For this week’s Recent Reads, I read wonderful two stories about paranormal hallucinations or haunting with lots of humour and poignant moments.
I loved the premise of A Case of Madness (or the Curious Appearance of Holmes in the Nighttime) by Yvonne Knop, about a specialist lecturer on Sherlock Holmes living in contemporary London. I was even more intrigued when I learned that the author originally wrote the story in German before deciding to translate the story into English.
This was a charming and disarming tale as Andrew Thomas, beset by catastrophe, tries to gather his courage and make peace with his past. Along with the assistance of his absolute hoot of a best friend Mina (Watson to his Sherlock), in his despair, Andrew unwittingly summons Holmes in the form of a hallucination who advises him to open up to love. The romance between Andrew and Matt was tender and tentative and I found the A Case of Madness to be fun, quirky, compassionate and resolutely LGBTQIA+ positive. A lovely read.
Pretty much everything by Jess Whitecroft is a must-read for me and Ghosted was unputdownable. A frequently hilarious and sometimes downright spooky glimpse into the world of paranormal professionals, when experienced exorcist Jason and mainly fake medium Ange, meet at a haunted house in New Orleans and begin an opposites-attract romance.
I really enjoyed that although there was plenty of witty banter throughout, the personal tragedies of the main characters (and assorted ghosts) were taken seriously, which made me believe in and care for them. Gorgeously eclectic and sweetly romantic (in between the hauntings), Ghosted just swept me away. I really couldn’t get enough of Jason and Ange.