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Ghost Hunter Next Door by Danielle Garrett
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery #1
Published by Tantor Audio on March 5, 2019
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 6 hours, 2 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
The first rule of being a ghost whisperer: Don’t tell anyone.
Sure, it might sound harmless. A fun party trick, even. I assure you, it’s not.
How do I know? Well, let’s just say that I’ve had a lot of experience with this sort of thing, and nine times out of ten, it turns into an all-consuming disaster.
Being plagued by needy ghosts twenty-four/seven is one thing; being harassed by a horde of curious — or worse, grieving — flesh-and-blood people is an entirely different circus. I mean really, who wants to hold an impromptu séance in the middle of the cereal aisle? Not me, and the manager of the grocery store probably isn’t too crazy about the idea, either.
So, that’s it. If you’re a ghost whisperer, just keep your mouth shut and act normal. Ghosts? What ghosts?
Now, if only I would start listening to my own advice …
Ghost Hunter Next Door is the first in the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries. I already know the town and even Scarlet, from the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries. I recently reviewed Betwixt which has a variety of novellas set in the town, and one which introduces Scarlet.
Scarlet is more isolated and perhaps introverted than Holly. They both try to help others and enjoy their quirky new town. Scarlet ends up spending a lot of time solving a ghost issue which has nothing to do with her personally. It’s just she’s the only one who can help or will be able to solve it, because of her skills.
In spite of Scarlet’s preference to not date, or get involved, or have anyone know about her skills, she ends up in the thick of things. She has more than one guy interested in her, but spends the most time with Lucas. That relationship has some potential so we will see if it goes anywhere as the series continues.
The series is a cozy mystery so it is light and a bit silly in some aspects. The writing is good and the story enjoyable. The books are relatively short, so they are quick. The books of both series are in Kindle Unlimited. I’m on to Ghost Gone Wild next.
Amanda Ronconi is a favorite narrator and comfortable in this genre. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed. The voices were distinct for the small number of primary characters, both male and female voices. I enjoyed the performance.
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