Mary O’Reilly, Private Investigator, is decorating her office for the holiday season when the newly installed bell over her door jingles. She looks over to see a six year-old boy standing next to her desk. His name is Joey Marcum and he wants to hire Mary to find his baby brother.
Mary nodded. “Okay, Joey, but I’ll want to work with the police on this one. Do you have any problems with that?”
Joey paused. “No, I guess you can talk to them.”
“That’ll be helpful.”
“But you can’t tell my mom you’re working for me,” he said, “Promise?”
“Yes, I promise.”
Joey shrugged. “I don’t think she’d understand, seeing that I’m dead, you know.”
Oh I love the Mary O'Reilly series of paranormal mysteries by Terri Reid. These stories just pull me in and keep me hooked from the first page.
'Good Tidings' is the second book in the series and the story takes place during Christmas time in snowstorm battered Freeport and in Chicago.
Patrice Marcum is shopping with her infant son Jeremy. When she's about to leave the store she realises that a snowstorm is in full force outside. She cannot reach her snow-covered car with her trolley and baby. A kind old lady offers to take care of her son together with a store representative while Patrice brings the car closer to the store entrance. Patrice is grateful and she agrees, but on her return, her son and the two carers are nowhere to be seen...Jeremy has been abducted.
Mary O'Reilly is decorating her office when the ghost of six-year-old Joel Marcum visits her, telling her that his baby brother has just been abducted. He pleads with her to find him and to return Jeremy to their distraught mother. Joel is in fact Jeremy's guardian angel and he can visit him wherever he's being held. Mary agrees to help him and instructs Joel to keep an eye on his brother and to report her anything he can on his whereabouts.
Mary's investigation takes her and Police Chief Bradley Alden to ghost-infested Chicago where a string of abductions is discovered, but will they make it on time to find and save Jeremy?
In Chicago, Mary and Bradley are joined by her police brother Sean and from investigating abductions, Mary ends up on the trail of a serial murderer.
With a bunch of interesting characters including many ghosts and intriguing story lines, 'Good Tidings' is a very engaging piece of writing. With a balanced mix of laugh-out-loud moments, romance and suspense, this book is sure to leave you wanting more.