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Ghost in trouble
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : William Morrow, ©2010.
Physical Description:
276 pages ; 22 cm.
Series title(s):
In her toughest case yet, Bailey Ruth, the irrepressible ghost sleuth, returns to earth to protect Kay Clark, a former Adelaide, Okla., acquaintance, from danger -- and discover who killed Kay's husband.


Call Number
FIC (M) HART 2010

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"Bailey Ruth and Wiggins will delight readers who prefer their mysteries light and seasoned with wit and the supernatural.
--Boston Globe

"This could be Hart's best series yet."

Spectral sleuth Bailey Ruth Raeburn from Heaven's Department of Good Intentions is on the case again in Carolyn Hart's delectable Ghost in Trouble--the third in the multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author's acclaimed mystery series sprinkled with wonderful wit and more than a touch of the paranormal. The follow up to the acclaimed Ghost at Work (named one of Publishers Weekly's Top Books of 2008) and Merry, Merry Ghost, Hart's Ghost in Trouble brings Bailey Ruth back down to Earth to save a human in dire trouble...who just happens to be the phantom problem solver's mortal enemy.

Author Notes

Carolyn G. Hart is the author of eight award-winning Death on Demand mysteries and four Henrie O mysteries. The first writer to win all three major mystery awards--the Agatha, the Anthony, and the Macavity--for her novels, Hart is the former president of the organization Sisters in Crime.

Hart's first novel in her mystery series, entitled Death on Demand, focuses on prime murder suspect Annie Laurance Darling and her attempt to clear her tarnished name. Some of the other novels in the series include Something Wicked, winner of the Agatha Award in 1988 and the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original in 1989, Design for Murder, and Honeymoon with Murder, which won the Anthony Award in 1990. Letter From Home also won the Agatha Award for Best Novel in 2003.

Her latest novel is entitled, The Devereaux Legacy. (Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Agatha-winner Hart's charming third mystery featuring ghostly emissary Bailey Ruth Raeburn of heaven's "Department of Good Intentions" (after 2009's Merry, Merry Ghost), Bailey returns to earth to protect Kay Clark, a former Adelaide, Okla., acquaintance, from danger. After the fatal fall of Kay's old boyfriend, Jack Hume, at the Hume estate, the Castle, Kay pays her respects to his family at the Castle, where an enormous vase nearly flattens her. In delightful Topperesque fashion, Bailey appears to Kay in an ever-changing array of fashions as Kay's "assistant," Francie de Sales, and together they investigate Kay's brush with the vase. When they discover Jack may have been murdered, suspects range from Hume family members to two of Jack's former lovers. Often disregarding the "precepts for earthly visitation" (avoiding public notice, not consorting with other departed spirits, etc.), Bailey with her sunny Pollyanna attitude makes an irresistible cozy sleuth. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

The latest case for one of Heaven's cleverest sleuths forces her to break a lot of rules.Wiggins, her boss in Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, knows that Bailey Ruth Raeburn (Merry, Merry Ghost, 2009, etc.) means well. Even though she's often in trouble, he sends her back to her hometown of Adelaide, Okla., to protect Kay Clark, who's visiting The Castle, the magnificent home of the wealthy but troubled Hume family. Bailey Ruth arrives just in time to shove Kay out of the way of a huge pot that's apparently been pushed from a balcony. Ostensibly there to write a book on Jack Hume, the love of her life, Kay is really investigating his fatal fall down a staircase, which she suspects is murder. At first Kay believes Bailey Ruth is a figment of her imagination, but once convinced she exists, she grudgingly lets the new arrival pose as her assistant. This gig gives the fashion-obsessed ghost a chance to change from one outfit to another while investigating a long list of suspects that includes Jack's sister Evelyn; his sister-in-law Diane; clairvoyant Laverne Phillips and her husband; Diane's son Jimmy; Shannon Taylor, daughter of Margo, the Hume housekeeper; gallery owner Alison Gregory; and neighbors Gwen and Clint Dunham. At length Bailey Ruth realizes that Jack found something wrong when he returned home after years away. Now it's up to her to unearth the motive for his murder.Delightful Bailey Ruth solves the tough case with panache.]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.