Cam Shaw is hoping that her life will be ghost-free from now on. But that hope dies with the appearance of Mac “the Faker” Green, a wise-cracking ghost from Vegas who has followed her grandmother home. And during the opening night of Blithe Spirit, someone has sent Susan Ingram to her ghostly afterlife. What does her death have to do with the death of her mother-in-law fifty years ago? Who is trying to wipe out the Ingram family one person at a time? And when will that Vegas ghost stop sticking his nose into Cam’s business?
It's all go in Waxahachie, Texas. They have the Scarborough Renaissance Faire in late spring/early summer (for real), and community theatre in the book. It's either so good that they draw
Well, the short answer is: both. He's formed an attachment to the MC Cam, who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts, unlike most of the general population. Of course, this makes for some awkward moments for Cam. (For the rest of us it's kind of entertaining.) She already met the one ghost, well back home she picks up another. The ghost of the leading actress who was found murdered on opening night years ago. Coincidentally, that play was also Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward.
But the opening night performance at the dinner theatre goes off without a hitch. Well, until the start of Act II, when a wealthy woman from Waxahachie was found on stage, behind the couch, strangled. Oddly enough, she was strangled the exact same way as the actress was, on that very stage, in the 1950s. Hmmm.
Cam, short for 'Camille', is a great cozy heroine. She's there for her family and friends, whether it's something small like setting tables at the dinner theatre for her mother, or something larger, like investigating murders or being mediator for Grandma Alma, who has run off to Vegas to get married. Of course, she has her foibles too. She tends to press harder than the guilty party would like, and winds up getting attacked.
I like the way the romance is handled in this book as well. Cam and Mike, who is the police chief, have a mutual attraction, but of course Mike's job gets in the way from time to time. And they are flesh and blood humans. Sometimes they get on each others' nerves. You can tell from the description of the kisses that it could very well lead to something more ... but there is no rush to jump into bed.
This is the second in the "Ghost Writer Mysteries", the first having been Who Killed the Ghost in the Library. Both titles remind me of the board game, "Clue", which is fun and brings back memories of my younger days.
And even though Cam would prefer that any future 'ghosts' who come into her life are people wanting her to ghost write a book for them, I...have a feeling that may be asking too much. Besides, we have to see what happens between her and Mike. And I want to see what ghost(s) complicate Cam's life next!
MEET THE AUTHOR
I’m a daughter, mother, wife, sister. Currently, I live in North Texas with my husband (still getting used to being an empty nester!). I love sports, and spend my free time harassing my husband about his Cowboys losing to my Redskins (and Steelers). Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner? is my tenth book (second book for the Ghostwriter series). I also write the Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries (next book for this series is Death Drives a Zamboni).
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This book helps me fulfill the following 2016 Reading Challenges:
2016 GoodReads Reading Challenge
2016 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge
2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge
2016 New Author Reading Challenge
2016 Southern Literature Reading Challenge