Sunday, 4 June 2017

Gone With the Ghost ~~ Erin McCarthy

Gone With the Ghost (Murder By Design, book 1) by Erin McCarthy

Date of Publication: May 23, 2017


Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it's not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that's exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn't cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…
Ryan claims he didn't commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Which contrary to national opinion is not their hometown of Cleveland. Ryan's counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.
An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan's former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.

My Review

This book had me smiling and chuckling almost all the way through. It had a tiny bit of 'almost' romance. To which I say, come on sir, get your act together and get serious with Bailey Burke.

Normally I like my book to have at least some action in the bedroom (or where ever the couple happen to be) but I really didn't miss it in this book. This is really a mystery book where the heroine, Bailey Burke, is trying to help her dead best friend find out how/why he died. There are a lot of smiles along the way, some twists in the tale and some loose ends that I am assuming will continue into future books.

The book is written entirely from Bailey's POV and, despite her being slightly neurotic, socially awkward and quite possibly suffering from several disorders, she's one fun heroine. Any girl that falls to sleep on a tile floor following 2 (or was it 3 or 4) glasses of red wine is a winner in my book.

The writing is good, I found the book extremely easy to read and follow its plot and it moved at a good pace. It's a shorter read, but is still novel length and was a 'full' story - no gaps in the plot or poorly built characters. The blurb gives you a good outline of what the book is about and I can't add too much to that as it would spoil the read. It can be read as a stand alone, although at the end there is a segue into the next book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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About Erin McCarthy

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.

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