Book Review – Bump in the Night by Meredith Spies

Medium at Large #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 244
Characters: Lake/Knight
POV: 1st
Genre: Paranormal, Series

Get a PhD in anthropology, kids, and you, too can end up unemployed and on your brother in law’s ghost hunting reality show. Well, technically, it’s not his show. It’s Oscar Fellowes’ show. An internet-famous medium, Fellowes has signed on with my brother in law’s production company so his show will be on the UnReality Channel. Enter me, Julian Weems, professional skeptic. Skeptic sounds better than “disgraced professor who didn’t even last a year.” Fellowes is nothing like I expected and everything I could have possibly wanted. Too bad I don’t believe in ghosts.

I never wanted my little web series to get famous. I had enough of people wanting pieces of me back when my grandmother was selling my talent to the highest bidders at parties and events around Europe. The entire proposal from Wish Granted Productions rubbed me the wrong way–why would we need a professional skeptic following us around? I had enough problems with the amateur ones sending me hate mail, thank you very much. Julian Weems, though, is something else. Absolutely nothing like I’d feared and maybe more than I imagined.

When an attempt at filming a haunted house investigation for UnReality t.v.’s new series, Bump in the Night, takes a decidedly pear-shaped turn, Julian and Oscar find themselves untangling a century-old spate of deaths and something darker that only the living could create.

Bump in the Night is a contemporary paranormal MM romance featuring an unemployed professor who ends up on a ghost hunting program as their professional skeptic and an internet-famous medium who would rather be anywhere else. Hints of insta-lust with a HEA.

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This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m hooked. I loved Julian and Oscar’s story, which was a mix of paranormal, mystery, and romance. I’m already looking forward to more in this series.

I became invested in their story very quickly, and I liked how their preconceptions of each other didn’t match up with the person they met. Their attraction is immediate and mutual, although it takes them a while to act on it. I thought both of them were wonderfully quirky. I loved Oscar’s dress sense. It’s lovely and old fashioned and suits him. I love how he interacts with the ghosts, and that he’s very much the real deal, and it comes with consequences. I enjoyed seeing Julian in his element when he gets the opportunity to shine and show that he does know his chosen topic, and it covers a wider scope than most people think. The part when they’re exchanging nerdy geek quotes is very sweet.

I also liked Ezra who is much more than he appears and has talents of his own. I’d like to see a book from his perspective. CeCe, Julian’s sister is a great character. I liked her and her interactions with Julian too. She’s a strong character in her own right. The less said about Daniel and Cynthia the better.

I thought the mystery was very clever, and I liked the way it unfolded. Although I guessed some of it, and who one of the characters was, it added to my enjoyment of the story, rather than detracting to it. I loved how the townspeople played their part in putting the pieces together.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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