Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry takes us to Haven, Florida where Maureen Doherty has inherited a quaint but supposedly haunted inn. It comes at a great time for Maureen since the department store where she worked as a fashion buyer has just gone out of business. Maureen’s first night at the Haven House Inn has her finding a ghost hunter guest dead on the front porch. When Deputy Frank Hubbard learns the guest was murdered, he is like my dog with a bone. He sets his sights on Maureen and the inn’s bartender. If Maureen is to get the police out of the inn and prove her innocence, she needs to investigate. Maureen is not sure how to go about it until she gets some spirited advice.
Be My Ghost is the debut of A Haunted Haven Mystery series set on the west coast of Florida (near St. Petersburg). I found Be My Ghost to be an appealing paranormal cozy mystery. There are some great characters and I love the setting. The author managed to strike the right balance between overly description and not enough detail. I liked our protagonist, Maureen Doherty. She is a smart, friendly woman who is a stylish dresser. Our resident spirit, Lorna Dubois is a delight. She is a fun-loving character who also loves fashion. The paranormal aspect is well-done and there is just the right amount of mystical. The whodunit is straightforward. This one can easily be resolved before the reveal (the who and why). I would have liked the mystery to be more of a challenge. I am hoping the author will up her game in the next A Haunted Haven Mystery. There is a fun cast of secondary characters in the story along with some cute animals. Maureen has a Golden Retriever named Finn and she inherited two cats named Bogie and Bacall. The town is pet friendly with other shopkeepers owning cats and allowing Finn to enter their premises. Since Haven seems full of interesting ghosts, I am sure there will be plenty of paranormal fun in Maureen’s future. There are some recipes at the end of the book for items featured in Be My Ghost. Be My Ghost is a hauntingly good time with a fashionista spirit, a player piano, a contemptuous manager, a gone ghost hunter, a troubled bartender, a determined deputy, and a bewildering inheritance.
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