Mary E. Merrell writes Paranormal Mysteries and Young Adult Urban Fantasy. She has worked many jobs, but always had stories in her head. It wasn’t until she went into real estate and walked into that old, vacant home that The Real Estate Paranormal Mystery Series came to life. Fortunately, nothing spooky happened at the furniture store, or the first book might have been, “The Haunted Sofa."
Mary E. Merrell’s plots are smooth and slightly dark, and her characters sinfully sweet. Try a little guilty pleasure with House Haunting, the first book in The Real Estate Paranormal Mystery Series. One reviewer called it “A good start to a new series.”
Her Young Adult series, Affinity is also humorous but deals with very real life themes. A reviewer said, “Love it. So different. A fun read.”
Mary E. Merrell lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, two dogs, and five cats. She has two grown sons. When she’s not writing, she’s gardening or playing soccer.
Rosemary Fernandes is a divorced, naïve woman, determined to make it in the tough world of real estate. Keith Laumer is a ghost, eager to leave his earthly haunt. As a real estate agent and a womanizer in life, Keith is the perfect partner to teach Rosemary the ins and outs of the real estate business, and he’s perfectly willing to teach her anything else she wants to know.
Frank Perez is a tough guy tattoo artist with ah-so-wide shoulders, and a chest Rosemary can’t wait to get her hands on. He thinks she’s a tease, jerking him around with this ghost story. And it won’t bother the ghost if the tattoo artist just disappears.
Can there be a love triangle between a goodie two-shoes, a tough guy, and a ghost? And how long will Rosemary remain naïve and alive when her less-than-subtle sleuthing drops her and her friends into a sinister years-old plot?
I especially love Frank- although you really get more of him in the other books, this is a great intro to him- damn those real estate agents, right Frank? I would have his back.
Oh, and let's not forget Keith! Damn, what a character. There is nothing quite like him out there. I mean, the kind of guy that he was in life is a million times different than the kind of guy he ends up being around Rosemary- it's like she brings out the freaking good in everyone!
The story flows well and it's obviously thought out. Mary did her research and she knows what she's talking about. I love the different elements of the world around each of the characters that we get to see. And I love how Rosemary is just so fresh off the line- it's a great read!
That’s what real estate agent Rosemary Fernandes thought until the day she started hearing them...the voices of lost souls. When Rosemary encounters the ghost of a murdered stripper, she feels compelled to help, but what happens when the ghost’s secret brings Rosemary to the attention of a serial killer?
Vampires are creatures of legend.
The dead are drawn to Rosemary like magnets, but must it attract all the kooks as well? Marcus Lyon’s thinks he’s a vampire, and he wants Rosemary to be his personal assistant, his human servant. Rosemary ignores his crazy proposition until Marcus gives her an offer she can’t refuse. Can she work her business, run errands for the vampire and help the lost souls while staying ahead of a killer out for revenge?
I don't think I've ever read another book series that brings together such great elements as this one.
The characters (which really are the heart to any story) are absolutely phenomenal! In the first book you get to see that mousy woman that Rosemary starts out as blossom and bloom. You see her change and develop more as you go and then you see how she has grown by book 2. But that isn't the only character that we begin to see more of. Can I say thank goodness Frank is in this one more? Or how about getting to know Marcus.... Oh, I feel your pain Rosemary. I feel your pain.
Mary does a great job of having a plot but not getting stuck in. She allows the story to have a life- much like her characters- and it completely works with this series!
I want to say so much, but don't want to give anything away! I totally recommend these books! They are a must read for all paranormal lovers!
Divorced. Check. Ghost Whisperer. Check. Human Servant. Check. Great. Check.
Real estate agent Rosemary Fernandes never expected to inherit the ability to communicate with spirits, and she certainly didn’t expect her gift to attract the undead as well. Now Rosemary finds herself ghost whisperer to the lost souls stuck at their haunts and human servant to a gorgeous but aloof vampire Marcus Lyons.
Benito Cruz died with a dangerous secret, a secret that connects the ghost to Rosemary. Can Rosemary send the spirit to his final resting place before his past catches up with them, and can she convince the vampire helping spirits like Benito is her destiny?
When real estate and the supernatural come together it is murder.
Once again we are thrown in the crazy-you-cannot-believe-that-just-happened life of Rosemary, Real Estate Agent! (What a great job to match with this series too! Just a side thought!) But Rosemary is no longer the small brown caterpillar limping along in hopes of someone stepping on her, and thus taking her out of her misery. Oh, heck no! She has grown into a freaking mountain lioness! Look out, people, this kitty has some claws and a good amount of "And I care, because?" to back it up! Go Rosemary! Kick some ass and don't let people tell you what's what!
And there is our handsome tattoo artist, sucked into Rosemary's world all because of the stallout in the first book, do you ever wonder if he goes back and thinks, "Hey, maybe I shouldn't give this crazy lady in a suit my number?" I have to!
Marcus is such a complex character. I mean, I am right there with Rosemary as she tries to figure out if she wants to stake him or have his stake deep inside her! (Yes, I did totally just write that!) There is just so much to him and just mere moments where we get to see him open up and we know a little more about him! I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM! TELL ME MORE!
And, oh, Benny! What a great kid! I love how Mary mixes different elements with each of the ghosts too and how Benny is all electrical- it totally fits with him. Mary, do you sit and think about how each of these characters would give off vibes? Anyways, I loved Benny! Such a chip on his young shoulder, but I've known too many like that in life.
Overall, I'd say that this series is one to read. I absolutely love these books and once I start one, it's hard to walk away from. They just get better as you go too- especially with the character development. Mary has a true gift. Please write the next one!
I highly recommend this series, not just this book. They are all awesome and you really need to start at the beginning to under and truly appreciate the awesomeness that is Rosemary!