Title: Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past
Author: Traci Wilton
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Page Count: 336
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Salem, Massachusetts B&B owner Charlene Morris is looking into a holiday hit-and-run, with a little help from her ghostly housemate . . .
Charlene’s parents are in town for Christmas, and her mother is driving her up a tree. Her bed-and-breakfast’s resident ghost, Jack, isn’t fond of her either—and he’s showing it with some haunting high jinks. But when Charlene takes her mom and dad out for dinner, the less-than-seasonal spirits take a deadly turn.
David Baldwin has just won a fortune in the lottery—and it adds a lot of drama to the charity auction he’s hosting at his restaurant. When he caps off the evening by playing Santa and handing out checks to some of the attendees, the mood shifts . . . and Charlene observes mysterious tensions between David and his flashy, bleached-blonde wife, his neglected teenage son from a previous marriage, and his hostile business partner, among others. And they’re only a few on the long list of potential suspects when David runs into the road and is mowed down by a fleeing motorist. Now it looks like it’s going to be homicide for the holidays . . .
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past by Traci Wilton is the third book in the paranormal cozy A Salem B&B Mystery series. Each book in the series holds it’s own mystery that is fully solved so all books can be read as a standalone if choosing to do so. There will be some character development that carries over book to book though for those that follow the series from the beginning.
The first book of the series introduced readers to Charlene Morris who after losing her husband had needed a fresh start in new surroundings so she decided to move from Chicago to New England. Charlene found a wonderful historic mansion in Salem and thought starting her own bed and breakfast in the touristy town would be the change she needed. What Charlene didn’t expect was to have her new B&B come with it’s own resident ghost.
Charlene’s first experience trying to help solve a murder came when she found that her resident ghost, Jack, had been murdered and needed help finding his killer. Now Charlene is faced with her third murder to be solved since coming to Salem when Charlene takes her visiting parents out for a holiday dinner. While out that night a man runs into the road only to be mowed down by a vehicle that then flees the scene and with many potential murderers on the loose Charlene needs to work fast.
Being someone that loves to read across multiple genres one of my favorite things to find is when authors blur the lines between them. Finding that the Salem B&B Mystery series had the touch of paranormal I had to pick it up and have now been following since the first book. The series has a great setting in Salem too with it’s rich history behind it giving many great set ups for the authors. Definitely a fun series I’d recommend to those that enjoy a quirky cozy with a touch of paranormal to it.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Traci Wilton is a pseudonym of Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. Patrice Wilton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty books, some indie-published and some published by Amazon/Montlake. Traci Hall is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 books, published independently as well as by Medallion Press and Samhain Publishing. Visit them online at http://www.patricewilton.com.