book of illumination book coverReviewed by Claudia Robinson

Mary Ann Winkowski and Maureen Foley collaborate to produce a fun, fast paced, entertaining detective/ghost story. Any fans of the show Ghost Whisperer will surely enjoy this tale filled with spiritual drama, crime, loss, love and humor.

Anza is a single mother of a five-year-old boy living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her passion is books, and the restoring of priceless manuscripts for the continued viewing pleasure of others; her power is the ability to see and speak to ghosts. Her ex, the (very) married father of her son, is on the police force, and in the past, Anza has used her abilities to help him solve crimes. This time, however, she turns to him for help when a priceless manuscript is stolen from the museum where she works as a bookbinder. With the help of some ‘otherworldly’ friends, Anza and company unravel and solve the mystery that unfolds and interlinks with other aspects of Anza’s life, providing a satisfying read for a cold, blustery night.

As someone very familiar with Boston and it’s back roads, I found The Book of Illumination indulgent provender, as Mary Ann and Maureen competently and precisely take their readers ‘home’, delivering a thorough and decadent taste of Beantown. The anecdotic descriptive of the tale allows the reader to sigh and sink in to the plot, dissolving any ‘could never happen’ issues from the outset.

Fast paced, witty and straightforward, The Book of Illumination provides a quick, quirky and pleasant read. It doesn’t require much more from the reader than their attention and an open mind. For fans of the Ghost Whisperer, it will feel like a favorite pair of slippers, well loved, comfortable and familiar.

Claudia lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children. She entertains her passion for reading in between providing services to help empower and improve the lives of low-income residents.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Three Rivers Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.