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Flora Reviews: The Unhappy Medium: a paranormal comedy by TJ Brown

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Flora Reviews… The Unhappy Medium: A paranormal comedy by T. J. Brown

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Title: The Unhappy Medium by T. J. Brown
Series: The Unhappy Medium #1
Published by Tim Brown on 22 February, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction
Formats Available: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
No. of Pages: 429
Narrator: Marston York
Length: 15 hours 46 minutes

When even the laws of physics let you down, the absurd, the ludicrous and the frankly impossible may be all you have left.

Dr Newton Barlow has everything a scientist could desire – a glittering career in the lab and on television, a beautiful family, and best of all, the opportunity to promote his rock-solid certainty that supernatural and religious beliefs are nothing but complete and utter hokum.

But the ever-rational TV skeptic is about to take a tumble. Mired in accusations of fraud, incompetence and malpractice, Barlow is cast out of the scientific establishment and ejected from the family home. Then, after three wine-sodden years, Barlow is approached by his equally skeptical mentor, Dr Alex Sixsmith, with an extraordinary proposition. It may be an offer that Newton cannot refuse, but there’s one tiny problem:

Sixsmith is dead.


Source: Bought
Purchase Links:Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ Book Depository

Read: 1st – 10th July 2017

The Unhappy Medium is a paranormal novel but would happily sit in the urban fantasy or science fiction genre due to the content/plot. The tale is set in our modern world and features evil dead people, evil living people and those tasked with the thankless job of thwarting their evil plans.

What did I like about The Unhappy Medium?

Oh, loads! Where do I begin…

T.J. Brown is a new-to-me author and I found his writing style very easy to read. His descriptions, characters and plot development engaged me from the very first page and kept me reading. The first few chapters set up the feel of the story (think Horrible Histories for adults or Discworld irreverence). I loved the way that Mr Brown wove facts, stories and theories from history and science throughout his tale.

There are a lot of great characters in this book. All of whom have their own back-story, complexities and foibles that make them feel real.

Now of course, being a ‘paranormal comedy’ this book made me laugh.

However, the emotions didn’t stop there. The mystery kept me intrigued, the injustice made me cry and the romance made me smile. The story kept me guessing and kept me turning the pages – I was gripped.

Was there anything I disliked about The Unhappy Medium?

Nope – hence the 5 stars!

Basically what I’m saying is…

This is a great paranormal tale, I really enjoyed it; it was such a fun read! The characters were entertaining, the plot was interesting and I enjoyed the twists & turns. I would recommend this book if you like stories from paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction genres.

Has my review of THE UNHAPPY MEDIUM: A PARANORMAL COMEDY sparked your interest? Click on any of the links to check out the book yourself. Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.

The Unhappy Medium

These Supernatural Comedy books are set in our modern world. They feature evil dead people, evil living people and those tasked with the thankless job of thwarting their evil plans. I think these paranormal novels would happily sit in the urban fantasy, horror or science fiction genres due to the content and plotlines.

Books in the Series

Click on the titles to read my thoughts or buy a copy for yourself.

Buy THE UNHAPPY MEDIUM stories in print, ebook and audio formats from:

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About T. J. Brown

T J Brown was born in Dorset during the 1960s but was too young to realise how good the decade was meant to be. Instead, he had to make do with the 1970s, which only became interesting towards the end when many, Brown included, started wearing charity-shop clothes and swearing. Conscription into arts school was at this time mandatory and as a result Brown found himself reading German literature, creating miserable paintings and performing music that in retrospect, and at the time, was dreadful.

After three lost years at art school Brown moved to London to begin five lost years on the margins of the capital’s fashionable underbelly. After all that, a career in publishing almost came as a relief. And so, after many years producing illustrated books on astronomy and aviation, Brown returned to his love of comic writing.

He lives in Kent, dangerously close to two pubs.

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts about The Unhappy Medium. Now go buy this uniquely, funny horror story. 😉

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After reading this book, I added Tim Brown to my growing list of favourite authors. Feel free to check out which other amazing authors are on my list.

Bye for now,

Flora x

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About Author

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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