A Killer Welcome: A ghost cozy mystery

· Dionne Lister
35 reviews

About this ebook

From the USA Today bestselling author of the Paranormal Investigation Bureau Cozy Mystery Series comes a fun new paranormal mystery series with ghosts.

Avery Winters was overjoyed to be brought back to life… unfortunately, the dead were waiting for her.

Aussie journalist Avery Winters was content—she had a caring boyfriend, great job, and supportive… okay, so her parents weren’t actually supportive, but she’d accepted she could never be the son they’d wanted seeing as how she was born a girl. Avoiding them seemed to work well, and, she reasoned, no one’s life was perfect.

And that was fine, except whilst covering a news story in a storm, Avery’s cosy life disappeared in a flash. Lightning struck, stopping her heart and blowing her favourite black boots to smithereens. It was pure luck that an off-duty nurse was walking nearby. 

When Avery came to in the ambulance en route to hospital, she’d thought the worst was over. She was wrong.

Her lightning-induced hallucinations—there was no way they were ghosts—were impossible to hide. Her boyfriend soon left, and her boss suggested she take extended leave. Unable to cover her rent, she moved back in with her parents. And that’s when the fun really began. Unable to cope with their insistence she was crazy, and desperate for an escape, she responded to a journalist-wanted ad… in the UK, because getting mega far away from her parents could only be a good thing.

Armed with a new fear of storms, companions others couldn’t see, and the hope that leaving the stress behind would improve her mental state, she boarded a plane for London. What she didn’t count on was not being able to leave her ghosts behind… literally. Oh, and that the quaint English village she’d be living in had more skeletons in its closet than the Natural History Museum. 

When she stumbles upon a dead body in her rented apartment on her first day, she’s tempted to get back on the plane. But whilst it’s not a good omen, returning to her parents would be worse, so she decides to stay. Only, she’s not sure if it’s the best decision she’s ever made, or the worst.

She’s about to find out.

A fun, light-hearted paranormal cozy mystery with a sassy heroine, ghosts, murder, romance, quirky characters set in England.

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35 reviews
Kristina Anderson
December 11, 2021
A Killer Welcome is the first book in Haunting Avery Winters Paranormal Cozy Mystery Series (that is a mouthful). We are introduced to a number of people including Avery Winters. Avery is in denial about what she can see since she was struck by lightning which I found frustrating. With the story in the first person, readers are subjected to all of Avery’s thoughts (which are frequently on the negative side). There is a great deal of repetition as well. The mystery is not at the forefront of the story for the first half of the book. I wanted more investigation and less of Avery’s day to day activities (especially with regard to food). The whodunit can be solved before the reveal. I had trouble getting through A Killer Welcome. I wanted to like the story, but it really is not my type of tale. While A Killer Welcome is not my cup of tea, other readers are enjoying it (that is the beauty of books). I suggest obtaining a sample to see if A Killer Welcome is the right fit for you. A Killer Welcome is a lighthearted paranormal cozy mystery with gads of ghosts, jealous journalists, a surly landlady, a rude receptionist, a useful constable, and a confusing crime.
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Linda Waters
January 20, 2023
It was fun and different. With a genre that is over full of formula stories, this author successfully found a new twist. It didn't grab me immediately, which accounts for the 4 stars, but quickly improved. Will purchase next in series.
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Andrew Staffen
January 9, 2023
loved it. Avery's character is strong yet gentle.
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About the author

USA Today bestselling author (November 2017), Dionne Lister is a Sydneysider with a degree in creative writing and two Siamese cats. Daydreaming has always been her passion, so writing was a natural progression from staring out the window in primary school, and being an author was a dream she held since childhood.

Unfortunately, writing was only a hobby while Dionne worked as a property valuer in Sydney, until her mid-thirties when she returned to study and completed her creative writing degree. Since then, she has indulged her passion for writing while raising two children with her husband. Her books have attracted praise from Apple Books and have reached #1 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple Books charts worldwide, frequently occupying top 100 lists in fantasy and mystery.

Dionne previously worked as an editor, has published a YA epic fantasy series called The Circle of Talia, and is currently writing The Rose of Nerine fantasy series and the Paranormal Investigation Bureau cozy mystery series. Shadows of the Realm has been translated into Spanish and Italian, and is available at all ebook stores, and Witchnapped in Westerham has been translated into German. You can find Dionne on her website www.dionnelisterwriter.com and other social media.

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