Saturday, April 9, 2011
Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman
Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
EBook (Available in paperback)
Random House Publishing
After being accused of murdering her ex-husband, psychologist Jordan Marsh leaves L.A. and goes to the Pacific Northwest to the small town of Port Chatham. Still the center of a major murder investigation, she buys an old house in Port Chatham with the intention of restoring the historical home. Along the way she meets up with a crazy dog who decides to stick by her side as well as a couple of ghosts who seek her help in solving their own murders dating back to the 19th century.
As the murder of her ex-husband heats up, Jordan delves into old diaries from the 19th century, courtesy of her new ghost friends. She gets closer and closer to solving the murder mystery, but no closer to the one she is facing in the present day. In fact, things are looking more and more dire for Jordan as the police are convinced she’s the killer and they aren’t looking any further.
Jordan befriends a local cop, as well as the owner of the local bar, who happens to be a former criminal attorney. Jase takes Jordan’s case and together they conduct their own investigation of both murders.
PJ Alderman weaves together two murder mysteries. I actually found the mystery from the 19th century to be more intriguing than the current murder. My one problem is what is the likelihood that Jordan would be allowed to leave Los Angeles during a major murder investigation, especially since she is the prime suspect? But, I was able to put that aside (honestly, my only knowledge on things like this come from TV shows) and really enjoy this book.
This is the first in a series of “Port Chatham Mysteries” and I think it’s off to a pretty good start. The characters are all very interesting and quirky. I love quirky characters :) It is fast-paced and I’m looking forward to the next one which is already downloaded to my Nook.
For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies