Summary

...the paranormal aspects makes Dream Stalker interesting. I think the author has provided an excellent foundation for a new series.

4-STAR REVIEW: DREAM STALKER by Nancy Gardner

The Description

Dream Stalker: Book 1
Publication Date: June 23, 2021

Lily Scott had vowed never to dream-walk-again….

Lily is a contemporary Salem witch who descends from a long line of witches born with the power to walk into other people’s dreams to fight crime. But her disastrous first dream-walk almost killed her, and she vowed never to repeat the painful experience.

Now her daughter is falsely accused of murder, and the only way to clear her would be for Lily to enter the dreaming mind of the real killer, risking confrontation with the deadly Dream Stalker.

Can Lily summon the courage?

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The Review

Lily Scott has inherited a special gift that allows her to dream-walk and navigate a person’s shameful memories to discover the truth. However, Shadow Land is full of danger. Dream Stalker is the first of a planned series by author Nancy Gardner.

As a paranormal cozy mystery, the stage is set for a series of events that will require Lily to enter Shadow Land. Her closest friend free-falls off a bridge to her death, leaving behind a whispered plea for Lily to find the truth. Meanwhile, Lily’s estranged daughter, Sarah, is living with her aunt, Ann, who runs St. Bridget’s Homeless Shelter. The shelter, which had once been the family home, is threatened by a loan foreclosure.

With Salem, Massachusetts as the setting and events occurring in October, the author is able to weave in local flavor, including the Haunted Happenings parade featuring a marching witch contingent. As Lily tries to put the clues together surrounding her friend’s death while working on her personal relationships, she soon realizes there is something sinister happening.

One of the most compelling elements is the fractured dynamic between sisters Lily and Ann. However, I was confused about the age gap between the two because Chapter 5 says two years while Chapter 21 says four years. I think the age gap will prove to be significant when Ann’s secret comes to light.

Cozy mysteries are not my favorite genre, but the paranormal aspects makes Dream Stalker interesting. I think the author has provided an excellent foundation for a new series.

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About The AuthorNancy Gardner writes cozy mysteries with a paranormal twist. The first novel in her new series, Dream Stalker, tells the story of Lily Scott, a contemporary Salem witch who walks into people’s dreams to fight crime. One reviewer called it a gripping tale of witchcraft, family loyalties, and the cost of seeking justice. Her most recent short story, “Death’s Door,” was selected to be included in the 2021 anthology, Malice Domestic 16: Mystery Most Diabolical. She lives near Boston with her writer husband, David.

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Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.

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4-STAR REVIEW: DREAM STALKER by Nancy Gardner...the paranormal aspects makes Dream Stalker interesting. I think the author has provided an excellent foundation for a new series.