Sinister Summer by Colleen Gleason

April 1st, 2019 Kimberly Review 28 Comments

1st Apr
Sinister Summer by Colleen Gleason
Sinister Summer
by Colleen Gleason
Series: Wicks Hollow #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal
Source: Purchase
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A sexy professor.
A logical lawyer.
A determined ghost.
And a very real killer...

Welcome to Wicks Hollow: a cozy town near Lake Michigan filled with quaint houses, eccentric residents, and more than its share of ghosts, murders, and romance.

Diana Iverson needs a break—from her stressful job, from her philandering boyfriend, and from the rest of her fast-paced life. When she inherits her eccentric Aunt Jean's home on Wicks Lake, Diana takes a much-needed vacation in the cozy little town.

But when the lake house becomes the scene of multiple break-ins and other unsettling events, Diana begins to suspect Aunt Jean’s death was not as innocent as it seems.

And then there’s Ethan Murphy, the sexy college professor who lives next door… He appears to know a lot more about Aunt Jean than he should, and Diana doesn’t trust him.

But most of all, there's Aunt Jean herself…who seems determined to communicate with Diana—from beyond the grave.

A ghost story romance set in a small town, featuring a cozy mystery about a ghost that just won’t rest until justice is served. The perfect blend of romance, suspense, and ghosts.

MURDERMYSTERY paranormal ROMANCE Small-town

The cover for Sinister Summer by Colleen Gleason spoke to me last October when it was on sale and I am delighted I grabbed it. Come to Wicks Hollow as we uncover a mystery, find romance and have high tea.

Gleason introduces us to Diana Iverson, a successful lawyer who has just won a big case and expects to become partner by year’s end. We quickly learn there is a little something special about Diana and her success rate, but that will have to wait as something has happened to her dear Aunt in Wick Hollows.

Wicks Hollow is a lakeside community in Michigan and apparently Diana’s Aunt Jean has died and leaving her everything. Diana take time off to settle the estate and make decisions from the cats to her love life. When she arrives in Wicks Hollow strange things happen. She isn’t sure about the handsome neighbor who lets himself in and someone breaks into her Aunt’s home.

Sinister Summer was a fun, paranormal murder-mystery that kept me engaged. I enjoyed Jean’s circle of friends and the friction between Diana and Ethan the next door neighbor.

The supernatural or paranormal elements involved moved objects, and ghostly messages. Nothing scary, but there are hints that the folks in Wick Hallows are a little different. We meet a Witch and Ethan’s own sister likes to read hands.

The story offers a romance, complicated by Diana’s Chicago boyfriend. (a cheater) whom she is taking a break from. The romance developed nicely, allowing for a slow build, friendship, and chemistry.

The mystery was well done and complicated by an outsider. I wouldn’t call this a cozy mystery, but it falls between that and maybe a Kendra Elliot novel.

Each book in the series features new characters but are all set in Wicks Hollow. I am looking forward to reading Sinister Secrets (The Gems of Vice and Greed). Currently there are four full-length books in the series.

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28 Responses to “Sinister Summer by Colleen Gleason”

  1. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    Sinister Summer sounds like such a good read! I love that this story had so many things I enjoy in a book; paranormal, supernatural, mystery, and romance. This sounds like the kind of movies I enjoy watching. The which who reads hands sounds like an interesting character. I think this is a town I’d love to read about!!! Great Review Kim 🙂

  2. Angie Elle

    This does sound like a fun read, and I agree. That is an amazing cover! It sounds like a fun, light-hearted story.

    Great review.

  3. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOoh nice! This one is still in my TBR pile as well as possibly the other 3…if not then 2! I want to say that this is the book that was reprinted with another title. I remember Colleen mentioning it at one point because I know I have what I think is the first version of this book in paperback…I did end up downloading this one when it was either free or $1 though…might have to do a comparative glance when I eventually get around to reading it!

    Glad to hear it was a good mystery with paranormal elements! By far my favorite type of mystery! Lol! Great review!

  4. Lorna

    I liked this one a lot too. I’ve got the next one in the series but I don’t remember that title you mention at the end? I need to read the next one. Did you read the authors vampire hunter series? All five star reads for me and still one of my favorite paranormal series ever.

      • Kimberly

        Ah Lorna, she republished these with new titles! The next one is Sinister Secrets formally the title I mentioned above. Ugh…even I am

  5. Debbie Haupt

    This looks good Kim, it reminds me of a paranormal romance series set in Salem that I read years ago. hmmm maybe there will be another sale 🙂 ah but it’s not available on audio either and my print time is short right now

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  6. kindlemom1

    I want to say I’ve tried something by this author before but now I’m not sure what. I need to go look it up and probably add this one to the pile as well. 😉