Book Reviews

Ghost of Lies (Medium Trouble 1) by Alice Winters

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 30-December-2021

Book Blurb

Though I was born with the ability to see the dead, I struggled with it until my brother was killed and his ghost was left behind. Now, I’m determined to figure out who is responsible for his death… the problem is that Detective Maddox Booker, the one working the case, is a grumpy and stubborn man who wants nothing to do with me and definitely doesn’t believe in ghosts. It doesn’t help that I keep finding myself looking ridiculous in front of the detective, thanks to interfering ghosts who enjoy laughing at my expense. Still, the more I’m around Maddox, the more I realize that beneath that surly exterior is a kind and caring man who will do anything to help.

When another man dies, I know we have a serial killer on our hands—the same murderer who has remained elusive for a year and a half. To add to my frustration, I keep running into Hiro at crime scenes only to hear him claim that he can talk to ghosts. The words of the dead could lead us to the serial killer and even tell us who is next, but ghosts? There’s no such thing as ghosts. Hiro is determined and charming, and no matter what I do, I can’t stop letting him get involved. He's definitely snagged my attention, but when he nearly winds up dead, I know he's getting closer to the truth—and if I don’t do something soon, he might be next.


Ghost of Lies is full of action, mystery, humor, and romance. Though more is planned for this couple, the mystery is solved and there is a happy ending.


Book Review

“Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that’s what.” - Salman Rushdie, (The Satanic Verses)


Hiro, of ‘Ghosts of Lies’ by Alice Winters, is lead to a crime scene by his ghost confidant, Natalie. When the police arrive, Maddox, the lead detective, detains Hiro and takes him in for questioning. Maddox isn’t sure how he does it, but Hiro has an uncanny ability to turn up at murder scenes, and Maddox is determined to find out why.


Hiro’s brother was murdered but hasn’t crossed over.  Hiro can see him and they have regular conversations with him. Also, Hiro relays messages to his daughter, who is delighted that her father is around and can see what she is doing. Unfortunately, when it comes to his murder, he can’t remember who killed him. Still, Hiro is determined to discover who did.


Pursuing that goal, he finds himself in the middle of the woods with police officers all around him. Hiro didn’t intend to be there when the police arrived, he meant to point them in the murderer’s direction. Instead, he’s taken in for questioning by Maddox, who is puzzled about why Hiro keeps turning up at crime scenes. Hiro attempts to explain what happened while hiding the truth, but no matter how hard he tries, Maddox discounts every reason. With no options left, Hiro confesses that he talks to ghosts.


Maddox can’t dispute that Hiro perceives things that he has no logical way of knowing, but when he goes through a mental checklist, nothing adds up to Hiro randomly showing up at crime scenes. He is not ready to believe that Hiro is getting his tips from ghosts. To his surprise, Hiro is assigned to work with him to solve a series of murders that they think to involve a serial killer and, most likely, the person who killed Hiro’s brother. After several instances, Maddox starts to believe in Hiro’s abilities. Try as he may, Maddox can’t resist Hiro’s wit and optimism, and his grouchiness fades. When Hiro starts receiving threatening notes, Maddox tries to cut him out of the investigation. Still, Hiro is stubborn and refuses, telling Maddox that with or without him, he intends to find his brother’s murderer.


‘Ghost of Lies’ is an extraordinary story with entertaining, snarky characters. Maddox and Hiro are completely different men. Hiro is determined, optimistic, and eccentric. Maddox is a brilliant detective but is sarcastic and hard to get along with. In this case, Hiro’s goodness changes Maddox’s mind and heart. The book is fast-moving, dramatic, and suspenseful. The snark between Maddox and Hiro was hilarious. It took the edge off of the heavy parts of the story.  I was completely surprised by the conclusion and I figured it out when Hiro and Maddox did. Thanks, Alice, for the extraordinary tale.




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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Novel, 415 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-October-2021
Price $4.82 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $21.83 audio book
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