The Phantom of Barker Mill, Steve Higgs
Book Two in the Blue Moon Investigations series starts with a past episode to set up the plot line. However, those who read the first book, Paranormal Nonsense, will be pleased to know the outcome of the cliff hanger at the conclusion of book one – and it was a shock to me.
The reader welcomes the return of Tempest Michaels, paranormal investigator and protagonist, and his witty internal monologue. The novel is set again, in Kent, and as a Kent native, it is refreshing to see – especially when names of locations are so familiar.
The characters, much like book one, are well rounded, believable and sometimes cringe-inducing (need I mention Big Ben, or indeed, Debbie?). Amanda, the police officer, features more prominently here, and I feel her character is explored in much more detail than in the first book.
This plot focuses on Barker Steel Mill, where there have been rumours of a phantom, and where the owner has died – are they somehow connected? You’ll have to read to find out.
The story has some excellent twists that I didn’t see coming, and I thought the writing to be easy to read and follow. A very good follow up to Paranormal Nonsense, and I look forward to the third instalment.
Paranormal Nonsense and The Phantom of Barker Mill are available on Amazon, in digital and print form, with the former also available on audio.