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Friday, May 20, 2011

Souls on (B)Oring Street by Karen Wiesner

Souls on (B)Oring Street by Karen Wiesner
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (158 pgs)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Erin Shanley, a hospice nurse, turns amateur sleuth when she realizes that some of her patients are being swindled out of their life savings by the new “psychic” fortunetellers in Briar’s Point. She confides in her neighbor, Detective Tyler Shaw, whom she grew up alongside and considers her best friend.

Tough guy Ty has been in love with Erin since their disastrous first attempt at a romantic relationship when they were teenagers. Erin has been skittish about love since she discovered her father was cheating on her father—and Ty is so much like her father. How can she risk loving a reckless, restless adventurer when her mother’s loyalty to a man like that brought her so much pain? But when Erin’s bumbling sleuthing attempts arouse someone’s wrath, she realizes her heart isn’t the only thing in danger.

Erin is a hospice nurse and knows her patients have health problems and sometimes memory loss, but she knows what she saw. There’s a valuable broach missing. And some of her patients are now losing their life savings. What’s going on?

Ms. Wiesner has written a good, solid mystery with engaging characters. Her main female character is in her late twenties and is raising her two sisters since her mother’s death. The main male character is Ty, who lives next door and who Erin has been in love with since high school. There is a religious theme throughout the story, but it doesn’t overwhelm the story.

For flavor, the author throws in two palm readers. They visit all the elderly in town and speak about those who have already passed. Your first “palm reading” is free. Erin doesn’t approve of what they do or how they do it, but Ty assures her it’s not illegal.

There’s also the issue of an old scandal that had no substance, but had destroyed her life anyway. Erin is a complex soul, and you can understand why she feels the way she does about men and empathize with Ty as he tries to get her to open her heart to him.

Past and present are interwoven in this story. I found the story moved a little slowly for me. I prefer more action, less replay of emotion. Still, it is a good story and I enjoyed reading it. I think a faster pace would have made it even more enjoyable. Ms. Wiesner makes her characters real and you won’t have any doubt about how they feel and what motivates them. You’ll find yourself rooting for Erin’s happiness, too.