If you enjoyed Nearly Departed in Deadwood, you’ll love this! More suspense, more mystery, more romance. It’s another hit by Ann Charles. Violet is one of my favorite heroines and she does not disappoint in this second instalment of the Deadwood Mystery Series.
In Optical Delusions in Deadwood, Violet Parker is neck deep in trouble with haunted homes, psychos trying to hurt her and a disapproving Doc Nyce. Doc may not like what Violet is up to, but she’s an independent girl with great boots that he can’t resist. Thanks to their electric chemistry, that neither can ignore, we get a whole lot more heat between Doc and Violet this time around.
Besides the great pace of the book, sizzling mystery and witty banter, Violet is growing as a character. And I love me some character development. It’s what keeps me hooked in a series. Violet is starting to realize that being a mother doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice her happiness all the time.
I’m really liking the direction Ms. Charles is going! I’m looking forward to the next book, Dead Case in Deadwood, which should be available in early 2012.
On a personal note, this book brought back memories of my mother. Things I had long forgotten. She was a real estate agent, just like Violet Parker who was offered a listing to sell a haunted house in Vancouver, BC. Unlike Violet, she didn’t take it, but a friend of hers did. We used to drive by this house all the time and I would get the heebie jeebies just thinking about what went on in there. I plan on doing a post on the history of this property, but didn’t find much online. I guess I’m gonna have to do this the old fashion way. Really wish my mom was still around to tell me her stories.