Dr. Marie Bartek enjoys a simple life as the veterinarian of Sullivan’s Island — until her psychic abilities suddenly return after eighteen long years. Shaken by the spirits that now haunt her every moment, Marie confides in her best friend and the two create Sullivan’s Island Paranormal Society (SIPS). As new and unlikely friendships are formed, Marie learns to channel her gifts. But events take a dark and drastic turn when she realizes the spirits are desperately trying to warn her of an evil presence on the island… and the residents learn about the first of the gruesome murders. With the help of the SIPS team, Marie is determined to bring the killer to justice. But could it be that the life she’s trying to save is her own?
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Robin Murphy is an Amazon best selling author. She is a paranormal mystery and travel writer; a speaker on author platforms, self-publishing, and marketing, and recently became the sole-proprietor of Rookie Writers Solutions. She has also worked in the administrative, graphic design, desktop publishing, writing, and self-publishing arena for more than thirty years. Her wide range of skills and abilities place her at the top of her field. She is currently employed as an Administrative Associate at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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Sullivan’s Secret – Midwest Book Review – Communing with the spirits may leave you with some very unwanted responsibility. “Sullivan’s Secret” follows Marie Bartek as she rediscovers her talents to communicate with spirits. Working with friends in a paranormal society, she finds that her skill leaves her with the responsibility to stop murders from sweeping her town and she has to put out her own neck to stop the hysteria. “Sullivan’s Secret” is a fascinating read that will be hard to put down.
Secret of the Big Easy – Reader’s Favorite – “…has plenty going that grabs the reader’s attention and keeps it until the final page. The suspense surrounding the murders that Marie is seeing in her visions is really first rate> Add to that the mystery of why the murders are taking place and you have a first rate story, but that is just the tip of the iceberg with this story, because there is so much more going on. There is the romance going on between Marie and her boyfriend Cory, who just happens to be the police chief of Sullivan’s Island. My favorite parts of the story are the paranormal supernatural elements of the story. Marie is trying to learn how to handle seeing spirits, and to deal with the visions she sees. The visions she had were very vivid allowing me to feel as if I could actually see what was happening, and also kept me wondering what might happen next. I am a huge fan of ghost hunting/paranormal activity and because of Ms. Murphy’s accurate descriptions it was easy to see that she had really done her research in this area. The secondary characters really balance out the story, and the relationship between Gale and Tim was often funny. I always enjoy when there is an animal written into a story and in this one we have Bailey, a chocolate Lab which Cory gave to Marie…”
Federal City’s Secret – Reader’s Favorite – In the pages of this book the reader will find a really fun and interesting tale about a magazine reporter who is over her head in a political investigation. Kelly Kaufman is a reporter, assigned to dig into a political figure who wants to run for president. When she doesn’t contact her mother for two weeks, Shawna calls the paranormal investigators. She has some shadows and such in her apartment and uses this to bring them to D.C. Now Marie Bartek is the head of the paranormal group that consists of a few very interesting characters, including her heartthrob, Cory. They take the job. After the group takes care of the ghost at Shawna’s, she accepts the request to stay and work on the disappearance of Kelly. All goes well until she realizes that she brought more than just her group to D.C.–it seems that Demon B also accompanied her. Choosing to stay and find Kelly may cost them several lives: that of her mentor, Kelly’s and hers.
It is a very good paranormal story, in the same realm as “Ghost Busters”. I really enjoyed the telling and the tale. I consider it a must have in the library of lovers of suspense, romance, and paranormal investigation. “Federal City’s Secret” is well-done entertainment for a hot day at the beach or a lazy afternoon at the swimming pool. Robin presents a great story and characters. This is great reading for young adults to adults alike. You will really love this paranormal detective story that will keep you glued through to the last page. I loved it and believe that you will too.
Secret of Coffin Island: Reader’s Favorite –
Secret of Coffin Island is Book 4 in Robin Murphy’s paranormal mystery series, Marie Bartek and the SIPS Team. Dr. Marie Bartek and her fiance, Police Chief Cory Miller, have finally tied the knot. Their wedding festivities are interrupted, however, by the discovery of a headless corpse. While criminal investigations are, strictly speaking, Cory’s milieu, Marie and her team of psychic researchers have been instrumental in solving mysteries in the past, and she has already received visions that seem to pertain to the mystery at hand. Her mentor and friend, Myra, who had passed after suffering a heart attack, has continued her mentorship albeit from the other side, and Marie takes comfort from both her presence and her guidance. Marie’s also been asked to help with the case of Isabella, a young woman whose mother is concerned that she’s been possessed, but Marie quickly determines that Isabella is also a gifted psychic.
Robin Murphy’s paranormal mystery, Secret of Coffin Island: Marie Bartek and the SIPS Team, Book 4, is an exciting and well-plotted novel. While it’s the fourth book in the series, Murphy includes just enough background information to allow this book to be read on its own without giving away too much about the previous mysteries. I found myself enchanted by Sullivan Island and the ambiance of a beach community, and enjoyed the plot’s historical connection to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug. The author also gives a valid working picture of a psychic investigation team at work as well as having the husband/wife team working together on the case. Secret of Coffin Island is an interesting and quite effective blend of the paranormal and the police procedural genres that works marvelously. Her main character’s idea for a retreat for psychic youth is inspired and gives the series a sense of continuance, and Isabella’s pivotal role in this story makes it fresh and compelling. Secret of Coffin Island: Marie Bartek and the SIPS Team, Book 4 is highly recommended.