Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: Ghost in Trouble - 3rd in the Bailey Ruth Raeburn series
Author: Carolyn Hart
Publisher: Wm Morrow
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, Adelaide OK and HEAVEN
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Carolyn's Website/Blog: www.carolynhart.com
Carolyn Hart's wonderful stories about Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who is a ghost working for Heaven's "Department of Good Intentions" have certainly gotten to me. What a great premise for a mystery. Ghost in Trouble is the third book featuring Bailey Ruth and I await each one eagerly.
When Bailey Ruth and her husband, Bobby Mac were lost in a storm while fishing on their boat the Serendipity, Bailey was thrilled to find that her detecting skills would last forever. She joined Heaven's Department of Good Intentions run by Wiggins a former railroad stationmaster. Bailey can use her special advantages (now you see her, now you don't) to help people in need. On her current mission, directed by Wiggins, Bailey returns to her home town of Adelaide, Oklahoma, to save the life of a woman that she didn't really care for in her earthly life. Kay Clark is in trouble at an estate in Adelaide called The Castle, owned by an oil producing family, the Humes, that are very dysfunctional. There is much "skullduggery afoot" at the Castle according to Wiggins and Bailey has her work cut out for her. This may be the hardest case she ever worked on. Bailey has to take care of Kay, which is not easy; try and uncover the plots of a crooked medium who is entrenched in the lives and loves of the Humes family; a mother's trials and tribulations over the birth father of her child; ancient and recent passions and many other problems before she can solve three murders and head back to Heaven.
These books are meant to entertain the reader and they surely do. I love the fact that Bailey Ruth can come down to earth and disappear and reappear at will. She helps the authorities as well as the person that she has been sent to protect. Carolyn Hart's books are meant for men, women and kids who enjoy a good mystery without all the blood and gore that seems to attend lately to all the vampire and werewolf stuff. Just grab an easy chair and settle back for a very good story. Enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon.
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