Book Reviews

The Wages of Sin (Unquiet Spirits 1) by Alex Beecroft

Genre Gay / Historical / Paranormal / Ghosts/Spirits/Hauntings / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 19-September-2017

Book Blurb

Charles Latham, wastrel younger son of the Earl of Clitheroe, returns home drunk from the theatre to find his father gruesomely dead. He suspects murder. But when the Latham ghosts turn nasty, and Charles finds himself falling in love with the priest brought in to calm them, he has to unearth the skeleton in the family closet before it ends up killing them all.

 

Book Review

George and his younger brother, Charles, lose their father under mysterious circumstances. George believes that the house is haunted and the ghost is getting revenge on his family—the only clue, a white handprint on the victim's face.

In an attempt to solve the mystery, George calls upon the only man he knows who may be able to help: Jasper, childhood friend, former lover, defrocked priest, and convicted sodomite. Last, but not least, Jasper can see and communicate with ghosts. George summons Jasper and, although George ruined his life, Jasper feels compelled to help if he can. The rest of the family is shocked to see Jasper because Admiral Vane, Jasper's guardian, and George's father were sworn enemies. Most of the family is not convinced that otherworldly forces are in play, but they are faced with a dilemma: accept Jasper's help or give up on a chance to know what happened to their father.

Charles is too young to remember Jasper but the sight of him evokes fear in his heart. Jasper is mysterious and intriguing at the same time. When Charles begins to trust Jasper more, he sees the powerful yet humble man with different eyes. Charles accidentally witnesses a tender moment between Jasper and George; although he's shocked, it causes him to reconsider how he feels about being with another man and if it is truly a sin. Later, Charles confesses what he saw to Jasper; this conversation opens doors and feelings that Charles has yet to experience. Jasper includes Charles more fully in the investigation to prove that the murder was perpetrated by a vengeful ghost. It doesn't take Charles long to be convinced because he begins to experience some of the terror that Jasper sees all the time. It's a race against time, as the ghost escalates its ghastly vengeance against the family.

Alex has crafted a complex, spooky, and provocative story, with strong, descriptive passages that both thrilled and terrified me. I'm beginning to love Jasper but am not as convinced about Charles's character. I fear he's too spoiled to be reliable but if Jasper is happy, then I am. Thank you, Alex, for providing me with an engaging read. I can hardly wait to see what adventures Jasper and Charles will have in the future.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 195 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-November-2015
Price $2.95 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Wages-Sin-Unquiet-Spirits-Book-ebook/dp/B01827KBSI