Review: Transparent Lovers by Scott Nicholson


Title: Transparent Lovers

Author: Scott Nicholson

Published: Haunted Computer Books Feb 2011

Synopsis: Private investigator Richard Steele must solve his most difficult case ever his own murder while caught between women on both sides of the grave. His Earthly lover Lee is mired in the dangerous mess he’s left behind, while his suicide-victim ex-wife is waiting to get her revenge from beyond. In a race against time as his spirit slips away, Richard confronts his many, many failings and faces a power beyond his understanding–love. Faith is his only weapon, but he’s running out of bullets. And it’s going to be a hell of a showdown.

Status: Read on June 21, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

Richard Steele, P.I, finds himself in heaven’s waiting room with bullet holes in his chest and a heart full of regret. In order to move on with his death, he is tasked to solve his own murder and learn the lessons he failed to grasp in his Earthly life.
Unexpectedly however the mystery doesn’t drive the plot, it serves more as a catalyst for Steele’s reflection on his earthly choices and the theme of second chances. Steele needs to find forgiveness for the role he played in his wife’s suicide and accept the loss of his current love. Identifying his murderer is more of an exercise in accepting the things he can’t change.
Scott Nicholson writes in such a way that I could almost envision the opening scene of Transparent Lovers. I imagine it in black and white, in the tradition of noir detective dramas, and Nicholson carries this tone through the story. The author’s sense of humor plays nicely into the slightly surreal storyline that also includes a touch of drama and romance.
Transparent Lovers is a brief story (just 120 pages or so) but is a well crafted and entertaining read that has piqued my interest in the author’s other work. If this novella is any indication, Nicholson’s talent is assured.


About the Author

Scott Nicholson is author of 12 novels and seven story collections, as well as the children’s book If I Were Your Monster. He’s also written Cursed! and Ghost College with J.R. Rain, as well as the omnibus editions Mystery Dance and Ethereal Messenger. His web site is and he’s “hauntedcomputer” on Facebook and Twitter.


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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Shy
    Jun 24, 2011 @ 21:21:32

    I have not read anything by Nicholson but I do like the sound of this book. I think a story of spirit comes back to solve his own murder looks utterly creepy and he sure seems like he has a lot of regrets. Do you feel like with 120 pages the book is too brief?



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