Audio: When Good Ghosts Get the Blues by Danielle Garrett @authordgarrett @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted May 4, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

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Audio: When Good Ghosts Get the Blues by Danielle Garrett @authordgarrett @TantorAudio #LoveAudiobooksWhen 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
Source: Publisher
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Vacation goals…

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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About Amanda Ronconi

Amanda is an actress and narrator who divides her time between New York City and Upstate New York. She has a BFA from NYU where she studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory. She has performed in theaters around New York City and regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

Her Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times. Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her voiceover work encompasses nearly 100 audiobooks available on She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.

Amanda’s new solo show, Kempner, will debut in 2016.

About Danielle Garrett

From a young age, Danielle Garrett was obsessed with fantastic places and the stories set in them. As a lifelong bookworm, she’s gone on hundreds of adventures through the eyes of wizards, princesses, elves, and some rather wonderful everyday people as well.

Danielle now lives in Oregon and while she travels as often as possible, she wouldn’t call anywhere else home. She shares her life with her husband and their house full of animals, and when not writing, spends her time being a house servant for three extremely spoiled cats.

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Posted May 4, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 18 Comments

18 responses to “Audio: When Good Ghosts Get the Blues by Danielle Garrett

  1. This one made me so hungry with all that eating they did in the beginning. Yeah, the reveals in the last chapter feel like a teaser for what comes next, but it doesn’t feel like a trick.
    Love Amanda Ronconi as a narrator for this one. Her Flapjack’s droll voice cracks me up.

    • Well, if you enjoy cozy quirky mysteries. It’s not for everyone. I don’t venture into this genre very often anymore but these are fun.

      Anne recently posted: Time by Penny Reid
  2. Love the title! This series sounds like a lot of fun! Now I keep thinking about my vacation goals and how hopefully it will only be two more months before I can put them into action 🙂

    Have a wonderful week!

  3. Jen

    YES! I felt the same about her not getting the ghosts involved. Thanks for pointing that out. I even wrote something about it in my notes. But… still really enjoying this one overall.

  4. Melanie

    There were a few things in the plot of this story that I wish was a bit better. Even with that, I still had a great time with the story. The characters are just so much fun. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart