So if you think you wouldn't like to read a book where the main character is a cranky old lady, think again. In Dead Medium, May is a seventy-five year old woman who passes away. After death, she finds out she has a gift where she is able to communicate with the living. May didn't like people very much when she was alive - so what would make her want to deal with them now? Well, it turns out even though she was a loner throughout life, she starts to see things differently after she dies. She reminded me of Vicki Lawrence's character, Mama, in the show, Mama's Family (without the family). She has no censor and will speak her mind, no matter how harsh her words come across. But underneath it all, she really does have a good heart.
May meets up with Penny, who had also recently passed away, and she decides to help out Penny's daughter who is now in danger of losing her family's home. Penny's daughter, Chloe, is a young girl in college, and she may have to choose between her education and keeping the house. Then a group of old ladies known as The Thursday Night Club teams up with them so they can hold seances in order to make money for Chloe. These women were a lot of fun, almost like The Golden Girls. (If they were, then Victoria would be Blanche since she's a bit of a slut.)
We also meet other people who have passed away, and one of them warns of the Soul Stalkers... Even after death, they may not be safe. This definitely added a different, more sinister element to it that I wasn't expecting.
Even though I don't believe in anything paranormal, I do find it intriguing in fiction. To reference another show, Medium is one of my favorite shows of all time. So it was definitely interesting to read about a medium who was on the other side instead!
This book was truly entertaining to read, and at times, it was also touching. It honestly brought tears to my eyes when May was reunited with her dead cat, Mr. Kibbles. My beloved kitty passed away last December, so it made me think about how wonderful it would be to be able to see him again. And of course, it would be so nice to think that there is an afterlife, and we may be able to see deceased loved ones after we die. So many of the restless souls had reasons to stick around. They wanted to communicate with the living, and May would be able to give them that opportunity. Even though this may seem like a heavy subject, it was still a fairly light and humorous read for the most part.
I am giving this book five stars for being an enjoyable story with a great cast of characters and for having such a fantastic cover!
This is a unique choice for a ghost story. May Elizabeth Trump is perhaps not the typical type of personality you'd choose for a central character in a novel. She's a little bit of a grump, and a recently dead elderly woman (we're only briefly acquainted with her when she's alive). Then again, once somebody dies, their age becomes irrelevant...although Trump is old enough that there seems to have been some tiring of the spirit.
I have to admit, she's a well-written character. To me, she came across as a bit depressed, but it's the kind of depression that can also be perceived as humorous. Arthur Dent from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is also in the same vein, but I found Arthur Dent to be more of an example of direct humor. May Elizabeth Trump is more like slant humor.
The story moves along in a well-crafted and professional manner, and when dark forces enter the picture, the novel takes off. Very dry humor, but a good read.
Dead Medium by Peter John chronicles the story of May Elizabeth Trump, a dead medium who lived an independent life; a loner, a hermit with a strong, warm spirit who died as peacefully as she had lived.
May finds life after the silent, gripping cold of death as she is destined never to rest in peace, for now. She provides messages from the beyond to the world of the living and to popular surprise, becomes high in demand for humans and, well, something else, deep and dark that dwells in the eerie dark.
You may want to call this one what you may but it’s an ingenuine, witty, insightful and entertaining tale which presents the dark theme of life after death in witty fashion that borders on the supernatural. It’s nicely written and nicely edited. An Al-Khemet Best Book of the Month for April 2015.
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Hurrah for "Dead Medium: Not Your Average Ghost Story" because it is exactly as promised: unpredictable, creative, and fun. Peter John has written a corker of a ghostly tale.
Here's a taste of ghostliness to come: "May Elizabeth Trump was the rarest of spirits and she was none too happy about it either. She was a dead medium, a ghost who can speak with the living."
May becomes sought after, not only by ghosts with messages for their living loved ones, but by other things, who go bump when May is caught in the limelight like a bunny in the headlights. Now, with notoriety, comes a dark presence, lurking in the shadows -- or more than one. The dead are not left to rest in peace, she finds. "Dead Medium" offers a unique vision of life after death in a story driven more by character than mechanistic plot.
A ghost story far above the average, for those who wish every day were Halloween.
The sky on the cover and the title font caught my attention when I spotted this book at my friends house. I picked it up to flip through a few pages and ended up taking the book home with me for the weekend. Read it in two days. The author's voice and writing style was enchanting and the well-developed characters and their suspenseful predicaments had me eagerly turning the pages, worried and curious what might happen next. I absolutely LOVE ghost stories, but this is more than that. It's full of intrigue and emotion and even bits of humor that will have you giggling to yourself. Beware, some people may find that behavior odd and give you strange looks. Let 'em. You just sit back and enjoy the ride.
I love ghost stories and this intriguing cover caught my eye. What a great story. Author Peter John wove a wonderful plot with humor, suspense, well-written characters, and of course, the ghost, May, who talks to the living: very original and ingenious. It’s quite the page-turner. I’m not one to give out spoilers so will end with ‘I highly recommend’! Looking forward to reading more from this author. Five stars all the way!