Book three in the Onyx Webb series doesn’t slow down any. The history, the events, the characters and their actions—all keep progressing in such a way that it is impossible to disentangle oneself from their lives. Al Capone, Frank Sinatra, Sammie Davis Jr., and Walt Disney are some of the famous people in these three episodes.
Onyx Webb has to be my favorite character. It amazes me that she stays married to her manipulative, cheating husband who keeps trying to do away with her. To get away from everyone and stay out of the sights of the mob, Ulrich buys a lighthouse in Crimson Cove. That is a decision he soon regrets. Not only does the lighthouse require a lot of maintenance, but he isn’t paid enough for keeping it up. And someone from his past lives in Crimson Cove. Until he runs into her in a restaurant, he has no clue. This past mistake that has popped up in his life anew leads to the untimely death of both Ulrich and Onyx.
But Onyx’s ghost doesn’t leave. It was nice, but heartbreaking, to read how she finally died. I mean, I knew she was going to die. The fact that she wrote her journal after her death kind of gave that away. It was still heartbreaking and tragic when she breathed her last though.
The orphanage, Open Arms Orphanage in DeSoto, Missouri, where so much abuse, pain, and terror happened with young boys, is going to be torn down. Before that happens, an episode of Believer and Not! is to be filmed there. Nathaniel Cryer and Olympia Fudge experience something while filming the show that neither will ever forget, and it has an impact on each of their lives, one for the better and one for the worse.
Koda hires a detective to find out who the ghost girl in the mirror is. Koda doesn’t realize it, but the detective he hires is the perfect one to discover her identity—the detective is a ghost too. Once ghost girl’s identity is discovered, Koda continues to try and prove that Wyatt Scrogger, despite the overwhelming evidence against him, was wrongly convicted of the murder of Juniper Cole.
The Purple Pig was a bar. Why such a name? Patrons would be charged for a glimpse of a pig slathered with purple paint.
The pig was dead, but this bar was run by an even bigger pig, Fat Sal.How fat was he? When the doctor told Sal the only way to get his accurate weight was to use one of the hog and cattle scales down at the Chicago stock yards, it pissed Sal off so much he went back home and made himself some satizza sausage and a giant bowl of Fettucine Alfredo covered in grated parmesan—which he washed down with several bottles of Chianti—just to calm himself.
By the way, there really is a restaurant/bar in Chicago named The Purple Pig. Could it be the same one?
I was sent a copy of this book by the authors in exchange for an honest review. If you would like your own copy of Onyx Webb: Book Three: Episodes 7, 8. & 9, I have provided an Amazon link below.
Amazon Link: Onyx Webb: Book Three: Episodes 7, 8. & 9
Laying there in the room, Onyx wasn’t sure which hurt most—the burns or the truth.
Being dead had its drawbacks, but it also had its advantages.
Several months in the woods had taught Onyx a great deal about the realities of being a ghost.
All the vegetables he’d eaten as a child had not shielded the man’s bones from becoming brittle or his skin from losing its elasticity.
New Words Learned:
evocation – a calling forth
satizza – a type of sausage from Puglia
About the Authors:
Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz are a married writing team. Most well known for their business fables, they’re professional speakers who teach audiences how to overcome fear of failure and rejection. The Onyx Webb series is their first serious dive into fiction.
Richard and Andrea have been in love with creating stories together since they met almost twenty years ago and even spent some time in Hollywood writing screenplays, being represented by the producer of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Their favorite genres are suspense, thriller, crime and anything of a paranormal nature, which is how Onyx Webb turned into a mash-up of all their favorites!