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Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #1)

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A Little Bit of Heaven on Earth

While heaven is ,well, heavenly, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, late of Adelaide, OK, makes it known to Wiggins, head of the Department of Good Intentions, that she wants to help someone on earth in ¿dire straits¿. Wiggins tells her she may do so, although due to her rash, impuls...
While heaven is ,well, heavenly, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, late of Adelaide, OK, makes it known to Wiggins, head of the Department of Good Intentions, that she wants to help someone on earth in ¿dire straits¿. Wiggins tells her she may do so, although due to her rash, impulsive and ¿spirited¿ nature, she will be on probation and she must remember all the precepts of being a ghost among the living. With a copy of the rules firmly in hand, she is immediately dispatched right back to Adelaide to find herself on the back porch of the Episcopal Church rectory just as Kathleen, the pastor¿s wife, is discovering a dead body.



The victim, one Daryl Murdoch ,is not quite the upstanding citizen and dedicated church member he appears to be. It seems there are quite a few people who would rather have Daryl dead than alive.
Bailey Ruth now has the ability to appear when the need arises or to be invisible when she wants , a useful skill in her job to find the real murderer and absolve the pastor and his wife of any accusations because as it turns out, they too might have had a motive. As Bailey Ruth investigates the crime, the reader will laugh out loud at all of her antics while she learns to function as a ghost with a mission. Being invisible is great for moving from place to place quickly and being one step ahead of the investigation.



She begins to narrow down the suspects one by one and at the Halloween Spook Bash held at the church hall, the suspense builds when the lights go out and someone goes missing. It becomes evident to her, but certainly not to the reader, who the real culprit is. Along with a few pop-ins by Wiggins along the way, Bailey Ruth identifies the murderer and ties it all up nicely just before the rescue express sweeps into Adelaide and takes her heaven bound once again.




Hart writes a classic cozy with all the traditional elements of the genre. What she adds is her own exceptional brand of wit and humor along with a fabulous cast of well fleshed out characters. As usual, Hart has such a wonderful way with descriptions, the reader feels they are right there on the scene. The plot is well developed with plenty of suspects, all with motives to commit the crime. This is a truly enjoyable new series with non-stop fun . If you are a mystery fan, this is definitely one not to be missed ! Highly recommended.

posted by momgee on October 19, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good book..

The idea for book is excellent but I would have spiced it up a bit. It was boring at times and predictable.

posted by BookButter on December 8, 2008

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Cheri's Choice

    I thought this was a fun read. It reminded me of the Aunt Diminity series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Very Entertaining!

    I ordered all 3 books in this series and was pleasantly surprised!

    Carolyn Hart is a sneaky and humorous author and all 3 books are very entertaining and I had to read one after the next they were so good!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    I enjoyed the book a lot but, for my taste it was just a TAD too

    I enjoyed the book a lot but, for my taste it was just a TAD too long and some of the stuff in it could have been left out and it wouldn’t have hampered the book at all! A couple parts of it were just boring but all in all a good read! I did get the next one hoping they get better as they go along – I really like Baily Ruth Raeburn and her senior angel guide!

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