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Ghost in Trouble
Baily Ruth Mysteries, No 3
Carolyn Hart

Avon/Harper Collins
Nov 2011/ 978-0-06-191502-4
Mystery / Cozy / Paranormal / Ghost

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Baily Ruth Raeburn died in a boating accident with her husband. She’s crossed over and up to Heaven and has been assigned as a special emissary in the Department of Good Intentions to help people in need, and to ferret out evil-doers so that justice is served.

In this third outing of the Baily Ruth mystery series, she is sent back to her hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, and finds herself in the somewhat awkward position of having to help one of her old enemies. Baily Ruth has a hard time following the Precepts for Earthly Visitation, but always sets forth with the best of intentions.

Her mission is to save Kay Clark, who really doesn’t want Baily Ruth’s help at all, and is shocked by her being there and finding it hard to believe she’s “real.” There’s a killer afoot, and Baily Ruth has to act before he or she kills again.

Author Carolyn Hart once again gifts her loyal readers and fans with an outstanding story, a well thought out mystery and delightful characters. Relationships between people in the book are not always what they seem to be, as is often the case in real life. The ghost element is actually comforting because Baily Ruth is more of an Angel than a ghost, and remains very much a lady. She is enthralled by clothes and changes her outfits as often as possible. There is a great deal of humor sprinkled throughout the tale, and enough twists and turns to keep even seasoned mystery readers guessing as to who the killer is and why.

Fans of Carolyn Hart’s other series, “Death on Demand” and “Henrie O” will find that they crave more in this series too. You certainly do not have to read Ghost at Work or Merry, Merry Ghost to enjoy this book, but I’m so confident you will love the series that I recommend you go ahead and treat yourself to all three. The set would also make a wonderful holiday gift for the avid readers on your gift list.

Baily Ruth Mysteries

Ghost at Work, No 1    [review]
Merry, Merry Ghost,
No 2    [review]
Ghost in Trouble,
No 3    [review 1] [review 2]

Reviewer Laura Hinds is the author of Are You Gonna Eat That Banana?
Reviewed 2011
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