Last Impressions (The Marnie Baranuik Files #3)

Last Impressions


When an FBI Internal Affairs investigation lands the Preternatural Crimes Unit in a bureaucratic spank-fest, it feels like the perfect time for Marnie Baranuik to skip town and lend her expertise to a bear-sized Canadian cop who doesn’t want her help with his case, his love life, or his car stereo.

Back in her childhood stomping grounds, Marnie leaps into action, facing an exorcist in skinny jeans, a slap-happy specter, and an old friend up to new tricks. Are ghosts behind a string of unusual deaths? Why didn’t her revenant companion, Lord Harry Dreppenstedt, tell her he had a Combat Butler? Can she survive dinner with her parents?

With a shifty man of the cloth offering her soul’s redemption, and a revelation that could change the future of her love life, she has her gloved hands full. She may not make a great first impression, but no one makes a Last Impression quite like Marnie. (Summary and book cover courtesy of


I will have to thank Aalto: I had no idea that reading about ghosts terrified me until I read this book.  Zombies? Ghouls? Vampires – excuse me – Revenants? Excessive Gore?  Apparently I can handle all that without a single nightmare, but throw in some spooky events and things moving by themselves and I’m reduced to Disney cartoons at a high volume in my hotel room.

Mild terror aside, it’s a great tribute to Aalto’s skill as a story-teller that I was engaged in the book enough that I was spooked.  In this installment, we see a different side of Marnie.  Faced with her family and back in Canada, she is trying to grow up (a little) and think about others more.  Perhaps she will even gain a little (begrudging) courage.

This was a fantastic continuation of the Marnie Baranuik files with plenty laugh out loud moments and adventure.

Warning: Contains violence, sexual content and gave me nightmares about evil grandma ghosts.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Folks looking for a fun continuation to the series!

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