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Ghost in Trouble

Light-hearted mystery from Carolyn Hart

October 18, 2011
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer , The Daily News

Carolyn Hart's heavenly emissary, Bailey Ruth Raeburn, is back raising mischief and solving mysteries in her latest adventure, "Ghost in Trouble." (Harper Avon/HarperCollins, 298 pages)

Wiggins, the head of Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, sends Bailey Ruth back to her beloved Adelaide, Oklahoma, to the stately mansion of the Hume family, the Castle.

Bailey Ruth pops up just in time to save Kay Clark from being crushed to death by an enormous vase.

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Someone has dislodged the vase on purpose and is trying to kill Kay Clark, a writer who has returned to Adelaide under the pretense of penning a biography about Jack Hume whose death, she suspects, was not an accident.

But according to Adelaide's rumor mill, Kay Clark (nee Kendall) was the notorious "other woman" who had destroyed Jack Hume's marriage to Virginia, the daughter of Bailey Ruth's best friend.

Can Heaven really want Bailey Ruth to protect such a scandalous woman?

Bailey Ruth discovers that under her brusque manners, Kay does not deserve her wicked reputation.

Reluctantly, the pair realize that they share a sense of justice and decide to join forces to ferret out Jack's killer.

The heavenly emissary poses as Kay's personal assistant, and with her usual flair, takes the name of a saint, Francie de Sales, for St. Francis de Sales, the patron of writers.

In this lovely old-fashioned manor home whodunit, the mystery turns on such disparate clues as a priceless painting and a mysterious dog rawhide chew.

Ms. Hart has always insisted that mysteries are not about such sordid things as murder and crime but a celebration of life and, in her Bailey Ruth stories, eternal life.

Carolyn Hart's beatific vision of Heaven is a treat - complete with Julia Child's cooking and the beloved Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz serving up nonstop laughter and a special little "ghost" who can't resist a juicy hamburger with all the fixings.

Carolyn Hart's slightly unorthodox "Ghost in Trouble" is a light-hearted mystery that is a joy to read.

 
 

 

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