If you like your police procedurals with a paranormal element, check out the Frost Sisters mysteries by Scarlett Dean. The sisters were introduced in Invisible Shield, the story of the murder of homicide detective Lindsay Frost. With the help of her sister, Kate, she solved that murder. But, Lindsay can't move on. Both sisters have a Shield of Duty, as shown in the second book.
Kate's now a homicide detective in the same police force in Southfield Heights, Indiana. She's dating her partner, but takes a skiing vacation with friends one weekend. The return home is disrupted by a blizzard, and a murder. And, Kate has to show she's a detective first, not a vacationing friend. Fortunately, she has Lindsay to help.
Logically, Lindsay should have been able to move on after solving her own murder, since a spirit moves on when unresolved issues are resolved. But, Lindsay still has her detective badge as a death tag. Now, she finds she wants to help her sister, but she's also able to help other spirits with their own cases. Once a detective, always a detective, even in the afterlife.
There's a minor problem with repetition at the beginning of the book, but my copy was an advanced reader's copy, and that might have been resolved in the final edition. However, that's a minor flaw in an otherwise intriguing mystery. It's interesting to watch both sisters grow in their own confidence in their abilities, no matter what world they're in. There's humor, as well as the relationship between sisters. But, don't think sisters, a spirit, and humor equal a cute mystery. Scarlett Dean has written another gritty mystery, a police procedural with characters that can solve crimes in any world, this life, or the next. Shield of Duty shows that the Frost sisters are never off duty.
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Shield of Duty by Scarlett Dean. Five Star, ©2010. ISBN 978-1594148552 (hardcover), 278p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me this review copy, hoping I would review it.