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Ghost Gone Wild (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #4)

Ghost Gone Wild (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #4)

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Carolyn Hart’s “irresistible cozy sleuth”* is back—good-hearted ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn just can’t say no to an earthly rescue, even when maybe she should…

Bailey Ruth loves to return to earth as an emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. Problem is, she’s a bit of a loose cannon as far as

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Carolyn Hart’s “irresistible cozy sleuth”* is back—good-hearted ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn just can’t say no to an earthly rescue, even when maybe she should…

Bailey Ruth loves to return to earth as an emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. Problem is, she’s a bit of a loose cannon as far as ghosts go—forgetting to remain invisible, alarming earthly creatures—so she’s far from the top of department head Wiggins’s go-to list for assignments.

That’s why she’s surprised when the Heaven-sent Rescue Express drops her off at a frame house on the outskirts of her old hometown, Adelaide, Oklahoma, where a young man is playing the drums. What kind of rescuing does he need—drum lessons? But when a window cracks and a rifle barrel is thrust inside, only Bailey Ruth’s hasty intervention saves Nick Magruder from taking a bullet. When she materializes to reassure him, she finds she can’t go back to vanishing. What gives?

It turns out she’s been tricked by Nick’s late aunt—Delilah Delahunt Duvall—to come to the young man’s rescue, which means she isn’t back on earth in service of the department. Wiggins has no idea where she is—and now she may be trapped in Adelaide forever. Unless she can help Aunt Dee snare the person who wants her nephew dead…

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
At the start of Agatha-winner Hart’s whimsical fourth novel featuring departed spirit Bailey Ruth Raeburn (after 2010’s Ghost at Work), Bailey Ruth of heaven’s Department of Good Intentions arrives at the Adelaide, Okla., home of video-game millionaire Nick Magruder just in time to prevent a gunman from shooting him. Since the shade of Nick’s doting Aunt Dee engineered this mission on the sly, Bailey Ruth must operate on earth without her otherworldly powers. When Nick is accused of a murder, she must rely on her wits alone to clear him. Though not fully developed, the secondary characters have some amusing quirks, and even the villain, who’s not readily identifiable, has a certain charm. The well-constructed plot offers an ample supply of red herrings. Fans of benign ghosts such as those in Blithe Spirit and Topper will find a lot to like. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Carolyn Hart, Winner of Multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards

“Carolyn Hart’s work is both utterly reliable and utterly unpredictable.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“One of the most popular practitioners of the traditional mystery.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Praise for the Bailey Ruth Ghost Novels

“Bailey Ruth and Wiggins will delight readers who prefer their mysteries light and seasoned with wit and the supernatural…Hart’s vision of heaven is a hoot.”—Boston Globe

“This could be Hart’s best series yet. The most appealing attribute of her masterful, self-assured writing style is her wry humor—imagine Bailey, who has been dead for decades, learning about cell phones and computers for the first time.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Hart blends an enjoyable fantasy with realistic characters and an engrossing plot that’s sure to charm even ardent materialists.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Absolutely charming.”—Deseret News

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
A heavenly sleuth gets hijacked on her way to apply for a new case. Bailey Ruth Raeburn is one of the most unorthodox sleuths in Heaven's Department of Good Intentions. So she's far from sanguine about her chances of getting sent back to Earth by department head Wiggins, who often chastises her for ignoring the rules. All that changes when a stunning woman riding a magnificent black horse sweeps up Bailey Ruth, thrusts a ticket into her hand and throws her on the Rescue Express, which spirits her back to her old hometown of Adelaide, Okla., just in time to prevent a young man from being shot. Nick Magruder, the nephew of equestrian Dee Delahunt Duvall, has recently returned to Adelaide a very wealthy young man after selling the spider-based video game he developed. Nick has a chip on his shoulder and intends to get even with all the high school jocks who tormented him. He's madly in love with Jan, whose mother, Arlene, is having an affair with Cole Clanton, one of the worst of Nick's high school tormentors. When Jan arrives on the scene, Bailey Ruth pretends to be a private detective hired to protect Nick. She and Nick are forced to spend the night at Arlene's B&B when Bailey Ruth realizes that her usual power to change her wardrobe or vanish has forsaken her. Clanton is deeply involved with an upcoming historical recreation, but Bailey Ruth suspects that his sudden interest in the town's history is financially motivated. When Clanton is shot dead, Nick is arrested, since half the town heard him threatening Clanton. So Bailey Ruth and Dee persuade Wiggins to let them get to work identifying the real killer. Hart's ghost mysteries (Ghost in Trouble, 2010, etc.) are often amusing and never easy to solve. Bailey Ruth's latest is one of her toughest cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425260753
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series, #4
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Carolyn Hart, Winner of Multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards

“Carolyn Hart’s work is both utterly reliable and utterly unpredictable.”—Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“One of the most popular practitioners of the traditional mystery.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Praise for the Bailey Ruth Ghost Novels

“Bailey Ruth and Wiggins will delight readers who prefer their mysteries light and seasoned with wit and the supernatural…Hart’s vision of heaven is a hoot.”—Boston Globe

“This could be Hart’s best series yet. The most appealing attribute of her masterful, self-assured writing style is her wry humor—imagine Bailey, who has been dead for decades, learning about cell phones and computers for the first time.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Hart blends an enjoyable fantasy with realistic characters and an engrossing plot that’s sure to charm even ardent materialists.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Absolutely charming.”—Deseret News

Meet the Author


An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of forty-seven novels of mystery and suspense. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City, where she enjoys mysteries, walking in the park, and cats. She and her husband Phil enjoy the company of an orange tabby and brother and sister brown tabbies.

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Ann Marie Lee is a Los Angeles based actress with television credits that include E.R.; Law and Order: C.I.; and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan; As You Like It; Heartbreak House; and The Cherry Orchard.

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Ghost Gone Wild 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read who done it story. I have had a lot of fun reading this series. Hope there is more to come.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Bailey Ruth is a ghost who has been sent back to earth to help Nick Magruder. Unfortunately she is not there in an official capacity and is breaking all the rules. I loved Bailey Ruth. She is funny, wild, and totally lovable. This is the first Bailey Ruth Raeburn mystery I have read. It will not be the last. You do not have to have read the earlier books in the series to enjoy GHOST GONE WILD. This is a enjoyable read in the cozy mystery genre. Lots of fun as I tried to figure out the murderer but I did not figure it out. I won this book at Goodreads First Read program in exchange for a fair and honest review.
BigMamaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
While I do not enjoy this series as much as her Annie Darling series, I still do enjoy Bailey Ruth enormously. I wish she was my guardian angel.
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Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
Ghost Gone Wild - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish Excerpt from GHOST GONE WILD: I was afraid I was beginning to understand. The telegram from Wiggins had been counterfeit. Nick's aunt Dee had nosed about the department and found my name. Any thriller writer would consider it child's play to purloin information from Wiggins's old-fashioned paper files, which were kept in accommodatingly unlocked wooden filing cabinets. It was possible she sometimes served as an emissary. However, Wiggins was always insistent that emissaries not contact family members who knew them... In any event, if she'd wanted to send help to Nick, obviously she would have hunted about in the files for someone connected to Adelaide, and so she had sent the spurious telegram and waylaid me as I was en route. Bailey Ruth arrives in Adelaide, OK, to help out Nick, who became the target of a bullet within minutes after her arrival at his house. Luckily Bailey Ruth was able to push him out of the way before the bullet struck him. Bailey Ruth tries to convince him to call the police but his cell phone is missing. And then people started appearing due to a text that was supposedly sent to them by Nick. Jan, Nick's girl friend, showed up but wasn't thrilled to see that another woman was there. After some fast thinking, Bailey Ruth was able to calm her down. That is until Lisa showed up due to her text from Nick which invited her to come over. And then the third person showed up... Lisa's husband demanding to know where she was. All arrived 'after' the shot was taken at Nick. Did the shooter want to implicate these three in the killing of Nick? Well, thanks to Bailey Ruth saving him, the shooter's idea was spoiled and Bailey Ruth now had some possible suspects. Author Carolyn Hart has done her usual in writing another fun-filled story of suspense, murder, humor and spirits. Oh, did I forget to tell you that Bailey Ruth is a ghost? From time to time she is allowed to descend upon earth to help a person in danger. This is normally done through Wiggins but in this case the person, or should I say ghost, that sent Bailey Ruth to earth is Dee, Nick's aunt who decides she has to keep an eye out and make sure Bailey Ruth does everything correctly to save her nephew. Problem is, with Dee being the one to send Bailey to earth, she has no control over her abilities to appear and disappear, so once Bailey Ruth appeared, she was unable to disappear and with Wiggins not knowing of her descent, she became OF the earth and not ON the earth. This series is one that I keep an eye out for the next Bailey Ruth story to hit the shelves. The characters are always so real, including Bailey Ruth, to the point that you actually feel that you know them as neighbors. Now I "patiently" wait for the next volume to see what Bailey gets herself into next.