The Dreamslippers are a family of private investigators who solve crimes by using their ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. In Framed and Burning, they have to defend one of their own. Someone sets fire to Mick Travers’ art studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won't give an alibi. His sister is convinced he's innocent, but her granddaughter and the police aren't so sure.
Dreams seem to be a recurring theme in my entertainment. First, a few years ago, was the movie Dreamscapes with Dennis Quaid (1984). And then more recently (2015), the book Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith. The third part of the dream puzzle is Lisa Brunette's book Framed and Burning.
In dream anything is possible. Everything is possible. Good or bad. And all of it happens in Framed and Burning. I love a good mystery anyway. But dreams make it all - bigger, more. The highs are higher, and the lows are lower.
I love a good eccentric granny character and Grace is in my top 5 granny characters I've encountered this year. Maybe even have things in common. Grace looks younger than she is. (Well, that one used to be true of me.) I'm not sure about it anymore. And I am old enough to be a grandmother. And I'm definitely eccentric.
Granny's family are a odd bunch as well. There are those who can slip into people's dreams. There are private investigators. And there are creative people. Although which end of the scale is the strangest is anybody's guess.
I do wish I would have read the first book in the series first, but I will be going back to read it now. As frightening as dreams can be sometimes, they can be directed. It is also a fascinating world where we can do things we wouldn't believe normally that we could do. And that can be a good thing.
So I will be returning to the Dreamslippers world as long as Granny gets up to her hijinks. We eccentrics need to stick together!
MEET THE AUTHOR
Brunette is a career writer/editor whose work has appeared in major daily newspapers and magazines, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Woman, and Poets & Writers. She's interviewed a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a sex expert, homeless women, and the designer of the Batmobile, among others.
She has story design and writing credits in hundreds of bestselling video games, including the Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers, and Dark Tales series for Big Fish and AAA games for Nintendo and Microsoft platforms.
She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Miami, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Comstock Review, Icarus International, and elsewhere.
She's also received many honors for her writing, including a major grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, the William Stafford Award, and the Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Project Award.
Brunette is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
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