• Spooky Business

  • Spectral Files Series, Book 3
  • By: S.E. Harmon
  • Narrated by: Kirt Graves
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (213 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Being insatiably curious is a good way to end up dead.

Rain Christiansen, cold-case detective and reluctant medium, is very aware of that fact. But when infamous serial killer Thomas Kane wants to meet, there's no way Rain can say no. He also can't refuse Kane's offer - find his missing wife, Delilah, and he'll reveal the location of his victim's bodies.

Rain has never turned down a good quid pro quo, and he doesn't intend to start.

The hunt for Kane's wife leads to yet another cold case, three copycat murders, and an investigation where nothing is as it seems. Soon, Rain is dealing with a ghost unlike any he's ever dealt with before...a ghost capable of doing things he shouldn't be able to do. How can Rain control something he doesn't even understand? And what will he do when the unknown threatens the safety of the most important person in his life?

Rain is starting to realize that he can only battle the supernatural with the supernatural, and that is spooky business indeed.

©2020 S.E. Harmon (P)2021 Tantor

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I hope this series continues on

I've been loving this series so much. Rain, a ghost seeing police detective, and his partner in life and work, Daniel, are a great pair. It's great seeing their relationship grow, and also seeing Rain gain more control over his abilities to communicate with and help the ghosts haunting him. In this book, Rain has to solve the murder of a young man and also figure out what happened to a serial killer's missing wife and where he put the bodies of his victims. Surprisingly, the two cases, are entwined and Rain has to deal with a ghost who is menacing in his attraction to Rain. Of course, there is help in the form of Rain's psychic mentor, the paranormal investigation crew formed by the police department, and from Rain's quirky, hippy family. I love all the side characters that really fill out the story. There is a lot of tension and scary moments when Rain has to vanquish his first ghost, and a near death moment for Daniel that had me screaming inside. The end of the book offers up a sort of cliffhanger when the ghost of a killer who promised to see Rain soon (before he passed) shows up. Rain is gaining strength, but with both the ghost and Rain staring each other down at the end, I feel this story must continue into another book. Great narration by Kirt Graves, he is always awesome.

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Great Read

Intriguing story, lots of twists & turns to keep you guessing. Love the continuing saga of Rain & Danny, as well as the PTU.

I also enjoy the continuing mentoring/tutoring with Rain & Dakota. Rain gaining more of a handle on his powers was my fave part of this story. I don't care for the continued ghostly violence against Rain, and now Danny, so a stonger Rain is important.

Once again my only negative is the narration. The flat monotone delivery is grating. Apart from Nick & Dakota, the rest of the male characters all sound alike. There is not enough of a distinct voice for the two main characters.

I am also incredibly confused as to why Jersey girl Chevy suddenly has a Hispanic accent, or why Skye suddenly sounds like a valley girl. Both were a deviation from the previous book.

As always, I look forward to further spooky tales with Rain & Danny.

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Each book is better than the last

This series started out really good and is only getting better. A master story teller with twists and turns. Just when you think Rain has a handle on his "gift", he stumbles and you think he's down for the count, only to rise again and pull a win out of his...shorts. I'm thoroughly impressed with the mystery, humor, and connection between Rain and Danny. It's hard to find a book with not only the complete trifecta, but a narrator who can do it justice. Kurt Graves is wonderful here, a real voice actor. Kurt has distinctive voices for each of the characters and really brings the story to life. I'm off to get the next installment now. Happy reading!

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Can grim be funny?

Yes, it can be, when viewed through the lens of Rain Christiansen's snark, so wonderfully portrayed by Kirt Graves. The combination of Danny and Rain's relationship, a web of murders and ghosts, and Rain's reliable sarcastic wit, makes this an always fun series. Side characters like Danny's team of cops, and Rain's mentor, Dakota, add to the fun. Looking forward to the next-in-series.

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Love this series

I have recommended this series several times. It has mystery, paranormal, and Rain and Danny.

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Great series! Hope there’s more

This is a great series andI enjoyed listening to them the r
Wring is great n so is the voice actor!

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OMG!!!!! I wish this series would continue forever!!

S.E.Harmon you are a masterful storyteller, I am so sad this 3rd book has ended and none to follow as far as I can tell!!! 😢

I absolutely loved this series…. Initially I was worried that it was going to be difficult to love book 2 and 3 due to the narrator change, but Kirt Graves is one of my all time favorite narrators so it was no issue… please continue with Kirt if there are more books coming!! Are there more books coming????

Rain and Danny are such awesome MC’s and the way their storyline has developed throughout the 3 books is so warm, fuzzy and hilarious… I am sure people thought I was crazy as I was laughing while driving, grocery shopping and so on while listening… I could not put my phone away …. ☺️

This series is worth any money or credits spent…. Just loved it ….

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BEST SO FAR

This was the best of the series so far. The narrator is talented beyond belief. The story arcs are great and there a spine tingling moments in this great book. I so look forward to the next in the series.

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Love this series

Rainstorm and Irish are back and there is a lot going on, there is a serial killer who thinks he’s so smart, victims who are not going to keep there hands to themselves, a lovely old lady who has bees and sells honey, sounds innocent enough, a crazy merry go round and a ghost who just doesn’t get it and it causes a great amount of heartache. I hope there will be more to this series. 🤞🏻🤞🏻

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  • Pixiebell
  • 03-16-21

Spooky Business

This is one of the best paranormal mysteries around and I just love the relationship between Rain and Danny.
This book is much darker than the previous two and you definitely need to read them to get full enjoyment from this book. There is still plenty of snark and humour coming from the two main characters and Rains oddball family to offset the darker side to this story.
Kirt Graves continues to superbly narrate and I can’t wait for book 4!

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  • BevS
  • 03-17-21

Still prefer Noah Michael Levine I'm afraid...

Still not sure that I prefer Kirt doing the narrating...Noah Michael Levine just made Rain so snarky, but it is what it is [down to Author's preference] and this is me shutting up 🤐. The narration wasn't bad but I wouldn't give Kirt any points for his Aussie accent I'm afraid 🤨. 4 stars for the narration.

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  • Kelly
  • 06-19-21

an enjoyable series

"Then, there was me, who brought profiling and a wealth of serial killer knowledge. Oh, and ghosts. I brought a shitload of ghosts. Nobody asked for those, but I brought 'em anyway."

Rain really does bring the 'Spooky' in the third book in The Spectral Files. A serial killer, a copycat killer, an execution-style murder and the ghosts......all of the ghosts. In particular, a not so nice ghost that is determined to get Rain's attention. And then there is the humour added to the story in the form of his wonderful and very nutty parents & sister. They crack me up with their weirdness and willingness to accept all things weird and quirky. Plus they possess zero boundaries.

I'm really enjoying this series, love the 2 main characters Rain & Danny, their relationship has really developed across the series, and the mystery/suspense of what was going to happen next really kept me guessing as the pieces of the puzzle all slowly come together.

Kirt Graves was back to narrate the third book in this series, I really enjoy listening to his performances and enjoyed this one as well,

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 03-13-21

Scary, sweet, poignant - what more could you want!

Ghost whisperer, cold case detective. and all-round snarky guy, Rain Christiansen is helping the FBI with a serial killer case. One ghost in particular won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, putting others in danger. This is perhaps the most chilling and eerie of the wonderful Spectral Files series. As well as the serial killer storyline, there are some rich subplots here: Rain and Danny are still ironing out their relationship; their parents are complicating things; and Rain’s old FBI boss make him a tempting offer. SE Harmon has the knack of writing snarky, slightly grouchy characters like Rain with flair - I can’t help but smile at his generally irritated outlook and reluctance to be optimistic. The always-great Kirt Graves narrates the audio with a good blend of entertaining comic snarkiness and pathos.