Dead Serious Case #2: Mrs Delores Abernathy, Crawshanks Guide to the Recently Departed, Book 2 By: Vawn Cassidy Narrated by: Joel Leslie

Tristan is back with another case to solve to put a ghost to rest in Dead Serious Case #2: Mrs
Delores Abernathy.

From the blurb:

In the business of unfinished business...

It’s been over six months since a freak accident left pathologist Tristan Everett able to see ghosts, something he has yet to confess to his boyfriend. Instead, he now has a new calling, one he’s not entirely happy about… help the dead resolve their unfinished business so they can pass into the light, sounds simple right?


When the spirit of a sweet old lady suffering from Alzheimers follows him home he has no idea how to help her. When he finds out she’s been murdered by arsenic poisoning, a curiously outdated murder weapon, he once again finds himself tangled up in a murder investigation.

For Inspector Danny Hayes of New Scotland Yard, life couldn’t be better. After moving to London and meeting Tristan he’s ready to move their relationship to the next level, but something weird is going on with Tristan, he’s acting very strangely and with a killer on the loose he’s not taking any chances. He’s determined to discover whatever it is Tristan’s hiding from him.

Surrounded by a bunch of potentially murderous old ladies and aided by his sidekick, deceased drag queen and spirit guide in training, Dusty, Tristan must unravel the mystery of Mrs Delores Abernathy’s unfinished business and find the courage to share his deepest secret with the man he loves.

From author Vawn Cassidy, comes the second book in this funny and touching paranormal MM romance/dark comedy suspense series.

Jacquie's Review:

I've been waiting for Dead Serious Case #2: Mrs Delores Abernathy to come out in audio format, having listened to the first book and just loved it that way. The audio didn't disappoint. 

Joel Leslie seems to be at home with British set books and here it showcased his ability to have those subtle changes in accent. I particularly enjoy his voices for women.

Tristan and Danny are reaching a point in their relationship where things are pretty serious between them and Tristan knows he has to come clean about his ability to see the dead. I was glad that he decided to, and I won't spoil the reveal! Their relationship is just so sweet. I didn't want to see it damaged by dishonesty.

There's another case for Tristan to help Danny with, the murder of a sweet old lady in the care home Tristan's dad is in - oh Danny is so sweet with Martin! 

Poor Delores is stuck in a cycle. She has Alzheimer's and can't communicate clearly what she needs. Rather than treat the terrible illness as a joke, Delores is sensitively dealt with throughout and her ending was so lovely.

There is an overarching plot to this series, and a few revelations in this book, as such, I would recommend reading/listening to book 1 first.

I'm really torn over waiting for book 3 to be in audio format, or just reading it! Especially after the info Tristan was given by a shadowy character towards the end. I don't think I can wait to find out what happens!

Rating: 5 Stars

Dead Serious Case #2: Mrs Delores Abernathy is available to buy from Audible and is Whispersynced.