Review: Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design, #1) by Erin McCarthy

Gone With the Ghost

Series : Murder By Design

Publisher :  SilverHart Publishing

Source :  Author

Release Date : May 23rd 2017



Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…

Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.

An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.goodreads

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Gone with the Ghost is the first in the Murder by Design series which throws together two best friends in a unpredictable situation  when one dies and the other is left to solve their death. A death that may be not as simple as the one left behind thought . Our  criminal  solver Bailey is far from the  typical character I expected to  be solving crimes. She an interior designer with a flair for staging houses  who lives for jobs. She isn’t a crime buff or remotely interested in anything crime related.

She the sort of the woman that likes things to be just right, not rock the boat.  Solving crimes was the job of her best friend Ryan . The one who  she  loved and secretly wanted to be with.   So the last six months have been hard on her.  Her best friend Ryan went and killed himself and she has been thinking it is all her fault.  As killing himself with his service gun , the very day she told him that she loved him.  Would make anyone go crazy and the guilt has been eating at her ever since.  Bailey isn’t the same person anymore and people have started to notice.

There been no signing of things returning to normal for her. Until low behold, Ryan decides to return  to her house to shake things up and get her help. As Ryan is stuck  and needs  help, this ghost is limbo. Best thing of all , he doesn’t remember what happened that day. A sign of hope for Bailey and  she springs  her into life. As she wants to know the truth and she do anything to help Ryan because she  loves him.

With nary a clue in sight, Bailey has a new spring her step and  this detective is soon in her  element as the past brings her back to life as  she tries to solve the mystery of her best friend ‘s death .  However for this  first time crime solver, things are going to take  us on a surprising chase around town as all will be revealed and you won’t  know what just happened.

Gone with the Ghost wasn’t exactly what I was expecting in a good way. With  only just hints of romance and a strong mystery, this novel had me hooked and reminded of other woman crime solvers that have come and gone from my life.  Bailey wasn’t the most suited crime solver. But she was fun and intriguing as the pieces came together watched her deal with things. For all the guilt that she was carrying , she still had witty and humor that made the book entertaining. She didn’t make this a  pity party . I love her first crime solving adventure and hopefully by the end like me . You will be hooked and want more . McCarthy maybe an author I feel in love with because of her NA romances. However  she is a versatile author that deliver sounds books and fans should try something new . like I did and be surprised





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