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Stolen Hearts

Poisoned Pen. Oct. 2011. c.250p. ISBN 9781590589373. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781590589397. $14.95. M
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Haunted by his past, young psychic Camden needs his friend David Randall's PI skills just as much as David needs Camden to help solve his cold case. David is juggling two murder cases—one recent and one several generations old—which seem to be connected by musical notation. Their North Carolina region is important to American folk music history, and a music specialist from the Smithsonian is there to film a PBS special—that is, until he's murdered. Eerily, Camden begins to channel one of the long-dead characters from David's cold case. Ghosts from the past must be appeased so the pair can solve a complicated case and move forward with their lives.
VERDICT Tesh (A Little Learning) brings a gentle touch to her new series featuring a psychic, his PI friend, and a houseful of intriguing cast members. These young men have suffered great losses in their lives, but together they are poised to solve mysteries. Definitely partner this title with Mark de Castrique's The Sandburg Connection for regional interest, music history, and world-weary characters.

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