Wednesday, April 26, 2023

The Curious Life of Ada Baker

The Curious Life of Ada Baker is a paranormal cozy mystery by Karen Hamilton-Viall. Released 27th Sept 2022 by Cranthorpe Millner, it's 324 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free. 

Definitely one for modern paranormal mystery fans. It's thankfully not very scary at all and there's a definite cooperative/Scooby-Do gang type vibe. Ada and her (ghost) friends decide to investigate a local murder with the expected complications and dangers inherent in the task. I liked the author's world building and the subtleties of Ada's psychic abilities; she gets a boost to certain aspects of her abilities by allowing her ghostly flatmates to inhabit her body partially. 

There's quite a lot of "telling" instead of "showing", but the very direct style of writing is less obtrusive as the story develops into a satisfying resolution. A series in the offing? The potential for future adventures is foreshadowed. 

Three and a half stars. Definite potential. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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