Giving Up the Ghost

Giving Up the Ghost

by Marilyn Levinson

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After her divorce, Gabbie Meyerson moves to the sleepy town of Chrissom Harbor, Long Island, to teach English at the local high school. She settles into her rental cottage above the Long Island Sound and discovers she has a housemate--the ghost of Cameron Leeds, who used to live in the cottage. Cam insists his death was no accident, and implores Gabbie to find out who murdered him eight months ago. After she recovers from her initial shock, Gabbie agrees to investigate.
She learns from CH residents that Cam was the town daredevil, romeo, and wheeler dealer. His four friends Reese, Jack, Terry, and Don are angry because Cam deceived them in a land deal. They each have a personal reason to hate him, as well. And his lover's husband is a possible suspect. Despite what she hears, Gabbie finds herself growing fond of Cam and continues to search for his killer.
At school, Gabbie has to contend with two bullies who pick on one of her students, but receives no support from the ineffectual principal. She becomes friendly with Cam’s married lover, Jill Leverette, whose strange neighbor, Sonia Russell, has turned hostile, though Jill doesn’t know why.
A mutual attraction springs up between Gabbie and Cam's best friend, Police Chief Darren Rollins, which she tries to ignore. After their first date, she decides it's time Darren reopened the investigation into the circumstances of Cam's death. She has Darren talk to Cam in his present form.
The investigation is opened, and someone attacks Gabbie inside the cottage. One of the bullies is murdered and the other goes missing. Nerves are on edge as town residents search for the boy. And suddenly the murderer's inside Gabbie's cottage, putting her life and the boy's in danger.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014512718
Publisher: Uncial Press
Publication date: 04/13/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 393 KB

About the Author

Marilyn Levinson is a former Spanish teacher and the author of several books for children. More recently, she has turned her hand to writing mysteries and romantic suspense. Suspense Magazine awarded her first mystery, A Murderer Among Us, a Best Indie of 2011. Marilyn and her husband have two sons and one daughter-in-law. She and hubby, Bernie, live on Long Island with their cat, Sammy.

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dmartin831 More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you moved to a new town, took a new job, moved into old cottage, and discovered it was haunted? And what would you do if the ghost asked you to find out who his killer was? And what would you do if the ghost was totally irresistible? That's the story Marilyn Levinson tells in Giving Up The Ghost. The story revolves around Gabby Meyerson. Recovering from a nasty divorce, Gabby decides to start a new life in the small town of Chrissom Harbor. She takes a job as a fill-in English teacher, replacing another teacher who is having some surgery. She rents a cottage on the beach, and settles in. From the beginning Gabby senses there is something not right with the cottage. She has the spooky feeling she is being watched. Things move on their own. There are strange cold drafts with no apparent source. And, sometimes she hears voices. The place is haunted. Before long the ghost introduces himself. He is Cameron Leeds. A dashingly handsome ladies man, he was also in business. And being in business he made some enemies. There were more than a few people who wouldn't mind seeing him dead. He just doesn't know who did it. Cameron's death was ruled an accident by police. He was drunk and fell off the sea-side cliffs. Cameron tells Gabby that he was actually killed in the cottage, and then his body was thrown over the cliffs to make it look like an accident. And Cameron has a request. The ghost can't leave the room he was killed in. He asks Gabby if she would do some investigating, and find out who the killer was. At first she is reluctant to do this. But she gets caught up in the small-town gossip. In a small town, everybody knows everyone, and everyone knows everyone's secrets. Gabby believes finding the killer shouldn't be that hard to do. And she is learning things about her new town. Lots of things. Gabby becomes involved in the lives, deaths, and romances of pretty much everyone in town. Gabby learns that while Cameron could be a charming man, he was also a shrewd businessman. And as a businessman he sometimes took advantage of people for financial gain. And not everything he did was legal. Gabby discovers that Cameron had quite a few enemies in town. And the killer could be any one of them. Her question now was, which one? Gabby also learns that Chrissom Harbor is a town with many secrets. Secrets everyone knows about. It's also a town which enforces its own justice. A rapist would be very nearly beaten to death. Would it really be unusual that somebody would kill the local swindler? Gabby now has lots of suspects. By day she is an ordinary schoolteacher, dealing with the usual classroom problems. By night she is an amateur detective, trying to solve a murder. Over time Gabby becomes obsessed with finding the murderer. And she has quite a number of prime suspects. Then Cameron tells her he doesn't think he was killed because of a business deal gone bad. He had half a million in cash in the cottage. And it was missing. It looked liked a robbery gone bad. So now Gabby has a whole new list of suspects. And Cameron reveals he had “slept around” with the wives of local men. Was it a cuckolded husband who killed him? And then, Cameron drops the bombshell. He said the killer had certainly heard she had been snooping around town, asking about the murder. In that case he would likely kill Gabby. So she was no longer just an armchair sleuth. She was probably a target. She starts to get death threats. Telling her to back off the case, and ask no more questions. But Gabby is a strong woman, and somewhat stubborn, and isn't about to back away until she finds out who killed her ghost. And to find the killer Gabby will have to explore the deepest secrets of Chrissom Harbor. But everything seems to be interrelated. It's all connected together. There is no way to chisel out any one person as a suspect. It is upon this basis that author Levinson builds her story of a woman who is just not going to give up. Although the book is billed as a “ghost story” it really isn't much of one. There is a ghost in it. But it isn't a scary one, and actually it is really friendly. It's not really a horror novel either. Except for the horror Gabby feels as she learns someone is out to kill her. And, although there is some well-written romance in the book, I wouldn't call it a romance novel. It's really just a solid mystery, with a good deal of suspense thrown in. As a mystery, Giving Up The Ghost is well worth the time. The plot and character development is solid, and the book is correctly paced. And, unlike many mysteries it doesn't wander. The author knows exactly where she wants to take you. The small town setting is compelling, and adds a sense of intimacy to the plot. You'll get to know Gabby quite well, and see why she is determined to find the killer of a man she never met (except as a ghost). Highly recommended.