Circe can see the dead and Zelda, her K-9 search & rescue partner, can smell them.
As a child, Circe Latham learned to hide her ability to see the spirits of the dead. As an adult, she harnesses her hidden skill into bringing peace to the deceased and their families by volunteering as a Search & Rescue team in Spokane, Washington. However, she is reluctant to share her unique sight with anyone, aside from her best friend. Most of the credit for missing persons discoveries goes to Zelda’s keen sense of smell. For Circe, seeeing dead people was:
“… just plain a pain in the ass. At least until she stumbled on a way to make it less disruptive in her life. These days it was a lot more manageable and often fascinating. And the sanity that came along with it was life altering in a way she could never explain.”
Circe and Zelda are the go-to duo when it comes to human remains detection in Spokane. When a search with the Sheriff’s Office turns up three bodies within a city park, local detectives Diana Erni and Paul Garland are called in to assist with the investigation. As the case continues to bring the two women together, a magnetic attraction ignites. Diana and Circe, however, pursue a cautious courtship. Their chemistry opens up avenues of possibility, both personally and professionally. On the other side of the desk, Paul attempts to fend off unwanted attention from his ex-girlfriend, Brenda, without anyone finding out. Secondary and supporting characters, in the form of friends, family, and colleagues, provide additional depth to relationships and to the plot.
The narrative juggles the distorted ambitions of the murderer and his demonic tome; the close knit, dynamic duo of Diana and Paul as they race to bring the killer to justice; and Circe’s attempts to share more of herself with the people in her life. Suspense builds at a deliciously measured pace as the various threads weave together. Readers will thrill as the story reaches resolution. It was an ending I had not anticipated, but found very satisfying and clever.
Necromantia weaves the paranormal into daily life, transforming the quotidian and offering hope in dark places. Sheri Lewis Wohl has created strong, authentic, and complex, female characters in her leads, Circe and Diana. Wohl’s knowledge of and experience with search and rescue operations shines through her expert descriptions. Paul’s struggle to reconcile his identity as a capable law enforcement agent with his soured romantic relationship with Brenda, provides him with a satisfying character arc. The Pacific Northwest is always an incredible backdrop for any story and does not disappoint here.
I highly recommend it!