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Be Our Ghost


Be Our Ghost

by Kate Kingsbury

  • ISBN 9781683317852
  • English
  • 267 Pages
  • 72678 Words

Be Our Ghost

by Kate Kingsbury

**A delightful read for fans of Donna Andrews and Juliet Blackwell, national bestselling author Kate Kingsbury returns with a third installment of her Merry Ghost Inn mysteries. If bed-and-breakfast owners Melanie and Liza, along with their laughing ghost tenant, can’t find a real estate developer’s killer, their own estate will end up with their next of kin.** The Merry Ghost Inn is well and truly open for business. Melanie West, her grandmother, Liza, and their beloved sheepdog/wolfhound mix, Max, are rapidly getting the hang of running their charming bed-and-breakfast inn on the rocky Oregon coast. Not that business goes without a hitch―when your hostelry boasts its own laughing resident ghost, you’d better be expect the out-of-the-ordinary. But Melanie and Liza take it all in stride…until a hotshot real estate developer arrives in Sully’s Landing, touting his plans to build a tacky amusement arcade smack dab in the middle of the tasteful cliff-side town. No one in Sully’s Landing can stand the gaudy developer, but it’s still a shock when he ends up murdered. It’s even more shocking when Liza’s friend, Doug, emerges as the chief suspect. Melanie and Liza put on their sleuthing caps yet again and set out to clear Doug’s name. They nearly check into accommodations six feet under when, en route to the crime scene, their brakes give out and they narrowly miss plunging over the cliffs to the beach below. Meanwhile, the merry ghost who haunts the inn tries to help by dropping clues for Melanie to find, but her mind is otherwise preoccupied when the killer kidnaps Liza and holds her prisoner. Now, it’s up to Melanie to piece together the ghost’s clues, save her mother, exonerate her friend, keep her guests happy, and make sure Max gets his walkies in Kate Kingsbury’s third mirthful Merry Ghost Inn mystery, Be Our Ghost.

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Review & Comments

  • Karen K

    This series just keeps getting better! Solid characters and a top notch whodunit. I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading the next in the series. I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

    October 9, 2018
  • PenKay

    Paranormal cozies have rapidly become my favorite genre right after urban fantasy, and this latest in the Merry Ghost Inn series fit the bill for my reading pleasure. Just like most other cozies/paranormal cozies, this one flowed smoothly, wasn’t overly complicated, and there wasn’t much violence/blood. A great, fun plot was on the menu, and I enjoyed every second of the book. I hadn’t read the ones before this one, but I was in no way confused as the author did a great job of giving information as it was needed. I can’t wait to read more! Highly recommend! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.

    October 9, 2018
  • Cindi A

    Melanie and her grandmother Liza run the Merry Ghost Inn, a B&B on the Oregon coast, and are also amateur sleuths that seem to beat the police to the punch in solving local murders. In this third installment in the series the duo find themselves looking into the murder of a businessman who threatened to change the charming coastal town with the addition of an arcade, but at the cost of losing a popular local business. When the ladies are threatened by the killer, they continue to put themselves in jeopardy to prove a close friend’s innocence. With quite a few red herrings, you won’t quite figure out who the murderer is until closer to the end. We also see another chapter in the ongoing search for Melanie’s Mother and Liza’s daughter. If you’re a fan of the series you won’t want to miss the latest upgrade date on Melanie’s search. Another great addition to another great series by the author. Definitely one to add to your list of books to read this season!.

    October 13, 2018
  • Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader

    Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury is the third tale in A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery series. Melanie West and Liza Harris own the Merry Ghost Inn in Sully’s Landing, Oregon. Jason Northwood, a developer, wants to build an arcade in town with video & pinball machines, karaoke, a bar and much more. Northwood would need a variance from the Planning Commission and city councilors to proceed with his plan. The day after Northwood held a special event for the people who will vote on his request, he is found dead from a stab wound to the heart. Doug Griffith was vocal against Northwood’s project and had a history with the developer which puts him at the top the police’s suspect list. Liza and Melanie with help from their resident ghost, Orville set out to prove Doug’s innocence. Then their dog, Max vanishes from outside the bakery only to reappear several hours later with a warning note attached. This just makes the duo more determined to catch the guilty party. Melanie and Liza are out asking questions when the brakes give out on their car. Thankfully, they drive into bushes instead of over the cliff. When Liza goes missing, Orville provides a pivotal clue. Can Melanie get to Liza in time? Be Our Ghost is a lighthearted cozy mystery. Melanie West and Liza Harris own the Merry Ghost Inn which is haunted by Orville. I enjoy the paranormal elements and would love to have more ghostly interactions. I am also curious to know more about Orville. I do not understand why Melanie criticizes Orville nor do I like it. There are many cozy moments with cooking, eating, gardening and chatting. Tea is consumed in large quantities. I was happy that Liza and Melanie actively investigated the murder. They questioned various people around town, but they need to work on their technique. There is misdirection and pointed clues. Readers will have no problem solving this whodunit before the reveal. I wish we had been given better closure on the case instead of supposition (what they think happened instead of facts). The ladies are told numerous times to stay out of the investigation which they do not heed (you would think they would be a little wary). Melanie is also searching for her mother. They finally have a lead and Melanie is hopeful. I could have done without the numerous descriptions of Cindi Metzger’s clothing and the lamenting on her tardiness. She wears unique outfits each day which are described in detail. There is a Blueberry French Toast recipe at the end of the book. I am giving Be Our Ghost 3 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for an ethereal and easy to read cozy mystery with a supernatural element, then Be Our Ghost is for you. .

    January 7, 2019

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