Gone With The Ghostby Erin McCarthy
(Murder by Design, book 1)
Bailey Burke has had a rough six months--it's not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that's exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn't cause
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Gone With The Ghost
(Murder by Design, book 1)
Bailey Burke has had a rough six months--it's not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that's exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn't cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is...
Ryan claims he didn't commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan's counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.
An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan's former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day... and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.
Silence Of The Ghost
(Murder by Design, book 2)
Expert home stager Bailey Burke has come to terms with the fact that her friend, Ryan, is a ghost, but she thought after they solved his murder together, he would get sucked into the light. Instead he's hanging around and interfering in her love life, and mocking her inability to drink Jameson.
When a body is found near her historic neighborhood of Ohio City, mimicking the famous Torso Murders, and she starts hearing voices, Bailey thinks she's really lost it now. Ryan's ghost is one thing, but a whole gaggle of undead talking to her? No thanks. But Ryan informs Bailey she's not nuts...she is a spiritual medium. And with him as middleman between the victims and the police, they can give the dead justice and he will finally get his one-way ticket to heaven. Considering Eliot Ness allegedly went to his grave bitter that it was the one case he couldn't solve, Bailey doesn't see how an uptight lightweight like herself can handle the modern equivalent. But now that Ryan has scared off every man she's tried to date, including his former partner Marner, she has Saturday nights free for murder-mystery solving.
Yet dealing with the dead is more difficult than de-cluttering a hoarder's house. Bailey finds herself pulled in all directions... and possibly conned by a killer.
Once Upon A Ghost
(Murder by Design, book 3)
With Bailey Burke's design and staging business booming- it turns out tangling with a serial killer is the best advertising ever- she has no time to lament her lack of love life, or wonder where her dead friend Ryan's ghost has gone. She hasn't seen him in months, but when she finds a body in a home she's been hired to stage she's hounded by the dead man's ghost.
Having been a medium before, this guy is by far the most irritating ghost she's ever met, with his constant need to talk over her and flick pennies at her head. Without Ryan to guide her, she's on her own to figure out what the dead man needs from her. On top of all that, cop Jake Marner is back in her life, ostensibly to protect her, but mostly to confuse her as to whether they are dating or not.
Before she can say "Put It Where?" Bailey finds herself immersed in mob dealings, the secret world of male-only sweat baths, and double dealings. When another body turns up, there is no doubt that she's in over her head... again.
Keywords: Paranormal mystery, DIY, Mystery, Noir, Female Sleuth, Romantic Suspense, Amatuer Detective
Meet the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Erin McCarthy has written over sixty novels in romance and YA fiction. In first grade, Erin won a Young Novelist contest with a paranormal romance story about a witch in training who used a spell to enchant her classmate, and she had been hooked on books ever since. A RITA finalist and the winner of the Reluctant Young Reader award from ALA, she is a member of RWA, Horror Writers of America, and Ohioana. Stop by www.erinmccarthy.net for upcoming releases.
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Only 19 pages and all it does is repeat the book description for all three of the books. This is my first supposed book by this author and reading my teenage kids lit comp papers is more interesting and I don't have to buy those. Additionally the authors care to get a point to the readers.
I didn't see the other review before buying this book but I sure wish I had. I too only got a 19 page review of the 3 books. It is crap! I have read this author before and really liked the books but I'm not going to spend good money when I don't get the real book!
Erin McCarthy had been branching into new genres and she shines in them all. This is a fun quirky mystery romance. Bailey is a hoot of a character! Ryan is a mess....literally! Enjoy this great fun beach read.
I thought this new book by Erin McCarthy was a lot of fun and totally worth the read! Bailey Burke's best friend was found dead six months ago from an apparent suicide, but Bailey doesn't believe that is what happened which makes coming to terms with his death even more difficult. Ryan in ghost form appears in Bailey's kitchen six months after his death telling her that he believes someone killed him and he wants Bailey's help finding out what happened and who was involved. Bailey believes she's losing her mind and doesn't know who to trust, but finding the truth might help her move on and join the living again. I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
4.5 Stars This fantastic book is the first in the Murder By Design series and it features Bailey Burke and Ryan Conroy. This story is quite a change of pace from what I normally read and I'm so glad I read it. It is a fun paranormal mystery and kept me guessing throughout the story. Every character had a purpose. As soon as I thought I had it figured out something would happen to change it all. I absolutely love the fact that no one was perfect. Everyone, including the main characters, had flaws that made them more real. This was a highly entertaining read and I look forward to the next book in the series.
I love Erin’s "Ohio’s Most Haunted Town” and is one of my favorite book series, and this new series, Murder By Design, is just a good! Bailey Burke has had a rough time since she kissed her best friend Ryan and he turned around and shot himself with his police-issued gun. Or did he? Ryan comes comes back from the dead, well back from purgatory, to ask Bailey for help in solving his murder……which sends Bailey into some tail spinning moments with Ryan’s old partner, open houses, clients and ghosts! I think you’ll really enjoy Gone With the Ghost! I received an advanced copy for an honest review.
Bailey has been the best friend to Ryan for a very long period of time and then six months ago there was a dramatic change in their relationship. Bailey decided that she was going to move forward and take a risk with her crush and she decided to kiss him but Ryan runs out of the room without the saying anything. Shortly there after Ryan was found dead what was determined to be by the police as a self-inflicted gunshot wound and determined to be suicide. One day when Bailey was at home after six long tough months of grieving and she is finally starting moving on. Ryan appears to her as a ghost and is asking for her help. He is telling her that he did not commit suicide and he feels it was a murder and he needs her help to prove it. She is the only the person that can see Ryan but she will enlist the help of others to get to the answer. This story had a little bit of romance, a good amount of mystery, and even a little bit of intrigue. I am normally a reader of romance only but I thoroughly enjoyed this new series by Erin McCarthy and can’t wait to read the next in the series. I recommend you give it a chance you will not be disappointed. This honest review is provided from and ARC from the Author.