Better Dead (A B&B Spirits Mystery #1)
As the owner of a charming Louisiana bed and breakfast, Holly Davis believes in Southern hospitality--but she draws the line at welcoming the ghost of her cheating husband . . . Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected--before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for generations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but three months later she's feeling a lot more relief than grief. Until Burl's ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly's human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he'll make a show of haunting the B&B to draw in visitors. But when Holly's former love, Jack McCann, mysteriously resurfaces in town and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the ghost of her husband and the very real physical presence of her old flame . . .

Better Dead (A B&B Spirits Mystery #1) Details

TitleBetter Dead (A B&B Spirits Mystery #1)
Author
ReleaseDec 26th, 2017
PublisherKensington
ISBN-139781496713216
Rating
GenreMystery, Paranormal Mystery

Better Dead (A B&B Spirits Mystery #1) Review

  • Suanne
    January 1, 1970
    When I first read the description of this book, I thought it would be similar to Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, down to the dog named Rhett. I was pleasantly surprised at how much better Better Dead was than Agnes. The characters were well-rounded. The dialogue punchy and apt with some zingy one-liners. This is an all-round fun read.Holly Davis, loves the plantation home, Holly Grove, that has been in her family since antebellum times. When the ghost of her drug-dealing h When I first read the description of this book, I thought it would be similar to Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, down to the dog named Rhett. I was pleasantly surprised at how much better Better Dead was than Agnes. The characters were well-rounded. The dialogue punchy and apt with some zingy one-liners. This is an all-round fun read.Holly Davis, loves the plantation home, Holly Grove, that has been in her family since antebellum times. When the ghost of her drug-dealing husband, Burl Davis, appears, she doesn't exactly welcome him. She still resents him for dying in an airplane crash before she could divorce him. He robbed her, was unfaithful to her, and nearly cost her home, a near-failing bed and breakfast.Burl needs her help to move on from the physical world into either heaven or hell. Holly needs his help in haunting Holly Grove for Halloween to spur interest in her bed and breakfast and save it from foreclosure.Jake McCann, Holly’s old flame, reappears after leaving town—and Holly’s heart—in the lurch. He needs a place to stay and moves into Holly Grove.The romantic triangle that develops between Holly, Burl, and Jake adds a different spark to this romantic suspense novel as does a drug-smuggling ring. I received a copy of Better Dead in exchange for a fair review.
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  • cola_bear
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 STARSLIGHT SPOILERS!!!!The Good: the pace was lively, and the secondary characters three-dimensional. Holly was a good narrator, and her situation was an intriguing one. Having her dead husband's ghost show up certainly placed her in some interesting situations! What we learn of Burl certainly made me side with Holly, even at the end when he "explains" things to her. I certainly would want him out of my life as quickly as she did. The mystery was interesting, though predictable at times. The 3.5 STARSLIGHT SPOILERS!!!!The Good: the pace was lively, and the secondary characters three-dimensional. Holly was a good narrator, and her situation was an intriguing one. Having her dead husband's ghost show up certainly placed her in some interesting situations! What we learn of Burl certainly made me side with Holly, even at the end when he "explains" things to her. I certainly would want him out of my life as quickly as she did. The mystery was interesting, though predictable at times. The romance didn't overtake the plot and I did like the pairing.The Bad: I wasn't too pleased with the sudden (in my opinion) switch to two POVs. I preferred Holly's POV, and I think switching to Jake's as well took away from the voice of the story. Enough so that I didn't quite enjoy the book as much I as think I could have.Overall: I did like the book, overall, and will read the second book to see what happens. I do recommend giving this book a try if you like southern cozy mysteries with a hint of ghostly fun mixed in. This is not what I would call a paranormal mystery, more like a cozy mystery with a hint of the paranormal.
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  • Tera
    January 1, 1970
    Received this book for review from netgalley Where do I begin wife dead husband ghost drugs and ex boyfriend and dogs this book was great from beginning to end I have never read a book from this author before but will definitely read her future books I recommend this book it's hard too put down
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  • Annarella
    January 1, 1970
    A very good mix of mystery, romance, small town life, family relationships and humor. I laughed a lot and appreciated the different personal story.Well written, entertaining plot and a lot of laugh.Hope to read soon the next instalment.Many thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Spunky characters and a story with laugh out loud scenes made this a delightful story. I'd recommend this book when you're looking for a light, easy read.
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    Charming first book with humor, colorful citizens and a female protagonist that just about any woman can related with on some level. The story grabs you from page one until the end and throws more red herrings faster than a barista mixing your favorite beverage. I finished the book in sitting yes it was that good. It was well written and stayed on course and thank you for no love triangle.
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