Title: Fish and Ghosts
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Author: Rhys Ford
When his Uncle Mortimer died and left him Hoxne Grange, the family’s Gilded Age mansion, Tristan Pryce became 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. Tristan is prepared for challenges, though not necessarily from the ghosts he’s seen since childhood. Determined to establish Tristan’s insanity and gain access to his trust fund, 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. More than a few surprises await him at the Grange, including its prickly, reclusive owner. Tristan Pryce is much less insane and much more attractive than Wolf wants to admit, and when his team releases a ghostly serial killer on the Grange, Wolf is torn between his skepticism and protecting the man he’s been sent to discredit.
A recent release by author Rhys Ford, Fish and Ghosts is a paranormal story that has not one vampire or werewolf in it, something that some readers of this sub-genre will find a refreshing change. Instead, this is a story about Tristan, a young man who has had the ability to see the dead since he was a small child. This, of course, led his family to believe that Tristan was crazy, a thought that plays heavily into the story. There is also Wolf, the man hired by Tristan’s uncle to prove that his nephew is unable to control the family fortune. Wolf is an interesting character and I think some readers will be surprised by his family history. I know I was.
For people who have not yet tried this author, Ms. Ford likes to have her characters feel an attraction right from the beginning. In this book you can see the connection forming between the two men, although Wolf does feel some guilt which is understandable. I like the interaction between Wolf and Tristan, and the chemistry between them is hot, however, it is the ghosts that really make this story.
The estate owned by Tristan is a stopping point for those ready to move on, as well as those just interested in hanging around like the young woman who shows up for the cook’s position and the little dog with a ball fetish. I love the way these spirits mean so much to Tristan and how once Wolf realizes that, goes out of his way to ensure the younger man can stay at the estate.
Fish and Ghosts has quit a few little twists and turns that will keep the reader turning the pages. This makes the story a great starting point for those who have not yet given this author a try. As a fan of Ms. Ford’s I always look forward to her stories and can’t wait to see if these two will show up again.
Reviewed by: Lydia