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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
JJ is a photographer. Everywhere she goes, she carries her camera. It’s how she makes her living. But she’s also an amateur sleuth, one with certain psychic abilities. In other words, she’s something of a medium. The spirits help her solve murders, mysteries and find missing people. When attending her mother’s party, she meets Erica, whose teenage daughter Brooke has been missing for several days. The police aren’t taking it seriously, so JJ steps in to help. Not willingly. In fact, when she first meets Erica, she’s besieged by a spiritual presence that at first disturbs her and then becomes a compelling aid in the difficult search that leads JJ, once again, into danger. She’s done this before and those she works with know already how easily JJ can find herself in precarious situations.
Linda M. Williams's mystery novel, Ultimate Burden: A JJ Gilbert Mystery, takes the reader on another adventure with amateur sleuth and sometime medium JJ as she follows a spirit guide to find a missing teenage girl. The plot develops with lots of drama as nefarious deeds intersect with the mystery behind the girl’s disappearance and some backstory detailing JJ’s past medium-assisted sleuthing as well as events in her own life that affected who she is now. Most of the story is told through dialogue, but there are some adequate descriptive passages to help the reader feel a sense of place. The characters are well developed, also mostly through the use of dialogue. This is definitely a book for someone who enjoys a good mystery.