Friday, October 31, 2014

Seeing the Dead (A Relatively Dead Book)

Happy Halloween!  Children are out trick or treating tonight and will be sick from all the candy in just a few hours!  Where I grew up in Columbus, Ohio, we always went out on October 30 which is called Beggars Night!  It is stilled called Beggars Night, but they have now moved it back to October 31.  

Seeing the Dead by Sheila Connolly is the second book in the Relatively Dead series.  Abby Kimball is adjusting to her new life, new town, new job, and her new abilities at seeing “ghosts” (mostly scenes from the past and apparitions).  However, she only sees ghosts that are a part of her lineage.  Abby is enjoying working in the museum with the children and spending time with her new boyfriend, Ned Newhall.  Abby is also trying to find out more about her abilities and trace her lineage (she meets someone very interesting while researching her lineage).  The town is getting ready for the Patriot’s Day celebration.  It is Abby’s first year experiencing this holiday.  While exploring the area with Ned and learning more about Patriot’s Day and the Revolutionary War, Abby sees an apparition of a Revolutionary War Soldier.  Ned cannot see the solider (the soldier is not a part of Ned’s lineage) which makes Abby determined to find out who he is and how she is related to this him.
Abby also discovers that her boss’ daughter, Ellie, has special abilities as well (and is shocked to find out who is Ellie’s biological father).  Ellie is very mature for her age and handles her abilities much better than Abby and Ned.  Abby and Ned have to find a way to tell Ellie’s mother about her daughter’s abilities and then deal with the fallout.  Abby also discovers that her abilities are amplified when connected to Ned (same with Ellie).  This book is full of history (sometimes there is a little too much detail), romance, laughter, and active ghosts. 

This is a very good book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Relatively Dead series.  I am a fan of Shelia Connelly’s work.  I have read all of her books in the County Cork series and the Orchard mystery series.  Happy Reading!


Please note that I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the book.

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