Sweet Audio Delight Review: Bad Ghosts Club by Danielle Garrett

Posted February 7, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 24 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sweet Audio Delight Review: Bad Ghosts Club by Danielle Garrett
Bad Ghosts Club
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi

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Series: Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries #7
Genres: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Published by Tantor Audio
Released on January 26, 2021
Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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.

Review

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.

Challenges Met

New Release #207
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COYER Quarantine #195

About the Book
BAD GHOSTS CLUB BY DANIELLE GARRETTBad Ghosts Club by Danielle Garrettpsd

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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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Rachel
4 months ago

TSTL can ruin a story for me so glad to hear Scarlet got it together and saw the error in her ways! Everyone makes mistakes, it’s how they proceed afterward that makes the difference. Amanda Ronconi is such a fun narrator! I’m sure she makes the series even more fun to “read”.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

You are so right. It’s not the mistake, but what comes after that decides it for me. 🙂 Amanda is fab!

Nadene
4 months ago

I can’t deal with TSTL heroines. Glad to know she redeemed herself. Great review.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Same here. She really did get it together. 🙂

Lola
4 months ago

This sounds like a fun series and how interesting to have this one have a house hunting theme. I like the sound of how there is the character and romance focused part as well as the paranormal mystery. Scarlet’s behavior with her lying and hiding things from Lucas would get on my nerves as well. Glad to hear she figures it out later in the book. The mystery sounds like an exciting one. Great review!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Lola

It was a funny situation because it’s so ordinary to house hunt. 🙂 Yeah, she had me frustrated, but she turned it around. These are definitely fun books, Lola.

Anne - Books of My Heart

You and Jen are making me miss these. Jen said there are about 6 different ones out over about 2 months so I’m way behind now.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

LOL, she is so right. I didn’t even grab all the new ones. 🙂

Iza
Iza
4 months ago

TSTL and miscommunications are pet peeves of mine, but it seems the story catches up in a fun way – which is something I badly need at the moment. Great review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Iza

Same here. I was really getting frustrated, but it was a quick book and she fixed it finally. Thanks, Iza!

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
4 months ago

Oh i’ve seen both yours and Kim’s reviews on this series and I really want it. Thanks Sophia Rose 🙂

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

They are so fun, Debbie. Hope you get the chance soon.

Melliane
4 months ago

I really need to read more books by this author!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

I second that opinion, Melliane. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
4 months ago

I’m glad you enjoyed it even with the problems you had with the heroine.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Thanks, Mary. She got her act together and that was the important thing. I really love the series.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I have fallen behind on this series. Ugh.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

They read/listen fast. But, yes, they are releasing rapidly and hard to keep up.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

This sounds like such a fun series! I will have to give it a try at some point.

Sophia Rose
4 months ago

Oh yes, nice and light paranormal mysteries when you just want to be entertained. 🙂

Jen
Jen
4 months ago

Nice review. I’m glad things are “settled” by the end of the book and look forward to future adventures!

Sophia Rose
4 months ago
Reply to  Jen

Whew, yes! She sure did have me worried.

ShootingStarsMag
3 months ago

Glad the MC got her act together eventually! hah I love cozy mysteries but I don’t think I’ve read a paranormal one.

-Lauren

Sophia Rose
3 months ago

Yes, she messed up, but then she made it right which is all a reader can ask for. LOL, maybe someday, Lauren.