by Sandra Murphy
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Alison has enough problems what with business at the haunted B&B slower than usual, two contrary resident ghosts, and a daughter, Liss, who’s in California visiting her dad, aka The Swine. He just can’t be trusted. It’s a relief to go to the airport to pick up Liss, just to make sure she’s really back. It’s not good news to see Steven The Swine deplane right behind her. It was a last minute trip, a chance to spend more time with her, he says. Alison knows that translates into “another scheme has blown up in my face and I’m hiding out.” This time, he’s put his family in danger.
The danger shows up pretty fast when a guy drops by to see Steven. Seems his hideout wasn’t so hidden after all. The guy’s name is Maurice, and he’s there to remind Steven about a $400,000 debt to Lou Maroni as part of a business deal they’d come up with. Hmm, Steven told Alison it was $600,000. The ghosts also overheard Steven’s plan to get Alison to sell the B&B and give him the money, like that was ever going to happen.
If that stress isn’t enough, Paul, the ghost detective, has a plan to use electricity to propel him to the next level. What that is exactly, no one knows, but he’s tired of being confined to the B&B, especially when Maxie, the other ghost, can come and go as she pleases. Alison thinks Paul will either abandon her or burn down the house with his experiment.
When Maurice is found in an alley, shot dead, Steven becomes a prime suspect. Alison wouldn’t mind him being sent to jail, after all, it’s not like he pays his child support anyway. On the other hand, Liss would be upset, and that’s to be avoided.
More thugs show up and Alison’s got a houseful of people she doesn’t want. Even her boyfriend Josh is acting weird. Her mom and ghostly Dad are about the only normal ones in the group and that says a lot. Alison’s got more patience than six average people.
The mystery is a good one with a lot of misdirection involved because Steven always has a plan and a backup plan. It’s a matter of staying a step ahead of him, something that’s not easy to do. There are a lot of changes coming for all concerned: Paul with his experiment, Maxie and her ghostly boyfriend, Liss as she grows up, the B&B and Alison herself.
Penguin has not renewed the contract for this Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series but luckily, Crooked Lane saw an opportunity and will publish the next two books! If you love the series and want to see it continue, post a review on Amazon or Goodbooks or just tell friends about the books. Ask your public library to carry the series. Authors share wonderful stories with readers. Spreading the word makes sure they can continue to do so.
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