Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ghost to the Rescue

Title: Ghost to the Rescue
Author: Carolyn Hart
Published: October 6th 2015 by Berkley
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Series: Bailey Ruth Ghost Mysteries #6

Sometimes you just have to wonder about the ridiculousness that author’s get away with. Even I am beginning to wonder why I read the books in the series, but I do. I think it all boils down to hope – I hope that each book will be better.

The premise is good, an emissary from Heaven sent back to earth to help a deserving person who is in some sort of peril. Unfortunately, the emissary from the department of good intentions (really, I could not make that up myself) seems more interested in her current wardrobe then following precepts set out and when you would think that a heavenly emissary would be infused with some sort of special power to right the wrongs, you would be wrong. Bailey Ruth, the aforementioned ambassador, seems to be just as much in the dark as everyone around her.

Deidre Davenport is trying to keep her financial life in order and is crossing her fingers for a teaching position in the English department of a local college. Smarmy Jay Knox, who is in charge of the department and will be making the decision, is found dead and it looks like Deidre is the one with the most reason for wanting him out of the picture. With Deidre’s fingerprints on the champagne bottle, it is up to Bailey Ruth and her curious tactics to clear Deidre and ensnare the real culprit.

With multiple wardrobe changes and too many names bandied about, the story is eventually told. Unfortunately, there is too much rehashing of the story line and too little story progression. The reader is easily bored and finds that they are wandering over to the bookshelf to see what else they could sink their teeth into.

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