into the spotlight and into the Denver paranormal community including a jealous rival who wants to use the ghost as his big step up in fame and fortune.  Claire has accepted her gift and new vocation more and more, but this is a big step going toe to toe with a fake and joining the paranormal society.  She finds it easier with Zach by her side.  Zach is still in the closet about his own pre-cog gift, but he is at least accepting it.  He is also growing past being resigned to being content over his new role as a private investigator and his limitations from his disability.  They have drawn close and now ponder stepping up their relationship to the commitment of living together.

Alongside the issue of the new poltergeist, Claire has another ghost to help.  Buffalo Bill’s friend is stuck in the gray and Claire must help him and then there is the troublesome issue of the tear to her own spirit that isn’t healing.  Time is of essence so Claire, Zach, and Enzo work hard to solve their cases and settle into their new roles.

Alright, this was a more gentle-paced and less intense book than the last one.  I also liked that the focus is off Claire denying and ignoring stuff about her gift and her feelings.  Whew, her issues were really getting old.  This book was a relief for me and I settled in to enjoy the new ghost cases and the romance and the characters as a result.

Claire is still her quirky neurotic self about things having to balance and rules needing to be established and followed, but because she is coming into her own and accepting the family gypsy ghost seer gift and not running scared from romance with Zach, she’s not annoying.  I loved seeing her confront the fake medium and it was fun to see her pondering how to talk Zach into moving in with her.  And she is so funny the way she bristles up around Zach’s boss and embraces the man’s cunning wife that brings out the opposite in Zach.

And Zach, he’s much further along in accepting things and adjusting, too.  I find his pre-cog gifts with the crows a creative gift and I like that the author wrote a damaged hero who has a physical disability and is learning new skills like cane fighting.  But most of all, I enjoy that Zach can appreciate a woman like Claire and support her even while he worries for her safety.  Oh boy can he appreciate her.  These two were quite scorchy and I loved Zach’s sweet need to court Claire even while they had some spicy passionate times.

Oh, and let’s not forget Enzo the ghost dog.  He’s been my favorite character.  Love the way he enthusiastically helps Claire and Zach with their cases.

The story has a meandering pace to it, but there was enough going on with the cases, the conflict with the other psychic, the romance, and personal development that I was content until the build up and climax at the end.  The author took the time to do some reveals, like Tony’s mysterious psychic gift, while shoring up the ongoing plot threads before moving on in the series with too many things left dangling and unanswered.  Claire and Zach’s relationship and their personal growth were the big highlights of the story though I have to say that the ghost of Texas Jack and his part in the story nearly topped the other story threads.  I fell in love with Texas Jack.  Soft spot for those good-hearted rugged cowboys.

I’ve said in past reviews that I was on the fence about this series and that there were elements that I loved and elements that annoyed me.  With this story, I finally slid off the fence and am firmly on the side of enjoyment.  I look forward to the next installment with excitement.

So, in summary, this was my favorite book of the series and a turning point for me so that I can recommend this quirky Urban Fantasy series with ghosts and psychic gifts as the backdrop and a unique pair of partners and lovers.

My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #58 UF
Literary Pickers #57 ceiling fan

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Debbie Haupt

    it sounds interesting, thanks. Ghost dog LOL

    • Enzo the Ghost Dog stole the show from the moment he was introduced in book one. These are a bit different. For the longest time, I wasn’t sure if I would keep picking up the next book.

  • This sounds like a series that I need to try soon. I can already see myself binge reading them one weekend. Great review!

    • LOL! Yes, there are just enough for a good weekend binge read. I was so on the fence with earlier ones that I’m not sure if I would have binged if I had the opportunity, but there are some pretty exciting ghost moments that kept me reading so maybe.

  • I should try these 🙂
    Yup

    • They are a little something different in the Urban Fantasy genre. 🙂

  • Ya know I read the first two books, and love the concept but Clare was wishy washy for me. The growth in the characters and this being your favorite has me wondering if I quit the series too soon

    • It is so hard for me to say if going on will help you. If you read all three of my earlier reviews, you’d see how dissatisfied I was with her and certain parts. I have no idea why I kept going, but this was the one that finally gelled. LOL

  • I hadn’t heard of this series before the cowboy feel of the cover and the ghost theme sounds like an unique and fun combination. Enzo the ghost dog sounds like a great character! It’s nice Claire and Zach are adjusting better and less annoying in this book, I like the sound of the character development. I don’t mind a slow or meandering pace in books as long as there is enough going on. It sounds like it was a good decision to stick with this series as long as you did and now you slid off the fence and are fully enjoying it. Although that’s too bad it took so long to get there, I can imagine some people would give up on the series before they get there. Great review!

    • I should explain the cowboy thing. You see, in this series, there are certain people gifted with seeing ghosts and helping them move on, but… here’s the fun part…they can only see and hear ghosts from a certain time period. In Claire’s case, she is the Seer for ghosts from the Old West time period so all her cases are Old West places and ghosts. She always has to investigate their lives so she can figure out what it is that is preventing them from crossing over. That part is neat and always was the good part of this series for me even if other stuff drove me nuts.
      Yay, I was glad I gave it another go instead of stopping because the others were only meh for me.

      • Oh that’s interesting how the cowboy thing ties into the plot like that with how she can only see ghosts from that time period. Such an original concept they can only see ghosts from a certain time.

        I have a few series like this too, that are 3 star reads, but good enough to keep me continuing the series and hopefully they turn into something better along the way.

        • Exactly. The three stars are the tough ones to decide whether to keep going or call it quits, but if they are strong threes then I keep going.

  • Aw yay, Sophia! I’m glad it finally settled and gelled right for you. I know it’s been a waffley one. I still have book one to attempt. One day 🙂

    • It has been really weird with me for this series. Usually I walk away from a series that’s meh or wishy washy, but there was something about these that kept me coming back. Now, I did have low expectations compared to when I started, but this book was the winner. 😉
      And now, you probably are thinking that maybe you’ll let that book one lie a little longer. Haha!

  • You had me at ghost dog! Love that idea and this is an author that I have read and enjoyed before. I will have to check these out 🙂

    • Oh, Enzo is a great secondary character and a scene stealer. I’ve read the first book from her long Heart series and liked it. Eventually, I’ll get to more of those.

  • LOL “Enzo the ghost dog”, that is new! I like the sound of Zach though. 😉 I’d not heard so this series before, I’m glad you’re enjoying it, Sophia! Fantastic review. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yes, Enzo is a hoot. 😉
      Zach is a good hero. He had a lot of stuff to get sorted out and still does a little, but he’s finally getting a handle on it. And he’s awesome with Claire and when out on a case.