Merry, Merry Ghost (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #2)

Merry, Merry Ghost (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #2)

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by Carolyn G. Hart
     
 

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"Being dead can't put a damper on spirited, holiday-loving Bailey Ruth Raeburn." "Christmas is a time for family and giving, and a wealthy woman in Adelaide, Oklahoma, is about to embrace both. Discovering that she has a young grandson, the dowager decides to change her will to leave the bulk of her fortune to the young boy - an alteration that stuns the rest of

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"Being dead can't put a damper on spirited, holiday-loving Bailey Ruth Raeburn." "Christmas is a time for family and giving, and a wealthy woman in Adelaide, Oklahoma, is about to embrace both. Discovering that she has a young grandson, the dowager decides to change her will to leave the bulk of her fortune to the young boy - an alteration that stuns the rest of her family. But a scrooge of a determined heir makes sure she never signs the new document. When she is found dead, it's up to that irrepressible spirit Bailey Ruth, on assignment from Wiggins and Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, to protect a little boy, foil a murderer, and save Christmas." There's only one teeny hitch: how can Bailey Ruth figure out which family member was desperate enough to kill when everyone has a motive?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Introduced in Agatha-winner Hart's Ghost at Work (2008), the late Bailey Ruth Raeburn returns to earth on a heavenly mission to help a four-year-old orphan in this delightful sequel. Susan Flynn, the matriarch of one of the leading families of Adelaide, Okla., who's dying from congestive heart failure, discovers she has a grandson after Keith, the child of Susan's soldier son killed in Iraq, shows up at her door one day not long before Christmas. Susan's decision to change her will to leave her estate to Keith causes one of her many greedy relatives to ignore the message of the Christmas season. When murder and mayhem ensue, Hart's ghostly detective gets on the track of a clever killer. Bailey Ruth's pleasure in her earthly wardrobe, her keen observations of the other characters and her unorthodox but expert sleuthing will engage readers from start to finish. Hart is also the author of the Death on Demand series (Dare to Die, etc.). (Nov.)\
Library Journal
The second entry (after Ghost at Work) in Hart's new supernatural series. When wealthy widow Susan Flynn discovers that she has a grandson, she decides to change her will. Unfortunately, another beneficiary objects, and ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn is sent down from Heaven to defend the boy. A cute and cozy mystery suitable for most collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/09.]\
Kirkus Reviews
After all the trouble a redheaded ghost ran into on her first mission for Heaven's Department of Good Intentions (Ghost at Work, 2008), can she do better the second time around?Bailey Ruth Raeburn-that is, her spirit-is sent to her hometown of Adelaide, Okla., to protect young Keith Flynn. Left on his wealthy grandmother Susan Flynn's doorstep, he's become a magnet for trouble. His father Mitch vanished after accidentally killing his sister in a car accident. Mitch entered the military and was killed in action before his family had any idea he had married or had a child. Now Susan's plans to change her will have upset the original beneficiaries. When she dies before she can sign the new will, Bailey Ruth ignores the rules, moves her body to suggest murder and sees that Susan writes a holograph will and has it witnessed before passing over. Once it's clear that digitalis in her cocoa, not her illness, did Susan in, the police look among some of the town's leading citizens for the culprit. When the new will doesn't turn up and the secretary of Susan's lawyer becomes the next victim, the invisible Bailey Ruth takes to writing clues on the police chief's chalkboard and even materializes against the orders of her long-suffering boss in an effort to solve the crime. Irrepressible Bailey Ruth's sophomore entry is a lighthearted tale, with the murders upstaged by the joys of the Christmas season.\

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ISBN-13:
9780061962929
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Series:
Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series, #2
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
250,850
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.92(d)

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