Ghost Seer (Ghost Seer -1) by Robin D. Owens

Ghost Seer (Ghost Seer #1) by Robin D. Owens

Ghost Seer series — by Robin D. Owens 

Genres and Sub-GenresEdit

Light Urban Fantasy / PNR

Series Description or Overview Edit

Straight-laced Clare has to come to terms with the fact that she can now see ghosts and keep her fingers crossed that her new love interest doesn’t think she’s completely nuts when he finds out. ~ Dark Faerie Tales

The story follows Clare's acceptance of her new paranormal "gift" passed down from her aunt, and Zach's acceptance of his new life as a disabled person, after being shot through the shin in the line of duty. ~ Goodreads Reader

This series is as lightweight as a Harlequin novel and as cozy as a Miss Marple whodunit, combining romance, mystery, and spiritualism with just a soupçon of angst, sex, and danger. ~ Fang-tastic

Lead's Species Edit

  • human who sees ghosts

Primary Supe Edit

  • ghosts

What Sets it ApartEdit

Narrative Type and Narrators Edit

  • Told in the third-person voice from the alternating perspectives of ghost-seeing heroine Clare and recently ex-police officer Zach.

Books in Series Edit

Ghost Seer series:

  1. Ghost Seer (2014)
  2. Ghost Layer (2014)
  3. Ghost Killer (Feb 3, 2015)

Shorts, Novellas, Anthologies and Guides Edit

none yet

World Building Edit

Setting Edit



  • Curly Wolf: ghost town—Dennis Laurentine moved an entire ghost town onto his huge ranch in South Park County.
  • Creede, Colorado:

Supernatural Elements Edit

✥ Ghost seer, Ghosts, talking ghost dog, crows, killer ghost, Magic Knife,

Glossary: Edit

  • Magic Knife:

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"…ghosts float or haunt so they need to be laid to rest. Ghost layers." — Enzo

The heroine is Clare Cermak, who has just inherited her eccentric great-aunt's multimillion-dollar estate. That should make her happy, but what comes along with the money scares her to death. Grant-Aunt Sandra aways claimed to be a medium, insisting that she could see ghosts and communicate with the dead. Although her family always thought that she was a fraud, Aunt Sandra accumulated her wealth by charging large sums of money to people who wanted to speak with their dead relatives or friends. As soon as Clare returns to her home in Denver after clearing up Sandra's estate business in Chicago, she begins seeing and hearing ghosts…everywhere she goes. She also discovers that Aunt Sandra had a ghost dog, a Labrador named Enzo, who insists that he will be living with Clare from now on. Clare is an accountant—a logical, down-to-earth CPA—and she absolutely does not believe in ghosts, so she believes that she is beginning to go crazy.

Aunt Sandra saw and heard only the ghosts of people who died in Chicago and New York City in the 1920s and 1930s, but the ones Clare sees are Old West phantoms who lived between 1850 and 1900 (e.g., cowboys, gold miners, gun fighters, saloon girls). As her ghostly dog explains to her, "The human mind can only comprehend ghosts from one slice of history." (p. 27)

A recurring element in the novels is "Counting Crows," a folk poem about crows, and every time Zach sees a certain number of crows, a related line in the poem comes true in some fashion. I found several versions of this poem, but none is an exact match to this one, which the author includes just before chapter 1:

One for sorrow,
Two for luck
Three for a wedding,
Four for death;
Five for silver,
Six for gold;
Seven for a secret,
Not to be told;
Eight for heaven,
Nine for [hell]
And ten for the devil's own sell!

In the first two novels, the author uses legendary people from the Old West as the ghosts at the center of the plots: Jack Slade, the infamous gunfighter, in book one; and J. Dawson Hidgepath, the amorous miner, in book two. ~ Fang-tastic

Protagonists Edit

Clare Cermac’s life has certainly taken a turn for the unexpected. First, her aunt dies, leaving the majority of her fortune and estate to Clare. Suddenly a millionaire, Clare has to decide what direction her life should take. Then the ghost of her aunt’s dog shows up, telling her that she’s inherited her aunt’s gift for seeing the dead, and that she needs to take on the responsibility of helping ghosts find peace. As any person would do, Clare immediately makes an appointment with a therapist. Soon though, she begins to find it harder and harder to ignore the fact that something supernatural is certainly happening to her. ~ ?

Zach Slade is a man with a chip on his shoulder, having recently retired as a police officer due to an injury suffered in the line of duty. Now back in Colorado, he’s trying to start his life over. When he runs into Clare one day, he feels his life is finally starting to look up. Little does he know that Clare is going to make him question what is real and what’s not. Will he be able to accept her newfound gift, or will he write her off as crazy ~ ?

Clare's love interest is Jackson Zachary Slade (Zach), a former deputy sheriff who is forced to end his 13 years in law enforcement after being shot by a drunk driver. The bullet severed the peroneal nerve in his lower leg that controls his ankle and foot movements, so he now has a condition called foot drop, causing him to limp along using a cane to hold himself steady. Zach is still in denial about his disability, and he sorely misses his previous career. As the series opens, he leaves the Montana town where he was a deputy sheriff and moves back to Denver. ~ Fang-tastic

Sidekick Edit

  • Name: Enzo / What: Ghost Dog / Sidekick-to: Clare Cermak / About: mix of wise spirit guide and playful canine / Book First Seen: Ghost Seer

Characters Chart Edit

Ghost Seer Series ~ Shelfari

Characters What About
Clare Cermak human just inherited her aunts gift to see ghosts
Zach Slade;,on Zachary Slade PI,  ex-cop has a bit of Second Sight; love interest; injured leg; formerly a deputy sheriff till he was shot in the leg;
Enzo  Ghost dog ghost of a talking dog; mix of wise spirit guide and playful canine companion; belonged to Clare's aunt; may be more than he seems;
Jack Slade ghost, notorious since his death, begs Clare to help him find something to finally pass into the afterlife;
Tony Rickman PI firm owner Zach's new boss; hires Clare for a case
Aunt Sandra ghost seer deceased; left Clare her estate, her gift for seeing ghosts and a ghost dog;
Dennis Laurentine PI client ghost problem
J. Dawson Hidgepath ghost ghost of a legendary Colorado gold miner who died violently in 1865
Desiree Rickman Tony's wife Tony's attractive, irrepressible wife
Harry Rossi ex-military guy does bodyguard work for Rickman Security
Caden LuCette seven-year-old great-grandson of Zach Slade's landlady, Barbara Flinton
Barbara Flinton Zach's landlady

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Robin D. Owens

Robin D. Owens

Author Edit

Robin D. Owens

  • WebsiteHome | Robin D. Owens
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy-Romance, PNR-Paranormal Romance, romantic adventure, Urban Fantasy,

Bio: Robin D. Owens has been writing longer than she cares to recall. Her fantasy/futuristic romances finally found a home at Berkley with the issuance of HeartMate in December 2001. She has been the librarian, contest co-chair, and President of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. ~ FF

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Book Cover Blurbs Edit

BOOK ONE—Ghost Seer (2014): There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts…... When her eccentric aunt passes away, no-nonsense accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver. And when she locks eyes with sexy—and living—Zach Slade, there’s certainly no ignoring him either. A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. Not that she minds. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing Zach more and more—and not just for help. ~ Goodreads | Ghost Seer (Ghost Seer, #1) by Robin D. Owens

BOOK TWO—Ghost Layer (2014):  Clare Cermak’s adjusting to a new man in her life—and a lot of ghosts. The passing of Clare’s aunt gave way to a sizeable inheritance of not only money, but also the ability to communicate with the dead. At the same time, she met Zach Slade, a private detective with a rough past, and just like Clare, he’s not yet ready to accept her gift—or his own. But Clare has another matter to look into. A multimillionaire needs her help after relocating an old ghost town to his mountain estate. The bones of a murdered prospector are making nightly appearances in his guests’ beds. When the gold miner’s ghost contacts Clare, she promises to help find the name of his killer—but someone doesn't want the past revealed and might find her first. ~ Goodreads | Ghost Layer (Ghost Seer, #2) by Robin D. Owens 

BOOK THREE—Ghost Killer (2015): When her aunt died, level-headed accountant Clare Cermak inherited a fortune—as well as a phantom dog and the power to help ghosts move on. Her new gift led her to Zach Slade, a sexy private investigator with a unique psychic gift of his own, and the man who’s slowly opening her heart. But as they work toward building a future together, a sinister threat emerges.  An evil ghost is ravaging Creede, Colorado, threatening to devour the spirit of an innocent boy. Inexperienced in facing such a powerful ghost—and knowing her spirit, too, could be ripped away—Clare still can't refuse to help. With Zach’s support she uncovers the ghost’s identity, and the ancestral weapon required to slay it. But does Clare dare to use that weapon before the ghost destroys the man she loves—and her own spirit? (less) ~ Goodreads | Ghost Killer (Ghost Seer, #3) by Robin D. Owens

First Sentences Edit

  1. Ghost Seer (2014) — The moment he walked through that door, Zach Slade's career, the one he loved, was over.
  2. Ghost Layer (2014) — Zach Slade's new cane had been delivered when he was gone.
  3. Ghost Killer (2015) — Danger comes. Enzo howled running through the door, not the doorway, the door.

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