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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Tales of psychics and psychos

PERCOLATE the coffee and break open a bar of Swiss chocolate: a new author is visiting our home.
Australian Jane Sharp has arrived bearing the gift of her first published work, the eBook

Vision The Reluctant Psychic

A promise of more to come in the Vision series accompanies these five short stories, introducing psychic detective, Trudy Harper.
A young detective in the Metropolitan Major Crime Squad, Harper has been aware of her undernourished psychic ability since she was a child. But she is reluctant to discuss it, even with her trusted police partner Bruce Hotchkiss.
Harper, an unassuming but thorough investigator, certainly does not wish knowledge of her “gift” to be spread across the police force. More than one of her colleagues flippantly call her Harpy, symptomatic of the hard-bitten humour in the force. Harper knows many officers would be uncomfortable in her company if her secret were revealed.
A series of murders with the signatures of psychopaths force Harper to either embrace or reject her gift.
The first story in Vision is Random Victim, in which Harper believes a spirit is telling her he was murdered by a stranger for no other reason than the killer wanted to see what it was like to kill and whether they could get away with it.
Harper is desperate to discover The Missing Piece to find peace for a little girl murdered decades ago in diabolical fashion.
The Bubble Gum Killer introduces a chilling psychopath who murders women for bizarre reasons, only for the killer to die himself. That is just the beginning as the crazed spirit and a vengeful Harper struggle for how the future will judge the murders.
Cleverly titled Blood Ties tells the story of a trio of psychics locked in struggle against a backdrop of family, greed, lies and murder.
Love and Vengeance has a vulnerable single mother caught, living  in a rented house, with a dangerous spirit trying to resolve a love scandal harking back 60 years to the days of World War II.

Jane Sharp brings considerable talents, uncommon in a first time author, to her supernatural tales.
Her plots are fresh and free of cliché. The ordinary is interwoven with the other-worldly to keep the reader fascinated as the stories unfold.
Characters are keenly observed so the reader is immersed in the inner life of the vicious and the vulnerable with the author using an economy of description and direct speech.
Suspense is generated from the first paragraph of each tale which reaches a satisfying conclusion without tricks, smoke or mirrors.
Vision: The Reluctant Psychic is recommended to any reader seeking the privilege of embarking on the journey through a seductive new series from Book 1.
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Bernie Dowling August 18, 2012


  1. Thanks Bernie for a great review and your encouragement throughout the writing process. I hope people enjoy reading this book as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

  2. Jane
    I am sure readers will enjoy tour book and the ones to follow.

  3. I love the book title, The Reluctant psychic. It sound great me to , a riveting read!

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