Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there’s no such thing as normal.
Meteorologist Zoe Parker put Everlasting in her rearview mirror as soon as she had her college degree in hand. But when Sapphire, her eccentric great-aunt, takes a tumble down the stairs in her lighthouse home, Zoe returns to the tiny fishing hamlet to look after her. Zoe has barely crossed the county line when strange things start happening with the weather, and she discovers Sapphire’s fall was no accident. Someone is searching the lighthouse but Sapphire has no idea what they’re looking for. Determined to ensure her aunt’s ongoing safety, Zoe promises to expose the intruders, even though it means staying in Everlasting and confronting the past she thought she’d put behind her.
Dane Stanton never expected to see Zoe standing in the middle of her aunt’s living room, and was even more unprepared for the flood of emotion he experiences when coming face to face with his old flame. Zoe is just as independent and determined as he remembered, and Dane knows she won’t rest until Sapphire can return to the lighthouse in peace, so he offers to help her sort things out.
Armed with old legends, Sapphire’s ten cats, and a talking ghost, Zoe has to reconcile her feelings for Dane and embrace her destiny before it’s too late.
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**Cait Sidhe’s Review of Dead Man Talking**
This is my second book by Jana Deleon (you can read my review of Wrong Side of Forty here) so I knew I was in for a hilariously good time. Dead Man Talking didn’t disappoint!
Meteorologist Zoe has come back to Everlasting, Maine to help out after her aunt Sapphire takes a spill and ends up in the hospital. Zoe spent a good portion of her life in Everlasting with her quirky aunt living with her many cats in the lighthouse. She wanted to make something of herself and has spent many years of long days and nights attempting to climb the corporate ladder and prove herself as a meteorologist. She’s still willing to drop everything (temporarily) for her aunt. What she didn’t count on was Dane Stanton, former bf and the contractor who is revamping the lighthouse for her aunt. Zoe quickly realizes that there is more to her aunt’s fall and foul play may be at work. But who would want to hurt her aunt and why would they be interested in the lighthouse? And can she stay away from Dane long enough to find out?
Dead Man Talking was so much fun. I love the town of Everlasting. All of the residents are so quirky, including her aunt Sapphire and her toilet trained cats. Zoe is extremely likeable, smart and capable, but isn’t above asking for help from hunky Dane. He’s an all around good guy and there’s a lovely second chance romance waiting in the wings for them if they can get around their past. After all, it was Zoe’s independence, drive and obstinance of leaving Everlasting that foiled their romance last time.
There’s a ghost floating around the lighthouse as well, who Zoe finds out can only be seen by women and happens to be stuck wearing his boxers for eternity. He adds a light-hearted comic touch to the seriousness of what happened to Aunt Sapphire as they make sense of that night. Just one of the many oddities of Everlasting that Zoe has to come to grips with, including that her new/old beau sprouts fur!
On the downside, the romance really isn’t as developed as I would like, and other than a sentence or two, there’s really not much about their past relationship. The mystery is the true fun here along with the amusing paranormal townspeople. This was a super-fast read, well-paced, and a lot of fun.
I give Dead Man Talking 4 out of 5 propellers.
About The Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jana DeLeon was raised in southwest Louisiana among the bayous and gators. Her hometown is Carlyss, but you probably won’t find it on a map. Her family owned a camp located on a bayou just off the Gulf of Mexico that you could only get there by boat. The most important feature was the rope hammock hanging in the shade on a huge deck that stretched out over the water where Jana spent many hours reading books.
Jana and her brother spent thousands of hours combing the bayous in a flat-bottom aluminum boat, studying the natural habitat of many birds, nutria and alligators. She would like you to know that no animals were injured during these “studies,” but they kept makers of peroxide in business.
Jana has never stumbled across a mystery or a ghost like her heroines, but she’s still hopeful.
She now resides in Dallas, Texas, with the most spoiled Sheltie in the world.