Allegra Fairweather is the investigator to call when something supernatural is going on. In Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator by Janni Nell, Allegra is invited to Scotland to see the rare Dedfield Rose, said to only bloom when death is going to happen soon. Soon after Allegra arrives a mauled dead body appears near the Rose and Allegra must figure out how the person was killed and stop the killer before they strike again.
To further complicate matters, Allegra finds herself attracted to Douglas MacGregor, the pub owner who called her to investigate the rose but unable to act on that attraction because her sexy guardian angel Caspar has appeared (Allegra gave him that name when he first saved her life when she was a child). Caspar cannot act on any attraction with a mortal or he will be doomed to be a guardian angel for an additional 1,000 years. Of course, being in Scotland leads Allegra to other paranormal events and she must figure out how they are all connected.
Nell’s novel is an entertaining read. In a genre that abounds with vampires and shape-shifters it is nice to see an author use other mythical creatures including guardian angels, banshees and cursed ghosts in her created world. I love the guardian angel, his mystery, his obvious concern for Allegra and his inability to ride inside a car without getting car sick. The novel is told from the first person point of view of Allegra, which gives the novel a witty monologue to the events as the unfolded. Nell does a great job in making believable characters in a slightly unbelievable setting.
You can read an excerpt here.
Title: Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator
Author: Jannie Nell
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon.com
**I received a copy of this book from the NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.