Review: Silence Of The Ghost (Murder By Design Book 2) by Erin McCarthy

Silence of the Ghost

Series : Murder by Design

August 22nd 2017 by SilverHart Publishing

Source : Author

Release DateAugust 22nd 2017



Expert home stager Bailey Burke has come to terms with the fact that her friend, Ryan, is a ghost, but she thought after they solved his murder together, he would get sucked into the light. Instead he’s hanging around and interfering in her love life, and mocking her inability to drink Jameson.

When a body is found near her historic neighborhood of Ohio City, mimicking the famous Torso Murders, and she starts hearing voices, Bailey thinks she’s really lost it now. Ryan’s ghost is one thing, but a whole gaggle of undead talking to her? No thanks. But Ryan informs Bailey she’s not nuts…she is a spiritual medium. And with him as middleman between the victims and the police, they can give the dead justice and he will finally get his one-way ticket to heaven. Considering Eliot Ness allegedly went to his grave bitter that it was the one case he couldn’t solve, Bailey doesn’t see how an uptight lightweight like herself can handle the modern equivalent. But now that Ryan has scared off every man she’s tried to date, including his former partner Marner, she has Saturday nights free for murder-mystery solving.

Yet dealing with the dead is more difficult than de-cluttering a hoarder’s house. Bailey finds herself pulled in all directions… and possibly conned by a killer.

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Bailey and Ryan are back in Silence of the Ghost,  the second  Murder by Design novel.  After that bombshell ending, things are relatively normal for Bailey well except for the ghost hanging around her. It’s hard to miss Ryan  and Bailey is  suffering as a result. The poor girl wants life to return back to normal. It isn’t a too hard request right ?

Obviously not as the higher ups  have  other ideas. Seems it is as Ryan isn’t going away in a hurry especially after the truth was discovered in the last book. He is here to stay and doesn’t mind getting himself involved in Bailey’s life. Problem is only she can see him and it is getting awkward as you can imagine. No one seems to be letting  poor old  little Bailey return to her plain boring life and forget her previous life.  For someone who go thrown into things, she has quickly adapted  but is she really  truly prepared. As Bailey is a likeable woman. I wouldn’t mind have a  friend but  not with the knack she seems to find herself with dead bodies and ghosts.

Especially when another body pops up and seems to mirror a famous serial killer and Bailey finds it accidently and it’s pretty. No surprise that is it carrying off where things left it seems and this time things are higher and more dangerous.

Silence of the Ghost won’t disappoint fans of the author and sub genre . I enjoyed the latest instalment. Fast pacing and well thought out. Whilst I was  pretty new to this sub genre prior to  reading this series. I love this quirky crime solver and the idea the mystery is at the fore front whilst the romance is secondary.  The slowly building relationship between Bailey and Marner is highlight of this  series  as things  don’t seem to be getting easier for these two.  There was plenty of bumps along the way and  it was a easy to follow plot. Whilst this girl wished it didn’t have to end and  can’t wait to see what happens next.

McCarthy has truly made this sub genre interesting to me and these cosy mystery stories are growing on me. I will defintely be checking out more in the future  whilst I wait for the  next book





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