In anticipation of Halloween, it seems fitting to discuss mysteries that have paranormal or ghostly elements to them. These mysteries may have vampires, werewolves, witches or people with psychic powers. As so aptly stated by MysteryAuthors.com, these are ”…mysteries solved by involving the things that go bump in the night, are solved by people with powers or at times by people who aren’t really people at all.”
My husband’s favorite series is the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. This series follows Harry Dresden, a wizard and private investigator who works hard to protect the general public in modern day Chicago from the mythical creatures (ghouls, vampires, werewolves, zombies, fairies, etc.) and other dark forces out to destroy them. There are currently fifteen books in this series. I would strongly recommend reading this series in order beginning with the first book, Storm Front.
On the lighter side, check out the Ghost Hunter Mysteries by Victoria Laurie. In this series, M. J. Holliday runs a ghost busting business with her best friend, Gilley Gillespie. There are currently eight books in this series: What’s a Ghoul to Do? (#1), Demons are a Ghouls Best Friend (#2), Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun (#3), Ghouls Gone Wild (#4), Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls (#5) and Ghoul Interrupted (#6), What a Ghoul Wants (#7) and The Ghoul Next Door (#8). No Ghouls Allowed (#9) will be coming out in January of 2015. An interesting tidbit: Victoria Laurie is a real life professional psychic and also writes another mystery series: Psychic Eye Mysteries.
And for those of you who have loved the True Blood Series on HBO, check out the Southern Vampire Mystery series by Charlaine Harris, featuring Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress who deals with vampires and werewolves. Here’s a list of this series in order: Dead Until Dark (#1), Living Dead in Dallas (#2), Club Dead (#3), Dead to the World (#4), Dead as a Doornail (#5), Definitely Dead (#6), All Together Dead (#7), From Dead to Worse (#8), Dead and Gone (#9), Dead in the Family (#10), Dead Reckoning (#11), Deadlocked (#12) and the final book in the series Dead Ever After (#13).
– Carol W.