Ghost in Trouble (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #3)

Ghost in Trouble (Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series #3)

by Carolyn G. Hart

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“Bailey Ruth and Wiggins will delight readers who prefer their mysteries light and seasoned with wit and the supernatural.
Boston Globe

“This could be Hart’s best series yet.”

Spectral sleuth Bailey Ruth Raeburn from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions is on the case again in Carolyn Hart’s delectable Ghost in Trouble—the third in the multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author’s acclaimed mystery series sprinkled with wonderful wit and more than a touch of the paranormal. The follow up to the acclaimed Ghost at Work (named one of Publishers Weekly’s Top Books of 2008) and Merry, Merry Ghost, Hart’s Ghost in Trouble brings Bailey Ruth back down to Earth to save a human in dire trouble…who just happens to be the phantom problem solver’s mortal enemy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062015372
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/12/2010
Series: Bailey Ruth Raeburn Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 59,113
File size: 480 KB

About the Author

An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty previous Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is also the creator of the Henrie O series, featuring a retired reporter, and the Bailey Ruth series, starring an impetuous, redheaded ghost. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City.

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Ghost in Trouble 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have u guys ever read the book Ghost in Trouble by Carolyn Hart. It is an outstanding book and I recommend this book to any avid reader. The book will keep you to on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end. This book is good if you like a good mystery. The author has a nice way of describing what the ghost thinks for example “I lounged on a deck chair, comfortable in an orange polka dot bikini. A breeze fluttered the brim of my wide white floppy hat.” You should read this book it’s a very god book. The writing style of this other in the plot of the story is descriptive yet it’s interesting. She tells the story in first person limited but she also talks in the third person point of view. Her story is a very interesting story. The suspense level in this book is not very high it would give it a Five or a six. The plot of this story develops slowly in the first four chapters but after that then it picks up and it gets more interesting. “Would Margret have attempted black mail?” This is a part in the climax were they are trying to find out who tried to kill the girl and who killed Mr. Hume. This story isn’t an informative story. This story is more meant to entertain people. This book is like having to stay on your twos in a soccer game. You would stay on the edge of your seat from start to finish but at points the story becomes confusing and boring. Once you get what they mean in the book then it unwinds and gets much more interesting. This is a fictional book and it’s a great buildup of the plot. Exposition is detailed with the descriptions of heaven for example: “the light of heave isn’t a burning sensation like the sun.” The characters are very descriptive such as the places the ghost visits. The events sound like if they were played in real life like if there was a point in time in which this happened. There is the killer then there are the good people and the innocent people in this story and there is the person that tries to change everything for the good of the people. One example of the characters is when the GHOUST of Bailey Ruth Raeburn is describing an old friend but she says that she looks like if she is 20 even though she is 50. “Virginia was always pretty and kind and sweet, good-natured, pathetic drunk.” Setting of the story was very descriptive there were a lot of elements in this book like imagery. The resolution of this book was very interesting. The plot is a very dynamic setup this is a must read. This book is as good as the movie of the lion king. It’s a must read. This is a must read. To find out the ending you must read it. If you are an avid reader you should read this book. This book is great it is as good as many movies and books. Add this book to your collection and be amazed. You will love this book I guaranty it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bailey Ruth has a wonderfully comic way of getting information from the people of her town to solve the mystery! Her way of phasing in and out of other's eyesight is something I wish I could do at times. Great read!
delphimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bailey Ruth Raeburn is not the normal frightening ghost such as the nightly visitors that Ebenezer Scrooge encountered. Bailey Ruth resembles Casper, a friendly and helpful spirit. Bailey Ruth and her husband enjoy heaven, but Bailey Ruth needs a diversion. Therefore, Bailey Ruth joins the Heaven's Department of Good Intentions in which she returns to earth to battle injustice. Bailey always returns to her earthly home in Oklahoma in each novel. In this caper, Bailey must protect a woman who Bailey considered an enemy. In the process, Bailey investigates a recent suspicious death. Hart presents a light mystery that seems silly at times. Bailey Ruth, a fashion plate, constantly changes outfits, which leads the reader to feel this is a fashion magazine instead of a murder mystery. The reference to other writers through quotes adds spice to the novel. This book is fun, but not challenging.
girlsgonereading on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beginning of Ghost in Trouble was confusing for those of us who have never read any in the series. Because this is the third novel, Hart introduces numerous characters very quickly, and Bailey Ruth¿s explanation of Heaven¿s rules was overwhelming. Eventually, though, you get the hang of it. Once you get into it, and realize that the mystery is supposed to be good fun, Hart¿s writing takes you away.For example, Hart puts humor into the mystery by replicating aspects of the 1980s movie Clue. Focusing the murder on a group of people who live together (and who were all together at a party) made me look around for Colonel Mustard. It was campy, taking on Dallas or Moonlighting. I found this tone off-putting at times, but I had to get past that. As a detective Bailey didn¿t do much CSI style investigating. Instead, she floats through walls, changes her appearance, and appears at will. How fun!Overall, I liked Ghost in Trouble. The mystery was fun, and Bailey was a detective I won¿t soon forget. Pick up Ghost in Trouble for a quick mystery that is a pleasurable ride.
aztwinmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read and enjoyed other books by Carolyn Hart, but this was the first of the Bailey Ruth series, but it won't be the last I read! Hart's quirky main character, a ghost named Bailey Ruth, bends the rules while saving the day. Great fun.
dearheart on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bailey Ruth Raeburn spends part of her afterlife working for Heaven¿s Department of Good Intentions where her supervisor reluctantly sends her on an assignment to protect the life of Kay Clark in Bailey Ruth¿s hometown of Adelaide, OK. She¿s more than thrilled to discover a mystery is afoot; a possible murder ruled as an accident. Kay is someone she hadn¿t particularly liked when she¿d been alive and the woman isn¿t cooperating with Bailey Ruth¿s idea to go away where the woman would be safe after someone tries to kill her.The concept of the story¿s heroine is interesting. She¿s decided in her afterlife to take on the appearance of when she¿d been twenty-seven. Bailey Ruth has the ability to be incorporeal and invisible, or corporeal and can change her clothing in the blink of an eye. She requires food, drink and sleep while on assignment and is supposed to be following 8 precepts; most involve keeping her presence a secret. Apparently this has been a problem in the past and as determined as she is to not let her supervisor down this time, most are broken within minutes of returning to Earth. All of this brings about elements of humor to the story.The third book in the series, the mystery is well done and there are plenty of suspects with motive and opportunity to keep you guessing. The unveiling of clues is done at a good pace and Bailey Ruth proves to be good at knowing how to pinpoint important details and the right questions to ask. But I have a difficult time liking the character Bailey Ruth. I hadn¿t read the prior books, so perhaps I¿m missing something. She comes across as determined but somewhat klutzy at the beginning of the story when she immediately breaks the rules she¿s just vowed to uphold. But as the story builds she comes across as manipulative, egotistical and rather vain. She can¿t look in a mirror without thinking the word ¿admiring,¿ and we¿re provided a detailed description of lord knows how many outfits she changes into during the couple of days she¿s there. I found the obsession with her looks to be distracting. I can understand that some might consider this to be a charming quirk in her nature, but it dragged me away from the mystery.Warning - people with metaphysical experiences will most likely have a problem with the idea that if you don't understand or have the ability to do something yourself, it must lead to a path of evil; a concept reiterated a number of times in the story.Reviewed for Amazon Vine Voice
Litfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love a good cozy mystery so I was excited to try the Bailey Ruth series. I like my mysteries interesting but without graphic details. This one has a nice tone of "things may get dicey, but in the end everything will turn out all right." I found it to be a nice read during a stressful time when I needed a diversion that wasn't too intellectually taxing. This was my first read of any of the Baily Ruth mysteries and the author does a nice enough job of setting up the background that I never felt I'd missed important details by not having read the first books in the series. The action picks up fairly quickly, and the author has a large cast of characters whose relationships and connections never cease to be interesting, if somewhat confusing at times. Bailey Ruth's relationship with the person that she's sent to help is endearing, as they have somewhat of an "Odd Couple" dynamic that lends a nice touch of humor to the story. My biggest complaint is that the character of Bailey Ruth seemed somewhat forced and, to be honest, a bit self-involved at times. There was long, and repeated, commentary on every detail of her clothing, and how it flattered her as a redhead. Once or twice might have driven home the message that she feels good about herself, but over and over, it simply became irritating and redundant. The great reveal at the end was a twist, but didn't really deliver the delicious shock that I hope for at the end of a mystery novel. All that said, I did enjoy the story, found it to be a pleasant diversion, and I would read another in the series-- although I'd read it with the hope that there would be a little less focus on style, and more on substance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only are they funny but witty too. And a great ghost with fashion sense?. Wish there were more!! Rhop2018
writer-historyreader More than 1 year ago
This series is full of delightful ghost cozies, if you can believe it. A busy body who can't keep her nose out of things even after she's dead, she keeps going back to her home town to fix this or that. They are delightful reads and fun.
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If you have read the first two books in this series and enjoyed them, you will like book #3. Caroyln Hart is a great writer specially in the areas she chooses to write about. Ms C. Hart books are always fun to read and at times you'll get a good laugh in the process.
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lovetoreadAR More than 1 year ago
I really found this cute and fun. The idea of a ghost helper and an otherworldly agency already holds charm, but the characters really bring it to life. Bailey is a funloving fashionista from the other side, well meaning but often in over her head and unthinkingly breaking the rules. Then finessing her way back into Wiggins good graces. He was also great fun, a rule follower occasionally breaking them on accident thanks to the trouble Bailey causes for him, yet they manage to get the job done. The wide cast of other characters were intriguing as all were done in depth, motivations and personalities varied and interesting. You really had no idea up till the last just who the murderer would be, among other secrets. Friendship, love, betrayal, family, murder and the afterlife, all in a neat little package.
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sandy12250 More than 1 year ago
from beginning to end bailey ruth keepsyou focused on the crime at hand, as she introduces each of the suspects, the plot thickens. the ghostly mischief and sincerity mix so beautifully. the book is both, fun and intriguing. a must to be read.
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