Friday, October 2, 2015

GOSSAMER GHOST by Laura Childs 
GHOST WANTED by Carolyn Hart

Book 12 in the Scrapbooking Mystery series 
by Laura Childs

The New York Times bestselling author of Gilt Trip returns to New Orleans for scrapbooking, Halloween, and homicide…

Scrapbook shop owner Carmela Bertrand is ready to head out and enjoy her night until she hears some strange noises coming from Oddities, the neighboring antiques shop, and decides to investigate. Her evening plans are abruptly put on hold when out of a curio cabinet—and into her arms—falls the bloody body of Oddities owner Marcus Joubert.

While Joubert was known for being an eccentric, Carmela never thought he could inspire the passion required to kill—until she learns a priceless death mask was also stolen. As the mystery grows, so does the list of suspects, leaving Carmela with the feeling that it will take every trick in the book to unmask the killer thief before there’s another night of murderous mischief…

Scrapbooking Tips and Recipes Included!


When it comes to mystery, author Laura Childs is a master storyteller. GOSSAMER GHOST, book twelve in the Scrapbooking Mysteries is a perfect installment to a wonderful series. With an exceptional plot packed full of mystery and intrigue, plus the infectious personality of main character Carmela Bertrand, Ms. Childs has crafted a book impossible to put down.

The setting of New Orleans during Halloween was a perfect backdrop for this story. Ms. Childs managed to really creep me out during the discovery of the body. Page after page pulled me in deeper until I felt I was a part of this story all the way to the reveal where the who in the whodunit took me by surprise.

This was only my third book in this series, but I am now a solid fan, and I plan to go back and get myself caught up. (My poor TBR!) If the books that came before are even half as good, they’ll be awesome! If you haven’t read any of these books, you can feel confident that you can read GOSSAMER GHOST as a standalone.

At the back of the book you’ll find scrapbooking, stamping, and crafting tips, delicious recipes, and an excerpt from PARCHMENT AND OLD LACE, the newest book in this series. 


Book 5 in the Bailey Ruth Ghost series 
by Carolyn Hart 

The New York Times bestselling author of Ghost Gone Wild treats readers to another visitation by ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn as she lends a hand to an ethereal matchmaker who haunts a library…

Bailey Ruth’s supervisor, Wiggins, is worried about a dear old friend—the ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow, who haunts Adelaide, Oklahoma’s college library. Known as the Lady of the Roses, she plays matchmaker, using the fragrant flowers to pair up students. But someone’s making mischief after hours, leaving roses strewn about the library and stealing a valuable book. Concerned with Lorraine’s reputation among the living, Wiggins dispatches Bailey Ruth to investigate.

Soon trouble begins to stack up. A campus security guard is shot by an intruder, and Bailey Ruth uncovers a catalog of evidence blaming a student for the crimes. But something isn’t adding up, so with police preparing to make an arrest, the spirited detective must find the real culprit. Because when justice is overdue, it takes more than death to stop Bailey Ruth Raeburn…


This is the first book I’ve read in the Bailey Ruth Ghost Mysteries and before I started GHOST WANTED, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to follow it. I was afraid I would be lost. I had no need to worry. On page two, author Carolyn Hart started filling me in on what I needed to know, and it was a fun ride from there.

When I first heard of Ghost Wanted, I assumed it was another book where the protagonist was befriended by a ghost. I had no idea the protagonist was the ghost!

This story was an excellent mystery, told from a view point I’ve never read before, which only served to make reading it more intriguing and irresistible. Ms. Hart’s writing is flawless and kept me captured in the story straight through to the thrilling conclusion.

Rather you’re a fan of mysteries, suspense, or paranormal stories, Ghost Wanted is a title you want to add to your reading list.

If you haven’t read them yet, pick up the other four books in this series, Ghost At Work, Merry, Merry Ghost, Ghost In Trouble, and Ghosts Gone Wild. You’re going to want to own every title!


Book 6 in the Bailey Ruth Ghost series
by Carolyn Hart


New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Hart’s ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn is frequently amusing…but this is the first time she’s been a muse.

When you wish upon a star, you get…Bailey Ruth? You do if you’re a little girl whose mom needs help and you touch the soft heart of Supervisor Wiggins at Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. Granted it’s not the usual task of an emissary, but then again Bailey Ruth is not your usual emissary. So Wiggins dispatches the spunky spirit to her old hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma, to help a single mother and struggling writer find some creative solutions to her problems.

Deidre Davenport is just about broke, trying to support her two children, and has her hopes pinned on getting a faculty job with the Goddard College English department. Jay Knox, who is in charge of the writer’s conference she’s participating in, will decide who gets the job, but he’s more interested in her body than her body of work.

Not long after his advances are rejected, Knox turns up dead—and Deirdre’s fingerprints are found on the murder weapon. Bailey Ruth knows Deirdre is innocent, and that the professor’s lewd behavior is bound to have rubbed others the wrong way. Now she must find out who really knocked off Knox...if Deirdre and her family are ever going to have a happy ending.


The delightful Bailey Ruth Raeburn is back!

GHOST TO THE RESCUE is another brilliant installment in the spirited series featuring the fashion loving ghost, Bailey Ruth. Each book in the Bailey Ruth Mystery series is better than the one before.

Author Carolyn Hart is a magnificent author. With this wonderful book, she made me feel the same joy I felt when watching Touched By An Angel and Highway To Heaven. Bailey Ruth is no angel, but her personality and spunk are completely endearing.

GHOST TO THE RESCUE is in my eyes a flawless story that sent me on a magnificent adventure I didn’t want to end. A mystery filled with twists and turns, this story was also a lot of fun. As exciting as it was to turn each page, the closer to the end of the book I got, the slower I read so I could make it last.  

Fans of this series and new readers alike are going to love this superb mystery packed with ghostly fun.

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Release date: Tuesday October 6

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  1. Great reviews, Lisa. I've never read either of these authors. I'll have to put them on my TBR list. Thank you. Enjoy your weekend! :)

  2. Thanks, Lisa! I've been wanting to read Carolyn Hart...need to get started.