Allegra Fairweather isn't your run-of-the-mill ghostbuster. In fact, if you call her that to her face, you had better be prepared to protect yourself from serious bodily harm. Standing well over 6 feet tall with short, spiky, bright red hair and a big toe that tingles when something paranormal is near, Allegra and her drop-dead-gorgeous guardian angel Casper chase down supernatural bad guys and solve paranormal mysteries all over the world.
When Allegra gets a call to investigate the mysterious appearance of a Dedfield Rose, also known as the flower of death, near the shore of the small town of Loch Furness, Scotland, she hops on the next available flight to go investigate. Upon arrival, Allegra meets Douglas MacGregor, the town's innkeeper and the man who summoned her. Between periodically hearing a banshee's wail, finding (and then "misplacing") two dead men, fighting for her life against a 300-year old ghost and his psychopathic human devotee, and trying to solve the mystery of the rose bush's existence, Allegra still manages to find a few spare moments to entertain Douglas' romantic overtures, alienate half the town's population, and hurt her guardian angel's feelings.
This book started off a bit slow, and it took a while for the authour to set up the scene, introduce the characters, and really get into the action part of the story, but once it took off, it was worth the wait! As a reader who often finds herself figuring out the ending halfway through a book, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I would not be figuring anything out ahead of time with this one! I enjoyed reading it to the very last page. I sincerely hope that this will end up being a "Book 1" of a series, also, because I would very much like to get to know Allegra and Casper better! I give Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator 4 pawprints!
***FTC Disclosure: I was provided with an e-book version of this novel through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all opinions are my own***