Review: Haunted Homicide by Lucy Ness

Haunted Homicide by Lucy Ness

Synopsis and Details:

Avery Morgan has been hired to breathe new life into the Portage Path Women’s Club, but first she’ll have to deal with a dead body and a meddling ghost.

Avery Morgan has had a harrowing first week on the job as manager of the Portage Path Woman’s Club. Not only is she in charge of a grand old home with a mountain of maintenance problems and scheduling nightmares–thanks to a recent fire in the Marigold meeting room–but she’s also got Muriel Sadler to deal with. Muriel is the current president of the club, the one “nay” vote when the rest of the board voted “aye” to hiring Avery.

After a morning of dealing with another one of Muriel’s snits and a meeting with the delicious and delightfully unsettling Ben Harkness, who will be handling renovations in the fire-damaged portions of the house, the last thing Avery needs is for one of the fuses to blow. Again.

She grabs her handy flashlight and heads into the basement, where she stumbles across Muriel’s body. She also stumbles across an unexpected helper, Clemmie Bow, the ghost of a young woman who was accidentally killed in the building almost a hundred years ago.

Together the Clemmie and Avery are determined to solve Muriel’s murder before the killer sends Avery to join Clemmie on the other side.

Series: A Haunted Mansion Mystery #1  |  Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal  |  Release Date: September 29, 2020  |  Publisher: Berkley  |  Pages: 336  |  ISBN: 978-1984806772  |  ASIN: B07Y7MHZQR |  Format: ARC  |  Source: NetGalley

Review with Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Haunted Homicide is the first book in the Haunted Mansion Mystery series and this series promises to be one that is quite entertaining. Avery Morgan is the new girl in town and she has high aspirations for taking up the challenge of bringing a dying business with historical roots into the present day. She may have been eager to prove her worth but she really had no idea how tough it was going to be for her. Right from the start, she had issue after issue pop-up – talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire!

Despite a few setbacks, Avery was determined to handle it all, but a ghost was the last thing she ever thought she was going to have to deal with. The paranormal element to this story was entertaining and had its own historical roots which were tied to the building that this story was set in. That was neat because it gave the readers insight into the history of the building and its unsavory past. Not everything was as prim and proper as the ladies of the Portage Path Woman’s Club liked to believe.

As far as the characters go, I loved Avery. She was funny, down to earth, and realistic. I liked that she had a backstory which helped all the paranormal stuff taking place seem plausible with her reactions. The women from the club were hit or miss for me. There were a couple that I really liked and there were a couple I could care less for. There were also a few fellas in this story and I am hopeful that one of them in particular will continue in the series. Overall, Haunted Homicide was everything I enjoy in a paranormal cozy mystery and I would absolutely recommend it to readers who enjoy cozies.

*Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for this eARC of Haunted Homicide*

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This review is based on a complimentary book I received. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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