Haunted Homicide by Lucy Ness

A Haunted Mansion Mystery, Book 1

Synopsis: Avery Morgan has been hired to breathe new life into the Portage Path Women’s Club, but first she’ll have to deal with a dead body and a meddling ghost.

Avery Morgan has had a harrowing first week on the job as manager of the Portage Path Woman’s Club. Not only is she in charge of a grand old home with a mountain of maintenance problems and scheduling nightmares–thanks to a recent fire in the Marigold meeting room–but she’s also got Muriel Sadler to deal with. Muriel is the current president of the club, the one “nay” vote when the rest of the board voted “aye” to hiring Avery.

After a morning of dealing with another one of Muriel’s snits and a meeting with the delicious and delightfully unsettling Ben Harkness, who will be handling renovations in the fire-damaged portions of the house, the last thing Avery needs is for one of the fuses to blow. Again.

She grabs her handy flashlight and heads into the basement, where she stumbles across Muriel’s body. She also stumbles across an unexpected helper, Clemmie Bow, the ghost of a young woman who was accidentally killed in the building almost a hundred years ago.

Together the Clemmie and Avery are determined to solve Muriel’s murder before the killer sends Avery to join Clemmie on the other side.

Review: I love ghosts, so when I saw the release of this novel, I was immediately very curious to know what it was all about!

Avery’s just been hired and she’s very excited about this new job. Unfortunately, while everyone welcomes her, this is not the case for the club’s president: Muriel. But well, Muriel seems to hate everyone and it’s mutual. So when she’s found dead, the women of the club mandate Avery to find out who the murderer is! If the police investigate, our heroine will be helped by a ghost to find out the truth. That’s also how she will learn the secrets of the club, from each of the women until the much sought-after truth explodes.

It was a nice enough novel, although maybe I was expecting something more. Anyway, I had a great time and it was a pleasure to meet Every, but also Ben and Oz, the cop investigating the murder.

A perfect novel for a light read.


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