Grave Errors By Carol J. Perry: Review/Giveaway

Oct 7, 2017 | 2017 Articles, Cynthia Chow, Mysteryrat's Maze

by Cynthia Chow

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of Grave Errors, and a link to purchase it from Amazon, and an indie bookstore where a portion of the sale goes to help support KRL.

With Halloween the big attraction in Salem, Massachusetts, the week following tends to be a rather disappointing lull. The students of Maralee “Lee” Barrett’s Television Production class intend to change that, proposing a November Dia de los Muertos celebration that will fulfill a historical video assignment while spicing up the community and attracting tourists. The former psychic host of a late night television show, Lee has given up her acting job to teach at the new Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts. What isn’t an act is Lee’s talent as a scryer and gazer, which enables her to see visions in reflective surfaces. Since those disconcerting images are often scenes of death and tragedy, Lee does what she can to avoid mirrors or anything reflective. The positive aspect of her new witch way of life is her new cat O’Ryan, a former familiar with eerie skills

On a field trip to a nearby cemetery, Lee’s new student Dorothy Alden reveals that she’s enrolled in the class to learn about investigative journalism with the emphasis on investigation. Dorothy intends to prove that despite the contrary evidence, her sister Emily was murdered. The police have already declared her death to be the result of a tragic overdose, but Dorothy refuses to return back home to Alaska until she proves them wrong. A series of ominous but baffling visions have Lee willing to doubt the official conclusion, even though this places her at odds with her boyfriend, Police Detective Pete Mondello. Pete tolerates, but doesn’t exactly appreciate, Lee’s propensity for seeing things to help her to solve murders. As long as she keeps him informed and manages to stay out of actual danger, Pete is willing to accept that she and her six budding reporters will be doing their own investigation into Emily’s life. When this leads them to a missing-but-presumed-dead man in Florida, written threats to the Tabitha Academy, and a lurker, one doesn’t have to be psychic to realize that they are getting too close to a murderer.

This is a charming mystery to read far into the night, with just the right amount of spooky to cause a shiver. Lee’s beloved Aunt Ibby cooks up delicious sounding Dia de Los Muertos treats in their kitchen, while Pete and Lee indulge in some excellent restaurant meals themselves. Witch assistant O’Ryan manages to find his own feline companion, one who inexplicably appears just when Lee least expects it. Lee’s visionary clues speed up the investigation that is followed through very practical means, leading them to an exciting and satisfying conclusion. Lee’s humor, combined with paranormal intrigue and an aunt with librarian superpowers, once again ensures for a fun and rewarding read.

To enter to win a copy of Grave Errors, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “errors,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen October 14, 2017. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  1. I love this series, thanks for the great review & giveaway.

  2. Haven’t read anything yet by this author, would love to read.

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  3. Carol Perry’s mystery series based in her home town, Salem, Mass.

  4. Carol Perrys mystery series based in Salem, Mass. are always a fun read and I look forward to some great hours of reading her latest adventure into mysterious Salem.

  5. Wonderful series! Thanks for the preview of what I’m sure will be another terrific volume!

  6. This sounds good and this is also an author that is new to me. Thankyou for the opportunity! minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

  7. I have all of Carol’s series books. I love the mysteries of all of them. I asked Carol since she lives locally and in my own home town, that she needs to put in a feisty old rat or mouse into the picture. Maybe he can find out all the haunts that is taking place while the cat is asleep. Always makes sense to me. I love the Witch Series. Great material. I wish that she would leave out a blank page for all of us to guess who is the murderer>? then the next series, to add in the mystery person.. So we can guess or try to guess who did what, when and where. That’s a great read. I can not wait to get my hands on the newest book.. Your a great mystery author I am glad im a fan.

  8. I haven’t read this series yet. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance.

  9. Sounds like a really good read!

  10. We have a winner!


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