Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Review of Once Burned by Samantha Hunter
A Sophie Turner Mystery
5 stars

A riveting paranormal mystery, “Once Burned” caught my attention and interest from the very beginning and never let go. Juggling a mix of contemporary suspense, crime, romance, and family issues with a very engrossing thread from the 19th century, interweaving it all with factual Boston history and modern society, this novel starts out strong and ends with a true cliffhanger conclusion, making this reviewer want to go back and pick up the first mystery in the series, as well as eagerly awaiting the next installment. Although “Once Burned” functions as a stand-alone, it does reference the earlier mystery, and of course, readers will want to race ahead to the next, as soon as available. These are characters whom I found it easy to empathise with and like, and there is a plethora of paranormal elements to enjoy, from ghosts and meditation to Tarot reading and unbreakable code books, plus mysterious shadowy figures (now you see ‘em, now you don’t) and plenty of good old-fashioned human greed, avarice, and cruelty. Author Samantha Hunter is a prolific and well-accomplished writer. I can’t wait for the next mystery in the Sophie Turner series.

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