Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow: A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian

As much as I love paranormal cozies I'm surprised that The Ghosts of Misty Hollow: A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian was my first in this series. I am however happy to say it was fantastic.

From the back of the book:

The author of Ghost in the Guacamole returns as a spiritual medium and her spectral sidekick encounter murder and mystery in a Massachusetts farmhouse—

Mysterious plots abound when spiritual medium Emma Whitecastle offers aid to a famous novelist, but her spectral sidekick Granny Apples will help her write all the wrongs...

Bestselling crime writer Gino Costello is working on his next book in a historic farmhouse in the heart of Massachusetts. His story features some paranormal elements so he’s invited family friend Emma to provide her input as a medium. But as soon as Emma arrives—with her boyfriend, Phil, and Granny Apples in tow—that’s when the real trouble begins.

Emma is immediately contacted by the Browns, a family of ghosts who originally owned the house in the early nineteenth century. They need Emma to help them locate the spirits of their two children who disappeared. Meanwhile, a dead body appears at the house. Now Emma, Granny, and Phil must read between the lines to find answers before a killer books it...

My thoughts:

Since this was the first part I read in this series I can say with full confidence it is stand alone and you don't need to read any others to enjoy it. I would like to go back and spend more time with the characters and see their development though, because there several that I really loved. Emma and Phil especially. Gino was also a joy and I'd love to see him again.

The ghosts, Granny in particular, add something interesting to mystery solving. The family of ghosts gave Emma a bit more than a murder to deal with as she tried to figure out what happened to the two missing children. The real time murder was interesting and I wasn't able to pin it down too far in advance, only just before the reveal did I settle on the right name. I will be looking forward to more parts and in the meantime reading the prior parts.

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