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Carolyn Hart’s good-hearted ghost, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, just can’t say no to an earthly rescue, even when maybe she should…
 
As far as emissaries from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions go, Bailey Ruth is far from the top of the go-to list for assignments in the eyes of her boss, Wiggins. So she’s surprised when she’s dropped off on the outskirts of her old hometown, Adelaide, Oklahoma, at the home of young Nick Magruder. When a ...

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Ghost Gone Wild (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #4)

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Overview

Carolyn Hart’s good-hearted ghost, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, just can’t say no to an earthly rescue, even when maybe she should…
 
As far as emissaries from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions go, Bailey Ruth is far from the top of the go-to list for assignments in the eyes of her boss, Wiggins. So she’s surprised when she’s dropped off on the outskirts of her old hometown, Adelaide, Oklahoma, at the home of young Nick Magruder. When a window cracks and a rifle barrel is thrust inside, only Bailey Ruth’s hasty intervention saves Nick from taking a bullet. But after she materializes to reassure him, she finds she can’t go back to vanishing. What gives?
 
It turns out Bailey’s been tricked by Nick’s late aunt to come to his rescue, which means Wiggins has no idea where she is—and now she may be trapped in Adelaide forever. Unless she can help snare the person who wants Nick dead…

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425260760
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Series: A Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 110,181
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Carolyn Hart

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of more than fifty novels of mystery and suspense, including the Bailey Ruth Ghost mysteries, the Death on Demand Bookstore mysteries, and Cry in the Night. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards, and she has been named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. 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, serve as staff—cat owners will understand—to an orange tabby and brother and sister brown tabbies.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Bailey Ruth is a ghost who has been sent back to earth to help N

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Simply fun to read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Bailey is a great angel!

    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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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    Ghost Gone Wild - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, La

    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.

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