Thursday, March 6, 2008

House of Whispers by Margaret Lucke

by Margaret Lucke (website)
Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback

Claire Scanlan is launching a new life and a new career in real estate. She has a chance to sell a spectacular house but, as the site of a mass murder, the property is not attracting buyers. When Ben Grant, the handsome brother of one of the murder victims, shows her the empty house Claire experiences strange sensations that are both fascinating and repellent. Claire is also fascinated (and not at all repelled) by Ben Grant. But if Claire accepts her new-found paranormal power as real, she must also accept the responsibility for solving a bloody crime--even though Ben seems to be a prime suspect.

Paula Guran, the editor of Juno Books, wrote to me about this novel back in October. The author is actually not a debut novelist, but her last novel (she's written nonfiction since then) was long ago and in another genre, and was nominated for the Anthony Award for Best First Mystery Novel. This novel has garnered some respectable blurbs.

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