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Genres: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 26, 2021
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
The honeymoon is over. Let the househunting begin… A missing girl, a detecting ghost, a mind magic wielder for a real estate agent, and a sordid secret society all threaten to distract Scarlet and Lucas from finding their starter “ghost-approved” home. Another ghostly caper for Scarlet to solve and I was ready for the fun to begin.
Bad Ghosts Club is seventh in the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery series of connected paranormal cozy mystery tales.
Scarlet reluctantly packs up for her latest trip from Beechwood Harbor to Seattle where she and the ghosts will join Lucas in the latest round of househunting. She is still not excited to be leaving her small town, but she loves Lucas and wants to be with him. Now if only they can find the perfect place for the right price. This might prove difficult since their first real bite on a home finds them tangled with a mind magic user who nearly ensnares them into bidding waaay over the asking price.
Scarlet no sooner gets off the phone with the SPA (Supernatural Protection Agency) on that one when a ghosts begs her help on behalf of her Bad Ghosts Club to find a human girl who has been kidnapped. Scarlet keeps this new investigation on the down lo from Lucas and this is easy to do since he’s being irritated by a work project that means he is tied up on the phone or in the office during what is meant to be their precious time together.
The investigation leads to a secret society club and things take a turn toward the dangerous supernatural.
Bad Ghosts Club was more than a paranormal cozy mystery and I’ve always enjoyed that the author instills developed characters and romance as part of the plot. Scarlet and Lucas are still feeling their way through their first weeks of being married and what it means to have separate careers, separate towns, and not always seeing eye to eye on how she handles the ghostly side of her life. All this makes for a layered, engaging story,
Early in the book, Scarlet had me muttering. This time it wasn’t about dragging her feet and not talking through personal stuff with Lucas, but she’s lying and hiding her movements from him. There was some truly Too Stupid to Live moments that were part and parcel with not keeping Lucas in the loop. But just as I was really getting restless, she gets it together in time to be smart about her investigation and smarter about her relationship. And, hey, apparently Lucas had his own moments of not-communicating.
This was not the usual ghostly mystery adventure. It dipped into the world of the other Beechwood Harbor Magic series when Scarlet encounters magic more than once and has to involve the supernatural police while of course getting in the middle of the investigation. It was pretty exciting and I enjoyed it. The solution to a couple things bothering Scarlet, Lucas, and the ghosts was found and I had that part figured out a few books ago so I was glad to see them come to the same conclusion.
Amanda Ronconi, as narrator of the series and other books by the author, is in a good groove so that the world of the stories, the characters, and pace are all to the good. Ha, loved the scenes with the new ghost characters especially when interacting with Flap Jack.
So, it was a roller-coaster ride and a fun one at that. The series is pressing on and I look forward to seeing what comes next. Recommend this audio version of the series to paranormal cozy mystery fans who like a humorous, charming, and exciting cast of characters and a side of romance.
My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Book
The house hunt has resumed, and this time, it comes complete with not-so-friendly ghosts!
In tracking down the neighborhood rascals, I find a real estate agent up to her eyes in the supernatural. When she’s found murdered at an open house, it’s up to me to track down the Otherworld forces responsible.
Unless they find me first.
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