MYSTERY

Ghost Blows a Kiss

Severn House. (Bailey Ruth Ghost, Bk. 10). Jul. 2021. 192p. ISBN 9780727890481. $28.99. M
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When there’s danger, Wiggins, stationmaster for Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions, sends an emissary to intervene. There’s an emergency in Adelaide, OK, so he calls on Bailey Ruth Raeburn to return to her hometown, where Fran Loring is drowning. Bailey Ruth saves Fran, then notices her fixation on a lit-up house nearby. Bailey Ruth heads toward it and arrives at the Chandler mansion just as Sylvia Chandler’s body is found. Sylvia’s husband is dying, and the family has gathered to learn if they are his heirs; that’s when Sylvia is killed. Instead of investigating the influential family members’ possible motives to murder Sylvia, Adelaide’s acting police chief finds Fran’s footprints in the Chandlers’ yard and concentrates his investigation on the outsider. With her friend the actual police chief out of action, Bailey Ruth is on her own to find Sylvia’s killer and save Fran from becoming a scapegoat. There’s even time for a new romance for Fran, who’s a grieving widow.
VERDICT Fans of paranormal mysteries will appreciate this 10th “Bailey Ruth Ghost” case (after Ghost Ups Her Game), a template for a traditional mystery in the style of Agatha Christie. The likable Bailey Ruth should appeal to fans of Cleo Coyle’s “Haunted Bookshop” mysteries.
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