Spirit and Dust

Spirit and DustDaisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.

But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI and flown to the scene of a murder/kidnapping in Minnesota? That’s the real deal.

Before the promotion can go to Daisy’s head, she’s up to her neck in trouble. The spirits are talking, and they’re terrified. There’s a real living girl in danger.

And when Daisy is kidnapped by a crime boss with no scruples about using magic—and Daisy—to get what he wants, it looks like hers is the next soul on the line.

Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2011:
“This likable, uber-competent heroine’s adventure combines elements of paranormal romance and fast-paced thriller, while Daisy herself resembles a Southern teen version of supernatural PI Harry Dresden from Jim Butcher’s best-selling adult series.”

Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, May 2013:
“You can’t really beat a story that has hijinks, romance, and a culminating scene in which the heroine defeats the bad guys by animating the bones of Sue the T-rex, can you?”

16 thoughts on “Spirit and Dust”

  1. As a long standing Member of the Field Museum in Chicago IL, I just had to send you an email letting you know how much I loved especially that part of your latest book Spirit and Dust. As I read, everything came to life and it felt like I was actually there at the Museum right along with Carson, Daisy, Mummies, Cats and Sue. Rosemary, you are one terrific writer!


    1. This is the BEST kind of comment!! I almost never write about real places because I feel a great responsibility for getting it right (or as close to right as I can given a little artistic license for plot reasons), especially a place I love as much as the Field Museum. You made my day.


  2. Just finished the book (last night!) and love love loved it! As soon as I set it down, Beloved Spouse grabbed it; when I left for work this morning he was already knee-deep in it.

    I kept getting the feeling that this was a *third* book…that something important happened between Texas Gothic and Spirit and Dust. Am I hallucinating?


  3. i just want another book with daisy i absolutely love her. and i can relate with her coke addiction. it totally helps my headaches so i got a kick out of her constant use of that particular bubbly beverage


  4. I literally just finished the book Spirit and Dust! It is amazing, you are truly (and I say this with all meaning) a phenomenal author! Is Spirit and Dust a sequel to Texas Gothic, because then I possibly may of read them out of order. Oops! 🙂 this is still an amazing book! I especially loved how Carson and Daisy were always flirting with each other throughout the whole book, and I’m soooooo glad that they did end up being together in the end! However, (and not to criticize your choice of ending in any way) I felt a little sad that Daisy was so stubborn to accept that Carson wanted to be with her. Maybe I read it too fast, which is something I sometimes do when I am really enjoying a book, and maybe I misinterpreted the ending like I did. Oh, I was just waiting for a kiss between Daisy and Carson, without pick pocketing, hidden bugs, or Jackel-headed possessers. Just a kiss between real Carson and real Daisy… *sigh* Again, absolutely extraordinary book, I mean this entirely when I say it, you have inspired me to write more often than I do, as I am working on my own book. You have become one of my most favorite authors, and this is no lie. I completely love your writing style and subjects!!! I don’t really know what else to say, except thank you so much for writing such a fantastic book!!!!!


  5. Spirit and Dust has been the best book so far I have read. I just loved it. When I was reading it I felt like I was in the book.


    1. Lindsey, that’s the nicest thing! I love to get lost in a book, so it’s a huge compliment when someone gets lost in one of mine. Thank you so much for posting.


    1. Thanks, CC! Though they’re not a traditional series, Texas Gothic is also part of the Goodnight world. Daisy appears in it, but her cousin Amy is the main character, and they don’t have to be read in a certain order. Lots of Goodnighty, ghostly high jinks, though.

      And there are, as you can probably guess, a lot more Goodnight adventures that I haven’t gotten onto paper…yet. 😉


  6. i just started this book. i like it so far, but im not in love with it yet. im at the part where daisy gets kidnapped and has to help figure out where allison or whats the girls name? and whether she is alive or dead…


  7. i usually read romance or teen drama kind of books.. but im trying something new. i am 14, almost 15 years old.. i’ll let you know when i finish the book, and how much i liked it..


  8. im confused about all of the characters during while daisy is kidnapped though.. hard to remember all of them and their names


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