Be My Ghost review

This is the first book in a new series called Haunted Haven by Carol J. Perry who also writes the Witch City series. Haunted Haven is set in Haven, Florida, a fictional town made up of all the best of some older Florida towns, while Witch City is set in the real location of Salem, Massachusetts, hence the series name. I started reading the first in Witch City for a book club discussion that never happened, but I do remember really enjoying what I got read of that book.

I’m completely in love with the Haunted Haven series and its location and characters after having read this first book, and as far as I’m concerned, that second book can’t come out soon enough!

My Goodreads review:

Be My Ghost (A Haunted Haven Mystery Book 1)Be My Ghost by Carol J. Perry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this! The outcome was so good that I really am going to have trouble waiting until the next book! Lorna was such an awesome ghost friend to have, well, once Maureen wrapped her brain around ghosts even existing in her inn. I just loved Gert, Molly, Sam and George, the seniors who lived year-round at the inn but worked there as employees too. They enjoyed some good gossip, but they were pretty darn protective of their new owner and wanted to help her solve the murder of one of the guests who happened to be a ghost hunter with a huge following.

Again, I was over the moon with how the showdown and reveal came out. I’m rooting for Ted and Maureen to grow even closer. They made a great sleuthing team and beach running buddies to begin with. There was just something about him that made me trust him the whole time. I’m almost as excited as Maureen is for her plans for the inn and to see how she gets it squared away into a profit-making place. Book two, please don’t wait a year to come out!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own. Release day is tomorrow, August 31, 2021.

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Reserved for Murder review

This is the second book in the Booklovers B&B series by Victoria Gilbert that she introduced last year. I loved the whole idea of a book-themed B&B that even has a book club that guests can participate in. Even though there was only one book before, I felt like the characters were old friends when I started reading this one. And there’s a new character that I hope will become good friends with Charlotte! She and Ellen already make for the best sleuthing buddies. For the most enjoyment of the series, I highly recommend reading the first book so you’ll have all the background info on Charlotte and how she came to own Chapters, the book-themed B&B.

My Goodreads review:

Reserved for Murder (Booklovers B&B Mysteries #2)Reserved for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I quickly fell in love with this series last year when the first one came out. What could be more fun than a good cozy mystery mixed with a little bit of spy intrigue? Ellen is the coolest neighbor having been a spy at one time in her life, but once a spy…well you know how it goes. I love her character, and we got to meet a new person that I hope will keep their word and come back soon.

There wasn’t a book club book that the murder coincided with, but it did get into the drama of the fan fiction world a little bit. With no shortage of suspects, Charlotte and Ellen had their work cut out for them being eyes and ears for the police as they all tried to sort this out. The showdown was great with everyone (of the good guy crew) having a part in it. I hadn’t suspected whodunit until Charlotte did.

I thought the ending wrapped everything up perfectly with all the local friends gathering and discussing the case. Then the very ending was really good and makes me wish the next book was coming sooner! (Not a cliffhanger, no worries, just some wishful thinking on my part!)

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Peaches and Schemes review

This is the third book in the Georgia B&B series by Anna Gerard who cozy fans also know as Diane A.S. Stuckart and Ali Brandon. I’ve loved this series since it first came out a couple years ago, and it just keeps getting better. Nina and her housemate Harry have grown a lot in how they treat one another and may be developing more than just tolerance and tossing around fun-loving insults at each other. I’m really excited to see what the next book will bring! At one point toward the end, I was a little sad, but the next chapter fixed that right up! You’ll see when you read it, and as my review below suggests, maybe a few tissues for those happy tears would come in handy!

My Goodreads review:

Peaches and Schemes (Georgia B&B Mystery)Peaches and Schemes by Anna Gerard
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think I love this book the best so far in the series! I never in a million years thought I’d come to love Harry’s character so much when I first met him in book one. But he went above and beyond to prove that maybe sometimes he’s really got a good heart that’s not scheming something.

Harry happened to be back staying at the B&B, and Nina was surprised to run into him at a trade show. I had to laugh at his new venture, a hired plus one. And boy did he get in over his head with his first and only job! Nina’s friend was murdered at a wedding expo fashion show, and she was going to stop at nothing to bring her justice and also prove that an older lady who was the woman’s biz partner wasn’t a killer. Nina was worried about a stalker being the killer and was trying to avoid a certain car. The dead woman’s dog Gus was so darn sweet, I was hoping Nina would get to keep him, since he was already Mattie’s playdate buddy. But Gus did get a good ending.

This showdown was absolutely epic and kind of typically Harry. But it took all the ingenuity of the parties involved to pull it off successfully. Luckily, it worked out and two people got a surprise happily ever after, while two more people were starting to realize something good. What a sweet and fitting ending! Have a few tissues handy for the happy kind of eye-leakage!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress review

This is the fourth book in what’s become one of my favorite series, Salem B&B by author Traci Wilton. the pen name for the writing duo of Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. My favorite character of course, is the hilarious and lovable ghost Dr. Jack Strathmore. Charlene’s a great character who just wants to help, but her nosiness and impulsive plowing forward with ideas sometimes get her into hot water. The Salem B&B is definitely someplace I’d stay if it was real though (possibly just for Minnie’s amazing food she makes!).

My Goodreads review:

Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress (A Salem B&B Mystery #4)Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress by Traci Wilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I read one of the books in this series, I’m more in love with Dr. Jack the ghost, lol. As if he couldn’t get any more awesome or funny, he sure proved it in this book! Then there’s that human cutie named Sam. I can honestly see why Charlene has such a hard time and loves each one of them in their own way. Although Sam believes in tough love and learning things the hard way, as Charlene was going to find out later in the book.

I had a feeling about midway or more toward the end of whodunit, but boy was I wrong! The showdown was pretty epic, and a happy ending was had by all…except for the perp and dead woman that is. I really love Avery’s character and how she’s changed and grown. I’m willing to bet that Charlene wishes she could have adopted the girl had she known her when she was younger, but at least they got some good quality time together outside B&B working hours. It was fun to see Charlene kick back and actually go somewhere with her girlfriends too for a change. I always hate for books in this series to end, because it means I have to wait patiently on the next one!

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