Lost Souls

A Novel of Crime and Suspense

Fiction - Paranormal
296 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2021
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Lost Souls is a work of fiction penned by author J. T. Bishop in the paranormal and mystery genres and serves as the first entry in the Redstone Chronicles series. It is suitable for the general reading audience. The book follows former Texas Ranger and present day Private Investigator and spirit medium Mason Redstone as he is called in to help by his former partner. Drawn into a mystery that forces Mason to question his past and whether his partner can be trusted, it isn’t long before the investigation draws the direct attention of a dangerous killer and Mason’s very life is on the line.

This inviting and exciting novel does an excellent job of taking the eeriness of the paranormal genre and the suspense and second guessing of the mystery genre and combining them to create a narrative that will constantly keep readers on the edge of their seats, trying to figure out where the next twist will come from. One of the strongest aspects of this book is the author’s ability to create living and breathing characters who each feel like they could be as real as myself, but without ever compromising the need for intrigue and drama that mystery novels require. The best example of this lies with Mason and his former partner Trick, who spend the novel cautiously building and rebuilding the bedrock of trust that once underscored their partnership. Author J. T. Bishop consistently demonstrates that they are a keen study of the human condition and uses this knowledge to give Lost Souls an unforgettable cast. A highly recommended read.

Susan Sewell

When a woman is arrested for the murder of her husband, a medium and a former Texas Ranger set out to find the real killer in the thrilling paranormal mystery, Lost Souls (A Novel of Crime and Suspense) by J. T. Bishop. Mason Redstone is a former Texas Ranger with the unusual ability to see, hear, and channel spirits. Putting his talents to use, Mason and his empathic sister Mikey start SCOPE, the Study of Cryptids and Paranormal Events. After Mason's ex-partner Trick comes to him for help in solving his step-brother's murder, Mason's other cases take a backseat. When Trick and Mason parted company, they didn't leave on the best of terms, therefore Mason is leery of Trick's methods. Despite their rocky relationship, Trick convinces Mason to help him investigate. Trick's sister-in-law is the only one the police are focusing on, but when a second ghost appears next to her and her deceased husband's ghost, Mason realizes there is more to the case than meets the eye. Who is this maniacal spirit and what does she have to do with the murder?

Complete with ghosts and villains, Lost Souls (A Novel of Crime and Suspense) by J. T. Bishop is a thrilling mystery filled with betrayal, murder, and revenge. Beautifully written, the elements of tension and apprehension color the storyline, creating a vivid and eerie plot that builds to an explosive conclusion. This novel is the first in a new series and is a spin-off of the equally thrilling Detective Daniels and Remalla series. With a dramatic, spine-tingling plot, well-rounded engaging characters, and psychologically unstable villains, it is a phenomenal story that will chill and thrill fans of mystery, suspense, and the paranormal.

Lesley Jones

In Lost Souls by J. T. Bishop, the owner of SCOPE detective agency, Mason Redstone, is unlike any other private investigator. As a medium, he can also communicate with his victims. When Mason's ex-business partner, Trick Monroe, appears asking for help to solve the murder of his stepbrother, Chad Howard, Mason has to face painful memories from his past. Chad's wife has been charged with the murder and it seems an open and shut case. As Mason's investigations deepen, he tries to repair his damaged relationship with Trick, but has his estranged business partner changed, or is he still untrustworthy? It seems that Trick and those involved in the investigation have secrets that could also implicate them in the murder and the suspicious suicide of another. Could Chad and his wife's troubled marriage hold the key to solving both cases? With the help of Mason's younger sister, Mikey, Detectives Daniels and Remalla, and Mason's psychic abilities, the likely suspect list increases. However, even Mason is unprepared for the shocking discovery of the murderer's identity which places the lives of those he cares for in jeopardy.

Lost Souls by J. T. Bishop is such a well-written and gripping novel that grabbed my interest and attention from the first chapter. There are so many layers to the plot which were continually revealed, with each character desperately trying to hide their dark secrets. Every character was perfectly created with such intriguing and realistic personalities. I simply adored the supportive and loving relationship between Mason and his sister, Mikey. I also liked the complex relationship between Mason and Trick as they rebuilt the trust issues between them. The investigation process was filled with tension and suspense which definitely made this story completely nail-biting. There are so many twists and turns throughout and many of the main characters could have been implicated in the crimes. However, the final plot twist was absolutely amazing and completely took me by surprise. I highly recommend Lost Souls; you will not be disappointed.