Lillie St. Claire is just starting to recover from the mess her husband’s death has left her life in, not that it was any better when he was alive, when his zombified body appears in her bathroom as she is about to slip into a bath. Dark & Disorderly by Bernita Harris is about Lillie St. Claire, a Talent who can permanently dispatch the spirits of the dead and is in great demand as the spirits on earth are getting more restless. With the appearance of her husband’s zombified body, Lillie finds herself a suspect in his murder and finds herself having to deal with psi-crime detective John Thresher. Lillie can’t understand why anyone would think she would want to reanimate her husband when he thought she was a Freak and made her life a nightmare.
As if things weren’t bad enough, Lillie finds herself the target of a series of accidents and Thresher decides to stick close to her side as things get more deadly. Lillie finds herself attracted Thresher but is hesitant to let anyone close physically or emotionally after the abuse she suffered from her husband.
Lillie’s talent isn’t an easy one, most of the time she is called upon to get rid of ghosts who like to relive their horrific death or crimes they committed, like getting rid of pedophile ghosts who linger around children’s playgrounds making children uncomfortable. Most members of society are both nervous of Lillie’s talent and super demanding of her powers to get rid of the apparitions. I really enjoyed this novel. Lillie was a sympathetic character with all that she has gone through without being weak, always a fine line for an author to tread. In many of the urban fantasy novels I have read, the main character has flaws and problems that come about because of selfish choices, I didn’t feel like that was the case here, Lillie pushed herself to the edge of her powers both physically and emotionally because she feels strongly that the ghosts lingering behind to terrorize the living need to be dispatched as soon as possible. One of my favorite characters is Lillie’s ghost dog Dumbarton, not only does he scare away intruders, he also spends time chasing the ghost squirrels that reside in the cemetery next door. Thresher’s history is left wide open and I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series. Dark and Disorderly was a great mix of mystery, paranormal and mythology and I recommend it.
Title: Dark & Disorderly
Author: Bernita Harris
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: June 2010