In contrast to the dark, ominous look of the cover, RESTLESS SPIRITS is an unearthly romp. Readers who can suspend their disbelief will enjoy a new take on a "spiritual" romance brimming with comedic elements, hilarious scenes and more than a few humorous characters.

Back in the days of the Old West, petty outlaw and card-cheat Chester Pease is shot dead by John Wesley Hardin. Miraculously, his soul ends up in a bottle of corn whiskey.

Years into the future, that bottle ends up in England at Art Collingsworth's bachelor party. Art and his American friend Harry Potter share the potent brew and Chester's soul moves into Harry's body.

Soon after that, Harry's sister, the independent, free-spirited Penelope, notices Harry's strange behavior and weakened state. Penelope had looked upon this trip as an adventure and a chance to see Art, the man she's had a secret crush on for years. She hides her jealousy of his future bride and her true feelings well- until she needs Art's help to find out what's wrong with Harry.

As they search for a cure, Penelope and Art rekindle an old flame. After Harry's outburst at Art's fiance's party, Penelope and Art find Dr. Gruenstein, an alienist, willing to help them.

The good doctor believes Harry is possessed by someone else's soul and he manages to get Chester to speak to them. Now they just have to convince Chester to leave Harry's body, hop into a bottle of schnapps that will be drunk by Bismark, and Chester can take control of the most powerful man in Europe.

(Mar., 315 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin