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The Ghost of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry

The Ghost of Helen Addison

Part of the The Leo Moran Murder Mysteries Series
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A fascinating, charmingly descriptive murder mystery, where disturbing elements of satanism, visions, and ghosts creep through the story. Leo Moran, fastidious, exacting, and a private investigator, assists the police in a murder case. I will admit that it took me a little while to settle in, yet as I read, and as I got to know Leo, and explored his visions, I found myself rather enamoured with this unlikely leading man. Leo is occasionally cantankerous, often flounders, can be a decided glutton, and yet his moral integrity and soft heart shine through. At times this tale feels as though it is set in a bygone era, then Charles E. McGarry sends a blast of the here and now to bring you flying back to the present. ‘The Ghost of Helen Addison’ is the first in the ‘Leo Moran murder mystery’ series and sets the scene perfectly, there is real depth to this story, and I look forward to the next. ~ Liz Robinson

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  • Sarah Musk - 'A slightly unusual murder story involving ghosts and psychics.  A compelling lead character - Leo Moran - lifts the story to an engaging, exciting level which keeps the reader enthralled to the end.'
  • Rafe McGregor - 'McGarry manages a perfect balancing act, succeeding in sticking to the rules of the murder mystery whodunit without slighting the supernatural abilities of his sleuth.'
  • Sabine Little - 'It is refreshing to have such a complex central character, and it will be interesting to see how this series develops.'
  • Pam Woodburn - 'This is a detective mystery with a difference!...All in all, a gripping story!'             
  • Angela Rhodes - 'A murder mystery with a difference, and what a difference... Loved this book, unique, brilliant and one to re-read, again and again.
  • Lynne Morgan - 'Charles McGarry has successfully managed to come up with something original in this murder mystery genre, and I am already looking forward to the next Leo Moran Murder Mystery!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The plot kept me intrigued the entire duration of reading it which meant I read it all in one sitting because it was awesome.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Confusing and hard work investigative mystery... Worth reading but only if you have time and patience.'
  • Lyn Barrett - 'At first I wasn't particularly impressed by this debut novel. Then gradually it crept under my skin. So I started reading from the beginning again and was completely captivated.'
  • Ruth - 'This is the first book in a new murder mystery series featuring Psychic private detective Leo Moran.   An interesting take on the genre but unfortunately this book was not my cup of tea.'

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The Ghost of Helen Addison by Charles E. McGarry

Leo Moran is not your average private detective. An avowed gourmet and wine connoisseur, he enjoys the pleasures of life to the hilt in the splendid isolation of his West End apartment. Ordinarily, his most pressing concerns involve which vintage of wine to pair with the finest organic steak, but at times he has more unsettling concerns: visions of violent crimes. After the ritualistic murder of a young woman in rural Argyll Leo decides to help the police. He arrives at a brooding, majestic landscape in the grip of winter and meets a host of strange and colourful characters who congregate in and around the Loch Dhonn Hotel - including the ghost of the victim. Frustrated by forces of evil summoned up the killer, at first Leo fails to make headway, and his intemperance wears thin the patience of his allies and the police. Cast out and close to despair, Leo must draw on all his powers to unmask the murderer before he himself becomes the next victim.


'Charles McGarry has opted for the road less travelled. His central character, Leo Moran, is a private detective with a passion for fine food and wine ... I enjoyed meeting him after a slew of novels featuring jaded cops and hard-bitten private investigators' * Scotsman * '5 Stars - If you enjoy a mystery with a spectral twist, this is the tale for you' * The Bookbag * 'A hugely enjoyable murder mystery with a sprinkling of the supernatural, The Ghost of Helen Addison is Tartan Noir with a difference' * Daily Record *'

About the Author

Charles E. McGarry

Charles E. McGarry lives in Glasgow where he was born and bred, although he spent several years living in London and Edinburgh. He has played in bands, is widely travelled and graduated from Glasgow University in 1994 with an honours degree in History and Politics. He currently works as a newspaper page designer and sub-editor, having formerly been a business analyst for British Telecom. He is the co-author of The Road to Lisbon (Arena Sport, 2016).

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6th July 2017


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