Friday, 26 April 2013

Review: Post Mortem (Parish Mail #2) by Kira Snyder & GIVEAWAY!

Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review.
Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC
Release Date: Already released.

Description from Goodreads:
Celia Macarty is back in Post Mortem, the second installment in the Parish Mail saga.

Autumn in New Orleans means Homecoming, romance—and murder. When a friend vanishes, Celia believes a desperate letter about an unsolved Civil War-era murder holds the key to unraveling the mystery.

As she searches for answers, Celia enlists the help of quirky witch Tilly, and either all-American boy Donovan or, enigmatic Luc–you get to choose.

As the gang follows the missing girl’s trail, danger turns up on all fronts. A vicious stranger threatens Celia’s family. Celia’s nightmares–about a shadowy, ominous villain–get worse. And a new ghost has appeared: beautiful Angelica, who shares a past with Luc.

It will take all of Celia’s will and wit, and the faith of her friends, to solve an unspeakable crime. And no matter which path Celia takes, she will discover that sometimes the past can come back to haunt you.

What’s Cool from Coliloquy:
Throughout the Parish Mail series, readers decide which clues to follow to help Celia unravel each mystery. You’ll even get to cast a vote for your favorite love interest. But remember: Choose carefully, or else the killer might just get away.

This series is quickly reawakening the mystery fan in me! I love trying to figure everything out and piece it all together as Celia uncovers different clues, and once again, I really enjoyed the interactive aspect that Coliloquy's stories bring to this type of story. I read through all possible variations, and I could see how the choices made differences in the storyline. I'm starting to notice that the version I picked first usually ends up being my favourite though. ;) haha

I loved Post Mortem just as much as I loved Dead Letter Office, and I'm thoroughly enjoying getting to know Celia and her friends. I'm also incredibly fascinated by the paranormal and magical elements that are in this series. I love all the mentions of cadeaus, and just different types of spells. Kira Snyder has made them fit so seamlessly within the story that it honestly doesn't even seem out of the norm in modern day New Orleans, and I think that's the part that I find the most fascinating about the paranormal's as if it could happen to anyone and that you could move to New Orleans and realize your unknown cadeau, too...and I kinda like that. ;D

Along with the magic, I loved the story. Celia spent a lot of Post Mortem just trying to figure out if there was an actual mystery to solve, and I always had confidence in her instincts, just like her best friend Tilly did. Although the boys were another story. Depending on the version you went with one of the boys, Donovan or Luc, were always a bit more hesitant and the other believed in her the whole time, and that was kind of interesting aspect I saw when reading through both versions because it was like one choice had rivets throughout the story.  Even with her doubts, Celia continued to investigate, and she soon uncovers some pretty crazy and intense stuff! While Dead Letter Office was awesome and exciting, Post Mortem was both of those things and also had some pretty freaky parts that kind of gave me the a good way of course. It had even more of the paranormal and magic that I mentioned before and it made for one crazy mystery. :D

Since I mentioned the boys before I have to bring them up. Celia's got quite the dramatic love life right now. She doesn't have a boyfriend, but there are a few prospective love interests in her life. You have Donovan--the detective's son, Luc--the attractive ghost from another era, and even Sloan is kind of romantically linked a bit...he and Celia have a very strange relationship. Sloan's the resident rich boy with a bad attitude, and he has a tendency to insult her almost every time he sees her...although not always. I have to say that Donovan is my favourite though. He's just such a good guy, plus that roguish smile he has gets me every time. *sigh* I like Luc, but I'm not really digging the whole ghost relationship thing. :P Well, now that I've had a one-sided gush fest about the boys with you all, I'll just say that you'll have to read the series to find out which one you like and feel free to gush with me about them. ;)

Overall, I loved Post Mortem. :D It's a fantastic story and definitely a worth follow-up to Dead Letter Office. I loved everything about it from the truly spooky mystery, to the budding romance (or rather romances) and finally to Celia herself. She is quickly becoming a favourite of mine and really reminds me of one of my absolute favourite characters, Veronica Mars. Celia's not as snarky, but she definitely has the guts to go into some crazy situations and will follow any lead to uncover the truth just as Veronica does. I definitely cannot wait to see what happens to Celia and her friends next. :D

- US/Canada Only!
- 1 Winner will receive a set of Dead Letter Office and Post Mortem in the Parish Mail series in the ebook format of their choice
- Giveaway ends May 17th at 11;59 PM (MST)
- Winner will be chosen with Rafflecopter, contacted via email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize


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Good luck if you enter the giveaway! :D
So, what do you think of Post Mortem and the Parish Mail series?


  1. I'm glad this series is a winner for you! I should start reading more mystery, so hopefully I win! I've been having a lucky streak on your blog!

    1. Me, too! It's a great series. You really have, fingers crossed for you! ;D


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