Friday, May 27, 2016

Ghostwriter Anonymous

Happy Sunscreen Protection Day!  It is important to protect your skin (skin cancer is no joke). Living in Florida, I use a moisturizer with sunscreen in it.  It gets very hot during the summer and you can easily get burnt (I seem to burn very easily).  If you are doing an outdoor activity, you should put on sunscreen (even on a cloudy day).  Do I sound like one of the service announcements?  My father failed to use sunscreen and had a continual problem with skin cancer because of it (he worked outside quite a bit).

Ghostwriter Anonymous by Noreen Wald is the first book in A Jake O’Hara Mystery series.  Jacqueline Grace O’Hara was nicknamed Jake by her father.  Jake’s is a ghostwriter by profession which means she does the work, but she does not get the credit. Jake belongs to a support group for ghostwriters (called—wait for it—Ghostwriter Anonymous) and they help each other.  Jake is excited about her latest job.  She is going to write for Kate Lloyd Connors, the mystery writer.  Her friend and fellow ghostwriter, Barbara is a little worried about her current writing gig (Mafia Don’s daughter spilling secrets).  Jake tried to reassure her, but maybe Barbara had a right to be nervous.  Barbara soon turns up dead.  And she is only the first victim.  Jake tries to find the culprit with the help of her (unhelpful) friends.  Will Jake be able to find the killer before Jake ends up a ghost?

I was not a big fan of Ghostwriter Anonymous.  It was alright.  It is an easy to read novel with a mystery that I solved immediately.  My favorite part of the book was the last line (it gave me a good laugh).  I would love to share it, but the last line is a major spoiler.  I felt that the book spent more time of Jake's newly whitened teeth (she mentions it quite frequently) and the ghostwriter group than on the mystery.  I give Ghostwriter Anonymous 2.5 out of 5 stars.  The book does have a good pace which makes the book easier to read.  I guess I am just not a fan of the silly, humorous  type of novels.  I like mystery books for the mystery and this novel was very light on that subject.  This is just not my type of book (of course, my mother says I am lacking in the humor department)!  I believe I will skip the other books in the series.

To check out the other books by Noreen Wald, visit Amazon. I received a complimentary copy of Ghostwriter Anonymous from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.  

Thank you for reading my latest review.  I have told you about my Doozy and I thought I would share a picture with you (see below). You can see he has El Diablo (his toy) with him.  I am currently reading The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson.  I hope everyone has a wonderful and enjoyable day!  You deserve it.  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

This is my Doozy!

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