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Givin' Up The Ghost: An Indigo Eady Paranormal Mystery: 1 [Paperback]

Gwen Gardner , Corona Zschusschen
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6 Oct 2012
A modern day medieval village teeming with spirit activity is no place for sixteen-year-old psychic and ghost whisperer Indigo Eady. Not when all she wants is to forget about these supposed gifts. After all, when needed most, it didn’t help save her father. After her father’s death, Indigo moves to a new town and has the chance to start over where nobody knows about her psychic abilities. Hiding her secret is easy until the ghost of Bart Bagley ruins everything by barging in and begging her to solve his murder. Tempted to ignore him, she only relents because he was the father of her new friend, Badger. That and the survivor’s guilt she feels over her own father’s death. A murder investigation is hard enough without the disruption of interfering ghosts and a mysterious soul collector with her name topping its list. But when Indigo’s psychic abilities short-circuit, sparks start to fly in more than one direction. The resulting mishaps compromise the success of the investigation and put the budding but fragile attraction between Indigo and Badger at risk. When the body count mounts and a suspect ends up dead, Badger becomes a “person of interest" and they must surge ahead to solve the murders before they become the next victims.

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Gwen Gardner (6 Oct 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0988419505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988419506
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Running, writing and reading are my favorite things.

I am also a dreamer.

Have you ever told yourself that "someday" I'm going to travel or write or whatever it is that you are passionate about but can't do right now for whatever reason? You can go for years and years and keep telling yourself that "someday" you'll do it. Too often "someday" never comes. But mine did. I am a former Administrative Manager and Vice President of a successful swimming pool plastering company - until I woke up one day and realized that my "someday" had arrived. I quit my job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Crazy, I know. But even crazier? Is when you get to the end of your life and realize that your "someday" is too late. Life is much too short for that! So the adventure has begun.

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About the Author

Gwen Gardner worked in corporate America for many years. When her yearning to write got the best of her, she quit her job, moved to the mountains and began to write. Her favorite things are writing, reading, running and travel. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!! 20 Feb 2013
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I loved it, i couldnt put it down! The characters are so likable and i cant wait until the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 9 Dec 2012
I really enjoyed this book, very entertaining and the characters were likeable and the story was well written. Looking forward to the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Muse Book Reviews 9 Jan 2013
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Indigo Eady is just your average 16-year-old girl. That is, if you define "average" as: being moved to another country after your dad has been murdered; being followed constantly by a dark evil shadow that smells of burnt dog poo; seeing and talking to ghosts; and being a total klutz around quite possibly the cutest boy in the world.

Okay, so she's a little different...

Indigo (named for the color of her eyes) has just recently moved to England, and is liviing with her uncle and cousin. The house is huge, maybe too large for just four people. But with the spirit population that exists there, for Indigo it isn't big enough. Not that they bother her; she tries to ignore them. If these souls knew she could communicate with them, they'd never leave her alone.

Even out on the streets, the sidewalks are populated with the, er, population of bygone days. But there is one presence that is pure evil. The Dark Shadow. Well, it did do her one good turn; it scared her so much that she tore out from between two buildings and slammed right into Mr Cutest Boy in the World. Badger by name.

Turns out Badger and Indigo's cousin Simon are good friends. So, after a trip to the first-aid box inside the Blind Badger (Cutie's family's pub) and a few pleasantries exchanged, Indigo goes away feeling that perhaps she will be able to start over after all.

But then she meets Badger's dad while at a "celebration of life" for Badger's recently-deceased grandma. Trouble is, Bart is dead. A ghost. With a bashed-in head. Which was a surprise; the story everyone had told her was that he'd run off with his secretary.

Indigo's dreams of normalcy are over. She feels she needs to help restore Bart's good name, for the sake of his family. Therefore, she bares her talents to Badger, Simon, and Badger's sister, Riley. Unbelieving at first, of course, they soon learn she is telling the truth, and the four of them start digging into all the details they can find. With the help of a street-smart kid by the name of Cappy, and several ghosts, they finally find the information they need to exonerate Badger's dad. But not without a lot of dead ends (sorry) and missed turns. And a couple more murders.

I would love to see this book made into a movie. It just has "screenplay" written all over it. In my mind's eye, I can see the kids sitting at the table in the pub, and the ghosts just wandering around engaged in the activities of their own ex-lives. Hannah especially--the ghost of a serving girl, she seems infatuated with Simon, and loves modern technology.

This was a really good mystery in several ways. First of all, I didn't know whodunnit until almost the very end. Everyone seemed to have a motive, but there was never enough incriminating evidence. Everybody acted suspiciously, especially when the kids were asking them questions about Bart. Most lied. And practically every potential murderer had a backstory that had not been part of the police investigation into Bart's disappearance.

I really appreciate that Ms. Gardner's characters' British way of speaking doesn't overload the reader's mind. I got a sense of Britspeak, especially with the cockney that Cappy spoke, but it's really sort of hinted at rather than expressed. It kept the storyline as the key interest, rather than allowing the speech to be a distraction.

There are a number of questions that Ms. Gardner didn't answer, on purpose of course. Those will probably be answered, and others asked, in her next book, A Guilty Ghost Surprised, scheduled to be released mid-2013.

That will be one book that I definitely will have to get!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading 4 Jan 2013
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I bought the book, read the book, not once, but twice. I usually wait longer before re-reading a book.

Gwen's style makes it easy to get lost in her world. The characters had me chuckling from the first page. Indigo is a very likable young lady. I read through a couple of my favorite parts and still get a chuckle. Yep, my kind of book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy is the way to go 18 Oct 2012
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Paranormal novels can be pretty dark, but Givin' Up the Ghost takes paranormal, adds a dash of youth angst, stirs in a bit of humor and gives paranormal a "cozy" feel. I enjoyed reading it, finding it hard to step away from it because I wanted to know what happened next.

Gwen does a marvelous job with Indigo and the voice is clear and enjoyable. Definitely shows how and why cozy is the way to go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Teen Mystery 27 Dec 2012
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This paranormal mystery was a great book for teens who probably dont have many choices for both a paranormal romance and mystery.

The romance was good and clean, the mystery was just that, a mystery and the paranormal part where Indigo can see and speak with ghost was something i search high and low for.

If you are looking for a funny, klutz of a tom boy turned a girl girl, than this book is def. for you!

I would tell others about it so they have a chance to step into Indigo Eady's world.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read! 8 Oct 2012
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I read this book before it was published, so I'm reviewing the manuscript version. This was a fast, fun read that's perfect for anyone who likes a good mystery with supernatural elements. Indigo is sweet and likable, yet strong and clever. The author blends humor and dark themes in a satisfying way. Definitely worth checking out!
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