Review: Parish Mail by Kira Snyder

March 25, 2014 Lindsay's reviews 1

dead letterDead Letter Office
by Kira Snyder
Parish Mail #1
Published January 11th 2012 by Coliloquy
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When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious Luc and finds a letter, over a hundred years old, addressed to her.

The paranormal repercussions continue when Celia learns that Luc is the restless spirit of a young man murdered in 1854, only able to assume solid form at night. And then, to her shock, Celia finds that the letter, which describes the suspected murder of a man in 1870, contains uncanny parallels to the present-day death of Abel Sims, a homeless veteran.

With help from Luc, Tilly, and Donovan, Celia races to solve the murder—and the mystery of the letter—using both magical and forensic clues.

post mortemPost Mortem
by Kira Snyder
Parish Mail #2
Published 2013 by Coliloquy
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Celia Macarty is back in Post Mortem, the second installment in theParish Mail saga.

Autumn in New Orleans means Homecoming, romance—and murder. When a friend vanishes, Celia believes a desperate letter about an unsolved Civil War-era murder holds the key to unraveling the mystery.

As she searches for answers, Celia enlists the help of quirky witch Tilly, and either all-American boy Donovan or, enigmatic Luc–you get to choose.

As the gang follows the missing girl’s trail, danger turns up on all fronts. A vicious stranger threatens Celia’s family. Celia’s nightmares–about a shadowy, ominous villain–get worse. And a new ghost has appeared: beautiful Angelica, who shares a past with Luc.

It will take all of Celia’s will and wit, and the faith of her friends, to solve an unspeakable crime. And no matter which path Celia takes, she will discover that sometimes the past can come back to haunt you.

For those of you who don’t know, Coliloquy publishes “active fiction” books. These are essentially a modern version of a choose-your-own-adventure. Because this is a series, the beginning of the books and the general outcome are the same, allowing the series to build on the previous books, but the journey is completely up to you, the reader.

Under normal circumstances, I’m not keen on love triangles or multiple love interests. In this case, it really really works! With the active fiction, it allows the reader to decide which romance Celia should pursue. No more getting frustrated with the protagonist for making the wrong decision! Now, it’s your mistake to make! 😉 I can’t help but have a soft spot for Luc’s old fashioned gallantry, but there’s also a bad boy, if that’s more appealing to you.

I had started reading this series with the third book, the Christmas special, Season’s Greetings. While each book is able to stand on its own, I have a whole new love of this series after starting back at the beginning. I was able to meet Celia formally, and see how she discovered her destiny. It has become her role to solve crimes, both past and present, in order to restore a magical balance between the worlds of the living and the dead. The books are paranormal mysteries, tying together ghosts and witchcraft with classic murder mystery.  There were moments where I had goosebumps crawling up my arms!

It’s completely family friendly, and perfect for any age. I only found one swear in the two books… at least in the story version I read. I can’t speak for all the other plot lines, but I’m sure they’re equally clean. There is the occasional smooch, but otherwise, sexual situations are next to non-existant. And yet? I’m an adult who loved every minute of this series! Can’t wait for more!

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3

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