Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: A Mansion, A Drag Queen, And A New Job (Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery, Book 1) by CC Dragon


Book Details:

A Mansion, A Drag Queen, And A New Job (Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery Book 1)

by CC Dragon

Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery

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About A Mansion, A Drag Queen, And A New Job:

Psychic medium Deanna Oscar wants to be a normal psychology professor at a nice college. The universe has other ideas. When the grandmother she never knew dies and leaves her everything, Deanna enters a different world. In New Orleans anything goes and her psychic powers aren’t a secret. She doesn’t plan on staying but a psychic vision puts her on the trail of a killer. Deanna can’t turn her back on the future victims and becomes immersed in her grandmother’s world. She isn’t sure how to manage the mansion and fortune she inherited or the people who came with it. An ex-priest, a Latina drag queen and a socialite beauty queen are the living entourage. Add in a houseful of ghosts and haunted objects and Deanna needs a little help. In over her head, she struggles to catch a killer who is out to get her as well.

My Thoughts:

A Mansion, A Drag Queen, and a New Job hooked with me with the title alone.  Add in a cool cover, and a great synopsis and there is definitely the makings of a very interesting mystery story.  What disappointed me was, with such a creative title, there was a lack of humor within the pages.  Sure, there are a few funny things but nothing really belly laugh worthy.  I guess I just expected more humor outside of the tragic mystery.  

The novel starts off pretty slowly - Deanna, a psychic with a PhD under her belt, is headed to New Orleans for a job interview and along the way gets enveloped in the estate of a grandmother she never knew.  While waiting for specifics, Deanna learns that she received her abilities from this particular grandmother, who just happens to pop in now and again throughout the story to assist Deanna.  After it's confirmed that Deanna inherits everything, including the mansion complete with drag queen, she discovers that the granddaughter of the cab driver who brought her to the mansion the first day, has been murdered.  She just has to convince the local authorities that's she legit and can help with the case. 

What Deanna doesn't count on is the twists and turns of the events that unfold with the case.  Thinking it's going to be an isolated case, Deanna realizes that there will be more deaths unless the police can capture the maniac responsible.  Armed with a passel of ghosts, a dramatic drag queen, a former priest, a judge, and a community that actually supports her, Deanna does the best she can to solve the case before anyone else, including herself, get hurt.   Once Deanna gets her bearings and commits to assisting in finding the murderer, the pace picks up and the story unfolds.

I really enjoyed A Mansion, A Drag Queen, and a New Job.  The story was quite unique and entertaining.  I found it to be a quick and easy read and was able to finish the book in a little over a day - in between adult responsibilities.  I'm not particularly fond of Greg as a romantic interest of Deanna and would really like to see more interaction between Deanna and the judge.  Even the way 
the scenes with each duo were written seem indicative of how relationships may go in this series.  Of course, that doesn't mean much since it's only book one and Deanna isn't quite in relationship mode at this point.

I can't wait to move on to Book 2: A Club, An Imposter and A Competition

Review copy courtesy of author/publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

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About Book 2:

A Club, An Imposter and A Competition (Deanna Oscar Paranormal Mystery 2)

by CC Dragon

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About A Club, An Imposter and A Competition:

Deanna Oscar and friends are back again--having survived Hurricane Katrina, what could go wrong now? A murder, a visit from her family, and a fake psychic trying to manipulate the vulnerable citizens of New Orleans, to name a few. Add a nosy reporter who pits De against the imposter to solve the murder and De's life is as crazy as ever.

She does her best to avoid publicity while trying to solve the murder and keep her family out of danger. The family wants her back in Chicago where it's safe. De is determined to set down roots in the Big Easy. Boring and average just isn’t her style!
 
About the Author:

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A loyal Chicago girl who loves deep dish pizza, the Cubs, and The Lake! CC Dragon is fascinated by the metaphysical and paranormal. Loves creating characters, especially amateur sleuths who solve mysteries. Coffee and chocolate addict who loves fast cars. Still look for a hero who likes to cook and clean…so she can write more!


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