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Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get re Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, doesn’t think she’s nuts. Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected State Senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the Senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator’s wife. Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, twenty-four years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further, she becomes the next target for the serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends.


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Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get re Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. Well, actually, coming back from the dead and having the ability to communicate with ghosts is really what did it. Now, a private investigator in rural Freeport, Illinois, Mary’s trying to learn how to incorporate her experience as a Chicago cop and new-found talent into a real job. Her challenge is to solve the mysteries, get real evidence (a ghost’s word just doesn’t hold up in court), and be sure the folks in town, especially the handsome new police chief, doesn’t think she’s nuts. Twenty-four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of a newly elected State Senator. It was ruled an accident. But now, as the Senator prepares to move on to higher positions, the ghost of the woman is appearing to the Senator’s wife. Mary is hired to discover the truth behind the death. She unearths a connection between the murder and the disappearance of five little girls whose cases, twenty-four years later, are still all unsolved. As she digs further, she becomes the next target for the serial killers’ quest to tie up all his loose ends.

30 review for Loose Ends

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa_lifeinthebooks

    I kept reading a couple pages of this book then putting it down, picking it up again, and then putting it down. Finally, I decided to sit down and just finish it and I’m glad I gave this book a chance. Once I decided to just finish it I got into the story and the characters and ended up really liking this story. I’m now invested in the characters and the series. My favorite thing about the story was the supernatural and the mystery solving aspect of it and of course the growing relationship betw I kept reading a couple pages of this book then putting it down, picking it up again, and then putting it down. Finally, I decided to sit down and just finish it and I’m glad I gave this book a chance. Once I decided to just finish it I got into the story and the characters and ended up really liking this story. I’m now invested in the characters and the series. My favorite thing about the story was the supernatural and the mystery solving aspect of it and of course the growing relationship between Mary and Bradley.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. 3.5 stars. Loose Ends is a light mystery read. I thought it was both charming and humorous. Mary O'Reilly was a Chicago police officer who was shot in the line of duty. She died but was resuscitated. Since that day she has been able to see the ghosts of people who have not crossed over. She decides to quit the police force and opens up a paranormal detective agency after moving to a small town. For the most part I liked this. I would give it 4 stars f Dying is what changed Mary O’Reilly’s life. 3.5 stars. Loose Ends is a light mystery read. I thought it was both charming and humorous. Mary O'Reilly was a Chicago police officer who was shot in the line of duty. She died but was resuscitated. Since that day she has been able to see the ghosts of people who have not crossed over. She decides to quit the police force and opens up a paranormal detective agency after moving to a small town. For the most part I liked this. I would give it 4 stars for the charm and humor, and the characters. I really enjoyed her banter with the two other business owners that befriend her. I liked the potential love interest and the way they met. I also really liked that there wasn't just one mystery introduced in this book, but three. One of which I'm going to guess will not be as easily solved as the other two were in this book. It will probably span at least a couple of books before it's resolved. The things that I found to be shortcomings in this book, and what kept me from giving it 4 stars were first, the main mystery. It was pretty obvious who did it and I was hoping it would end up being a red herring, but at one point in the middle of the book the author for some reason decides to just let us in on it completely. If I hadn't found the rest of the book so likable I would not have been able to overlook this as easily. The second thing that sort of bothered me was that Mary did a couple of things that I thought a former cop wouldn't have done. (view spoiler)[ She doesn't check her whole house at one point when she thinks someone could possibly be in it and she never seems to bring her weapon with her, except for one time when she goes to take a shower and it isn't very useful to her then because she can't bring it into the shower with her. One other time she is in someone's house and hears the garage door opening, so she knows they are home. Instead of exiting the house through the front door or some other door or window where they wouldn't be able to see her, she goes back down into the basement to exit through the patio doors, the basement is where the garage is located. (hide spoiler)] I will continue reading this series because I liked it despite those issues. It's a self published series so I wasn't expecting perfection, and the books are short; this one was only around a 6 hour read. Sometimes that's what I need, a quick, light read that doesn't take itself too seriously and this fit the bill. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ivonne Rovira

    Loose Ends should have been a complete cliché: Ghost-glimpsing paranormal investigator Mary O’Reilly teams up with skeptical handsome new police chief Bradley Alden to solve the disappearance of five little girls near the Apple River Fort Historic Site in Illinois. But somehow author Terri Reid makes it work well enough. Don’t ask me how she did it, but, for the most part, I really enjoyed this breezy read — the first in a series — about fictional doings in the real-life small town of Freeport, Loose Ends should have been a complete cliché: Ghost-glimpsing paranormal investigator Mary O’Reilly teams up with skeptical handsome new police chief Bradley Alden to solve the disappearance of five little girls near the Apple River Fort Historic Site in Illinois. But somehow author Terri Reid makes it work well enough. Don’t ask me how she did it, but, for the most part, I really enjoyed this breezy read — the first in a series — about fictional doings in the real-life small town of Freeport, Ill., located just south of the Wisconsin state line. But the story doesn’t begin with the five dead girls, but with a suspicious 1984 drowning death of a pregnant campaign worker. Renee Peterson was a naïve campaign worker with a crush on Illinois State Senate candidate Joseph Ryerson when she drowned at the handsome, philandering Ryerson’s victory party. Decades later, Renee has begun haunting the Ryerson home in Galena, Ill., and desperate wife Susan Ryerson asks Mary to investigate. Mary also gets drawn into investigating the 24–year-old disappearance of 8-year-old Jessica Whitaker, which occurred on the same night as Renee Peterson’s death. That leads Mary to discover that Jessica was just one of five girls kidnapped and murdered by Jessica’s killer — a killer who has every reason to want Mary O’Reilly safely dead. I loved the novel until Chapter 37; that’s when this thus-far intriguing novel went off the rails. (view spoiler)[Unfortunately, the perpetrator turns out to be a cartoon villain who could have starred in a preposterous Arnold Schwarzenegger or Steven Segal action flick, a Victorian melodrama — or one of the lesser Dean Koontz novels. Too bad Reid didn’t take the trouble to write more convincing dialogue for him. And the fact that the kidnapped, murdered girls are tied to Renee Peterson’s death strains credulity. (hide spoiler)] Until then, Loose Ends was building up to be a deliciously guilty pleasure. Despite its flaw, Loose Ends is perfect for when you want a mindless cozy with a sassy heroine with some interesting pals — both alive and dead. Is it Louise Penny’s Still Life, Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper's Apprentice, or Robert Galbraith’s The Silkworm? Nah! But I bought the sequel, Good Tidings, before I’d even finished the book, and, even now, despite the unsatisfactory final 50 pages, I’m not sorry. That pretty much tells you what you want to know.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dehlia Calliste

    I got this book for the same reason a lot of people did, it seems. It was cheap (or in my case, temporarily free) on Amazon. I usually won't bother with self-published books unless I know the author. However, this book really surprised me. A basic, non-spoilery run down is that our main heroine was shot in the line of duty as a police officer and died momentarily only to be brought back from the brink. She also happened to bring back the ability to see and communicate with spirits with her. Now sh I got this book for the same reason a lot of people did, it seems. It was cheap (or in my case, temporarily free) on Amazon. I usually won't bother with self-published books unless I know the author. However, this book really surprised me. A basic, non-spoilery run down is that our main heroine was shot in the line of duty as a police officer and died momentarily only to be brought back from the brink. She also happened to bring back the ability to see and communicate with spirits with her. Now she works as an independent investigator, using her unique skills to solve crimes. This particular book involves the death of a young mistress of a politician in the 1980s and how it links back to child abductions at the time. All the while, Mary has a growing relationship with a local police chief. Mary as a character is strong-willed and sharp, with a sense of humor about her strange predicaments. The side characters are also fun to read about, and seem very true to life despite this being technically a paranormal book. What more can I say? I thoroughly enjoyed the read, the mystery really had me hooked the entire time. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joseph - Relax And Read Reviews

    I am not usually one who's drawn to paranormal mysteries, however, after reading so many positive reviews about Terri Reid's Mary O'Reilly's series, I decided to give it a try, and boy oh boy, I was literally blown away by this book. 'Loose Ends' is just the first in a long series. Mary O'Reilly, a Chicago cop, was shot during a stake-out gone bad. Later, surrounded by her family, she died in hospital, but she remained dead only for a few minutes. She was sent back among the living with an added I am not usually one who's drawn to paranormal mysteries, however, after reading so many positive reviews about Terri Reid's Mary O'Reilly's series, I decided to give it a try, and boy oh boy, I was literally blown away by this book. 'Loose Ends' is just the first in a long series. Mary O'Reilly, a Chicago cop, was shot during a stake-out gone bad. Later, surrounded by her family, she died in hospital, but she remained dead only for a few minutes. She was sent back among the living with an added ability - the ability to see and speak to ghosts, especially those who have yet to resolve some issue before being able to move on and rest. She decided to combine her cop qualities with her new ability and set up a private investigation business in the town of Freeport. Twenty four years ago, a young woman drowned in the swimming pool of the newly elected State Senator. It was ruled an accident and the case closed, but now, after all these years, the woman's ghost is haunting the senator and his wife who immediately call Mary for assistance. Mary discovers that the woman was actually murdered, but who is the killer? What was the motive behind this young woman's murder? She also finds possible links between this murder and the disappearance of some young girls that also happened at that time. Mary finds herself being stalked by and running for her life from someone who's determined to stop her. Now that the old cases have been re-opened, the new police chief joins her in her investigation, but will they succeed in finding the murderer? Will the woman's ghost be able to move on? Will the missing girls' families finally find closure? Nothing is as it seems. Filled with richly described characters, action and haunting scenes, this was a very pleasurable read for me. The book contains some laugh-out-loud scenes, but also some tear-shedding ones. I highly recommend 'Loose Ends' to anyone loving paranormal investigation mysteries. I have already bought the second book in the series, 'Good Tidings'.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3 stars Own in: Crimes of Passion: 6 Romantic Suspense Books This one suffered in comparison to a couple of good books I just read. That said, I don't think I would rate it higher than 3 stars. I am very interested in Bradley's (H) missing wife Jeannine. Somewhat predictable - didn't quite have the edge of my seat suspense to rate higher.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ira

    Pretty average and I read too many mysteries books 😬 The way the author tried to give you some idea about the villain in the first chapter is not working with me, I can guess the bad guy straight away, gosh! He was so damn obvious!! Also with the crimes like these and that cover, you wanted more intensity in this book which is not happened here, a bit disappointed really. But this book on KU and pretty thin compare with other mysteries books, so you can read quick between your other book. Also you Pretty average and I read too many mysteries books 😬 The way the author tried to give you some idea about the villain in the first chapter is not working with me, I can guess the bad guy straight away, gosh! He was so damn obvious!! Also with the crimes like these and that cover, you wanted more intensity in this book which is not happened here, a bit disappointed really. But this book on KU and pretty thin compare with other mysteries books, so you can read quick between your other book. Also you can see a glimpse of future romance here, so in that department this series should be good! 😝 If you interested, here much better series about mysteries with ghost in it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beanbag Love

    I bought this because it was cheap and had good reviews. An excellent way to go about finding new authors, I think. It was pretty good for the first book in a series. Except for the fact you can tell who the culprit is as soon as they're described. Authors have these little axes to grind and they become a lot more obvious than they think they're being. This is why I don't always go for mysteries. I can usually tell by the way an author describes a person whether or not that person is going to be I bought this because it was cheap and had good reviews. An excellent way to go about finding new authors, I think. It was pretty good for the first book in a series. Except for the fact you can tell who the culprit is as soon as they're described. Authors have these little axes to grind and they become a lot more obvious than they think they're being. This is why I don't always go for mysteries. I can usually tell by the way an author describes a person whether or not that person is going to be the bad guy. But it doesn't really matter because halfway through, Reid must have decided she didn't really want to write a mystery and just went ahead and revealed the baddie to us. And then it turned into a kind of a suspense thing. Anyway, this series is about a former Chicago cop who was killed in the line of duty and came back to life able to see ghosts. She investigates causes of death to help the spirits move on. Sometimes, if murder is involved, there's more to it than simply guiding someone to the afterlife. A small town setting and a quirky cast of characters made this a basically charming read, if not a very mysterious one. She's self-published which is an endeavor I wholeheartedly support and she's just as enjoyable as plenty of authors from the big publishing houses. I've already bought the second entry in the series for only $2.99 (e-book) so we'll see if she gives it all away in the description again. If the characters click as nicely in the second installment as they did in the first I might not care.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

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  10. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Cute cozy mystery from a new to me author. In general I don't read cozy mysteries and to be honest, I purchased this book thinking it would be a more "meaty" mystery with the paranormal mixed in. I also expected it to be well...a little scary. I was way off the mark but I was pleasantly surprised by this well written start of a series. Mary O'Reilly is a fun character and I really enjoyed how she was developed. Mary is strong, independent, and yes she does see ghosts. I liked how her character pl Cute cozy mystery from a new to me author. In general I don't read cozy mysteries and to be honest, I purchased this book thinking it would be a more "meaty" mystery with the paranormal mixed in. I also expected it to be well...a little scary. I was way off the mark but I was pleasantly surprised by this well written start of a series. Mary O'Reilly is a fun character and I really enjoyed how she was developed. Mary is strong, independent, and yes she does see ghosts. I liked how her character played off of the police chief, Bradley Alden, who at first seems like Mary's polar opposite. I can say with certainty that I will be continuing with this series, which is not a sentence I usually put in a review about a cozy mystery series. Highly recommend for a fun light read or to any cozy mystery fan! 4 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    This is the first in a series of paranormal mysteries. The characters are fun and sometimes quirky. Mary O'Reilley is a former cop turned private investigator who was shot dead but revived with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Some of them have problems for her to resolve, sometimes they help her solve real life mysteries. None of the characters takes themselves too seriously and the mystery story-telling is pretty good. Halfway through the first one I downloaded three more (there This is the first in a series of paranormal mysteries. The characters are fun and sometimes quirky. Mary O'Reilley is a former cop turned private investigator who was shot dead but revived with the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Some of them have problems for her to resolve, sometimes they help her solve real life mysteries. None of the characters takes themselves too seriously and the mystery story-telling is pretty good. Halfway through the first one I downloaded three more (there are six in total) and I'm already halfway through the second. There are light and don't take long to finish. I don't know exactly but they are probably around 225 pages more or less. I am enjoying these so much that after I finish this I'm going to email the author! For those who like the genre with a little bit of the paranormal thrown it. Congratulations Terri Reid! One more thing: these ebooks are really affordable! A very important plus in my world!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Valentine

    One of my main complaints about too many female detective stories these days is that the women are supposed to be brilliant in every way but do totally stupid things so the guy can rescue her. Mary O'Reilly not only doesn't do that, she makes a point of not doing that. I liked this book very much and I loved Mary -- she's smart,savvy, plucky and has a wicked sense of humor which I guess is a good thing when one of your clients shows up in your bedroom every night without his head on. The story is One of my main complaints about too many female detective stories these days is that the women are supposed to be brilliant in every way but do totally stupid things so the guy can rescue her. Mary O'Reilly not only doesn't do that, she makes a point of not doing that. I liked this book very much and I loved Mary -- she's smart,savvy, plucky and has a wicked sense of humor which I guess is a good thing when one of your clients shows up in your bedroom every night without his head on. The story is good, the characters are delightful (I loved her neighbor Rosie, a woman after my own heart), and the hero, Bradley, is pretty dishy. All around a bright, witty, engaging read. Well done.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Wow this book was very well done. About third of the way through I kinda had an idea who the bad guy was. Mary is a fantastic character. She's smart, sassy, sarcastic and has a sense of humor. A woman gets killed at the start of the book and then years later Mary is hired to figure out why the ghost is haunting this house. She is also investigating a group of missing 8 year old girls that may or may not be tied to the first ghost. Then someone starts trying to kill her and Police Chief Bradley s Wow this book was very well done. About third of the way through I kinda had an idea who the bad guy was. Mary is a fantastic character. She's smart, sassy, sarcastic and has a sense of humor. A woman gets killed at the start of the book and then years later Mary is hired to figure out why the ghost is haunting this house. She is also investigating a group of missing 8 year old girls that may or may not be tied to the first ghost. Then someone starts trying to kill her and Police Chief Bradley steps in to help her. There's some tension between them that I hope grows in the next book, although Bradley has a troubled past so it will make things interesting. Overall I loved this book. Can't wait to start the next one. Favorite part in the book. We need to have an escape plan.” “I’ll shoot him,” Bradley offered helpfully. “He has your gun,” Mary replied. “Oh, then that won’t work.” Mary sighed. Somehow she didn’t think that Bradley’s warrior-police guy was coming back anytime soon. “So, how do your legs feel?” she asked. She felt a large hand squeeze her thigh. “Bradley, that was my leg.” “Oh, sorry, but what a relief, I thought I had lost feeling in my legs.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A pleasant cozy/paranormal mystery. I read all six books in the series one after another. They need some serious proof-reading and the help of an editor, but if you can get over the typos and the fact that there really isn't much of a mystery to them, they are quite pleasant, remarkably quick little reads. Be warned that the need for proof-reading really worsens throughout the series and eventually becomes downright annoying in th 6th book. But having said that (and gritting my teeth over things A pleasant cozy/paranormal mystery. I read all six books in the series one after another. They need some serious proof-reading and the help of an editor, but if you can get over the typos and the fact that there really isn't much of a mystery to them, they are quite pleasant, remarkably quick little reads. Be warned that the need for proof-reading really worsens throughout the series and eventually becomes downright annoying in th 6th book. But having said that (and gritting my teeth over things like you're vs. your, illusions vs. delusions, an unfortunate use of a double negative, and laughable use of "secreted" instead of "secret" and the like), I still read every book. There are no shades of grey in these little books, villains are overblown caricatures and amusingly so, but the heroes are still sweet and engaging. Not bad for 99¢.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    I'm giving this four stars even tho it had issues. I liked the story and the main characters. Since I like paranormal themes this really worked. It flowed well and was an easy read. The negatives were the punctuation and other editing problems. Not to mention a faux pas near the end where the villain apparently gave himself away with a statement and the Chief didn't catch it. I did figure out earlier that he was the one. I have the next book and still do look forward to reading it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kjen

    Very enjoyable, fast-paced read. Cover to cover in one day with lots of other things going on in-between...really held my interest. Likable characters, interesting premise, hopeful romance...will read the next in the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Its ok. Nothing said wow about this book to me. I don't know why it has such good reviews. I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend, not because its bad but because there isn't anything grand about it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Bad formatting but fabulous book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I enjoyed this book. I wish the details of Mary's death and coming back were part of this story. You sort of go in clueless as to the situation. The descriptions were great for the characters, down to the dripping blood and rotting flesh of the the soldier. The storyline of the senator could have been more broad, but overall the story was very well done. The little girls deaths were heartbreaking, but Mary's fierce determination made it worth continuing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    H.L. Carpenter

    Former police officer who was shot and can now see ghosts solves a 28 year old murder mystery with the help of some of the ghosts. Light romantic interest, engaging mystery, practical, intelligent heroine.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen B.

    Mary O'Reilly sees and can communicate with ghosts after a near death experience. This is the first in the series. Mary is hired to find out what happened to a young woman who was killed 24 years ago. While investigating that murder she uncovers the ghosts of young girls who were murdered around the same time, so she is investigating on two fronts. Meanwhile she has met the new Police Chief and is beginning to fall for him even though he is unfortunately married. But his wife disappeared 8 years Mary O'Reilly sees and can communicate with ghosts after a near death experience. This is the first in the series. Mary is hired to find out what happened to a young woman who was killed 24 years ago. While investigating that murder she uncovers the ghosts of young girls who were murdered around the same time, so she is investigating on two fronts. Meanwhile she has met the new Police Chief and is beginning to fall for him even though he is unfortunately married. But his wife disappeared 8 years ago and although legally still married, he becomes interested in Mary as well. I didn't like this one as much as the first one I read which actually was the 2nd in the series. I love Mary's feisty attitude and she has some interesting friends who have businesses near Mary's and are Mary's "neighbors". The mystery is not too easily solved which made it very interesting reading. I would recommend this series to anyone who thinks they might like a ghost investigator.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    I picked this up as a kindle freebie and it was quite good. Mary is a former Chicago cop who was killed in the line of duty. She actually died on the table but was revived. But she brought back a little something extra when she came back, she can now see, hear and interact with ghosts. They come to her to help them get to their final resting place. Now she lives in a smaller town working as a PI and using her special skills to help solve cases. The latest case involves a woman who died in the 80s I picked this up as a kindle freebie and it was quite good. Mary is a former Chicago cop who was killed in the line of duty. She actually died on the table but was revived. But she brought back a little something extra when she came back, she can now see, hear and interact with ghosts. They come to her to help them get to their final resting place. Now she lives in a smaller town working as a PI and using her special skills to help solve cases. The latest case involves a woman who died in the 80s. It was originally labelled a drowning but the readers are aware that it was murder. The woman was a mistress of a newly elected congressman who now has his eyes on running for higher office. Did he kill her? Or was it someone else? And does it connect at all to the spirits of the young girls in the woods who have been begging Mary for help? The best overall thing I can say about the book was that it was quickly absorbing. I started reading a few pages and before I knew it I was stuck. I wanted to keep reading. Mary is a great heroine. She it smart and funny and a little smart mouthed. She has a budding relationship with the new chief of Police who himself has a whole host of issues. I liked the back-story the author gave Bradley because it adds a little mystery for him as well. As a mystery or even suspense thriller this wouldn't rank too highly. I easily figured out the culprit and I knew immediately that she was not working on two separate mysteries. Too many authors do that thing where they start out with two completely disparate cases and ...voila... they march together in the end. But even so it was still enjoyable to wander along with Mary as she went about her detecting. I also liked the PNR aspect of it. I especially liked the added element that when Mary is talking to a ghost she is transported (in her mind) in time to when the ghost was living. So when she's talking to the little girls who disappeared in the 70s the landscape around her reverts to how it looked back then. This of course has sometimes funny consequences when Mary is (in her mind) in a wooded area in the 70s but in the present time there are buildings. Let's just say that Mary smacks her head or runs into objects she didn't realize were there a lot. Good book. I think fans of the Darynda Jones Charley Davidson series might like this one. Not as funny as Charley by a long shot and the is no son of Satan hanging around, but the books live in the same neighborhood, so to speak.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***SLIGHTLY SPOILERY!!*** Terri Reid wove Loose Ends together beautifully. There were some bits that were foreshadowed a little too well. That is to say, I knew the Police Chief Bradley was her mysterious racing partner almost as soon as one and the other were mentioned. However, the characters are witty, fun, and despite having their own dark pasts, they aren’t broody and depressing. They have unique personalities, flaws, and strengths. It was also a unique perspective on someone who’s a medium ***SLIGHTLY SPOILERY!!*** Terri Reid wove Loose Ends together beautifully. There were some bits that were foreshadowed a little too well. That is to say, I knew the Police Chief Bradley was her mysterious racing partner almost as soon as one and the other were mentioned. However, the characters are witty, fun, and despite having their own dark pasts, they aren’t broody and depressing. They have unique personalities, flaws, and strengths. It was also a unique perspective on someone who’s a medium and able to see ghosts. It took me a day to read this – mostly because I was doing it in between chats at work and when I could get a moment to myself at home – but it’s an addictive read. Reid knows how to keep the reader engaged in the well thought out plot involving politicians, missing girls, a murdered pregnant woman from the eighties, and a few ghosts that need help along the way. The chemistry between Mary and Bradley isn’t forced, and I like that she didn’t try pushing them together, especially with Bradley still mourning his wife and child who have been missing for eight years. Instead the attraction slowly builds more and more throughout the book instead of just smooshing them together like two blow up dolls being used as instructional sex toys. Which reminds me – I love the fact that Rosie’s emergency fashion kit contains a blow up doll which was not just something quirky in the plot – it’s in there for a reason. I love when writers think things through. The little details enhance the story so much. Reid is able to give vivid – yet not too much description to bog the story down. It’s consistently moving forward with enough information to keep the story flowing so that the readers are fulfilled with the information, and not so much that you’re drowning in factual data. It’s a great balance, an engaging read, and yes, I will absolutely be picking up the next one in the series. Be careful if you decide to start on this journey. It’s like a drug addiction. Once you inject yourself with this creative story, you’ll find yourself jonesing for your next fix. I’m giving Loose Ends four out of five stars. The only reason it’s not five is because for me, it was too easy to figure out a few points in the book, but that didn’t want me to stop reading it. It only made me want more!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    I have had this book in my TBR pile for awhile. I bought it for the ghost theme. I don't know why I let it set for so long. I guess I was worried it would be another poorly edited book or the ghosts wouldn't be real or have very little ghost interaction. This book was wonderful. I don't give five stars to many books. This one earned it IMHO. It was funny, had a wonderful secondary cast that didn't distract from the main characters, it just added to the them. The amount ghostly interactions was p I have had this book in my TBR pile for awhile. I bought it for the ghost theme. I don't know why I let it set for so long. I guess I was worried it would be another poorly edited book or the ghosts wouldn't be real or have very little ghost interaction. This book was wonderful. I don't give five stars to many books. This one earned it IMHO. It was funny, had a wonderful secondary cast that didn't distract from the main characters, it just added to the them. The amount ghostly interactions was perfect. It was suspenseful even if I had an idea "whodunnit" pretty early, it didn't take away from the story. You wanted to keep reading. The writing was really good. It's not so full of "babble" that you can't understand what is going on with the ghost aspect of the book or the private investigation/police side. The heroine was genuine and had a grasp on her abilities. The hero is a wounded hero and a perfect match for the heroine. Yet he's not so "unbelieving" towards her abilities that it hurts their relationship or makes you roll your eyes at his attitude. I look forward to reading the series to see if they end up together. I love Heather Graham books. I have been trying to find more authors like her. So if you love Heather Graham too, you definitely need to give Terri Reid a try. I just purchased the next two books in the Mary O'Reilly series. There seems to be 10 books total and a short story. I hope they are as great as the first!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stanley McShane

    Obviously Terri Reid has a winner in her Mary O'Reilly paranormal series as she's written 15 of them successfully. I can see why. I greatly enjoyed Mary with her ghostly characters popping in and out on her, although Bradley channeling through her might have stretched the imagination a bit much. Still, it's a ghost story--who's to know? Only thing I didn't enjoy was the formatting. Enjoyed her best buds, Stanley and Rosie; enjoyed getting to know Bradley. A former crack Chicago cop up for detect Obviously Terri Reid has a winner in her Mary O'Reilly paranormal series as she's written 15 of them successfully. I can see why. I greatly enjoyed Mary with her ghostly characters popping in and out on her, although Bradley channeling through her might have stretched the imagination a bit much. Still, it's a ghost story--who's to know? Only thing I didn't enjoy was the formatting. Enjoyed her best buds, Stanley and Rosie; enjoyed getting to know Bradley. A former crack Chicago cop up for detective, Mary is killed in the line of duty and brought back with the ability to see ghosts who are drawn to her looking to help them move into the next dimension. Most are stuck between worlds because of an unnatural death. Mary moves out of Chicago to small town Freeport to begin anew, where Bradley comes in as Chief of Police who is also creating a new rural life and has a secret of his own. Mary is called on to solve the mystery of the death of a senator's lover whose ghost is now invading their reconciled lives and discovers it is chronologically related to the disappearance of five little girls. Enjoyed the dialogue, interaction between characters in a plot that moved along nicely and kept you reading. Now that I've read book #1 in the series, I'm hooked. and looking forward to #2!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charles Ray

    Mary O’Reilly was a Chicago cop until she was shot. She died, and was brought back to life, and now she can see and talk to ghosts. She becomes a PI in the small town of Freeport, Illinois—because there are just too many ghosts to deal with in a city the size of Chicago. When the wife of a U.S. Senator hires her to look into the case of one of her husband’s aides, who died several years earlier, whose ghost is now appearing near the scene, Mary finds herself on the trail of a serial killer who wa Mary O’Reilly was a Chicago cop until she was shot. She died, and was brought back to life, and now she can see and talk to ghosts. She becomes a PI in the small town of Freeport, Illinois—because there are just too many ghosts to deal with in a city the size of Chicago. When the wife of a U.S. Senator hires her to look into the case of one of her husband’s aides, who died several years earlier, whose ghost is now appearing near the scene, Mary finds herself on the trail of a serial killer who was also responsible for the deaths of several young girls around the same time. The problem is, though, the killer is still around, and now, Mary is his target. Loose Ends is the debut novel in the Mary O’Reilly paranormal mystery series by Terri Reid. Reid does a fairly good job of sucking you in and almost making you believe that ghosts could be real. There’s also a good dollop of humor, with Mary coming across as a ghost-busting Kinsey Milhone. There were a few too many typos that should have been caught in the copy editing process, but it was still a fun book to read. Look out Kinsey Milhone, Mary O’Reilly is on your tail, and she’s got a lot of spiritual help!

  27. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews Mary can see ghosts and now she is a private investigator. She doesn't just investigate ghosts though, she also tries to help the ones who are currently living. When she is asked to help the ghost at the local senator's house things get complicated when she starts to find out the secrets of the past. Not only that, but someone doesn't want her to find out, and with the handsome police chief out to help her things get even more complicated. Especially whe Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews Mary can see ghosts and now she is a private investigator. She doesn't just investigate ghosts though, she also tries to help the ones who are currently living. When she is asked to help the ghost at the local senator's house things get complicated when she starts to find out the secrets of the past. Not only that, but someone doesn't want her to find out, and with the handsome police chief out to help her things get even more complicated. Especially when she finds out he is apparently married. This book was okay. I liked Mary's gift, and I enjoyed the plot line and mystery. The only thing that really bothers me is the hero. I was frustrated with the way he acted, and his whole "I'm married bit" yet he still wouldn't stay away from Mary. That was annoying as all get out. And then he wouldn't tell her the truth either. I'm not sure if I will read more in this series, but this one was enjoyable to pass the time with.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yodamom

    I picked this up as a Kindle freebie because I love a good ghost story. I was not disappointed. Mary a PI ex cop whose was killed in the line of duty was brought back to life to find she can see ghosts. They are drawn to her, she finds herself solving their issues so they can move on. It's not that bad till the murdered ghost start showing up and things get complicated. She is matched with a grieving Chief of Police who is running from his own ghosts. Together they stumble through this mystery a I picked this up as a Kindle freebie because I love a good ghost story. I was not disappointed. Mary a PI ex cop whose was killed in the line of duty was brought back to life to find she can see ghosts. They are drawn to her, she finds herself solving their issues so they can move on. It's not that bad till the murdered ghost start showing up and things get complicated. She is matched with a grieving Chief of Police who is running from his own ghosts. Together they stumble through this mystery and try to stay alive. The pacing of this short story was very good and the characters well developed. The only problem I had with the writing was the over examined details- 400 thread count sheets, flooring, clothes...they just had no reason for being in the story. I have seen this happen with a lot of new authors. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read book 2 in this series. This new author is one I am going to watch.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeosa

    Well she's no Shakespeare but I definitely enjoyed this book. Don't mind the 3 stars because I do reserve the 4 and 5 for mind-blowing literature. 3 means I liked it and would recommend it as a light-read to a friend. I just love that the writer made her main character, Mary O'Reilly, with a sarcastic sense of humor. The fact that Mary doesn't take herself too seriously makes the book more fun to read. First few chapters of the book, I decided not to read too much between the lines, this is not Well she's no Shakespeare but I definitely enjoyed this book. Don't mind the 3 stars because I do reserve the 4 and 5 for mind-blowing literature. 3 means I liked it and would recommend it as a light-read to a friend. I just love that the writer made her main character, Mary O'Reilly, with a sarcastic sense of humor. The fact that Mary doesn't take herself too seriously makes the book more fun to read. First few chapters of the book, I decided not to read too much between the lines, this is not a book about profound issues. Just read it and enjoy the ride. There are no twist endings, no fine sherlocke investigations needed and you pretty much know who the culprit is as soon the character is introduced. But it plays out well enough and I didn't get bored. And that's saying a lot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jud

    I loved this book, and I am insanely jealous of the lead character! Sometimes I wish I could look down a street and see little snippets of history, what the street would have been like however many years ago... Mary is a private detective unlike any other, her clients come to her at all hours of the day, including the middle of the night, to ask for help. Mary does what she can to help her clients, usually (or should I say unusually) by finding their bodies. You see, Mary can see ghosts. I didn't I loved this book, and I am insanely jealous of the lead character! Sometimes I wish I could look down a street and see little snippets of history, what the street would have been like however many years ago... Mary is a private detective unlike any other, her clients come to her at all hours of the day, including the middle of the night, to ask for help. Mary does what she can to help her clients, usually (or should I say unusually) by finding their bodies. You see, Mary can see ghosts. I didn't think I would be interested in a paranormal crime novel like this but as soon as I started I was hooked. The book is full of suspense and excitement, I was barely able to put it down and finished it within 2 days. Can't wait to read the next in the series thank goodness there are 7 so far!

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