Monday 24 August 2020

Nancy Cornish PI - Amanda James

Where extraordinary things happen…you’ll find Nancy Cornish

Nancy Cornish has recently left her job at The Whistling Kettle CafĂ© in Padstow to start her own PI business. Nancy, seemingly an ordinary member of her community, has an extraordinary gift. She is able to make psychic connections with those who have passed, and objects belonging to those still living. The PI denotes Psychic Investigator, not Private Investigator. Her husband Charlie is a DS in the Truro police, and a down to earth Cornishman. In the past, he’s dismissed Nancy’s gift as ‘mumbo jumbo’, but now he accepts that she’s a very good detective. He’s over the moon that she’s been able to help him solve some important crimes, and is keen for her to keep up this good work.

As well as working with her husband in his police work, Nancy’s main mission in life is to use her gift to help others. In the grand scheme of things, the cases she solves within her community might not seem very important. However, they mean the world to those who come to Nancy for help. Some of her successes to date has been to reunite long lost lovers, track down a war hero’s missing medals, rescue a beloved pet, and find the mystery ingredient in the local butcher’s prize-winning sausages!

In this sequel to The Cornish Connection, we see people come to Nancy for all sorts of reasons. Some are new clients, some are old friends, and she often discovers that what they say they need help with, is only the beginning of their story. Nancy’s investigations and discoveries help them to see what’s most important to them in life, and how to achieve it. And as we all know, that thing is happiness.

What did I think?

I absolutely loved The Cornish Connection so I was over the moon to see the sequel, Nancy Cornish PI, released just a few months after.  Amanda James really has found the golden goose with Nancy Cornish and long may she continue to lay such fabulously entertaining golden eggs.  Nancy Cornish PI (psychic not private investigator) is such a kind, caring and warm character who has such an amazing gift that she uses to help people.

Although this is the second book in the series, you don't need to read The Cornish Connection in order to enjoy Nancy Cornish PI but you really should read it as not only is it brilliant but it gives you a good introduction to some of the characters.  Nancy is back and this time it's personal - when she receives psychic messages relating to her mother's life, you'd think it would be easy to convince her mother to take heed but not when it's something her mother doesn't want to hear.  

I love Nancy so much that the spiritual visitors she receives are even more poignant when they are her own family.  In fact towards the end of the book I thought I'd got away with just a lump in my throat until I started blubbing a few sentences later.  These visits must be so painful for Nancy, feeling the euphoria of seeing her loved one again only for it to be snatched away again as her visitor disappears like smoke on a breeze.

There are so many little stories contained within Nancy's own story, as people come to Nancy for help.  You can really feel Amanda James letting her imagination run wild as she creates such a colourful cast with a variety of stories ranging from romantic and heartwarming to suspenseful and dangerous.  It was great to see the results of Nancy's endeavours as some familiar characters also make an appearance.

As much as I wanted to race through the pages devouring every single word, I didn't want the story to end.  Pairing mystery with a supernatural edge makes for such a compelling and unique series that is also hugely entertaining and heartwarming.  Nancy Cornish PI is an absolutely brilliant book in an outstanding series and I really can't recommend it highly enough.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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