Title: Be My Ghost
Author: Carol J. Perry
Publisher: Kensington Cozies
Publication Date: August 31, 2021
Page Count: 282
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Maureen Doherty and her golden retriever Finn have taken possession of a charming old inn—only to discover that it’s already possessed by tenants whose lease on life already ran out . . .
Maureen’s career as a sportswear buyer hits a snag just before Halloween, when the department store declares bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Finn’s lost his way as a guide dog after flunking his test for being too friendly and easily distracted. Sadly, only one of them can earn unemployment, so Maureen’s facing a winter of discontent in Boston—when she realizes she can’t afford her apartment.
Salvation comes when she receives a mysterious inheritance: an inn in Haven, Florida. A quaint, scenic town on the Gulf of Mexico hidden away from the theme parks, Maureen believes it’s a good place to make a fresh start with a new business venture. But she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a dead body on her property—and meets some of the inn’s everlasting tenants in the form of ghosts who offer their otherworldly talents in order to help her solve the mystery . . .
Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry is the first book in the new paranormal cozy A Haunted Haven Mystery series. As with most cozy mystery series each book in this new paranormal mystery series will contain it’s own mystery that will be solved within so they can be read as a standalone or in any order if choosing to do so. Of course there will be some character development that carries over from book to book for those that follow the series in order.
Maureen Doherty had been settling into her career as a sportswear buyer for a department store when she got the news that the store would be closing. Maureen really didn’t have anything else lined up so she continued working until the very last day that she could and wondered just what she would do next with only a small amount in savings and her parting bonus.
At just that moment when Maureen needs it most she receives a letter from a lawyer informing her that she has a mysterious inheritance waiting for her in Haven, Florida. Maureen is now the new owner of a cozy inn on the Gulf of Mexico. The only catch to the inheritance is the inn is supposed to be haunted but not believing in ghosts Maureen sees it as the opportunity for a new career path.
Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry was a great opening to this new cozy series. I really enjoyed getting to know the main character and those around her all the while following a mystery. I thought this first book was a little light on the actual sleuthing but with a great setting and a lot of potential in the future I still enjoyed this one and will look forward to reading more in the future.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Carol J. Perry was
born in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween eve, and that magical city serves as the backdrop for her Witch City Mystery series. She is also the author of several young adult novels. Her nonfiction articles on travel, antiques, and ecology often appear in regional and national publications.
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