Review: Fish and Ghosts (Hellsinger #1) by Rhys Ford

September 8, 2014 Review 0

Review:  Fish and Ghosts (Hellsinger #1) by Rhys Ford

When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age estate, Tristan Pryce knew he wasn’t going to have an easy time of it. He was to be the second generation of Pryces to serve as a caretaker for the estate, a way station for spirits on their final steps to the afterlife. The ghosts were the simple part. He’d been seeing boo-wigglies since he was a child. No, the difficult part was his own family. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity, his loving relatives hire Dr. Wolf Kincaid and his paranormal researchers, Hellsinger Investigations, to prove the Grange is not haunted.

Skeptic Wolf Kincaid has made it his life’s work to debunk the supernatural. After years of cons and fakes, he can’t wait to reveal the Grange’s ghostly activity is just badly leveled floorboards and a drafty old house. The Grange has more than a few surprises for him, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit and when his Hellsinger team unwittingly release a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’d been sent to discredit.

Title: Fish and Ghosts
Author: Rhys Ford
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Duck Duck Ghost, Murder and Mayhem, Ink and Shadows, Fish Stick Fridays
Series: Hellsinger #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Duck Duck Ghost
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Source: Publisher
Published: December 30, 2014
Genres: Horror, M/M Erotica, Paranormal
Pages: 240
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Stars: four-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

“Fish and guests stink after three days.  I guess the same goes for ghosts.”  Tristan Pryce.

I found this to be a most delightful story.  A beautiful story about how two troubled souls finding each other – Tristan, a believer in a family of skeptics and Wolf, a skeptic in a family of believers – amongst the chaos of hunting ghosts.  A match destined to be.

Meeting the various characters in this delightful story was exciting and so fun!  Especially when I realized that not everyone was corporeal when appearing to someone. The characters in this story were, mostly well developed.  The ones that weren’t that well developed – like the cook – were actually ghosts, so it was hard to learn much about backstory or develop characters.  But, that is what made this book so fun.  Trying to figure out who was a non-corporeal guest at Hoxne Grange, “Hoxne Grange is a farewell point for passing spirits. It’s a final respite before they leave this world.” who was a corporeal guest, and who were the full time residents, corporeal and non-corporeal.  It was a fascinating mix and not always what one may think.

The story?  Well things get interesting when Hellsinger Investigation’s techs, Matt and Gidget have a huge fight which ends with Gidget breaking their engagement and throwing Matt’s ring – a family heirloom – into the pond.  OMG!  Talk about repercussions!   Where in the first half of the story the spirits were benign and moved on, the second half of the story got very dark and scary.  Dr. Kincaid even felt compelled to call his mother for help dealing with this apparition.

I adored Wolf’s mother, Meegan Ocean-Kincaid.  A very open minded medium, if a bit scatterbrained.  She was so fun and very excepting of everything going on at Hoxne Grange, including the developing relationship between Wolf and Tristan.  Tristan didn’t know how to respond to a mother figure so open and excepting.  Something he had never had in his life.  Meegan just opened her arms and immediately accepted him as another son.  It was beautiful.  *sniff*

On the one hand, the speed that Tristan and Wolf got together may be a little suspect, but really, these two were so obviously meant for each other.  Yes, there was the instant physical attraction, but it was so much more than that.  They got each other in a world where that is so hard to find.  It was really very sweet, as well as hot.

This was a joy to read.  Even the scary parts, which did get a bit gruesome.  But the characters were fun and the action exciting.  Well worth the read.   I look forward to more of this delightful couple.



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