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The Ghost of Marlow House (Haunting Danielle) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 19, 2015
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I started this book while in the hospital waiting room when my husband was having surgery. The plot and characters pulled me in right away, and I had a hard time putting the book down. I love ghost stories, especially ones which involve a mystery that must be solved before the spirit can move on. I loved the way the author wove the plot, including details of Oregon history along the way. I thought I had the whodunit part figured out early on, but I was proven wrong. There were enough plot twists to keep the story interesting, but not so many that I became confused.
The cover of each was similar, the outline of the house, but with a slight variation: different windows lit up for each new tale. Lovely artwork!
This book introduces us to Danielle, who can see and speak to ghosts and we meet Ward, the ghost of a man haunting the house she now has inherited. He had apparently hung himself, but the two of them decide that was probably not the case. She agrees to help find out how he really died, thus clearing his name, and hoped he would then disappear.
Danielle has a helpful teacher friend, who gets to know an attractive neighbour, also a teacher on holiday. Sadie, the dog, loves her master, but communicates with the ghost and so Ward informs Danielle that the neighbour is not being truthful.
All goes well, everyone survives, the neighbour's secret is revealed, the real cause of Ward's death is uncovered, but Ward does not disappear.
From other reviews, I gather that Ward stays on, and is probably helpful when Danielle gets involved in other mysteries.
This was a decent book, I think Americans call it clean, and I might have felt tempted to get others, there are several available, all with good reviews. I like a pleasant mystery, a fairly sensible protagonist who doesn't do stupid things, but got a bit put off when reviews hinted that because of the banter between the ghost and the living person, people want Ward and Danielle to become real life lovers. No, no no, my nice sensible protagonist could do better than a dozen episodes or so longing for a ghostly lover. She was nice enough that I wanted her to be happy, not feel sorry about her unrequited love. I may be mistaken, reviews can be misleading, there were after all lines hinting at real life beaus turning up here and there.
Anyway, not everyone minds a bit of longing, in what is after all just a set of stories. And this was a nice story, and the reviews all indicate that so are the following stories, too.
We met Danielle and can follow her later on when she is in charge of her bed and breakfast, with resident ghost.