I was quite honored when Graham Masterton asked me to review his new novel. And I’m so glad he did, because this is a great book.
This is a Sissy Sawyer Mysteries book, but don’t worry if you haven’t read any of the series before. This works very well as a stand-alone story, but it will make you want to read the other books in the series because Sissy is a wonderful character.
Sissy is a widowed fortune-teller who uses De Vane cards to help her solve mysteries. In The Red Hotel, Sissy is introduced to her step-nephew’s friend T-Yon, whose brother Everett has recently bought an old hotel in Baton Rouge and restored it to its former glory. T-Yon has been having disturbing dreams about her brother and the hotel and reaches out to Sissy to find out what is going on. In the meantime, Everett is dealing with the mysterious death of a hotel maid and other inexplicable happenings making the hotel’s grand opening a nightmare. Sissy and T-Yon fly to Baton Rouge to help figure out the goings-on and dispel any angry spirits that might be about.
The Red Hotel takes the reader along into a creepy hotel full of disappearing specters, gruesome murders, and voodoo. The malevolent spirit, Vanessa Slider, is pissed, and she is determined to see T-Yon and Everett dead. After T-Yon disappears in the hotel, Sissy must move quickly to find her before Vanessa exacts her revenge.
I enjoyed this book very much. This was my first Sissy Sawyer book, but it definitely won’t be my last. I’ve been reading Graham Masterton since I was a teenager, and this has become one of my favorite Masterton books. If you’re looking for a fun, intriguing mystery, look no further than The Red Hotel.