Upon starting this book I knew I’d picked up the right paranormal cozy mystery for my holiday reading. There’s just something about the tone, pace and style that feels right, you know? Ghost a la Mode has received variable reviews on Goodreads, but for me it really hit the spot. Then again, I’m willing to suspend a lot of disbelief in exchange for a good yarn and colourful characters, and that’s what I got!
With more than a little urging from ghost Granny Apples, Emma finds herself in her ancestor’s old gold rush town to investigate a hundred-year-old murder. Why? Initially, it was just because she had nothing better to do with her time, but Emma (and me) quickly becomes intrigued with the history of the town, her family, and the murder. It’s not one of those mysteries where you can work out whodunit before its revealed (because the reader doesn’t get exposed to all the facts until the end), but the sleuthing process was enjoyable enough to keep me turning the pages. I loved the search for clues, I loved the ghostly and lively banter, and I loved the main character (which is very important, of course) so I got plenty out of this book. Recommended as a casual read for lovers of the genre.
Ghost a la Mode, by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #1
Book Length: 312 pages
Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Adult Fiction)
According to the Blurb:
Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than one hundred years, Granny’s spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is served… and she hits pay dirt when she pops in to a seance attended by her great-great-great-granddaughter, modern-day divorced mom Emma Whitecastle. Together, Emma and Granny Apples solve mysteries of the past starting with Granny’s own unjust murder rap in the final days of the California Gold Rush. Along with a sprinkling of history, this spirited new mystery series features the amateur sleuth team of Emma Whitecastle and the spirit of her pie-baking great-great-great-grandmother, Granny Apples.