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When Good Ghosts Get the Blues by Danielle Garrett
Narrator: Amanda Ronconi
Series: Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery #3
Published by Tantor Audio on Apri 30, 2019
Genres: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Length: 5 hours, 2 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
I have them. Real life is not cooperating.
I don’t require poolside margaritas under a fancy cabana to have a good time. All I wanted was ten ghost-free days to enjoy sightseeing New Orleans with my boyfriend, to admire art galleries, listen to live music, and eat as many beignets as I can before my pants stop buttoning.
I might as well have asked Santa for a unicorn.
Within thirty-six hours of setting foot in the Big Easy, an ancient ghost warns me of a murderous spirit lurking in the city, a strip-mall psychic tells me I look pregnant (I blame the beignets) and, oh, yeah, a dead body shows up on the set of my boyfriend’s TV show and he lands himself at the top of the suspect list.
If this karma, I must have been an ax murderer in a previous life.
I recently reviewed Betwixt which has a variety of novellas set in the town, and is a bridge between Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries and the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries, and introduces Scarlet. Ghost Hunter Next Door is the first in her series. The books of both series are in Kindle Unlimited.
In When Good Ghosts Get the Blues, Scarlet continues her personal development. The setting is New Orleans where Lucas is working and she comes to vacation a week with him. Of course, something goes wrong on the mansion being rebuilt which is ghost related. We don’t get much of Beechwood Harbor, but Scarlet’s ghost friends do come to her rescue.
I feel even though she was on vacation and Lucas didn’t want her to get involved, I can’t believe she didn’t ask more questions of the ghosts faster, especially Gayle. Scarlet was slow on the uptake compared to usual. As previously, the real revelations are in the last chapter, after the mystery is solved, both for learning about Scarlet’s personal talents and her relationship growth. Somehow I wish this was slightly more interwoven with the story all along. It continues to be fun and I’ll be along for the ride.
Amanda Ronconi is a well-loved narrator and handles this series well. Scarlet, Lucas, Flapjack, Gwen and Hayward are all unique and now familiar to me. I listened at my usual 1.5x speed. Her performance added to my enjoyment.
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