A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start–so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore–and explains that he used to live here–when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her . . .
Source: Purchase Rating: 3½/5stars
The Bottom Line: As with all new series, there is a lot of information and ground laying going on in this book. Charlene Morris has uprooted her life in Chicago, bought a haunted mansion in Salem, and is about to embark on an entirely new chapter in her life, B&B owner/operator. Being successful is vital to Charlene’s future and that success is being badly hindered by the presence of a ghost who can’t seem to figure out why he can’t move on. Unless Charlene can solve the mystery of his murder, she may never be able to open her B&B. Being new to town means Charlene not only has to begin building her own reputation but also risk it by dredging up the past and asking some uncomfortable questions. Along the way, she makes some promising new contacts, a few new friends, and a possible enemy or two. With so much going on, I sometimes felt a bit put out with this read, but I stuck with it and feel satisfied with the book overall.