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Karma Dead Ahead (A Private PSI Detective Mystery Book 1) by [Montgomery, D.H.]
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Two graduate students in a university paranormal research lab become accidental detectives as they go searching for a woman who fails to return from her Caribbean vacation. They get help from a group of psychics known as the “Gang of Four” and a modern practitioner of witchcraft who is an app developer and entrepreneur. The psychics reveal that a karmic debt from two hundred years ago has put the woman on a path to danger. The witch helps find the whereabouts of the culprit. After some brilliant deductions, unexpected mishaps that turn their lives upside down, and twists and turns, the two detectives come face to face with a deranged killer and his intended latest victim. Just as karma set off the chain of events in the beginning, it also determines the dramatic outcome.

“Karma Dead Ahead” is not just another Detective Mystery/Suspense novel. There are a number of incidents that take place that humorously satirize the corruption and dysfunction of modern institutions — the tabloid media, celebrity worship, the scientific establishment, business and elite protection from law enforcement — giving the novel depth and comic relief from the more suspenseful main plot.

If you like nicely paced detective/mystery stories with appealing well-drawn characters and a plot that always keeps you guessing as it alternates between humor and suspense, then this book is for you.

A group of psychics called the "Gang of Four" and a modern witch who happens to be a successful tech entrepreneur, help the two young detectives, Sagacity Jeunesse and Chance Mankowski, by providing hints on what has gone wrong, where to look for the woman and who might be behind her disappearance. It turns out that she is in danger because of a series of events that took place two hundred years ago in a former life. These created an unresolved karmic debt that needs to be repaid and has now led her into a dangerous situation.

Sagacity and Chance are graduate research assistants in a university psychic research lab run by an eccentric professor. The continuation of his work (and their financial support) is always under threat from a scientific establishment that is more interested in maintaining official views than seeking possibly uncomfortable truths. Sagacity is always looking for ways to earn extra money and comes up with the idea for a new type of psychic detective agency. Chance is not nearly as enthusiastic as she is and becomes increasingly less so as events sweep them along toward an inevitable confrontation with a deranged lunatic.

During their search for the imperiled woman, an unexpected incident turns the two detectives into overnight celebrities. The press then relentlessly pursues them, determined to write a series of salacious stories although none exist. The media of course misses and fails to report on a much bigger and important news story right before its eyes because it is so focused on trivial gossip.

Sagacity, who is bold, beautiful, good at deduction and an excellent shot, is in frequent conflict with her more cautious and intellectual lab and business partner Chance. Together, they make an excellent team. Both are mistrustful of the local police on the island, who are indeed as corrupt as they appear. It is difficult to determine if their goal is to help them solve the case or hinder the two detectives from finding the real culprit.

Despite all the careful planning by the authorities, a number of accidents and unintended consequences still occur. The climatic resolution does indeed have a surprise twist. Despite what appears to have happened, the outcome makes it possible for one more secret to be hidden.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: DMS Media Group; 1 edition (1 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B010RYAVU2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful detective story with a nice bit of humor 20 July 2015
By Kitty Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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Sagacity Jeuness and Chance Mankowski are budding young scholars under Professor Wilkinson, working on what the Dean of the Uni refers to as paranormal claptrap and mumbo jumbo studies. The confrontations between the Dean and Wilkinson are always an entertaining battle of wits, though the Dean never really stands a chance. Meanwhile Sagacity and Chance keep things exciting as they dig into the mystery surrounding the vanishing women.

The story is loads of fun, very suspenseful but also with touches of humor to lighten the mood. There's lots of characters but Montgomery has fleshed all of them out nicely so you always have a good feel for who they are and what they're thinking. As the story progresses the danger increases and you find yourself on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. Great story, a real page turner that kept me engaged and made me laugh out loud a few times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great paranormal mystery 26 July 2015
By TFLReader - Published on Amazon.com
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I do love a good mystery and when there are paranormal elements thrown into the story I am all but sold. I do insist on good writing and characters, however, and author D.H. Montgomery has definitely delivered with "Karma Dead Ahead". The story of a mystery on a Caribbean island involving Amanda, who had intended to meet up with a gentleman that she met online. A couple of "paranormal detectives", Sagacity and Chance, get involved as Amanda disappears and the mystery deepens. This was a great read that I found to be very unique and quite entertaining. Loved the characters and really hope to see a developing series come out of this.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this multi-layered novel, both entertaining and thought-provoking 17 August 2015
By Caroline - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I love this book and every spare moment I have I grab my kindle and sink deep into the world of this detective. I actually wanted to save it for my holiday, but I guess it will be long devoured by then...

For you who aren't sure yet (you should just get it!) but here's more details about the book, I case I wasn't convincing enough. This book can be enjoyed on many levels. First of all it is a detective story, which has much in common with a number of other contemporary books which update the modern who-done-it with some paranormal elements. I love this part, because it's all very exciting, though these should be taken as a plot device and not literally. Secondly, Karma Dead Ahead can be read as a subtle satire on the dysfunction of a number of present-day institutions. Not in a moralizing way, but by using parody and amusing situations. The author actually combines the two components effortlessly.

As other reviewers already mentioned, there are two detectives in this series, Sagacity Jeunesse and Chance Mankowski, instead of one. I had to get used to the names, but the author introduces them (their names) in such a way, comical, logical, that afterwards you totally accept it. In a number of ways, they are opposites and I guess they represent alternative backgrounds in American culture. Sagacity is from the rural cowboy West and she has that resourcefulness and can do spirit of the pioneers. Chance is from New York and is more the urban intellectual type, dominated by thought and preferring to avoid action. Their relationship is a push-pull one, without being stereotype or boring, it's done well. The girl is the one who moves things forward.

Maybe I'm over analyzing, because it's just a very entertaining book, but well. You could say that women in general are the driving force for most things that happen in the book and represent different archetypes. Sagacity is the classic sifter and analyzer of clues. There is a witch (actually a very cool one - no spoilers from me!) she has mastery of social and elemental forces and this has allowed her to become a successful entrepreneur. Sagacity’s mother (not mentioned in the book description, but she should be) is large and physically powerful. Even the missing woman, despite her flaws, refuses to be a victim in certain ways. Of the men, the eccentric professor is the most complex. While he appears to be mild-mannered and distracted, he is willing to bring out the proverbial knives to protect his turf and his students. The maniacal killer, on the other hand, is a classic woman hater.

I highly recommend this book. It will work for the reader who is looking for an entertaining story and it will work for someone looking for something that is thought provoking.
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Characterization Makes This Book Provocative 28 July 2015
By MTS - Published on Amazon.com
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While most people focus on the plot when analyzing a book, I am usually more interested in the characters (probably because I was an English major). Once I thought about it, I realized that there are a number of pairs of characters in the book that represent contrasting types. The two detectives, Sagacity Junesse and Chance Mankowski, come from different environments (rural versus urban) and frequently see the world from opposite perspectives. The eccentric professor who does paranormal research and is a true scientist seems to be in a constant war with the Dean of the college who is opposed to this type of research because he's really a close-minded bureaucrat. Although they manage to work together, the sleazy local police inspector and the honest official at the American Consulate are opposite sides of the same coin. Two of the psychics, an Indian guy and a British woman, are always at each other's throat (the tension between Eastern and Western cultures?). Even the outrageous mother can be seen as the complement to Sagacity since the mother is totally emotional, while Sagacity is a good detective because she is highly rational. It's the same for the main suspects, but I can't really discuss that without giving away too much.
5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed reading Karma Dead Ahead 3 September 2015
By Denise Binder - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading Karma Dead Ahead, by D.H. Montgomery. The story follows two young detectives on their first case, which takes them to a beautiful, exciting island in the Caribbean. The detectives were hired by a woman about to leave on vacation, but had strong feelings that something might happen to her while away. A group of psychics help the two detectives, giving them clues into her disappearance and whereabouts on the island, and how her past life has a profound affect on her karma. Along the way, the detectives have exciting adventures and experiences that change their lives forever. This story has everything you could want to make reading this book a fun and enjoyable experience. There is humor, romance, adventure and some very edge of your seat excitement! I loved the way D.H. Montgomery describes the characters and scenes, bringing everything to life. The characters are well developed with distinct personalities. I am looking forward to the next adventure these two detectives take on! Great fun to read, and I highly recommend this book!
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