Merry, merry ghost

Carolyn G. Hart

Book - 2009

When a wealthy woman in Adelaide, Oklahoma, is found dead, it's up to that irrepressible spirit Bailey Ruth, on assignment from Wiggins and Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas. There's only one teeny hitch: how can Bailey Ruth figure out which family member was desperate enough to kill when everyone has a motive?

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New York : William Morrow c2009.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
282 p. ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780060874377
0060874376
Main Author
Carolyn G. Hart (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Ghost (or emissary) Bailey Ruth Raeburn returns for her second adventure.This time she is somewhat more aware of the emissary precepts and tries hard to obey them. But before long things start to spiral out of control, and off she goes—meddling, protecting, and doing the right thing the wrong way. Once again she is trying to help a child in jeopardy. An orphan is dropped off unexpectedly at his grandmother's home at Christmas. The thing is, nobody in the family even knew of his existence before, and a number of relatives have been cozying up to his rich but ailing grandmother, expecting a big payday. Bailey Ruth assumes that her job is to protect the boy, which she does at the expense of the grandmother, who then dies prematurely. Once she realizes her mistake, Bailey Ruth makes sure that police in Adelaide, Oklahoma, know they have a murder on their hands, and she prompts them with clues only a ghost would know. Good fun for paranormal mystery fans. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The second of "Death on Demand" series author Hart's new paranormal cozies (after Ghost) draws Bailey Ruth, a ghost from Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, into a murderous family vying for an inheritance. Hart resides in Oklahoma City. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

The second entry (after Ghost at Work) in Hart's new supernatural series. When wealthy widow Susan Flynn discovers that she has a grandson, she decides to change her will. Unfortunately, another beneficiary objects, and ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn is sent down from Heaven to defend the boy. A cute and cozy mystery suitable for most collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/09.] [Page 70]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Introduced in Agatha-winner Hart's Ghost at Work (2008), the late Bailey Ruth Raeburn returns to earth on a heavenly mission to help a four-year-old orphan in this delightful sequel. Susan Flynn, the matriarch of one of the leading families of Adelaide, Okla., who's dying from congestive heart failure, discovers she has a grandson after Keith, the child of Susan's soldier son killed in Iraq, shows up at her door one day not long before Christmas. Susan's decision to change her will to leave her estate to Keith causes one of her many greedy relatives to ignore the message of the Christmas season. When murder and mayhem ensue, Hart's ghostly detective gets on the track of a clever killer. Bailey Ruth's pleasure in her earthly wardrobe, her keen observations of the other characters and her unorthodox but expert sleuthing will engage readers from start to finish. Hart is also the author of the Death on Demand series (Dare to Die, etc.). (Nov.) [Page 38]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

When a determined heir moves to block a wealthy woman's attempt to include her newly discovered grandson in her will, it is up to good-intentioned ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas, in a book by the author of Ghost at Work. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a determined heir moves to block a wealthy woman's attempt to include her newly discovered grandson in her will, it is up to good-intentioned ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

“If I were teaching a course on how to write a mystery, I’d make Carolyn Hart required reading.”—Los Angeles Times Merry, Merry Ghost by Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award winner Carolyn Hart, is the spirited second appearance of spectral sleuth, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, who would never let a little thing like being dead keep her from enjoying the Yuletide holiday or solving a dastardly crime. The light and funny follow up to Hart’s critically acclaimed Ghost At Work—which Publishers Weekly named One of the Best Books of 2008—Merry, Merry Ghost is a  true Christmas treat, and Bailey Ruth is a most welcome addition to Carolyn Hart’s coterie of beloved series protagonists, joining septuagenarian sleuth “Henrie O” Collins and the Darlings of “Death on Demand” fame.