West helps her grandmother Liza Harris run the Bed and Breakfast
Liza owns on the Oregon coast, the Merry Ghost Inn. Indeed,
there is a resident ghost, who only laughs once in a while
and leaves cryptic clues to help Melanie and Liza solve mysteries.
Jason Northwood is a real estate developer
who plans to build an amusement arcade in the center of town
– one that will put several people out of business.
Shortly after the developer calls a meeting at his room at
the local inn with the town’s council members who will
cast a vote on his plans, Northwood is found stabbed in the
heart in his hotel suite. All of the attendees at the meeting
are suspect, but unfortunately Liza’s friend, Doug,
is the prime suspect. Naturally, Liza and Melanie hope to
prove him innocent. Their investigation into the case results
in Melanie’s dog Max being briefly kidnapped, then someone
tampers with their car brakes, resulting in their nearly flying
off a cliff. It’s a near escape, yes, but proof that
someone will stop at nothing – even murder – to
prevent their further meddling in the case.
I savored the growing mystery and the
challenge of interpreting the clues Orville leaves behind,
but wish there was more information about Cindi, their assistant,
and why Orville haunts the inn. The mystery was solid, but
the wonderful relationship between Melanie and her spritely
grandmother, Lisa, truly made the book a great read for me.
A special treat was the growing relationship between Liza
and Doug, as well as Officer Ben Carter’s attempts to
Be Our Ghost is filled with a cast of wonderful, charming
characters. It’s an enjoyable read with enough clues
to keep you reading intently while curled up on the couch
or relaxing on the beach.
of other titles in this series
and Breakfast #1
with a View #2
Note: Kate Kingsbury is also the author of the Pennyfoot
and Manor House series, set in England.