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Double Vision by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Vista de Lirio #1
Published by Self-Published on April 19, 2022
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Successful realtor Julia Brooks moves to the quirky neighborhood of Vista de Lirio in the California desert and meets a riotous cast of eccentric characters. But her semi-retirement is spoiled when she finds the body of the neighborhood lothario dead in the kitchen of her brand new listing. Even more complicated? She also meets his ghost.
Double Vision is the first in a new Vista de Lirio series. The setting is the California desert, similar to Palm Springs with its wealthy and celebrities, with pools and mansions. The trilogy is paranormal women’s fiction with some mystery and romance.
I have enjoyed her other two series which are similar in being set in California and with women who develop paranormal or physic abilities. Glimmer Lake and Moonstone Cove were both excellent trilogies.
We are introduced to the three main women for the trilogy. Julia, Vivian and Evy seem to be in a bit of a wide age range. Yet they all seem to have a very flexible schedule and some level of wealth and ease. That sort of felt unrealistic to me. Nothing in their lives felt that urgent or important. Julia has an ideal relationship with her ex-husband and his husband, and their children. She’s living for free in their pool house, enjoying their household staff. She easily starts up a relationship with one of their friends.
Julia sees ghosts and the dead guy hangs around and talks to her. She meets some of the other ghosts in the neighborhood and learns about more secrets and history. She takes up the mystery to try to “get rid of” the ghost. There are enough possible suspects so she and her friends , utilizing their different skills, work to rule out suspects. It’s especially uncomfortable because they know some of them, and they are friends or at least acquaintances. They gradually gather enough information that Julia believes she has solved it. But the killer has noticed their efforts which puts them in danger.
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