"Fans of twisty whodunits with a slight supernatural tinge will enjoy this well-constructed mystery set in North Carolina." (The BookLife Prize in Fiction, Publisher’s Weekly)
The wedding vows did say for better or worse, but...
Somehow, amateur detective Promise McNeal didn't envision herself as a sheriff’s wife. Yet, here she is worrying about her new husband, sexy fiddler Daniel Allen, while Daniel’s out searching for a murderer. That’s usually Promise’s job!
Daniel’s temporarily stepped into the shoes of his murdered cousin, former sheriff Mac Allen. Before it's over, of course, he's going to need her services - both investigative and psychic. He’s hell-bent on catching Mac’s murderer with the unwittingly amusing help of irascible Fletcher Enloe, one of the North Carolina characters who makes this cozy series so enjoyable.
Author James ratchets up the supernatural factor when super-psychic MaMa Allen tells Promise a spirit haunting Fire Mountain is leaving the mountain to prowl among the living. Promise’s stepdaughter, Susan, MaMa Allen warns, is in danger, and it’s up to Promise to do something. But as Promise sets a trap for the spirit, a frightening thunder snow moves across Perry County, and the hunted becomes the hunter, exposing just how vulnerable Susan is and how wicked a lost soul can be.
The fourth entry in this supernatural cozy series will raise goosebumps all around, certainly among fans of all cozy mysteries but especially those with a light sprinkling of psychic suspense, amateur sleuths and their close-sister private investigators, supernatural suspense, and psychic detective fiction of all sorts. It will also appeal to fans of other great North Carolina mystery authors like Margaret Maron, Barbara Neely, Elizabeth Daniels Squire, and Vicki Lane. Admirers of Julia Spencer-Fleming and Louise Penny will also find enjoyment here.