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The Aura

(The first book in the Kate Benedict Paranormal Mystery series)
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The FIRST book in the Kate Benedict paranormal mystery series.
Life spins out of control for London architect Kate Benedict when she sees a dancing aura above certain people's heads that seems to signal death. Suddenly she's psychic. But that can't be! Psychic's not acceptable in her circle, where the supernatural is strictly for the superstitious. And yet... people are dying. People close to her.

Kate's tentative attempts to talk about her new-found metaphysical gift are met with eye rolls, so much so that she can't even tell the nice Scotland Yard detective who's investigating the death of a close friend, Rebecca Williams. And now Rebecca's neighbor has an aura.

So what's Kate to do but try to save him by turning detective herself? A break-in and attack on her boyfriend confirm that the murderer's catching on that Kate knows too much. But he (or maybe she) has no idea that what Kate knows is a little on the paranormal side.

Fans of traditional British mysteries (and female sleuths) will love watching competent, reasonable Kate try to harness supernatural abilities she not only doesn't understand, she doesn't even believe in! And those who love international mysteries will particularly enjoy the vivid scenes in Italy, where the story begins and, in some ways, ends.

WHO ELSE WILL LIKE IT: Anyone looking for a new, fresh female sleuth, as well as fans of paranormal suspense, traditional (yet not too cozy) stories, contemporary British women detectives like the ones found on the BBC's ROSEMARY AND THYME and MURDER IN SUBURBIA, and mysteries with a metaphysical twist, like Kay Hooper's Bishop Files series, Iris Johansen's THE PERFECT WITNESS, and Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters books.

"Carrie Bedford is a real find, and The Aura is engaging paranormal suspense ... Bedford is a fine writer, an accomplished novelist, and a terrific storyteller whose characters ring true and pull us deep into the mystery." -Shelley Singer, author of the Jake Samson-Rosie Vicente mystery series and Torch Song, first in the Blackjack near-future thriller series.

"...a terrific book with a likable protagonist, skilled plotting and a supernatural spin. This gripping mystery had me hooked from the first chapter." -Janet Dawson, author of the Jeri Howard series

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Paperback Editions

August 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: The Aura
Author(s): Carrie Bedford
ISBN: 0-692-28230-0 / 978-0-692-28230-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: booksBnimble
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

September 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Aura: A Kate Benedict Paranormal Mystery (The Kate Benedict Series Book 1)
Author(s): Carrie Bedford
Publisher: booksBnimble
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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