I’m off work today, so when I’d put two of the kids on the bus to school, I poured myself a cup of coffee and relaxed with Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue by Charlie Cochet.
I’ve read, I think, the four first stories in Cochet’s Thirds series and one of her DRitC stories, but compared to many others I can’t say that I’ve read a lot by her.
Between the Devil and the Pacific Blue isn’t a book I’ve seen around, but I scrolled through Cochet’s backlist, thinking perhaps I should read something she’d written since it’s been a long time since I last did and saw the cover. There was something with the dark blue tones and the pink armchair that made me pause.
James is a Detective working cold cases as well as working the night shift as a security guard at an old hotel. There is no wi-fi or other technology that works, but there is a room with a radio. Every night at 2 a.m. James goes into that room to find Franklin listening to waltzes.
I liked how the story went from me thinking an old cop was gonna help a guy hiding from an abusive partner to becoming a ghost story. The signs were there all the way, and I suspected it all along, but somehow I saw things from Jame’s perspective despite knowing he didn’t see the entire story.
I enjoyed it – it has love, ghosts, mobsters, shootings, and a great mix of present day and history.
Looking for more ghost stories? Check out some of the ones I’ve read.
For the last six months, Detective James Ralston has worked the nightshift as security for the Pacific Blue Hotel, and every night at 2 a.m. his rounds lead him to the radio room where the handsome and mysterious Franklin Fairchild sits listening to waltzes as old as the hotel itself. James is drawn to Franklin, but Franklin is a man at the end of his rope, and James has no intention of getting caught up in whatever trouble Franklin is in. A heated encounter late one night sends James down a disturbing path and has him questioning everything around him, including his very sanity.
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