Cheat the Hangman

By: Gloria Ferris

Publisher: Imajin Books

ISBN: 978-1-926997-21-6

Source: Received for my honest review from the publisher

Book Description: (From the Author’s website)

Shortly after inheriting Hammersleigh House from her eccentric great-uncle Patrick, Lyris Pembrooke, 38, makes a grisly discovery in the tower room of the old mansion. And her life changes forever.

Lyris learns the roots of the tragedy were set in motion during the dark days of World War Two and feels compelled to know the reason behind such a terrible crime. Frustrated with the lack of progress in her cold case investigation, Lyris turns to the Family Psychic for answers. Her aunt discloses some family skeletons, but also confirms what Lyris has long tried to ignore – she, too has inherited the Pembrooke psychic gene.

Before Lyris can slam that door, her spirit guide, Leander, breezes through the thin veil that separates worlds and introduces himself. It’s just Lyris’s luck to be saddled with a spirit guide with an attitude.

As if dealing with the murder and a spirit guide haven’t complicated her life enough, Lyris butts heads with a controlling ex-husband while trying to nurture a new romance. She is forced to match wits with the very proper butler who came with the house and discovers that an intruder is roaming at will through Hammersleigh House and stealing small treasures. When the mortal life of her new romantic interest is in jeopardy, Lyris believes she is living under a karmic cloud.

During the sultry July weekend of the family reunion, past violence and present danger tread a parallel path, then collide and explode to change forever Lyris’s views of love and duty beyond earthly boundaries.

You better buckle up, Lyris. We’re just getting started.

My Thoughts:

Cheat the Hangman by Gloria Ferris was a surprising read. I really enjoyed it. The story was excellent and kept me guessing until the end. It had romance, mystery, and even a ghost and a butler who kept the place running smoothly. I wasn’t expecting Lyris to find the body of a child in the attic. The story was a wonderful who done it that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was funny at times and serious at other times. All and all it was a well rounded book and I can’t wait to read more by this author.


3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Sheila Hendrix