Review of A Lonely Death

A Lonely Death

A Pearl and Derek Mystery, Book 1

Gillian Larkin

5 Stars


A short murder mystery with ghosts.

Derek Quill is an elderly gent who can see the ghosts of murdered people. With the help of his ghostly friend, Pearl, he finds out who killed them.

In his first investigation, Derek meets the ghost of Eric Malone. Derek knows Eric from his schooldays. Eric bullied Derek mercilessly back then and now he’s asking for Derek’s help. Derek soon discovers that Eric never changed his bullying ways and there is more than one person who could be a suspect. (Goodreads)


One of my favorite genres of books to read are paranormal ghost cozies.  This short story was a good one that I enjoyed reading.

The characters are likable, funny, quirky and determined.  Derek is able to see ghosts and he finds himself involved in his first murder investigation.  Eric, he ghost victim, is someone he knew in his youth in school, someone who enjoyed bullying him.  Derek sets aside his bad memories and agrees to try to solve the murder.  Pearl is a friend of Derek’s, who also happens to be a ghost.  With her help, Derek goes out of his comfort zone and does what is needed to solve the case.  

I enjoyed the interaction between Derek and Pearl and cannot wait to see how it develops. Eric was someone who was very easy to dislike.  I also enjoyed the action and mystery and it kept me turning pages. Considering this was a short story, I thought it was well developed.  But I wish that more time and explanation had been given about the tragedy in Derek’s past, but perhaps I will found out more in future books.  I look forward to reading more of Derek’s ghostly adventures.   I am happy that I have found another author to read that writes one of my favorite types of books.


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