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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book Review: House Haunting by Mary Merrell

Synopsis (from Goodreads):  Rosemary Fernandes is a divorced, naïve woman, determined to make it in the tough world of real estate. Keith Laumer is a ghost, eager to leave his earthly haunt. As a real estate and a womanizer in life, Keith is the perfect partner to teach Rosemary the ins and outs of the real estate business, and he’s perfectly willing to teach her anything else she wants to know.

Frank Perez is a tough guy tattoo artist with ah-so-wide shoulders, and a chest Rosemary can’t wait to get her hands on. He thinks she’s a tease, jerking him around with this ghost story. And it won’t bother the ghost if the tattoo artist just disappears.

In struts Laura Toste, Rosemary’s gorgeous, best friend. She’s going to make all the bad voices go away. Keith wishes he can join these two lovely ladies, but all he can do is watch, as they recklessly investigate his death, staying one step ahead of the killers.

Can there be a love triangle between a goodie two-shoes, a tough guy, and a ghost? And how long will Rosemary remain naïve and alive when her less-than-subtle sleuthing drops her and her friends into a sinister years-old plot?

If you enjoy Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you’re going to find a kindred “spirit” in Rosemary Fernandes.

My Thoughts:  I was contacted by the author to review this book and was excited to get it!  I love ghost stories and this one sounded fun and quirky.  I was not disappointed.  It was a fun, fast pacesd read that was perfect for summer!

Rosemary is divorced with a teenage son.  She has a new job as a real estate agent and is suddenly dealing with a new "talent".  Rosemary can see the dead.  This is something she really doesn't want to deal with.

Then Keith enters Rosemary's life.  He offers to help her learn the ropes of the real estate business.  There is only one catch...she has to help him figure out how he died.  Yeah, that shouldn't be all that difficult now, should it? 

Rosemary starts to investigate Keith's death and becomes aware of some dark secrets in her new business.  As she digs deeper, she discovers that person who killed Keith may be someone she acutally knows.  Now she must solve this crime before the killer silences her.

I liked Keith a lot.  He was very arrogant but at the same time you felt sorry for him as he saw in death what he never could see in life.  He was a fun character!  I also liked Rosemary.  She didn't back down even with the death threats.  I loved her relationship with Keith. 

This book has humor, mystery, thrills and chills!  It was fast paced and kept your attention from page one.  I was able to finish it in no time and now the only bad thing is I have to wait for the next book in the series.  If you enjoy cozy mysteries, this one is a must read!

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