Mrs. Morris and the Ghost

Mrs. Morris and the Ghost

by Traci Wilton

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Overview

Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests—not ghosts…
 
A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start—so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore—and explains that he used to live here—when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496721518
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Series: A Salem B&B Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 35,556
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 4.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Traci Wilton is a pseudonym of Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. Patrice Wilton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty books, some indie-published and some published by Amazon/Montlake. Traci Hall is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 books, published independently as well as by Medallion Press and Samhain Publishing. Visit them online at www.patricewilton.com.

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Mrs. Morris and the Ghost 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Teri1957 12 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. How would you feel if you spent your entire savings on a home to turn into a B&B and found out you had a resident ghost? That's what happened to Charlene Morris and worst of all her ghost can't leave the house! This is a wonderful, entertaining book that everyone who enjoys a little mystery and laughs will get a kick out of. So read on and Enjoy!
Rachel_Denise01 13 days ago
Mrs Morris and the Ghost is a first in a series by Traci Wilton. This is a cozy mystery with supernatural element added as well. I love Charlene. I feel like most of us gals can relate to her in one way or another. She is stronger then she realizes, and though heartbroken over the sudden loss of her husband Jared 18 months ago, she is trying to pick herself up and create a world where she can one day be happy again by moving to Salem, Massachusetts and buying a large house to turn into a B&B. The mystery element and the supernatural aspect go hand in hand as she tries to help solve the suspicious death of the house’s previous owner Jack. I enjoyed the mystery and also enjoyed the connection that Charlene and Jack had during the book. Without giving it all away, I also really like the end. Truly. I am excited for more from this great Author and series. 5/5 stars
CozyUpWithKathy 15 days ago
compelling characters and a well plotted mystery MRS. MORRIS AND THE GHOST by Traci Wilton The First Salem B & B Mystery After the sudden death of her husband Charlene Morris finds remaining in Chicago to be too difficult. Ready to start a new life she buys a gorgeous old home, sight unseen, in Salem, Massachusetts. With a plan to turn the place into a classy Bed and Breakfast in time for Halloween Charlene knows she has her work cut out for her. What she doesn't count on is the handsome man in her house, a man who says it's his house, a man who's actually dead. Jack Strathmore, the previous owner, happens to be a ghost and is thrilled that Charlene can actually see him for he needs her help to find his murderer. As Charlene finds herself more and more attached to her handsome ghost she grows more and more determined to discover what happened to him. Will Charlene be able to open her B & B or will she alienate everyone with her probing questions about Jack, a man who supposedly died of natural causes? MRS. MORRIS AND THE GHOST is a delightful first entry to a mystery series. We start with a likeable protagonist. Charlene Morris is a mature, capable woman recovering from a devastating loss, but looking to start fresh. We then discover a charming and very attractive ghost, although prone to bouts of jealousy and temper. Then there's a good looking detective who is keen to help our widow. And we can't forget the entitled cat who is also able to see the ghost. Add in a variety of interesting characters from the winery owner who may be a witch to the ghost's wife who certainly is a b.... well, you can finish the rhyme. A gorgeous old home, a ghost, and Salem, Massachusetts, featured in one book will always pique my interest and this first Salem B & B Mystery didn't disappoint. I enjoyed watching Charlotte transform the house and make contacts in the town. Although I'm not a fan of love triangles, there is a compelling one here. It's actually kind of a square as four people are involved. Charlotte is still grieving her husband who was her soulmate. She had no interest in developing a new romantic relationship, even though lots of men have been flirting with her. Yet she's drawn to Jack like a moth to a flame. He's a ghost, they can't have a future together...or can they? And then there's Detective Sam Holden, a man who's not shy about letting Charlotte know that he's interested in her...and that he's willing to wait. MRS. MORRIS AND THE GHOST adds compelling characters to a well plotted mystery to create an engaging read. The Salem B & B is off to a great start and I, for one, would like to book a reservation! FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a copy of this book in the hopes I would review it.
Shelly9677 17 days ago
Great book! It was mostly down to the author’s style of writing, but the plot drew me in as well. Advertising executive Charlene Morris has lost her husband. With no kids, no spouse and nothing to keep her tied to Chicago, she embarks on a new adventure as a bed-and-breakfast owner in Salem, Mass. She can’t believe her luck when she becomes the owner of a very affordable yet very beautiful 8,000 square feet house. Soon, it becomes clear why the asking price of this elegant property was so low. It is haunted by the ghost of Jack Strathmore, who died at the bottom of the stairs 3 years ago. Jack needs someone to help him find out how he was murdered so he can move on in the afterlife. But it’s not long before the two become friends and Charlene isn’t so sure she wants him to move on.
CozyOnUp 18 days ago
Charlene Morris is starting over in Salem after losing her husband Jared, the love of her life. While leaving the past behind she is focusing on the future as she embarks on starting a B&B. Having bought the old mansion sight unseen, she got more than she had bargained for, in the form of Jack, the ghost of a man who was murdered in the house. With all of her eggs in the B&B basket, Charlene cannot afford to fail and strikes a deal with Jack. She will help prove that Jack was murdered and Jack will not haunt the guests who stay at Charlene’s. But with everyone from the police to the coroner saying Jack died of natural causes, it’s going to be hard to find proof when Charlene can’t share that Jack is the one who told her he was murdered. While Charlene is focused on building a new life for herself in Salem, she doesn’t have plans for falling in love again. So the dashing Jack and the sexy detective Sam truly pose a challenge to the plans that Charlene has for he new life. Is it even possible to fall in love with a ghost? Definitely some new experiences for her in her new life. I love Salem, so this book captured my attention when I saw it and I was not disappointed. From the old historic home to the history of Salem, I knew I had to read this one. Looking forward to the second entry, Mrs. Morris and the Witch.
4GranJan 18 days ago
Haunting Cozy Mystery in Salem Massachusetts When I first chose this title, I was afraid that it would be a remake of 'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir'. I could not have been more wrong. This is an excellent cozy mystery that takes place in Salem, MA near Halloween and it includes ghosts. The plot is wonderful and very well done. As clues are uncovered, more suspects appear with their own motives. The final reveal is very shocking and quite a surprise! I can't wait to read more of this series. I received this ARC book for free from Net Galley and this is my honest review.
TheCozyReview 18 days ago
Series: A Salem B&B Mystery - Book 1 Author: Traci Wilton Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal Publisher: Kensington Books Page Count: 336 Publishing Date: July 30, 2019 A new cozy book mystery series “A Salem B&B Mystery” from Kensington Books comes Mrs. Morris and the Ghost from the seasoned writing duo of Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. Moving to a new town and a new home comes with its problems. But when you add in the ghost of the former homeowner who believes he was murdered, moving to a new place is no longer the biggest concern. Newly widowed Charlene finds that she can’t ignore the ghost or the list of suspects. Charlene, like many people who have gone through the loss of a loved one, is sad, lonely, and determined to start over. This makes her likable but vulnerable on many levels. Other characters, such as the ghost, Jack, are interesting. I would prefer to have seen more of future returning characters in this first book. The setting of Salem is natural to believe when it comes to ghosts and holds a true fascination for people but for a paranormal story; it is also somewhat cliché. Mrs. Morris and the Ghost is technically well-written prose with twists but is a bit slow and tedious at times. The premise behind the story has been used as a plot for many other books in many other genres, and it is difficult to make new and exciting. The twist in this book is that Charlene becomes romantically enamored with Jack the ghost. Unfortunately, this does not work in the long run. For a story to suspend disbelief, it must be plausible to the reader, and I did not find this story credible. It becomes difficult to believe that a recent window which was and is still in love with her deceased husband would become romantically involved with anyone so soon. But a romantic entanglement with a ghost is even more farfetched. Ultimately, a relationship with a ghost would lead nowhere, romantically, emotionally, or physically. And this is what made the story hard to enjoy, knowing that no matter how much the characters liked or loved one another, it would, in the end, be unfulfilling and bring nothing but unhappiness. For this reason, I cannot say that I enjoyed this cozy book. The outcome of Charlene’s investigation uncovers the killer, and the person’s identity and motive may come as a surprise to some readers. With additional development of characters and a bit less of the ghost romance aspect, the series could become popular and entertaining. But for me, the romantic interest simply did not hold up and detracted from the overall story and my enjoyment.
PenKay 19 days ago
This is a series opener for a new paranormal cozy series which I enjoyed very much. The writer did an excellent job of setting the scene for a person who doesn’t believe in the paranormal and is suddenly thrown in the deep end. After coming to terms with a ghost being in her future B & B, I love the way she attempts to solve the mystery. I didn’t see the resolution coming, and it threw me for a loop in a good way. The only fly in the ointment for me was towards the end. Instead of finishing on a murder mystery ending, it felt more like a romance which I didn’t exactly see coming…maybe a little, but still. Not that that is a bad thing just that the whole book felt one way, and then it ended another way. However, I am definitely looking forward to the next book to see how the opening of Mrs. Morris’ B & B will go, what comes up next for Mrs. Morris, seeing everyone again, and how everything shakes out with the end of this one. I highly recommend this book! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.
MKF 19 days ago
A charming start to a new series! Charlene's husband died- too young- and she's moved from Chicago to Salem, Massachusetts, where she's bought a B&B. Talk about luck; the place is gorgeous and it's almost ready to take guests. But wait! There's a ghost, and not just any ghost but a dishy one. Jack Strathmore was found dead at the bottom of the stairs three years ago and he wants Charlene's help. She sets out to prove that it was murder and in classic cozy style, discovers there was more to the situation than meets the eye. This is fun paranormal cozy stuff and it never gets too twee (whew!). Thanks to Netgallley for the ARC. Nicely written and plotted, it was a good quick read on a hot summer day. I'm curious where Wilton will take this next!
AMGiacomasso 19 days ago
I like book set in Salem and I loved this one. It's fresh, the plot is really original, the cast of characters is likeable and well developed. I loved Charlene, this book is also about her grief and how she tries to go on. The plot is well developed and it kept me hooked till the last page, it flows without issues and it's engrossing and entertaining. The mystery is good, no plot hole, and it kept me guessing till the end. I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
KrisAnderson_TAR 19 days ago
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost is an enjoyable new cozy mystery. Charlene Morris lost the love of her life eighteen months ago and every where she goes in Chicago there are reminders. She has purchased a massive mansion in Salem, based on pictures sent to her by the realtor, where she plans on opening a bed and breakfast. She wants it to be an elegant establishment. Having a resident ghost was not the plans even if he is handsome and charming. Dr. Jack Strathmore IV is convinced he was murdered three years ago and believes it is the reason for why he is unable to move on to the great beyond. Charlene is the first person who can see Jack and he needs her help. I like Traci Wilton’s conversational writing style. It is engaging and made this new cozy mystery easy to read. Charlene is a strong protagonist who is ready to move forward with her life away from her meddlesome mother. I found Charlene’s first reaction to Jack to be realistic and humorous. Jack is a great character. He has charm, wit, twinkling blue eyes and is a snappy dresser. Charlene sets out to discover who harmed Jack by talking with his wife, old friends, Detective Sam Holden, and the coroner. Charlene has all the subtly of a bulldozer. She is direct and pushy which leads to some ticked off individuals (but it is just her first time investigating). This whodunit can be solved before the reveal courtesy of the less than subtle clues. Charlene has a couple of men interested in her including Sam Holden. I would like less romance in future books (lots of flirting) and a more action packed mystery. I thought the story lagged during the middle and could have benefited from a peppier pace. The ending was a delight and left me smiling. A Persian named Silva joins Charlene in her new home. The cat’s antics had me giggling and I thought Traci Wilton captured a cat’s demeanor perfectly. I enjoyed the descriptions of Charlene’s beautiful new home, the furniture and the sights of Salem. The author took the time to establish the main characters and setting the stage for the series (wonderful world building). The first chapter of Mrs. Morris and the Witch is at the end of the book. Mrs. Morris and the Ghost has a magnificent mansion, a pretty Persian, flirtatious fellows, a gallant ghost, and a reluctant gumshoe.
JuliW 8 days ago
I love ghost stories. Always have. When I first read the blurb for this book, I knew I would enjoy the story. And I did! For me, this book was a mix of nostalgia for favorite haunting tales like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and my love for cozy mysteries with a ghostly theme. The basics: Charlene Morris relocates to Salem, MA after her husband's death. She just couldn't stand living in the house and city where she and her husband had been happy for so many years. So, she bought a large estate in Salem with the intent of opening a bed and breakfast. Charlene doesn't have much time to get the house set up because it's almost Halloween, and that would be a perfect time to debut a new B&B in Salem. As she busies herself with hiring contractors to paint, buying furniture for the bedrooms and readying herself to start taking reservations, she notices something strange about the house. It seems she isn't alone. She left the ghosts of her past behind in Chicago only to trade them for a real ghost in a large house in Salem. To rid herself of the ghost, Charlene finds herself investigating a death. Was it a natural death....or something much more sinister? I loved this story! A second book in this series, Mrs. Morris and the Witch, is scheduled to come out in April, 2020. I will definitely be reading the next book! The ghost situation and mystery moved along at a nice pace, with plenty of suspense, quirky local characters and suspects. I like the characters....although I do get a sneaking suspicion there might be a love triangle of sorts ahead in this story line. I hope not....that particular plot device is over-used in cozies. Charlene is an intelligent, strong and interesting main character. She's trying to put her life back together while working through grief. I'm anxious to see how she is going to work through owning a haunted B&B. I think in Salem that would be a positive thing for a tourist based business! I can't wait to see how the ongoing plot and characters develop in this series! Very enjoyable cozy! I'm definitely going to be reading more by this new author! **I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**