Sometimes you just want to read a book for pure enjoyment; sit back, relax, and escape into a thoroughly captivating story that will keep you engrossed from start to finish. Author Becki Willis has written exactly that! Tangible Spirits combines history, romance, murder, mystery and paranormal activity into a totally enjoyable and heart warming tale.
The setting is Jerome, Arizona (an actual old mining town turned tourist attraction because of ghost sightings) where protagonist Gera Stapleton risks her own life to determine whether trickery or actual spirits are at play in a series of mischievous acts and murder.
Most of Jerome’s citizens are convinced of life beyond the grave. A skeptic herself, Gera isn’t pleased that her magazine editor has sent her there to write an article on the spirits that supposedly haunt the town.
One spirit in particular is believed to have watched over the townspeople throughout the years but now Mac, who wears a long coat and top hat, is being blamed for the murder of a prominent citizen. Gera arrives at the crime scene just after the murder’s occurrence. No longer willing to just write some “fluff” piece on ghosts, she is determined to prove the killer mortal and publish a more meaty journalistic article. Not everyone is happy with her nosing around and asking questions… certainly not the local sheriff, the bank executive, the barkeeper, or the murderer – whoever that might be!
Vera does encounter an older woman named Minnie with whom she enjoys listening to the history and secrets associated with the town, and she falls hard for the hotel owner, Jake. Yet the property and legends of long-lost gold may be her undoing. Will Gera discover the identity of the murderer? Will she find out that there really are unexplained phenomenon? Will she find happiness with Jake or open doors that could result in her own death? No spoilers here, but readers just may discover for themselves that the power of love transcends even death and lasts forever.
Tangible Spirits has appeared before on this blog in conjunction with the book’s promotion by Lone Star Literary Life. See my earlier post, an interview with Becki Willis, dated June 30, 2018. It has been on my “to read” list ever since and I’m so glad that I went back to it!