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Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door Review

Posted on May 20, 2021

Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door Review

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Riley Thorn and the Dead Guy Next Door

Category: Romcom mystery with a touch of paranormal
Tropes: Fake engagement
Rating: ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ (out of five)

Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 (there’s only 1 intimate scene, but it’s explicit)
Language: Mild

Summary of the story

Riley Thorn is a broke, down and out divorcee with a rotten job. Forced to pay her ex-husband alimony, she’s renting a small room in a large home filled with quirky senior citizens. Her family, filled with psychics, is equally as quirky. When Riley has a vision of her crass neighbor being murdered, she tries to report it. When he turns up dead, she becomes a suspect. The dead man’s family hires P.I. Nick Santiago to solve the murder. The best way to infiltrate a home filled with possible murderers is to fake an engagement with Riley. The chemistry between Nick and Riley is strong, but of course, Nick is a guy who doesn’t like rules or to be tied down. The more he gets to know her, the more that changes.


The book is filled with quirky characters and laugh-out-loud situations. Riley is a reluctant psychic but is willing to access her talent to help solve a murder (and hopefully stop the visions and conversations that come out of nowhere). The mystery is intriguing involving gambling, a scuzzy bar, and politics, although it’s a bit loosely revealed. If you’re looking to guess who the murderer is, you’ll likely be disappointed. While Riley and Nick have great banter and chemistry, the romance part is light. There’s only one sexy bit (although it’s fairly steamy).

The book opens strong but starts lagging fairly quickly. If you can get through that to the next half, the book picks up speed and is quite enjoyable. If you enjoy Janet Evanovich or Susan Elizabeth Philips, you’ll likely enjoy this book.

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