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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062002201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062002204
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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From the Author

Carolyn talks about mysteries and writing in a new video. Please go to her website at CarolynHart.com and click on the upper right hand corner --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

If you love Topper and Blithe Spirit, celebrate Christmas with It's a Wonderful Life, and live to laugh, please join the Late Bailey Ruth Raeburn, Heaven's irrepressible sleuth, on the Rescue Express October 1 In GHOST GONE WILD. Bailey Ruth returns to earth to help a scruffy but lovable 20-something-video-game inventor who has lots of money and just as many enemies. Bailey Ruth foils a shooting, but discovers her Heavenly supervisor has no idea she's on earth and this time she may never make it back to Heaven!

DEAD, WHITE AND BLUE is the 23rd in the Death on Demand series. Annie Darling insists a woman can't disappear without a trace but a sultry siren walks into the pines on the Fourth of July and no one has seen her since.

For more about Carolyn's books and comments, please visit her website at www.CarolynHart.com

Carolyn writes the Death on Demand series set in a mystery bookstore on a South Carolina sea island and the Bailey Ruth Raeburn series featuring a lively redheaded ghost.

Carolyn is also the author of several WWII novels, including ESCAPE FROM PARIS which is mewly available this month from Seventh Street Books. Escape from Paris is the story of two sisters who defy the Gestapo to help British fliers avoid capture.

In Ghost at Work, Bailey Ruth returns to earth to help someone in trouble. She moves a body, investigates a murder, saves a marriage, prevents a suicide, and--in a fiery finale--rescues a child who knows too much. In Merry, Merry Ghost, Bailey Ruth protects a little boy from danger. In Ghost in Trouble, Bailey Ruth tries to corral a wilful woman determined to play hunt-the-killer. Ghost Gone Wild puts Bailey Ruth at risk of never returning to Heaven.

Letter from Home, a WWII novel set on the home front, received the Agatha Award for Best Mystery of 2003. It was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. Thirteen-year-old Gretchen Gilman is working for the small-town newspaper during the hot summer of 1944. Murder occurs on the street where she lives, forever changing her life and the lives of those involved.

Hart was one of 10 mystery authors featured at the National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC, in 2003 for Letter from Home and again in 2007 for Set Sail for Murder, 7th in the Henrie O series. In Set Sail for Murder (new in paperback March 2008), Henrie O joins a troubled family on a Baltic cruise and death is an unwelcome passenger.

Hart has been nominated 9 times for the Agatha Award for Best Novel and has won 3 times. In 2007 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic. She will be the International Guest of Honor at Bloody Words in Toronto on June 6-8, 2008.

Hart is a native of Oklahoma City, a journalism graduate of the University of Oklahoma, and a former president of Sisters in Crime. She is also a member of Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and American Crime Writers League.


Customer Reviews

I just find them fun and highly recommended!!
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Dull characters and too much repetition and focus on every little details as you can see for yourself was a problem I had in the above passage.
Cheryl Koch
Heaven's Department of Good Intentions assigns emissary Bailey Ruth Raeburn to protect Kay Clark.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Davis on September 2, 2010
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I'm wary of ghost discussions, but author Carolyn Hart presents this in a rather wholesome way. She has Bailey Ruth Raeburn as someone who has died and gone to heaven. She is not an angel. She participates as a volunteer in the Department of Good Intentions under the supervision of another deceased human living in heaven, Wiggins.

When these individuals return to earth, they are "ghosts." In this story there is a seance, strictly forbidden to Christians--if it is real, that is. Bailey and Wiggins carefully discuss whether Bailey can go to it or not, and why.

Of course I can't give away the story here, since it is after all a mystery. I pretty much never figure out in advance whodunit! But the one who did do it makes sense here, when it is revealed at the end.

I have trouble keeping up with who is who when reading a story with a lot of characters, and working at that is good for my brain. I did manage to follow who was who in this mystery pretty well. After all, there have to be enough possibilities for whodunit to make it a mystery!

This is another winner by Hart!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janice Sims VINE VOICE on October 7, 2010
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I've read all three Bailey Ruth mysteries and they just keep getting better and better. This time Heavenly emissary Bailey Ruth is sent back to her hometown of Adelaide, Oklahoma to save the life of a woman she had a run-in with when she was alive. She and Kay Clark don't get along in the beginning. Kay was the woman who, in Bailey Ruth's opinion, stole the husband of one of her good friends years ago. However, being from Heaven now, Bailey Ruth must reserve judgment and get on with her mission. Kay Clark is in Adelaide because the man she had the affair with, Jack Hume, came back home to Adelaide after making a name for himself in Africa as an adventurer, and wound up dead after what appeared to be an accidental tumble downstairs. Kay suspects he was pushed to his death. Bailey Ruth arrives just in time to save Kay from a similar fate. Now, the two of them know that Jack's death was not accidental and Kay has obviously gotten the attention of the killer. But who among the wealthy Hume family, and friends, had a motive to kill Jack? Practically everyone. While Bailey Ruth and Kay snoop around, Bailey Ruth enjoys her sojourn on earth by eating burgers, switching clothes on a whim, (she's a terrible clotheshorse), and avoiding being seen or heard. She still hasn't mastered the not being seen or heard part, which makes for quite a few comic moments. Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 2, 2010
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Heaven's Department of Good Intentions assigns emissary Bailey Ruth Raeburn to protect Kay Clark. Bailey Ruth and Kay knew each other when they lived in Adelaide, Oklahoma.

Following the death of Kay's former boyfriend Jack Hume, she goes to his family estate the Castle to pay her respects. However, while she is visiting the family, a large vase crashes near her almost hammering Kay. Bailey, as Kay's "assistant", Francie de Sales, investigates who is trying to harm her employer and why while ignoring heavenly operating procedures for earthly visits, which she knows makes her boss Wiggins' halo red with ire. When she and Bailey begin to believe Jack did not just accidentally fall as reported, but was murdered, like a dog with a rawhide bone they chew on the clues while intensifying their inquiry.

The third heavenly ghost mystery (see Ghost at Work and Merry, Merry Ghost) is an entertaining paranormal whodunit starring a delightful optimist heroine who is more optimist than the Little Engine That Could. Bailey Ruth believes rules even divined from heaven need to be bent (Wiggins would accuse her of breaking them) if the on the ground scenario demands it as she is the field operative. With a strong investigation by the two amateur sleuths, sub-genre readers will relish the antics of the heavenly heroine who is all "Hart".

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Matteson VINE VOICE on April 15, 2011
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The heroine is Bailey Ruth Raeburn a "spirit" or "ghost" who is sent from "Heaven's Department of Good Intentions" to help people out. Bailey and her also deceased husband reside in Heaven. She and her husband, Bobby Mac, were lost at sea when a storm his their cabin cruiser. They died in the latter part of the 20th century. They had lived in Adelaide, Oklahoma that has a population of just over 16,000. As Bailey is lounging around on their boat in Heaven, a telegram from her boss, Wiggins, appears telling her that "skulduggery" is a foot in Adelaide and to come at once and so she does.

She learns that a woman, Kay Clark, who was once an enemy of hers is in danger. She is living at "The Castle" that the Humes family owns and is planning on writing about them. However, her investigating is bringing out people who are afraid of what she might find out. As Bailey discusses the new project with her boss Wiggins, an emergency down there arrives and she is quickly sent off via the Rescue Express.

While much of the story and mystery is interesting, I found the flavor of the story and attitude of Bailey Ruth to be too much humor and not enough substance. I usually enjoy fun mysteries such as those by Carol Higgins Clark but this was too much fun and not enough serious character development for me.
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