Book Review – Ghost Light Killer by Dahlia Donovan

London Podcast Mystery #2
Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing
Pages: 182
Characters: Dannel/Osian
POV: 3rd
Genre: Mystery, Series

Several months after their first brush with death, Dannel Ortea and Osian Garey are back with a thrilling murder investigation in the second London Podcast Mystery Series novel.

While helping their flamboyant neighbour with his play, Dannel and Osian discover more than a ghost haunting the stage at the Evelyn Lavelle theatre. It’s all fun and games until a friend is found kneeling over a dead body.

Is he the murderer or an unfortunate witness?

When one body turns to two, then to three, will the killer ever be found?

As Dannel and Osian work together to solve the mystery, the murderer focuses on them. Their drive to clear their friend’s name puts them centre stage. But not everything under the glow of the bright lights glimmers.

Will anyone be left when the curtain falls?

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I loved the first book in the series, and enjoyed catching up with these characters and their world again. I particularly liked reading about Dannel’s unique insight into the world, and the role of his and Osian’s family and friends play in this story which has plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings.

I love Dannel and Osian’s relationship. Osian accepts Dannel for who he is, and doesn’t try to change him, but instead works with and around what he needs. They’re both wonderfully protective of each other, and their love is obvious in each scene they share. I like the realism in that they’re both still dealing with the consequences and PTSD of the last story, and past occurrences. Dannel’s autism is a huge part of who he is, with him managing it better some days and not so well on others.

There are plenty of colourful characters, including the theatre itself. The plot is very clever, with corpses adding to the mystery rather than making it easier to solve. Dannel and Osian’s families are a huge part of their lives, and I love the strong family and found family vibe

The ending is very sweet. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.

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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