Book Review: “Dreams of the Dead” by Perri O’Shaughnessy

Genre:  Thiller

 (I LOVE Nina!)

At one time, I considered Perri O’Shaughnessy my favorite authors.  In 2004, we took a day trip to Carmel, CA to meet them, get autographs, a picture (which they asked me to take off this blog a few years later) and hang around Carmel.  It was a great day.

Before I started writing this blog, after every three or four books I had to get my “Nina” fix.  Eventually, I ran out of  “Nina” books and at the meet and greet in 2004 we learned that Nina was about to take a “vacation”.  So sad.  Since then, Perri wrote a couple of outstanding stand-alone’s and a Nina prequel.  Now, a “real” Nina (even though the timeline is a bit off, being only two years after the events that are described, when it has been much longer…).  Is the magic still there???

I knew this book was coming…eventually.  When I saw it in B&N a few weeks ago, I immediately snapped it up and put it in the queue.  Anxious to get my next “Nina” fix….I moved it up in the queue.

It took me awhile to get back in the story (sorry, but the timeline threw me, I expected Nina’s 15 year old son, Bob, to be about 20 by now) but I eventually got over it (it is fiction after all).

What I found:  Vintage Nina!  WhoooHooo….

Really quickly, to help you catch up, here are the main characters:

  • Nina:  single mother of Bob, lawyer, in Lake Tahoe, CA.  Hitchcock the dog.
  • Paul: Carmel based PI (ex-cop), lover, friend, associate of Nina.
  • Sandy: Nina’s office assistant
  • Matt and Andrea: Nina’s brother and sister-in-law
  • Wish: Sandy’s son now working for Paul in Carmel.

Two years ago (way more, but, I am over it, right?) Jim Strong disappeared (a body was never found) to no one’s dismay.  Jim was a sadistic killer and thief.  He killed Nina’s husband, Collier (which made ME want to take care of Jim myself…Collier was awesome, and that event sooo shocking I had to put the book down for awhile), and several others.  We know (and have known for years) it was Paul who “took the garbage out”.

In “Dreams of the Dead” Jim Strong is back.  The impending sale of Paradise Ski Resort has prompted a request from Brazil, supposedly from part-owner Jim, for his portion of the money from the sale.

But Jim is dead….right?  Only one person knows for sure, and now,  he may be forced to tell the truth and possibly end up in prison.

Jim’s father, and Paradise owner, Philip Strong, agrees to let Nina help (his lawyer is not court tough…Nina is), but has his own PI, so Paul is not welcome.

Two women are murdered, and Paul is hired to investigate (this is good because he wanted to be in Lake Tahoe for Nina).

“Dreams of the Dead” proves that you can come home again.  I was enthralled.  After a few bumpy chapters in the beginning, I could not put this book down.  The twists and turns and  interweaving of plots is pure Perri and the characters are all brought back to life just like the good old days….OMG this was awesome.

You will have to buy the book to find out what happens.  You will love it.

Yes, the magic is back.  I can only hope that Perri (who are sisters:  Mary and Pamela), and Nina, are back for good!


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