Be My Ghost

Kensington. (Haunted Haven Mystery, Bk. 1). Aug. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781496731357. pap. $15.95. M
After she loses her job in a Boston department store, Maureen Doherty worries about how she’ll support her golden retriever Finn. Then she learns from a Florida attorney that she’s the only heir to Penelope Gray and will inherit Haven House Inn, a historic property in Haven, FL. Although Maureen and her parents did once visit Haven, she doesn’t remember a Penelope Gray. The lawyer mentions that the inn is supposedly haunted, but Maureen doesn’t believe in ghosts, so she and Finn move down to Haven, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Haven House Inn is a beautiful, slightly rundown building with an eccentric cast of full-time residents, along with the ghost hunters who occasionally visit. On her first night, Maureen finds one of those ghost hunters dead on the porch and falls under suspicion. She’s never met the man—why would she want to poison him? Now a local police officer seems to haunt the inn, and Maureen discovers there are real ghosts too, including a movie starlet who helps her search for the killer.
VERDICT Perry (“Witch City” series) kicks off a character-rich series with this installment, which leaves unresolved Maureen’s mysterious connection to Penelope Gray, for future books. Readers of E. J. Copperman’s “Haunted Guesthouse” mysteries will enjoy this title.
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