Review: Murder upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo

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Review: Murder upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo

'Tis the season ... for death.

Murder reminds Detective Helene Collias of Holly PD that crime doesn't respect holidays. And the last victim she ever expected to find in her case files is the sister of her old flame, Sean Grant. Ordinarily, Helene's psychic gifts give her an edge but this time, that gift has short-circuited. Could her lingering attraction to Sean be blurring her abilities, or is something more sinister at work?

Title: Murder Upon a Midnight Clear
Author: Juli D. Revezzo
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: 19 November, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 160
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

Set at Christmas, this is a murder mystery with a twist.  Helene is a detective on the case, and she is also has psychic powers that she uses to gain an extra boost against the criminal element.  When a young woman is found dead, Helene is placed on the investigative team.  And what she discovers is unsettling: the victim’s brother is the boy she had a major crush on in high school, and the killer may be dressed up as Santa.

Sean Grant’s younger sister is dead, not the first death he has survived.  His parents died when he was young, and now he feels some guilt over his inability to protect his sister.  Add to that, the return of his high school crush, and the attraction he feels for Helene the woman and detective, and things have the potential to be messy.

Fast paced and carrying a lovely sinister tone that adds to the creep factor of a murderer passing himself off as a Santa, there are plenty of moments that put me on the edge of my seat.  When Helene is concerned that her feelings for Sean are affecting her ability to discern any ‘paranormal’ signals, another twist wends in, and the paranormal side may just be as depraved and twisted as the killer who is still being hunted.

Several distractions for both Sean and Helene appear to hamper their progress, and a few stolen and steamy moments give them a needed respite from the overarching tension. But respite is hard to come by when their connection can be viewed as questionable and the killer is still out there.

Twisty and laden with tension, this was a read that kept me guessing and wondering almost from the beginning. Sexy characters with a palpable attraction, a disturbed spirit world and a killer that is stalking Sean’s family for reasons yet unknown make this a must read for fans of romantic suspense.

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