Holy Smoke (Andi Comstock Supernatural Mystery – 1) by Ann Simas
Smoke doesn’t always mean there’s fire…
Andi Comstock loves her new job, but she can’t figure out why she is the only person in the building who smells the smoke. Not only does she smell it, but each time she does, she hears a voice in her head.
One of those voices suggests she talk to Father Riley at St. Gemma’s Church, “a man of God and a believer in the afterlife.” Stunned and hoping she hasn’t lost her mind or developed a brain tumor, Andi makes the leap back to church. Much to her surprise, she gains a cohort in her effort to track down the source of both the smoke and the voices.
Sometimes, it means murder…
Then comes a voice that belongs to someone Andi went to school with and it’s begging for help. When Andi and Father Riley discover they may have stumbled upon a murder, the priest summons homicide detective Jack Harmon for assistance.
Now if Andi can just figure out why the voice keeps telling her, “Look at my teeth.”
Ann Simas lives in Oregon, but she is a Colorado girl at heart, having grown up in the Rocky Mountains. An avid word-lover since childhood, she penned her first fiction “book” in high school. She particularly likes to write a mix of mystery-thriller-suspense with a love story and paranormal/supernatural elements.
An award-winning watercolorist and a budding photographer, Ann also enjoys needlework and gardening in her spare time. She is her family’s “genealogist” and has been blessed with the opportunity to conduct first-hand research in Italy for both her writing and her family tree. The genealogy research from century’s old documents, written in Italian, has been a supreme but gratifying and exciting challenge for her.
Andi seems to have everything falling into place for her but when she starts smelling smoke that no one else can smell and hearing voices she has to do something before someone thinks she is crazy, including herself. But when she recognizes once of the voices as someone she went to school with that died a couple weeks prior, Andi finds Father Riley and tells him what is happening. After a little research they learn that there is a lot more happening in their little town and Father Riley called detective Jack Harmon. Jack doesn’t believe it at first but the more they go the more trouble they find.
Andi is a great character, she is nice and I feel for her. Jack is great, the hardened detective that doesn’t believe Andi’s story. I love the banter between the two of them. There is definitely sparks there. The mystery was well put together and had me guessing until the end.
This is my first book of Ann Simas’ that I have read but it will not be the last. I cannot wait to see what happens to Andi in the next book and to explore others books of Ann’s.
I received Holy Smoke from Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.