If you’re looking for a cozy mystery to entertain you on a plane ride or during your holiday break with family, this would be a great choice. It’s a light romp through the spirit world, with some spooks, but nothing too scary.
This novel is the fourth in the series and while it can be read as a standalone novel, some storylines do carry over, and it would probably be helpful to read the other novels beforehand. However, you don’t have to. I didn’t, and I certainly enjoyed this novel.
The main character, Verity is trying to make a go of it as a full-time ghost hunter, with help from her resident ghost helper, Frankie. Her first job is to investigate the town’s most cursed mansion, where an entire family was wiped out within days before the mansion was shut up for good. And when Verity gets there, she finds that the ghosts may take drastic measures to keep their secrets secret.
This novel isn’t a mystery in the traditional sense of the word, in that there really aren’t clues that you use to work toward the bad guy – they just kind of reveal themselves and then the other ghosts fill in the rest. That’s really the major difference between this and a cozy mystery. But the tone and light-hearted fun are all the same.
The backstory works pretty well, and it was unique enough. Though there are some holes in the plot and the setup (Verity gets her powers from a unique source) I don’t feel that took away too much from my enjoyment of the book. I mean, it’s not War and Peace, so I’m not going to overthink it, if you know what I mean.
Also, the ending sets up the next book – something I’ll be looking for!
Overall, it’s not going to become a literary classic- but it’s really pretty fun.