Worth His Salt – Tattooed Corpse Series, Book 2
Note: This book can be read as a standalone
Themes & Genres: Short Story, Paranormal, Gay Romance
Eldred Henstare is a not so powerful witch who’s been left in charge of helping the city’s lingering spirits to move on. He usually handles it pretty well, but something’s wrong with the spirit leading him to the abounded lighthouse.
Mo Vin likes his quiet life in the cottage next to the lighthouse, at least it’s quiet until one night when Eldred Henstare—young, beautiful and crazy—arrives. After that night things aren’t the same. A man is found dead on the beach outside Mo’s cottage, and he’s almost sure he’s the one who killed him, except it doesn’t make sense. Why would he kill anyone?
Eldred needs to get rid of the ghost haunting Mo. If he doesn’t Mo’s life is in danger, but to do it he needs both Mo and his brother Lachtin to help out.
What I think of the book:
I’m usually skeptical about reading short Romance stories (or short stories with romantic elements), because it is difficult to establish a connection between the characters in so few pages. While this was one of those “hey, I just met you and now we are in love” situations, it was presented well for a short story. Maybe it was because of what the characters went through together, or maybe because of the characters themselves.
While Mo is your average lovable grump part of the time (and totally horrified through the rest of the book), I had a lot of fun with the Henstare twins. And I’m not talking just about their personalities (which were similar), but also about their lines – they made me chuckle several times, especially Eldred. The humor takes away from the scare factor in the story and I’m not sure if that is intentional. However, while I wouldn’t call Worth His Salt nightmare-inducing, it had a creepy vibe and I think the spirit was described rather vividly once we finally meet him… It?
Two things bothered me in this story: one was the names – I have no idea how to pronounce Lachtin and I’m pretty sure I’m mispronouncing Eldred – and that the story ended before we got to meet the formidable Mother – a character who put the Henstare brothers on edge just at the thought of having to call her for help.
Who would I recommend this book to? I’d recommend Worth His Salt to people who like short, spooky stories with some romance in them.
My rating: (5 out of 5 lighthouses)
Would I re-read this book? I might.
Am I interested in other books by this author? Yes. As odd as it is this author has put me in a short stories reading mood and I’m interested in the first book of the Tattooed Corpse series.
Where can you buy the book?
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