- Author: Stan Schatt
- Published: May 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Category: Murder, Mystery, Supernatural
A dead lover wants company. Meanwhile, a no-nonsense detective who doesn’t believe in ghosts teams up with a psychic who fears something very evil is stalking its prey. A scientist finds that modern science can’t explain what he’s experiencing.
Bill Eisner, former lawyer, Trekkie and thoroughly nice guy, owns The Cozy Cup coffee shop, which he loves. He’s just been refused a small business loan and things are looking bleak. The coffee shop is well liked and supported in the neighbourhood, with a Good Karma table for the homeless, a community room used by local social groups and featuring resident entertainers.
Bill realises he needs something else in his life and allows his best friend, Roger, to talk him into a speed dating event. Just when Bill has lost hope of connecting with anyone, Amber Love comes to his table. They hit it off and begin seeing each other, even though Amber is less than forthcoming about herself and gets upset when Bill asks questions.
Bill talked for several minutes before realizing that she had a knack for interviewing people. He still didn’t know that much about her because she skilfully turned the conversation back to him every time he tried to prod her into revealing anything about herself……..
They stopped in front of the car and Amber bent forward and gave Bill a kiss on his cheek. He started to reach towards her, but she pulled away and turned to get in the car.
“I had a great time. Call me!” Amber revved her engine and drove out of the parking lot, leaving Bill very confused and a bit angry.
Bill hoped things were about to change when he met Amber. He had no clue. His uneventful life was about to alter beyond anything he could have imagined. After a fairly quiet start, the story picks up the pace and morphs into a murder mystery with messages from beyond the grave that Bill can’t rationalise, and the narrative takes a psychological turn.
Technology plays a large part in the plot and seems very credible considering how far things in that field have advanced already. To take it a step further isn’t too much of a stretch. That, combined with the supernatural aspect works well. Stan Schatt has extensive technical knowledge, and paints quite a scary scenario, taking the ‘big brother is watching’ theme to the extreme.
A couple of the plot points are perhaps a little convenient and personally, I would have preferred a more in depth involvement with the ghost whisperer, Josh Harrell, whose character I like very much, and Detective Frankie Ryan. They didn’t come into the story until about half way through but, that aside, I did enjoy reading the book.
My review is based on a free copy of the book from the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or the content of the review.
About the author
Stan Schatt has written forty books on a wide variety of topics including science fiction, mysteries, a chapter book for children, a YA novel, biographies of Michael Connelly and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., and books on technology and career changing. His love for teaching is reflected in outstanding teaching awards he received from the University of Southern California and DeVry Institute of Technology.
Rather than having one career, Schatt has had several. He has worked as an autopsy assistant, an English professor, a software trainer, a law enforcement administrator, a market research executive, and a sales manager. He spent the last two decades as a technology analyst or ‘futurist” trying to figure out what future technologies will be successful.