The Skinny on the Jinni

A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Paranormal Case Files #1)

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
225 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2021
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Author Biography

An award-winning business writer and ghostwriter, “indie” author Gloria Lesher is published both traditionally and independently. Her supernatural thriller, L’incantesimo Della Sciamana (SPELL OF THE SHAMAN), was published in Italy by RCS Libri under her maiden name, Gloria Cook. Lesher is the author of two independently-published paranormal cozy mysteries: THE SKINNY ON THE JINNI, and IN A BLACK MONK FUNK.

Her fascination with all things preternatural began in the Land of Enchantment—New Mexico. She spent her early grade school years in Roswell, renowned site of a 1947 UFO crash. Gloria earned her master’s degree in English from the University of Northern Colorado. She lives in Aurora, Colorado, with her husband, Willy, and a miniature poodle named “Pierre.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Najia’s father is a wealthy sheik with very stern principles regarding women. Her mother is a modern American woman, also wealthy. Najia’s father kidnaps her when she’s in her teens and sets a jinni on her, a paranormal power that both frightens and controls her. So, when Najia’s grandmother’s best friend, Blythe, assists in re-kidnapping Najia and returning her to her mother, things start to really heat up in both the paranormal realm and the real world. Blythe is a bit of a psychic. She helps people rid themselves of these paranormal spirits. Only this time, there’s a murder involved and there’s danger in the mix.

Gloria Lesher’s cozy mystery, The Skinny on the Jinni: A Paranormal Cozy mystery (Paranormal Case Files #1), is a blend of adventure, murder, mayhem, and the unexplained from other realms. Told in the first-person narrative from Blythe’s point of view, it’s obvious that Blythe is the main character in this mystery. Much like Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote, Blythe leaves no stone unturned and manages to be involved in every part of resolving the case. It’s tricky trying to solve a murder with paranormal elements interfering and causing mayhem, but Blythe has her ways and this intense plot pulls the reader into the action, wanting to help out at every turn. As well as the adventure and thrill of the hunt (and the haunt), there are interesting characters and strong bonds of friendship that interweave through the plot. This story will have you laughing, crying, and perhaps even a little frightened at times, but you won’t want to miss a minute of the adventure.