This was a week of sales of first books so I thought I'd try a few new series. I'm so glad I chose this one. Once long ago I read Hart's Death on Dema..Show More »nd books. After a couple of years I got tired of them and very nearly passed this book up because of that. This book just made me feel happy. Granted I was completely wrong about whodunit, carrying my hope for the murderer almost to the end, but that's nothing new. This just felt very satisfying. True, it's a cozy, but to me that's a good thing. I often need a cheering book and this fit the bill. I can't wait to read the next two, then I'll have a new series to add to my books to look forward to.
The second in the Bailey Ruth series, this is just as enjoyable as the first, Ghost At Work. The kind of story that lets you just enjoy and not tear a..Show More »t the emotions or depress. While the "ghost" part may be unbelieveable, it is relaxing to shut out the world and lose yourself in a delightful romp.
This is a really cute story. No, it isn't a great mystery but it is one that I would consider a "Cozy Mystery." That means you can curl up w..Show More »ith it and just enjoy. I've read several of Carolyn Hart's books and this series is my favorite. Some people may find it hard to believe in a Ghost coming back to help on Earth. That's not the point. It is just a cute story. It doesn't have to be believable.
Carolyn Hart continues to entertain with her wonderful Bailey Ruth series. With wit and her willingness to skirt the rules she carries on no matter t..Show More »he obstacles . Ann Marie Lee is a joy to listen to. She manages to carry off the change in voices believable.
I am a long-time fan of Carolyn G. Hart, starting with her Death on Demand series of mysteries. When the Bailey Ruth Raeburn stories began, I jumped r..Show More »ight in. The premise is wonderful: a heavenly emissary who is sent back to Earth now and then to help someone in a pickle. Things generally go from bad to worse from there, which is great for the story line.
The series takes place in Adelaide, Oklahoma, and as the series has progressed, the Adelaide Police Department has become more aware of Bailey Ruth, and in this fifth story, they seem to be accepting of her, as well. That makes sense for the story line, and poses all kinds of story development for the future. (Bailey Ruth has even become a bit of a matchmaker!) What doesn't make sense is a police department that seems to be veering more and more away from police procedure.
In this particular story, I found myself thinking, "A police chief in charge of a murder investigation would NOT being sharing that information with the public!" And I found myself thinking it more than once. Or twice. And whether he liked it or not, a police chief would arrest a suspect as soon as he had enough evidence to make the charge stick. Bailey Ruth seems to be pushing the envelope, too ... skirting very close to telling outright lies, sharing information that wouldn't be shared with a child under the guise of a police officer, and encouraging a child to lie to a parent. Bailey Ruth isn't an angel, but I expect better behavior from a heavenly emissary!
Having said all of that, this is a cozy, not a police procedural. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, you'll enjoy a good read/listen. Will I be back for the next installment? Of course! I began by saying I am a Carolyn Hart fan!! Do I hope for a Bailey Ruth who plays it a little closer to the heavenly precepts and uses different tactics to accomplish her mission? Yes. Yes, I do.