Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini - 2nd in the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series
Author: Sue Ann Jaffarian
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, southern California
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Sue Ann's Website/Blog: sueannjaffarian.com
This book was a real experience. A delightful story of a "Ghost Whisperer" and her adventures with the spirits.
Emma Whitecastle is spending a Thanksgiving weekend on Catalina Island with her significant other Phillip Bowers. Emma is a successful TV personality who runs a show featuring paranormal activity. Emma first discovered her ghost whisperer talents (being able to see and talk with ghosts ) when the ghost of her great-great-great grandmother, Ish Reynolds, appeared in Emma's life to ask for help in proving her innocence in the death of her husband, Jacob. Emma then finds out that her Mother also has this ability only not as strong as Emma.
In this tale Emma and Granny meet the ghost of former movie starlet, Tessa North, romping about in the ocean at Catalina Island. Tessa, who died on the island in 1968, was wearing a polka dot bikini. She tells Emma and Granny that she cannot move on and cross to the other side because "Curtis" had promised to come back for her and she has to wait for him to show up. Emma and Granny want to help Tessa out so they set out, with Phillip's help, to find out who Curtis is and how Tessa died. They start their investigation which takes them from the underbelly of Hollywood in the '60's to the assassination of Robert Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968. On the way they find that the Tessa investigation concerns people that Emma is close to and Emma comes very close to joining Tessa in the afterlife.
This is a new series, and a very good one, that I hope will continue. I really enjoyed Emma and Granny and a new cozy series. Granny makes this remark in the beginning of the book: "Imagine spending eternity with your backside hanging out." Great line and I look forward to the next Emma adventure with her wonderful grandmother. Enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.
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