- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2576 KB
- Print Length: 252 pages
- Publisher: DMS Media Group; 1 edition (1 July 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010RYAVU2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,425,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Karma Dead Ahead (A Private PSI Detective Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This book is a wonderful mix of humour and suspense and right from the word go I found myself laughing out loud.
Sagacity and Chance are two graduate students in a university paranormal research lab who find themselves on a Caribbean island searching for Amanda Prosner who has failed to return from her holiday there. Amanda had a strong feeling that something bad was going to happen to her while she was away so she contacted Sagacity and Chance before she left and asked them to look for her if and when she didn't return.
The two detectives turn to the Gang of Four, a group of four psychics from a local spiritualist church to help them try and work out what's happened to her and the identity of the mystery man that managed to lure her to the islands.
What follows is a series of events that involve a meteorite, a witch who develops phone apps, corrupt officials, a rather large python and a duo who are totally oblivious to the fact that they have become worldwide celebrities.
I loved every page of this book. The story flows well and the characters are so realistic. I especially loved the interactions between the members of the Gang of Four who all have their own individual psychic traits which makes them mix about as well as oil and water at times. The relationship between Sagacity and Chance is also an amusing one and you could almost compare them to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson as Sagacity is the natural leader and thinker while Chance is more of the side-kick who is just looking for a quiet life. D.H. Montgomery has a natural flair for making his characters real and likable while still being believable as well as telling a story that straddles different genres effortlessly. I was stunned when I read that the whole novel came about over the course of about a month as I've read books that have taken a lot longer to write that pale into comparison. Even the Note to Readers at the end of the book is wonderfully written and gave me a feel for the author behind the words. Karma Dead Ahead is only 99p on Amazon at the time of writing this review and I think it's well worth it.
With kind thanks to author D.H. Montgomery for the review copy.
For you who aren't sure yet (you should just get it!) but here's more details about the book, I case I wasn't convincing enough. This book can be enjoyed on many levels. First of all it is a detective story, which has much in common with a number of other contemporary books which update the modern who-done-it with some paranormal elements. I love this part, because it's all very exciting, though these should be taken as a plot device and not literally. Secondly, Karma Dead Ahead can be read as a subtle satire on the dysfunction of a number of present-day institutions. Not in a moralizing way, but by using parody and amusing situations. The author actually combines the two components effortlessly.
As other reviewers already mentioned, there are two detectives in this series, Sagacity Jeunesse and Chance Mankowski, instead of one. I had to get used to the names, but the author introduces them (their names) in such a way, comical, logical, that afterwards you totally accept it. In a number of ways, they are opposites and I guess they represent alternative backgrounds in American culture. Sagacity is from the rural cowboy West and she has that resourcefulness and can do spirit of the pioneers. Chance is from New York and is more the urban intellectual type, dominated by thought and preferring to avoid action. Their relationship is a push-pull one, without being stereotype or boring, it's done well. The girl is the one who moves things forward.
Maybe I'm over analyzing, because it's just a very entertaining book, but well. You could say that women in general are the driving force for most things that happen in the book and represent different archetypes. Sagacity is the classic sifter and analyzer of clues. There is a witch (actually a very cool one - no spoilers from me!) she has mastery of social and elemental forces and this has allowed her to become a successful entrepreneur. Sagacity’s mother (not mentioned in the book description, but she should be) is large and physically powerful. Even the missing woman, despite her flaws, refuses to be a victim in certain ways. Of the men, the eccentric professor is the most complex. While he appears to be mild-mannered and distracted, he is willing to bring out the proverbial knives to protect his turf and his students. The maniacal killer, on the other hand, is a classic woman hater.
I highly recommend this book. It will work for the reader who is looking for an entertaining story and it will work for someone looking for something that is thought provoking.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews
Sagacity and Chance have set up a paranormal detective agency and their first case is the disappearance of Amanda...Read more