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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ghostly Summons Blog Tour - Review + $50 GC Giveaway: Ghostly Summons by John A. Karr

Author: John A. Karr
Format: ePub
Release Date: March 13, 2013
Pages: 336
Publisher: Dark Continents Publishing Inc
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Lars Kelsen doesn’t believe in psychic phenomenon. To him, visions of murder victims are a form of mental illness. Once they begin, options are limited; he can try to ignore them or deal with them by exposing a killer. Only the latter provides any semblance of peace. Temporarily, anyway. Five years into his new life as a programmer, Kelsen—ex-crime beat reporter with a penance he can never fully satisfy—sees a victim.

In person. Upright. Staring.

Typical of such past "Visits" as he calls them, he doesn’t welcome this one. The nude form of a beautiful millionairess in his cubicle means murder has come to the vacation haven known as North Carolina’s Outer Banks. It means he’ll have to go places he'd rather avoid. See things he'll wish he hadn’t. Do things that don't come naturally, like in-your-face confrontation and bending the law. Actually, breaking the law ... but with good intent. It also means dealing with one very attractive county coroner, who pushes his buttons in a not entirely unwelcome way.

So begins Kelsen's return to investigative reporting—complete with attempts on his life, fights, deception, and all the technological tricks, such as GPS and computer hacking, at his disposal. And maybe even finding a new love interest.


     Ghostly Summons follows a man named Lars Kelsen who has a chip on his shoulder. That chip being death. Lars has a psychic ability which he doesn't really believe in. He believes his “ability” is more of an illness. He gets “visits” from people who want him to find their killers. They don't go away until he solves their murders. He gets one visit from a rich woman. This visit will force Lars to face things he rather not face and do things he rather not do.

     I really enjoyed this read. It is nice coming across a paranormal mystery read as intriguing as this one. This is my first read by Karr and I would love to read more by him. Karr has a great knack for storytelling. The way this book is written, you really feel like you are in the book with the character. Karr gives such detailed descriptions of Lars' surroundings. Oh Lars! Our introduction of Lars alone was quite an experience. The man is quite tortured. He has lost everything. His loss has made him one tough shell to crack. You will instantly have a connection with Lars even though he may depress some. He loss his son and that loss has ruined him. This has clearly made him far from perfect. Before he became a programmer, he was a crime reporter. He had a tendency to bend the rules a bit to get things done. But to be fair, he was usually on track. He also doesn't like being bothered by the ghostly visits either. Even though he can solve their murders, he wants nothing to do with them or anyone for that matter except Hooper the dog.

     I love the story that Karr has given us. Lars is approached by a rich dead woman named Jeannette. She appears to him naked and clearly beaten to death. She needs Lars' help to solve her murder. But it is quite the mystery to uncover. Her case is bringing back the need of his old job of investigative reporting. I love seeing what Lars is willing to do to get the job done. He knows how to be charming to get what he wants and when all else fails, planting devices or evidence seems to also get the results he wants.

      I would recommend this to fans of paranormal or mystery reads. This book balances the two out very well. Karr is a great writer and again, he really knows how the reel the reader in. The story moves at a great pace especially with the fight scenes.I loved the action in this book along with the suspense. I would love to see this as a series. Lars is just such a great character, one book just isn't enough. 


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About John A. Karr

John A. Karr believes fiction writing each day helps keep the demons at bay. Ghostly Summons is his first full-length novel for Dark Continents Publishing. DCP has also published his Weird West novella, Ujahwek. He is the author of a handful of other novels: Death Clause, Hippocrates Shattered (scheduled for reprint by World Castle Publications as Shattered), Rhone, and Van Gogh, Encore. His short stories have appeared on webzines Allegory, The Absent Willow Review, and Danse Macabre. More works are in progress and in the marketing queue.

Karr is an ardent believer in the quote by Carl Van Doren (1885-1950), U.S. man of letters: Yes, it's hard to write, but it's harder not to.

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Ghostly Summons Blog Tour

July 1
The Character Connection (review)
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July 2
Crazed Mind (review)
The Plot Thickens (review)
Offbeat Vagabond (review)

July 3
Live to Read (review)
City Girl Who Loves to Read (review)

July 4
Shut Up and Read Reviews (review)

July 5
Novel d'Tales (review)

July 8
Behind the Walls of Nightmare (review)
The Story of a Writer (review)

July 9
Lissette E. Manning (review)

July 10
Only God Can Make a Tree (review)

July 11
Minding Spot (review)
D A Bale Publishing (review)

July 12
From the TBR Pile (review)

July 15
Mom in Love with Fiction (review)

July 16
Mama Knows Books (review)

July 17
Simply Infatuated (review)

July 18
Simply Wyrdings (review)

July 23
Mama's Got Flair (review)

July 25
Simply Sensational Book Fanatics (review)
Reading Challenged (review)

July 26
Tic Toc (review)

July 29
The One True Faith (review)

July 30
Tribute Books Mama (review)

July 31
The Bibliophilic Book Blog (review)
Tribute Books Reviews & Giveaways (review)


  1. Diana, you're right! John's an awesome storyteller, isn't he? I'm so glad you enjoyed "Ghostly Summons" and that you can't wait for more mystery tales about Lars :)

  2. Diana, thanks so much for reading and reviewing Ghostly Summons!



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