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Ghost of a Chance
A Marjorie McClelland Mystery, No. 2

by Amy Patricia Meade

      Set in 1935, Ghost of a Chance is truly a vintage mystery - not too worrisome but filled with beautiful people and flirty, witty banter. Marjorie McClelland is an unstoppable crime buster and mystery writer whose antics are giving a huge pain to her staid police detective fiancť. He dreams of her being a kind of super cute domestic goddess - something Marjorie never plans to be. So why consider marrying him? Well, he is very handsome; as is millionaire Creighton Ashcroft, who also loves Marjorie but didnít get around to telling her before the unfortunate engagement to someone else. Yet, despite all this romantic confusion, Marjorie still finds time to tackle a possible murder at the church fair and deal with the expected crew of seedy, dislikable suspects. Clearly there is a lot going on in this novel, and much of it is pretty unbelievable - but the book isnít trying to convince you, itís trying to entertain you. And it is entertaining, moving at the breakneck speed of a Cary Grant farce, with the kind of witty banter we havenít gotten to enjoy since Moonlighting made us fall in love with Bruce Willis. The characters donít always behave realistically, but theyíre endlessly entertaining. In this story, the mystery definitely takes a backseat to the romance, until the solution to the crime sneaks up and blindsides everyone. If you like dialogue packed cozies - youíll find Ghost of a Chance a treat not to be missed.

The Book

Midnight Ink
April 2007
Soft Cover
Historical Mystery - 1935 Connecticut
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2007
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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