A possibly schizophrenic adolescent boy who speaks mysterious, rhyming riddles… a mute teen girl who can only communicate through art and has an odd collecting habit… Two young people held captive by unrelated mental illness or is there a sinister connection between the cases – a swan song cry no one has yet heard?When former novitiate turned PI, Tobias Berger, is hired byA possibly schizophrenic adolescent boy who speaks mysterious, rhyming riddles… a mute teen girl who can only communicate through art and has an odd collecting habit… Two young people held captive by unrelated mental illness or is there a sinister connection between the cases – a swan song cry no one has yet heard?When former novitiate turned PI, Tobias Berger, is hired by the foster father of a teen whom his unusual new client believes may have knowledge of an undiscovered crime, the private eye finds himself immersed in two cases stranger and darker than the one which introduced him to his current secretary, a young woman who’s much more to him than an employee. As the pieces in an eerie puzzle come together and the couple begins a relationship that Tobias has been hesitant to let take flight, the two discover that the supernatural is far from done with them and that the mystical may well be at work in more than one aspect of their lives.Another fairy tale mystery in which the paranormal proves itself business as usual....
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Given that this book is ultra-new to the Goodreads database, you might ask, how did I read it so quickly? The answer, of course, is that I was privileged to beta-read it earlier this year (ignore the Jan. 1 date, which is a Goodreads glitch!), as I was the preceding volume that opens the series, Mareritt. (My review of the latter book is here: www.goodreads.com/review/show/635693987 . Many of the comments there apply to this book as well, since they have the same main characters, style and flavor.) Yes, I'm a fanboy of the author, and of this series; but she earned my approbation, and keeps it, by consistently delivering high-quality, well-crafted writing!A crucial requirement for most series fiction is a main character(s) who we as readers genuinely like and want to continue to spend time with. For me, Tobias and Sam admirably fit that bill. Another requirement is a plot that has the essential series characteristics --here, awareness of spiritual and moral reality in the light of Christian faith, and a dance of interaction between the natural and supernatural, the human and the divine, the living and the dead. (What, you say that's impossible, the dead can't interact with the living? Well, you haven't chatted with my perfectly mundane neighbor about her matter-of-fact observations in her "haunted" house....) At the same time, it needs to be distinct enough not to clone what went before. Vingede successfully walks that tightrope, too. We have a compelling mystery here, that kept me as riveted as the first book did.To fit the series into its literary context, Tobias can be seen as an heir to the "occult detective" tradition, following in the footsteps of figures like Flaxman Low, Carnacki, or John Thunstone (though he's a distinct individual in his own right). It also fits into the "urban (or, at least, suburban) fantasy" subgenre, with the regular incursion of the invisible world into the normal setting of modern life in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. It's on the more cerebral end of both spectrums, though, in that Tobias isn't the kick-butt type (he prefers to keep his gun locked in the safe rather than carry it, and is more of a thinker than a fighter). So we don't have any violence here; and the horrific element comes, not from the incursion of the supernatural into the natural, but from dragging into the light the dark horrors of human depravity and what some humans are capable of doing to others. There's a component of (disturbed) sexuality to the mystery here, and some realistic (wholesome) sexual tension between our lead characters; but no sex as such; and the only bad language is an s-word that Tobias lets slip once, and that I know the author agonized over. (But as Surak of Vulcan would probably have observed, "The cause was sufficient." :-) ). So it can be unabashedly recommended to both teen and older supernatural fiction fans who like some depth to their reading. Bottom line: a fine continuation to a promising series!
The second of Krisi Keley's Friar Tobias mysteries is even better than the first. Once again the author's background in linguistics and theology provides the unique material for this superb supernatural mystery.A man seeks Tobias's help for his foster son. He thinks the child may have witnessed a crime, but the boy has a speech problem due to either autism or schizophrenia, so no one can understand him. Like Ms Keley, Tobias has a degree in linguistics which is why the man seeks him out. Paolo speaks in poetry and makes obscure references to what Tobias eventually figures out is an old fairy tale about a girl and her eleven brothers that are turned into swans by a wicked witch. He senses that someone is in trouble, but who?Tobias's friend, the psychiatrist priest, wants him to meet a mute and apparently traumatised girl who has turned up in a hospital and, in what appears to be sheer coincidence, her sketches indicate that she fills the role of the girl in the fairy tale. But where are her eleven brothers? And how does Paolo know all this? This description is a gross simplification of a story with many subtleties, but as with all good mysteries, our suspicions are aroused and the pieces come together at the end.Ms Keley manages to imbue her mystery with more than just the supernatural. As with all her books, questions of spirituality are at the core of the story. Tobias is a staunch Catholic. He believes in leaving sex until marriage, so his girlfriend, Samantha, who he met in his last case, must wait with him, and this provides some interesting topics of conversation. The nature of the crime and how it reflects present day morals is also a matter of thought-provoking reflection on Tobias's part, but both these issues sit quite naturally in the story simply because of who Tobias is.Ms Keley is a master of the English language. Her prose flows beautifully (though I did find the first sentence rather a mouthful) and she expresses subtle ideas succinctly and elegantly. The characters are charming with a delightful intelligent banter between Tobias and Samantha. The plot is interesting, the pacing never languishes and the editing is sleek.Overall the book is an excellent and eerie mystery about a sick crime that needs a little supernatural intervention to bring the perpetrator to justice. This is a wonderful example of the kind of gems you'll only find in independent fiction. It's an entertaining, skilfully executed mystery, but it's also different, deep and thought-provoking. I highly recommend it for those who like private investigator stories with supernatural and metaphysical elements.I received a free copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review
Vingede is the second in Krisi Keley’s Friar Tobe Fairy Tale Mysteries. Former novitiate turned private investigator, Tobias Berger, finds himself involved in two very different – and strange – cases. I enjoyed this second book of the series even more than the first (if that’s possible). The author’s prose is eloquent, her language rich and varied, the story compelling and the characters well developed and believable. The relationship between Tobias (a faithful Catholic) and Samantha (his secretary who becomes his girlfriend) is filled with chemistry, humor and tension at just the right times. Highly recommend!!
I actually loved this book even more than the first in the series. The mystery kept me turning pages with clues laid out just so. There is romance--it is a huge thread in the story, and completely integral, but this is not a "romance." That's actually pretty important to me. I am not a romance reader, but I loved the interaction between Tobias and Samantha. It's well-paced, a fairly quick read, but by no means fluff reading. So happy I discovered this series!My WebsiteFind me on FacebookMy YA fantasy series:book 1book 2
Although I love, and read, a fair amount of Fantasy, I've not read much in the Supernatural realm, not the Mystery genre, so I approached Ms. Keley's first book with a bit of skepticism, and couldn't wait to get my eyes on this, her second one. Suffice it to say I was not disappointed!Friar Tobe left the order before taking his final vows, but everyone calls him Friar. His training as a Friar-to-be, his devout Catholicism, all play a vital role in the solving of the mysteries in which he finds himself. Tobe is a man, not quite 30 years of age. He is single, and has fallen in love with a young woman of 18, and she with him. She became his secretary, and is now his fiancé, and when married will become his partner in his Private Investigator business. There is great chemistry between Tobe and Samantha, not to mention humor as they deal with the aspect of no sex until they are married. The characters in the book are believable, they are real, and they are, as all of us are, somewhat flawed in various ways. If you liked fairy tales as you grew up (and who of us didn't?), I think you will enjoy the retelling of them, in a modern and supernatural setting, as retold and explored by Ms. Keley's characters. A great read. Enjoy ;-)