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The Atlanta police department receives a 911 call in which they hear a young woman pleading for her life, but the next morning they have no bodies and no leads in the thrilling sleuth murder/mystery novel, Unexpected Outcomes (An Angela Panther Mystery Book 4) by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. Angela is awakened in the early hours of the morning from a nightmare where she kills her best friend, Mel. She immediately contacts Mel and discovers that Mel had the same dream, but in reverse; Mel shot Angela. Later in the morning, Mel's boyfriend, Aaron, a homicide detective plays the recording of a woman being held at gunpoint. Angela and Mel are stunned. It is the replay of the dream that they had shared the night before.
With no clues to follow, Aaron asks Angela to help him. Because the dead woman is slow to reveal herself, Angela must rely on assistance from her mother's ghost and others in the spirit realm. With their enigmatic and somewhat exasperating aid, Angela and Mel find the missing woman's body. However, Angela's spidey-sense tells her something is off. With a ghost who is reluctant to share details and an uncooperative universe, Angela is fumbling around in the dark trying to find answers for Aaron. Frustrated, Angela disregards Aaron's and the universe's guidelines and risks her life and her quasi-position as a special investigator. What happens when you defy the universe? Will Angela be joining her mother sooner rather than later?
Unexpected Outcomes (An Angela Panther Mystery Book 4) by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is an entertaining sleuth mystery with a side of paranormal activity. With the most significant clues reluctantly coming from the other side of the veil, the reader is kept in suspense throughout the book. This keeps the story line intriguing, and the reader hooked until the startling conclusion. With engaging characters and an outstanding plot, this is a fantastic mystery that will delight cozy mystery fans, especially those who have a predilection for the paranormal.