Saturday, May 23, 2020

Review: The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery) by Nancy Cole Silverman (Blog Tour/Tour-Wide Giveaway)

The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman

About The House That Vanity Built 

Book 2 of the Misty Dawn Trilogy 

The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (May 12, 2020)
Hardcover: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115981
ISBN-13: 978-1635115987
Digital ASIN: B084BN2B37

Misty Dawn, a former Hollywood psychic to the stars, knows the dark and sometimes glamorous streets of Los Angeles are full of secrets, broken promises, and dashed hopes.

When a young woman comes to her door because she’s lost her engagement ring and is afraid to tell her fiancé (the son of one of the world’s biggest cosmetics empires), Misty senses it’s no accident.

Together Misty Dawn and her psychic charge, Wilson Thorne, must not only sneak behind the walls of the Conroy Estate (aka The House That Vanity Built), but go beyond the veil where the luminaries have laid plans to seek revenge.

Murder, lust, and a quest for a fountain of youth are hidden inside a family’s secret, one that threatens to upend the young woman’s life, and quite possibly, Misty’s as well.

My Review

Psychic to the stars, Misty Dawn, has quite an interesting life. She lives in the same house as Wilson Thorne. They aren’t romantically involved. In fact, he’s dead. Quite dead, but he seems to be stuck living in his old house, where Misty now lives. She rents it out from his sister. Things are never dull for Misty and Wilson. He may be dead, but they keep finding themselves in dangerous situations.

Amy and her friend Carlene show up at Misty’s doorstep. Amy is devastated. She’s about to be married, but she lost her engagement ring and she’s too scared to tell her fiance. Misty is willing to help, but she senses there is more to this story than meets the eye.

Misty is more than a little surprised to learn just how right she is. There’s murder, betrayal, lies and all kinds of secrets. Amy’s soon-to-be new family is not all that they appear to be. I don’t want to give away too much so I’ll leave it at that.

I first “discovered” Nancy Cole Silverman’s work last year with the first book in this series. I loved it so much. It made my favorites list of 2019. I’m pretty sure this one will follow on its heels for 2020.

Misty and Wilson are quite the detective duo. They make me laugh. They have a great rapport between them. It’s a platonic relationship between two people who care about each other, even if one is no longer alive. That makes it even more unique.

The author gives us clever and humorous dialogue with a captivating plot. There were several possibilities for the killer. It turned out to be someone I didn’t really consider, although was on my list.

This is a charming series which reminds me quite a bit of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. This series is a must-read for me and the author has become one of my auto-buys.  I really want to read her other cozy mystery series.

Like the first book, I would give this higher than five stars, if I rated that high. It’s a fun and magical read for me.

For reading challenges:
Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2020
Craving for the Cozies Reading Challenge 2020
Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge 2020

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five in Los Angeles Talk Radio, beginning her career on the talent side as one for the first female voices on the air, and later on the business side, where she retired as one of two female general managers in the nation’s second-largest radio market. After a successful career in the radio industry, Silverman turned to writing fiction. Her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America. Her Carol Childs Mysteries series (Henery Press) feature a single-mom whose "day job" as a reporter at a busy Los Angeles radio station often leads to long nights as a crime-solver. Her most recent series with Misty Dawn is centered on an aging Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, who supplements her day to day activities as a consultant to LAPD and the FBI. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle.

Author Links –
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  1. This sounds fun, thanks for sharing!

  2. I have thoroughly enjoyed both books in this series! I really like her Carol Childs series but prefer this one. There's just something fantastic about this one.

  3. This looks like such a fun series!

  4. Sounds like a fun series. I may have to go back and pick up the first.


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