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Raintree: Haunted

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Raintree Haunted It’s more than a last name; more than a notation on a family tree. It’s a mark of destiny. Each family member has a special gift, an otherworldly talent. Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he’s keep secret to solve his newest case.

2nd in the Raintree trilogy
Author: Linda Winstead Jones
ISBN: 0-373-61764-X (Silhouette)
Finished: 5 August 2007
Who: Hope Malory and Gideon Raintree

Gideon’s gifts are a burden. Restless spirits needing peace and having to be careful around almost all modern contraptions can wear a guy down. You’re having visions of a little girl that insist on calling you “Daddy”, and someone burnt down your big brother’s casino. Add the fact that your boss has assigned you a new partner just as you’re about to investigate a gruesome murder and your day just can’t get any worse.

Gideon doesn’t want a new partner. It’s hard enough trying to talk to ghosts with uniformed cops standing guard at a crime scene, the last thing he needs is an equal hanging over his shoulder. Gideon goes out of his way to make Hope Malory request a transfer. Some of his tactics are just as underhanded as Dante’s treatment of Lorna. Gideon’s little trick, regardless of how exciting it sounded, was actually worse than what Dante did. Too bad Hope didn’t punch him. Of course, she does threaten to shoot him. But if you think about it, if you look at it from a certain point a view, it’s Emma who deals out the cosmic payback. The little whipper-snapper! 😉

For her part, Hope’s had bad experiences with men. She’s sure that Gideon, with his near-perfect solve rate, is on the take. How can anyone solve so many homicides so quickly and so efficiently? He owns a beautiful house on the beach, has several cars, and has expensive clothes. How can he do that on a detective’s pay? She’s determined to find out the truth no matter what Gideon tries to do to scare her off.

It’s perfectly understandable that Gideon doesn’t immediately think the Ansara are involved. There are so many other types of evil out in the world that it’s reasonable for him not to view the case as some vast Ansara conspiracy. But at some point, after he learns that psycho chick is gunning for him and his vision-girl cousin, it should have crossed his mind as a possibility. I guess his detecting skills are a little rusty. I suppose when you can conduct one-on-one interviews with the murder victim, you don’t have to make those pesky leaps in logic. 😀

All in all, I liked this book better than the first.

Favorite Quote:
“Told you so, Daddy.”
— Emma

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