Book Review – Silent Partner by Stan Schatt

Silent Partner
Stan Schatt
Published by Pen L Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-940222-45-5
Release date 9-01-2014
246 pages

Haunted by her past, Detective Francis “Frankie” Ryan must race against time to solve a double homicide and find a sadistic killer. Besieged from all directions, the only person she can trust is Josh, a tabloid reporter who also writes the Midnight Whisperer’s psychic column, Ask Miss Myrna. He finds to his surprise that he not only has psychic abilities, but that only he can see the sexy ghost serving as his rather inept guardian angel. Is he crazy if he develops feelings for a ghost?

This mix of standard police procedural and paranormal was something new for me, as I am not fond of mixing genres like that. However, this story worked and the ghost was quite a likeable character. The scenes with her and Josh were some of the best in the book, and I really became intrigued as to how that relationship would be resolved.

The law enforcement side of the story was pretty much what one expects, and that was handled nicely for the most part. Frankie came across as very capable and three dimensional, but her partner, Landry was too much the typical male cop who doesn’t like being partnered with a woman and has little respect for her abilities. 

Readers who enjoy the mix of genres in a mystery will find this a good book to add to their wish lists.

Stan will be my Wednesday’s Guest this week to give some background on how the story came to be, so please do try to come back and make him feel welcome.

His publisher is offering a 15% discount of the $14.97 cover price for pre-orders that will ship on September first. You can order from the Pen-L Publishing Website

Stan Schatt is a futurist, technologist, novelist, and a person curious about many things. His writing takes advantage of his wide-ranging work, from autopsy assistant to police department administrator, salesman, literature professor and telecommunications professor, technology analyst, and research director. He has always loved technology and politics almost as much as writing. Stan is also volunteer job acquisition facilitator for the unemployed in San Diego. He writes mysteries in Carlsbad, California, where he lives with his wife, Jane.

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