Ghost wanted

Carolyn G. Hart

Book - 2014

"Bailey Ruth's supervisor, Wiggins, is worried about a dear old friend. The ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow haunts Adelaide'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, destroying a gargoyle, and stealing a valuable book. Concerned with Lorraine's reputation among the living, Wiggins dispatches the irrepressible r...edhead Bailey Ruth to investigate. Soon after her arrival, 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. As a ghost, she may not be all there, but even Bailey Ruth can decipher that something isn't adding up. So with police preparing to make an arrest, the spirited detective must race against the clock to find the real culprit, because when justice is overdue, it takes more than death to stop Bailey Ruth Raeburn.."--

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Series
Bailey Ruth ghost novel ; 2
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Ghost stories
Published
New York : Berkley Prime Crime 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
292 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9780425266151
042526615X
Main Author
Carolyn G. Hart (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Bailey Ruth Raeburn returns to her native Adelaide, Oklahoma, to help those in need of a heavenly emissary, or ghost. In this fifth such visit, she is once again admonished to adhere to the eight precepts of behavior while on Earth but, as always, breaks half of them in her eagerness to help college senior Michelle Hoyt, charged with stealing a rare book from the library. As she begins her investigations, Bailey Ruth teams up with the ghost of Lorraine Marlow, whose portrait hangs over the library stairwell and whose knowledge of the library proves invaluable. Along the way to proving Michelle's innocence, the unlikely pair, working with the young editor of the college newspaper, pulls the cover off other, far more serious crimes. Fans of this series, as well as the ghostly series of Carolyn Haines and Sue Ann Jaffarian, will delight in the ways Bailey Ruth attracts public notice and alarms those she's trying to help as she takes corporeal form (always well dressed, of course) or moves through locked doors. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Bailey Ruth Raeburn was great at solving mysteries in life, so why should death pose a problem? In her fifth paranormal outing (after Ghost Gone Wild), the spectral gumshoe is ordered by her boss in Heaven's Department of Good Intentions to investigate a case of vandalism in Adelaide, OK, Bailey's old stomping ground. In the library of Goddard College, the ghost of Lorraine Marlow haunts the stacks, playing matchmaker among the students by using the scent of roses. But someone else is also causing trouble, stealing a book and vandalizing a gargoyle. When a security guard is shot, Bailey knows the suspect student cannot be responsible, but who is? VERDICT Obviously not a deep rumination on life after death, this fast-paced and entertaining cozy features a loose-cannon, fashion-conscious heavenly emissary who is protective of her old hometown. [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In MWA Grand Master Hart's delightful fifth Bailey Ruth ghost novel (after 2013's Ghost Gone Wild), the ghost of lady has been haunting the college library in Adelaide, Okla., for years. Her phantasmagorical mission is to spark romances between library patrons, which is a task she accomplishes by leaving roses for select individuals. But now, someone is copying her, placing roses throughout the library—and also vandalizing gargoyles and stealing books. Departed spirit Bailey Ruth Raeburn, of heaven's Department of Good Intentions, is convinced that a live human being is behind the crimes. As she investigates, she has a few amusing and alarming run-ins with mortals who don't know about heaven and the ghost world. She also tries to repair a decades-old heartbreak by brokering a romantic reconciliation between the library ghost and a ghost in heaven. The suspense of that amorous subplot is every bit as gripping as the 21st-century intrigue. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Bailey Ruth's supervisor, Wiggins, is worried about a dear old friend. The ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow haunts Adelaide'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, destroying a gargoyle, and stealing a valuable book. Concerned with Lorraine's reputation among the living, Wiggins dispatches the irrepressible redhead Bailey Ruth to investigate.Soon after her arrival, 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. As a ghost, she may not be all there, but even Bailey Ruth can decipher that something isn't adding up. So with police preparing to make an arrest, the spirited detective must race against the clock to find the real culprit, because when justice is overdue, it takes more than death to stop Bailey Ruth Raeburn.."--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A mystery from the author of Death at the Door finds ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn investigating a prankster at Adelaide's college library whose escalating mischief is disrupting the matchmaking practices of a gentle ghost. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn investigates a prankster at Adelaide's college library whose escalating mischief is disrupting the matchmaking practices of a gentle ghost.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn of Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions is checking out a troubling disturbance in Adelaide, Oklahoma. But what seems at first like simple vandalism won’t be an open-and-shut caseBailey Ruth’s supervisor, Wiggins, is worried about a dear old friend. The ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow haunts Adelaide’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, destroying a gargoyle, and stealing a valuable book. Concerned with Lorraine’s reputation among the living, Wiggins dispatches the irrepressible redhead Bailey Ruth to investigate.Soon after her arrival, 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. As a ghost, she may not be all there, but even Bailey Ruth can decipher that something isn’t adding up. So with police preparing to make an arrest, the spirited detective must race against the clock to find the real culprit, because when justice is overdue, it takes more than death to stop Bailey Ruth Raeburn

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn of Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions is checking out a troubling disturbance in Adelaide, Oklahoma. But what seems at first like simple vandalism won’t be an open-and-shut case…Bailey Ruth’s supervisor, Wiggins, is worried about a dear old friend. The ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow haunts Adelaide’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, destroying a gargoyle, and stealing a valuable book. Concerned with Lorraine’s reputation among the living, Wiggins dispatches the irrepressible redhead Bailey Ruth to investigate.Soon after her arrival, 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. As a ghost, she may not be all there, but even Bailey Ruth can decipher that something isn’t adding up. So with police preparing to make an arrest, the spirited detective must race against the clock to find the real culprit, because when justice is overdue, it takes more than death to stop Bailey Ruth Raeburn…