“Dahlia Donovan writes really cozy and fun mystery/whodunnit romance stories. I’ve been waiting for the second book in her London Podcast Mystery series for the entire summer and it was wonderful. Once again I found myself chortling at Dannel and Osian’s antics as they find themselves involved in another mystery. Another great hit with a very happy ending that I enjoyed!“
“I just find this series to be absolutely adorable. I mean, sure there’s some grisly murders and an interesting mystery, but for me the star of the show is Daniel and Osian’s relationship. It’s just so loving and sweet and completely perfect. If you ever want to read a story with two men who know exactly what the other needs, are constantly providing, and just without a doubt belong together, then this is the series for you.
“This is a modern take on a cozy mystery. It is so good it makes me want to curl up with some tea and cake and lose myself in the pages. Osian and Dannel are both very engaging and funny. This is a low heat story but the love between the two men is evident. And I did find myself giggling at the story and I loved that I was not able to solve the whodunit on my own. “
“I love these two together. They are smart and funny, and just know each other so well. Os does what he needs to to take care of Dannel when he needs time to be away. And Dannel, while he doesn’t really understand Os’s grief, and how that progresses, he respects it, and does what he can to honor it. They are just great together, both funny and sensitive. It’s the relationship that works best for them, and hits the readers heart.”
“I love reading cozy mysteries like this, and I’m glad that I was able to find out about this series! I’m hoping that there are more books coming out for this series because I would love to hear more about what Oz and Danny are up to during their London adventures. Also, can we somehow make their podcast real? Because I’d listen to theirs!”
….in Ghost Light Killer.
The first inspiration for Ghost Light Killer came from this dance choreography from the brilliant Travis Wall on So You Think You Can Dance. It introduced me to the concept of ghost lights within the theatre world something I’d never heard about.
The idea of lights being left on stage to greet or fend off ghosts is intriguing.
In general, I have mixed thoughts about ghosts and paranormal stuff. I’m not entirely convinced in the concept. Yet, I’ve had strange experiences that I can’t explain.
As a child, there were lights that used to go up the stairs into my bedroom. They’d reach my room and I’d toss and turn. My parents claim it happened several times.
There are loads of ghost stories from the West End.
There’s even a travel guide to the most haunted theatres: https://www.westendtheatre.com/21739/visitinglondon/travel-guide/londons-most-haunted-theatres/.
I won’t spoil anything from Ghost Light Killer. Though, it does make writing this post tricky. I can’t give all the inspiration because it might give something away.
The theatre in the novel is one I’ve made up. I took inspiration from the iconic Drury Lane. The Theatre Royal was also a visual inspiration for my made-up one.
(Don’t take a shot every time I write inspiration or theatre.)
The theatre had to be an older one. The vibe in a newer one wouldn’t have been right at all. There’s not enough life and history in a new building.
How about you? Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
….for Ghost Light Killer.
Before Ghost Light Killer became Ghost Light Killer, I went through a series of other ideas for the title. I thought it might be fun to share them.
- Boyfriend Killer
- Curtain Call Killer (A close runner up)
- Scene Killer
- Chorus Line Killer
- Prop Killer
- Bloodstained Costume (not even close to being a runner up)
In the end, when I hit on Ghost Light Killer, I immediately knew I’d found the perfect title for the next adventure for Osian and Dannel.