Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design #1)
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.

Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design #1) Details

TitleGone With The Ghost (Murder by Design #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherSilverHart Publishing
Rating
GenreMystery, Fantasy, Paranormal, Cozy Mystery, Ghosts

Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design #1) Review

  • Christina T
    January 1, 1970
    Erin McCarthy is the queen of fun lighthearted reads. The Good, The Bad, And Everything In Between: I love when the paranormal rubs elbows with mystery especially when it's chock full of humor. I giggled, smiled, and literally LOL a couple of times throughout this book. I enjoyed the various characters including Bailey and Ryan but wish they were more fleshed out. The book is rather short which is awesome for me because I have been struggling with sticking with longer books but, honestly, if it Erin McCarthy is the queen of fun lighthearted reads. The Good, The Bad, And Everything In Between: I love when the paranormal rubs elbows with mystery especially when it's chock full of humor. I giggled, smiled, and literally LOL a couple of times throughout this book. I enjoyed the various characters including Bailey and Ryan but wish they were more fleshed out. The book is rather short which is awesome for me because I have been struggling with sticking with longer books but, honestly, if it had been longer the characters could have been dug deeper into. In addition there is some closure to the mystery aspect but many dangly bits are left....well...dangling. Now I love me some dangly bits but in my books I don't necessarily like cliffhangers...even minor ones. I enjoyed this book so much though, I like to refer to those dangly bits as appetizers for the next course. I'm really looking forward to digging into the next one too. In a Nutshell: This really was a fun book but make sure you have the next book lined up so you can jump right into it because you're going to want to.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    This was a seriously fun read for me, with a new author I'll be sure to follow. Wonderfully warm characters (even the cold ones) and a witty dialogue hold your attention and this story was the antidote I needed after a few particularly dark novels. Light detection, a bit of sexual angst and a few laughs - a perfect recipe for a great afternoon's reading.
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  • Siobhan
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a big lover of gritty thrillers, the gory kind that leave many turning their heads, but something about the cosy mystery genre has always intrigued me. I have picked up one or two in the past, but never really stuck to them. They are the kinds of books I pick up when I want a bit of a break. However, despite how they are not my favourite kinds of reads, I still find myself intrigued by many books in the genre. Gone With The Ghost, the first book in Erin McCarthy’s Murder by Design series, is I’m a big lover of gritty thrillers, the gory kind that leave many turning their heads, but something about the cosy mystery genre has always intrigued me. I have picked up one or two in the past, but never really stuck to them. They are the kinds of books I pick up when I want a bit of a break. However, despite how they are not my favourite kinds of reads, I still find myself intrigued by many books in the genre. Gone With The Ghost, the first book in Erin McCarthy’s Murder by Design series, is one such example.At its heart, Gone With The Ghost is a cosy mystery; however, it is one of those cosy mystery layered by the paranormal. As I love a good paranormal read, I was even more intrigued by this one. It would be a nice easy read, mixing something I enjoy occasional with something I enjoy on a more regular basis. Part of me was unwilling to set my hopes high, whereas another part of me had set quite high expectations. As a whole, I really enjoyed Gone With The Ghost. It is not the kind of book that will earn a spot in my favourite list, but it was an enjoyable read. In fact, I’m rather eager to pick up the future books in this series. I’m intrigued as to where the Murder by Design series is going to go, as I feel as though this is the kind of story I will grow to enjoy more and more as I work deeper into it.You see, I really enjoyed the tone of the story telling. There was quite a bit of dry humour in this one with some wonderful puns, which had me laughing quite a lot. In fact, there were many occasions where I found myself sharing snippets of the story with my friend – I had to read out lines, even paragraphs, so she could appreciate what I was chuckling at. With such a fun way of storytelling, I quickly found myself coming to enjoy our leading character. I wasn’t as crazy about the side characters, in fact there were quite a few I didn’t like at all, but they all played together well in the story. The thing that I felt the most let down about, though, was the mystery side. As I said, I favour the kinds of mysteries you find in gritty thrillers. This was all very tame to me, it wasn’t the kind of fun I usually enjoy. This reflects my mystery reading preferences, though, and for those who enjoy cosy mysteries I’m sure they will enjoy the mystery side of the story. After all, the story developed well as a whole – it simply wasn’t the kind of mystery I favour.Overall, though, I had a lot of fun with this one. I’ll certainly be reading more in the Murder by Design series, and I’m sure I’ll be picking up other Erin McCarthy reads in the future. In fact, Erin McCarthy seems to write in quite a few different genres, and I’m interested to read a number of her books.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    A light, easy read. I really liked the writing style. A good mystery and some likable characters. The mc did carry on a little too long and often about lost chances, and the male lead lost some of his shine when the truth came out, but overall a very decent recent. Enough for the next one to end up on my WL. Very borderline cozy, imo.
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  • Elle's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Release Date: May 23, 2017 Genre: Paranormal MysteryGone with the Ghost is the first in a brand new paranormal mystery series by Erin McCarthy. While it's an extremely quick read at only 220 pages, everything get done in an ample amount of time to keep readers satisfied. For me, I love paranormal mysteries so any new ones that are being released will almost immediately call my name. On top of that, knowing that this book was written by Erin McCarthy (I used to read all of her books way back i Release Date: May 23, 2017 Genre: Paranormal MysteryGone with the Ghost is the first in a brand new paranormal mystery series by Erin McCarthy. While it's an extremely quick read at only 220 pages, everything get done in an ample amount of time to keep readers satisfied. For me, I love paranormal mysteries so any new ones that are being released will almost immediately call my name. On top of that, knowing that this book was written by Erin McCarthy (I used to read all of her books way back in the day) I knew I had to have this one. Did I enjoy it? Very much! It's a lighthearted read and contains a heroine that will make you laugh out loud! It's got the perfect amount of paranormal as well mixed with a mystery that I couldn't solve myself. So all in all, it's a very good book. The only downside for me is the price. This book is really short and paying nearly $5.00 for it is pretty steep- especially considering some of the amazing novels out there for less than this one. But if the price doesn't bother you, or if your a fan of the author and like paranormal mysteries (that are pretty cozy) then I would recommend this one to you! About The Book In this new series we meet Bailey. Right from the get-go we also meet her friend Ryan who happens to be a ghost. Of course, he wasn't always a ghost,this only happened when he was "murdered". So imagine Bailey's shock when she does indeed find her dead best friend in her home. Surprised? Yes. Scared? Yup! Happy? Kind of... So what's Ryan's purpose of coming back into his dear friends life? To find out who killed him! And the only person who can help him (and see him) is Bailey. Will they find out who killed him? Was he actually killed or did he do the deed himself? You'll have to find out by reading this one!Overall, this is a fun little read and I would def. recommend it to those who enjoy these types of books. Remember though, this is a paranormal mystery! Not a romance. Anyway, I can't wait to read the second book which will come out in late August!
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  • Aarann
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 37%This book... I dunno. I'm not sure if it was it or me, but I was not getting into it. It just seemed like it was taking too long for the actual investigation part of the mystery to get going. Plus, I wasn't connecting with Bailey as a character and just... blech!I'm not sure if it was the book or me, so I may try this again sometime, but for now, I just don't want to have to force myself with it anymore.
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  • Casey
    January 1, 1970
    “Gone with the Ghost” by Erin McCarthy was a very humorous book and made me laugh aloud multiple times! I really enjoyed all the characters, because each were well developed had their own personalities. I will be looking into more of McCarthy’s books, and I rate “Gone with the Ghost” 4.5 stars.
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  • Kathy Davie
    January 1, 1970
    First in the Murder by Design mystery series that combines amateur sleuth with a dollop of paranormal fantasy. It all revolves around Bailey Burke, a house staging designer and the ghost of her best friend.My TakeIt’s a case of getting out of purgatory. Both literally and figuratively. Ooh, that was mean of me. I normally read a book in a day, but this one. This one took me two weeks. I kept putting it down because it was so dull.It took forever to get somewhere. I suspect part of it was Bailey’ First in the Murder by Design mystery series that combines amateur sleuth with a dollop of paranormal fantasy. It all revolves around Bailey Burke, a house staging designer and the ghost of her best friend.My TakeIt’s a case of getting out of purgatory. Both literally and figuratively. Ooh, that was mean of me. I normally read a book in a day, but this one. This one took me two weeks. I kept putting it down because it was so dull.It took forever to get somewhere. I suspect part of it was Bailey’s unrequited love for Ryan…she whined on how she would never be involved with Ryan again, her dreams and fantasies destroyed, all using first person protagonist point-of-view. Another negative contribution was the warm/cool back-and-forth between Bailey and Marner. It’s a good thing some of the other characters told me there might be a romance happening, because McCarthy was certainly wishy-washy about it. Then there’s that “great” friendship Bailey had with Ryan. How could she be so clueless about the guy??I did like the revenge Alyssa got, lol.The twist McCarthy put on it toward the end was another downer. I must say it was totally unexpected, so in some ways, it was a plus just for being different. I just wish McCarthy had been as good as she usually is…sigh…And, unfortunately for me, the ending cliffhanger does make me want to find out what happens next in Silence of the Ghost . But I sure ain’t gonna rush.The StoryIt’s been six months since Bailey Burke kissed her best friend. Six months of grief when Ryan killed himself that day.It’s a different kind of grief when Ryan’s ghost shows up in her kitchen, insisting he was murdered. He needs Bailey’s help to solve the case so he can get out of purgatory.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.The CharactersThe neurotic Bailey Burke is a former evidence tech who now works as a house staging designer with her own business, Put It Where?, a perfect fit for her neatnik habits. Alyssa Dembowski is a good friend with a night job in IT while Jane is cheap help. Bailey’s mother is a cutthroat prosecutor; her father is a pharmaceutical rep with charm. Jen is her high energy sister married to Doug with four kids, the six-year-old Jasmine, Jessica, Jordan, and finally a boy, Jacob. Grandmother Burke is a master with the back-handed compliments.Detective Ryan Conroy had been friends with Bailey for the past ten years. Colleen was his sister. Hannah is a hooker who knows every drug dealer in town.The police departmentDetective Jake Marner was Ryan’s partner and friends with both Ryan and Bailey. Detective DeAngelo is a persistent lech. Detective Cox is worse. Officer Rick Pannaconi was first on the scene. Caleb Jensen had been a beat cop when Bailey worked in the department. Sandra still works as an evidence tech and is a friend of Bailey’s.Allison Loren is the Jenkins/Jensens' real estate agent. A friend of Ryan’s mom’s, Mrs. Murphy, is the real estate agent who’ll be selling Ryan's house. Bridgid is her daughter who went to dance school with Bailey. Christy and Tim (he’s a hottie financier) Jenkins/Jensen want to sell their house quickly.Mikaela and Barry are the joggers who found the body. Ted, an accountant, is a friend of Jen’s. Nick, an investment banker, has been a friend of Marner’s since college. William Peppers has a fictitious account. Michael Kincaid had been the high school quarterback. Bart is an invisible friend to a little girl.The Cover and TitleThe cover is a graphic cartoon with a house in the background all in purples. A wavy, violet striped band spans the top of the cover and provides a background for the golden yellow title. A small badge set in the lower right corner uses the same yellow as a background with the violet in the text for the series information. It’s a band behind which the ghostly Ryan in jeans and a black and yellow plaid shirt stands back to back with Bailey in a violet sleeveless dress and black heels, one knee bent while she holds a tablet in her left hand. Between them, at their feet, lies a smoking gun on the pale gray sidewalk. An info blurb is at the bottom in purple with the author’s name directly below it in the same purple.I suspect the title is meant to be a play on Gone with the Wind, but Gone with the Ghost should replace that “ghost” with “idiocy”.
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  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    For the most part I liked this book. I liked Bailey, liked that she stood by her friend, Ryan, even after he died and he blew her off right before he died. Ryan was the one thing about this book I didn't like. As the book went on we learned just how big of a douche bag he was, which made me glad that Bailey was able to dodge a bullet when he blew her off, she deserved someone better.I really didn't see who the killer was, I thought it was going to be someone else. Now with a second ghost showing For the most part I liked this book. I liked Bailey, liked that she stood by her friend, Ryan, even after he died and he blew her off right before he died. Ryan was the one thing about this book I didn't like. As the book went on we learned just how big of a douche bag he was, which made me glad that Bailey was able to dodge a bullet when he blew her off, she deserved someone better.I really didn't see who the killer was, I thought it was going to be someone else. Now with a second ghost showing up it will be interesting to see where things go from here.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    * A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review * ~ 4 Ghostly Stars ~ What a fun and entertaining mystery. This was exactly what I had been looking for. This book brought me back to my Nancy Drew days as a kid.I loved the storyline and the characters we met in this book. I will tell you this...this book is not really a romantic suspense story. Yes there is a little bit of an underlying romance that budded but the main point to this book is the mystery and being able * A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review * ~ 4 Ghostly Stars ~ What a fun and entertaining mystery. This was exactly what I had been looking for. This book brought me back to my Nancy Drew days as a kid.I loved the storyline and the characters we met in this book. I will tell you this...this book is not really a romantic suspense story. Yes there is a little bit of an underlying romance that budded but the main point to this book is the mystery and being able to solve it as you read along. I thought I knew who did it, but I was completely shocked when all was revealed. That was the fun of this story. This book also had me laughing. Some of the comments the heroine says were just funny!!!I want to say this book is a standalone novel but it does have a to be continued ending. This mystery is solved but the author sets up the premise of the next book at the end of this book. I am excited to see where she takes the rest of this series. Gone With the Ghosts is the first in Erin McCarthy's Murder by Design Series. It is told solely from Bailey's POV. I thought the flow and pace of this story was perfect. I loved how she tied it all together in the end so you aren't left with any questions.So if you are looking for that fun and entertaining murder mystery story that will keep you guessing until the end. Pick up this book and enjoy!!! It's worth the read.Follow Us at :: Book Bitches Blog | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Tash
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics Review copy kindly provided by author in exchange for a honest reviewGone 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 Reviewed @ Confessions From Romaholics Review copy kindly provided by author in exchange for a honest reviewGone 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 For more of my reviews, visit Confessions From Romaholics.And drop by the blog's Facebook page
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  • Mary Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Gone With The GhostMurder By Design, Book #1Erin McCarthy5 StarsSynopsis: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 Gone With The GhostMurder By Design, Book #1Erin McCarthy5 StarsSynopsis: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. Murder By Design Series Book 1- Gone With The Ghost Book 2- Silence of The Ghost Book 3- Once Upon a Ghost Bestselling author Erin McCarthy offers her signature humor in this fun series about an uptight fashion-conscious home stager who finds herself stiletto-deep in murder... (Goodreads)Review:The characters are well rounded and well developed. I enjoyed getting to know Bailey. She is smart, funny and quirky. I just loved her sense of humor and the inner dialogue that we were privy to throughout the book. I was laughing out loud through most of the book. But I also felt sorry for her because of her guilt over Ryan’s death and her love of him. I also enjoyed that fact that she was socially awkward and definitely neurotic, I thought these things made her seem more real to me. Ryan seemed like a really nice guy and he seemed to be handling being a ghost fairly well. I thought the secondary characters added a lot to the story and I liked getting to know them.The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and through much of book I felt like I was right there, watching all of the action taking place and eavesdropping in on conversations. I really enjoyed the setting in this book, which is Cleveland. Having grown up in this area, I knew a lot of the landmarks and areas that were discussed and that made everything so much more real. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy fast read. The mystery was carried on well throughout the book. Bailey tried very hard to figure out what happened to Ryan and I was trying to solve it with her.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted paranormal cozy. I really like ghostly paranormals and this one was just great. I cannot wait to read the next one in this series.
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  • Nalla Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Mystery gone ghostly!Originally posted on NallaReads I'm so glad Erin is BACK! And not only has she got a tale to tell, it's a freakin GHOST MURDER MYSTERY! And it's in my hometown so I've already got love for this series.Moving on, I love Bailey: she's smart, she's funny, and she has this adorable awkwardness about her where I instantly connected. Her reaction to Ryan's ghost showing up is so honest and believable. Having a mystery story that really dedicates itself to the story of "who-done-it Mystery gone ghostly!Originally posted on NallaReads I'm so glad Erin is BACK! And not only has she got a tale to tell, it's a freakin GHOST MURDER MYSTERY! And it's in my hometown so I've already got love for this series.Moving on, I love Bailey: she's smart, she's funny, and she has this adorable awkwardness about her where I instantly connected. Her reaction to Ryan's ghost showing up is so honest and believable. Having a mystery story that really dedicates itself to the story of "who-done-it" versus a budding romance was refreshing. I honestly kept changing who I thought the killer was at every turn! That's what a great mystery will do to you.Add in the fact that Ryan has that love-able jerk persona (how do I still find him charming!?) that clashes ever so hilariously with Bailey's shyness and there is so much comic relief in this story that it makes it a lighthearted murder....if that's even possible.That being said...Warner sounds positively delectable and I'm so excited to see where he and Bailey could go. I can't wait to read on with more adventures that Bailey will get in to! This story reminded me so much of Casey Daniels ghost-talking mysteries set in Cleveland so I'm glad to have another delightful series to turn to!
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  • bookaholic ge
    January 1, 1970
    I voluntarily read and advanced review copy of this bookI must admit that I did not know what to expect after reading the description of this book only because I have lost people who have committed suicide but the book did not focus only on that. I found it to be funny and suspenseful. Erin did a great job creating this murder mystery all while keeping things funny due to Bailey Burke's quirky attitude.
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  • Lakshmi C
    January 1, 1970
    3 Collecting my ghosts stars
  • Pat Cray-Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    great funny series. I had a friend always said you need a day to laugh and this book provided that for me.I highly recommend this series.
  • Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars...Gone with the Ghost is a mystery novel from an author I've previously enjoyed reading romance from. I wanted something a little different than my standard romantic genre and hoped to find a new series to look forward to.Overall, I was pleased with this book. It's definitely not traditional romance but does have some romantic elements to it. The main two characters are Bailey, a slightly down on her luck former crime scene analysis turned home stager/designer. She doesn't like blood a 3.5 Stars...Gone with the Ghost is a mystery novel from an author I've previously enjoyed reading romance from. I wanted something a little different than my standard romantic genre and hoped to find a new series to look forward to.Overall, I was pleased with this book. It's definitely not traditional romance but does have some romantic elements to it. The main two characters are Bailey, a slightly down on her luck former crime scene analysis turned home stager/designer. She doesn't like blood after all! Bailey is hung up on her best friend, Ryan, who died six months ago. So when Ryan appears in Bailey's house she is quite overwhelmed. Ryan doesn't know exactly what's going on but he does know that his death was mysterious and he can't cross over until he has helped find out who killed him. So now for the good and the bad. Bailey is pretty awesome. She's very 'real'. Flawed, a little awkward, smart... I really enjoyed her character. Ryan not so much. I know he's a ghost but he's kind of an ass. I can't give too much away or it will ruin the story but he's definitely no romantic hero so I'm kinda glad he's dead. I was disappointed in the direction his character took and that Bailey's feelings towards him were never really acknowledged. I felt like there a hole in the story there but I can't reveal too much or it would be spoilery!There is a love interest for Bailey who we get glimpses of and I assume that we will get to see their relationship over the course of the series. Like I said, this book has romantic elements but it is not a love story so don't expect a conclusion as it's not the focus of the story. The premise surrounding Ryan's death and subsequent 'who done it?', I also enjoyed. I felt kind of like I was watching a crime drama on TV. The feel of the novel is a balance between light hearted and serious. It's not particularly gory but there are some pretty tense moments, some sad moments and some funny ones too. I went into the novel with no real expectations and I will probably pick up the next book in the series as well when it comes out. And don't expect a perfect ending tied with a bow. There are some questions that get answered and many new ones to explore in book two with a new mystery to solve!
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  • books are love
    January 1, 1970
    Received in exchange for a honest review.so I loved the quirky humor in this book. It’s refreshing to see. I also loved the home stager becoming detective for her best friend and seeing him through different eyes. Even if he is a ghost and she is the only one who can see him.the quirky humour on the classes in purgatory and all the off brand humour helped to add some levity to the dangerous situation that was unfolding before our eyes. Overall Ryan is a good guy just made some bad choices. He ch Received in exchange for a honest review.so I loved the quirky humor in this book. It’s refreshing to see. I also loved the home stager becoming detective for her best friend and seeing him through different eyes. Even if he is a ghost and she is the only one who can see him.the quirky humour on the classes in purgatory and all the off brand humour helped to add some levity to the dangerous situation that was unfolding before our eyes. Overall Ryan is a good guy just made some bad choices. He changed over time as you find out more about him and his past is coming out while investigating who killed him and why. He didn’t like who he became and did acknowledge that. Just a little to late. I did like the twist with Hannah and what she represents.The story is one where best friends learn more about one another when one is dead. He comes to her to help solve who killed him and in the process his life is unraveled and he sees what the consequences of his actions were. She also learns more about him and who he was. You also see a budding romance happening between ryan’s old partner Jake and Bailey his BFF. I loved how Ryan tried to get under her skin about him but I also loved that in the end Ryan protected Bailey. His ghost abilities strengthened over time and as he changed-acknowledging his past and showing regret but protectiveness over Bailey as well. I think he began his redemption but that he still has a higher calling and poor Bailey is the one he chose to help him so she is the only one who can see and communicate with him.Bailey is so adorable. She is sweet, kind and honest. Her sense of humour is quirky and fun. She is so earnest in trying to help Ryan but also puts him in his place when needed. Her budding romance with Jake was wonderful. They fit together. He was as straight laced as she was and she got to see who he really was when Jake helped her look into Ryan’s death. This is a fast paced, addictive quirky mystery. One that has you smile the whole way and be so happy when you see ryan start to change. You are gleeful as Jake and Bailey start to explore their feelings. And the ending is a hoot.
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  • shiela
    January 1, 1970
    I hoped that he had found peace. Hell, I hoped I had. “I’ve always loved you, Ryan.” There, I said it. Not in a romantic kind of love way, but as the platonic love that it had always been, even when I hadn’t understood that. It was said with no expectation of him saying anything in return. He wasn’t sentimental. But he surprised me. His voice was gruff, but he managed, “I love you too.”it seems too much to ask for ryan and bailey to be together because ryan is already dead.... I'm really sad but I hoped that he had found peace. Hell, I hoped I had. “I’ve always loved you, Ryan.” There, I said it. Not in a romantic kind of love way, but as the platonic love that it had always been, even when I hadn’t understood that. It was said with no expectation of him saying anything in return. He wasn’t sentimental. But he surprised me. His voice was gruff, but he managed, “I love you too.”it seems too much to ask for ryan and bailey to be together because ryan is already dead.... I'm really sad but I can't cry for I am in the office T^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^TTTTTTTTTT
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    I really can't give this a full rating because I didn't finish the book. It wasn't my type of book. When the ghost was wondering about weather he could get still erection and about women's boobs I finally stopped. I don't want to tell anyone not to read this just wasn't for me.
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  • J.M. Cornwell
    January 1, 1970
    Not your typical murder mysteryWhat do you do when the man your morning pops up in your kitchen and says he needs you to help prove who murdered him? In this case, you do what you've always done, jump in with both feet and help him. After all, he is your best friend and you love him. You have always loved him and you told him the night he committed suicide, which is why you have spent the past eight months mired in guilt over his death and unable to swallow food and losing weight, looking like a Not your typical murder mysteryWhat do you do when the man your morning pops up in your kitchen and says he needs you to help prove who murdered him? In this case, you do what you've always done, jump in with both feet and help him. After all, he is your best friend and you love him. You have always loved him and you told him the night he committed suicide, which is why you have spent the past eight months mired in guilt over his death and unable to swallow food and losing weight, looking like a shadow of yourself. He claims he has been sent back to her to find his murderer so he can rest in peace. Ryan needs your help, so get on with it. He doesn't remember what happened, his memory has gaps in it, but he is adamant about finding his killer. Aside from him trying to see you naked -- something he never tried to do the night he committed suicide after he ran off when you confessed your love and kissed him, sending you into a shame spiral and deepest mourning -- he insists he was murdered and you're the only person he can appear to who won't freak out seeing a ghost and will just get busy and help him as you've always done . . . and you will when he turns his back so you can get dressed. With that improbable scene, McCarthy begins this series, her heroine alternately grouses and complain and "gets on with it". She can't get 'on with it' in her usual efficient manner as long as "he" keeps trying to see her naked, but at least he is trying to cop a glimpse of her naked breasts -- such as they are. Though not laugh out loud hilarious, there is an undercurrent of irreverence mixed with angst that runs through McCarthy's narrative that keeps this book from descending into regret and grief and keeps it light and often wryly funny, and sets up the tone of this ghost paired with unlikely mortal partner with a type A+ persona skirting the edge of humor while 'getting it done'. Think "Dead Like Me' meets 'Hyacinth Bucket (Bouquet)' solves murders if she was an emaciated 30-something female who can't swallow food. All of her A+ organizational skills would be focused on her dead lover's needs, not on hashing/rehashing her embarrassing blunder by kissing Ryan and declaring her undying love for her best friend before he runs out the door to commit suicide, or was murdered according to his very real -- and very unghostlike -- ghost who does not remember Bailey throwing herself at him. I enjoyed (and sometimes cringed) as Bailey tackled Ryan's problem with the sometimes inept tenacity of organizing a hoarder's home for a showing while discovering the truth about her BFF. 4/5 stars for this unlikely pairing in this debut murder mystery series.
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  • Karen Field
    January 1, 1970
    I've had an hankering to read a cozy mystery lately, so when I saw this ebook being offered for free, I thought I'd give it a go.Imagine waking up one morning to find your dead best friend standing in your kitchen asking you to solve a murder, their murder. That's the basis of this book. Whilst the book was entertaining and amusing, the main character's obsession with breasts (hers as well as every set she sees) really irritated me. It was over the top. Too much. I got sick of reading about doub I've had an hankering to read a cozy mystery lately, so when I saw this ebook being offered for free, I thought I'd give it a go.Imagine waking up one morning to find your dead best friend standing in your kitchen asking you to solve a murder, their murder. That's the basis of this book. Whilst the book was entertaining and amusing, the main character's obsession with breasts (hers as well as every set she sees) really irritated me. It was over the top. Too much. I got sick of reading about double Ds and how tight or wet her t-shirt was. Enough already. It almost made me stop reading. Almost.Right, now that's out of my system, back to the review. As I was saying, the book was entertaining and amusing, for the most part. I enjoyed the other aspects of the main character, and the other characters felt easy to identify, even the dead one. It was good to see the ghost own up to how he stuffed up his life too. That was important, in my opinion.I especially liked the mystery. There were a couple of instances where I gasped and thought "no one would act like that ... or do that", if they were in the same situation. If I received a text message like that, there's no way... (I don't want to spoil it, so I'll stop there.)The mystery was well done, in my opinion. I didn't make the connection. Didn't come close, so that's a good thing. I liked how the clues were there. It all came together in the end.And something else I liked about the book, was the author's writing style. Not the DD thing, but the way she strung sentences together. The humour and serious stuff mixed well together, complimented each other. It was well written. I felt connected enough to continue passed the irritating stuff and read right to the end. And I even feel connected enough to look into getting the second book and that's saying something. I recommend this book, especially if you are looking for something light-hearted to read.
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  • Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
    January 1, 1970
    ☆☆☆1/2~LynziThe blurb is what caught my attention on this one. Then the cover threw me off and I wasn't so sure. But I read on anyways, and I was rather shocked. Another reason to never judge a book by its cover. I haven't and don't read many murder mysteries or suspense books, because I don't really have a yern for them, but I liked this one. I'm glad I read it. Bailey is left a complete mess when her best friend, who just so happens to be the man she is in love with, Ryan, kills himself. Six m ☆☆☆1/2~LynziThe blurb is what caught my attention on this one. Then the cover threw me off and I wasn't so sure. But I read on anyways, and I was rather shocked. Another reason to never judge a book by its cover. I haven't and don't read many murder mysteries or suspense books, because I don't really have a yern for them, but I liked this one. I'm glad I read it. Bailey is left a complete mess when her best friend, who just so happens to be the man she is in love with, Ryan, kills himself. Six months is how long he's been gone. Then one day, he just shows up, in ghost form that is. He says he needs her help. So being the best friend she is, and wanting to spend more time with him, she said yes. Little did she know how dangerous and crazy it would be. She doesn't know what she is getting herself into. Ryan needs Bailey to help him get out of purgatory. And the how won't be so easy. Especially because Bailey is no detective nor does she have a nak for piecing things together. So this should be interesting. Marner, Ryan's old partner has excepted the fact that Ryan offed himself. Even thought it's a hard pill to swallow. So when Bailey comes to him saying things, and trying to dig things up that aren't there, he has to step in. This story took me for a loop. I would of never guessed it was 'that' that happened or that's how it would end. But the ending makes me think there will be another and that's definitely something I will be looking out for. I would love to see Bailey end up happy and with a man who can and will love her back. Just how she deserves. And Jake seems like a good guy, and the one to do it. ;)
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  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    Erin McCarthy has been one of my staple authors for a while now. When I saw that she was writing a new series, of course I was going to check it out. Gone With The Ghost moved away from her previous romance-centered books. This book is a paranormal mystery with a splash of romance on the side. Having previously read this author, I want to emphasis how small that splash of romance was. This book is clearly the first in the series and I expect to watch the relationship between Bailey and Marner de Erin McCarthy has been one of my staple authors for a while now. When I saw that she was writing a new series, of course I was going to check it out. Gone With The Ghost moved away from her previous romance-centered books. This book is a paranormal mystery with a splash of romance on the side. Having previously read this author, I want to emphasis how small that splash of romance was. This book is clearly the first in the series and I expect to watch the relationship between Bailey and Marner develop throughout the series. The book starts with Bailey walking into her kitchen and seeing the ghost of her dead best friend, Ryan. He died a few months earlier in an apparent suicide. Bailey, a home decorator and stager, quickly gets pulled into trying to solve his murder, much to the dismay of his former police partner, Jake Marner. Honestly, the relationship between Bailey and Ryan threw me for most of the book. The day he died Bailey told him that she loved him. For about half the book, I actually expected some kind of supernatural event in which they would end up together. However, the plot didn’t need another supernatural element and actually flowed very smoothly. Bailey was the right amount of confused by the paranormal and incompetent as an investigator which made sense for her character. While not at all steamy, the relationship between her and Marner has potential. The whole seeing dead people plot kind of reminded me of the earlier Charley Davidson books. This was an easy and quick read and I’m definitely going to follow the series.
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  • Jae
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey is an expert in home design, and she has her own business staging homes for sale. She's had a rough time of it lately, ever since her best friend, police officer Ryan, committed suicide shortly after Bailey confessed her romantic feelings for him. She's been wallowing in guilt ever since. However, now Ryan's ghost has come to her, insisting he was murdered and asking her to help unravel the mystery of his death. Bailey now finds herself teaming up with Ryan's former partner, Jake Marner, Bailey is an expert in home design, and she has her own business staging homes for sale. She's had a rough time of it lately, ever since her best friend, police officer Ryan, committed suicide shortly after Bailey confessed her romantic feelings for him. She's been wallowing in guilt ever since. However, now Ryan's ghost has come to her, insisting he was murdered and asking her to help unravel the mystery of his death. Bailey now finds herself teaming up with Ryan's former partner, Jake Marner, to get some answers. Unfortunately, she also must pump the sleazy cop, DeAngelo, for information, too. In the meantime, Bailey is still trying to run her business, which is made difficult when Ryan keeps popping in and startling her. For him, though, she'll do what she must to clear his name. Bailey's investigation reveals some interesting, and dangerous, clues. Not only is she beginning to realize that Ryan wasn't the paragon of virtue she believed him to be, but now her own life is in danger. This was a fantastic story. I've read other books by this author and enjoyed them, but this has been my favorite, by far. Bailey is charmingly inept, yet still so determined to find the truth. Along the way, she discovers that she and Ryan never would have worked as a couple. However, crossing paths with Marner now has her looking at him in a new light. Wonderful, light, and funny, with a touch of romance and melancholy and just enough danger to keep it interesting. Will definitely read more in this series.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    This book had me smiling and chuckling almost all the way through. It had a tiny bit of 'almost' romance. To which I say, come on sir, get your act together and get serious with Bailey Burke. Normally I like my book to have at least some action in the bedroom (or where ever the couple happen to be) but I really didn't miss it in this book. This is really a mystery book where the heroine, Bailey Burke, is trying to help her dead best friend find out how/why he died. There are a lot of smiles alon This book had me smiling and chuckling almost all the way through. It had a tiny bit of 'almost' romance. To which I say, come on sir, get your act together and get serious with Bailey Burke. Normally I like my book to have at least some action in the bedroom (or where ever the couple happen to be) but I really didn't miss it in this book. This is really a mystery book where the heroine, Bailey Burke, is trying to help her dead best friend find out how/why he died. There are a lot of smiles along the way, some twists in the tale and some loose ends that I am assuming will continue into future books.The book is written entirely from Bailey's POV and, despite her being slightly neurotic, socially awkward and quite possibly suffering from several disorders, she's one fun heroine. Any girl that falls to sleep on a tile floor following 2 (or was it 3 or 4) glasses of red wine is a winner in my book.The writing is good, I found the book extremely easy to read and follow its plot and it moved at a good pace. It's a shorter read, but is still novel length and was a 'full' story - no gaps in the plot or poorly built characters. The blurb gives you a good outline of what the book is about and I can't add too much to that as it would spoil the read. It can be read as a stand alone, although at the end there is a segue into the next book.I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
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  • moxieBK
    January 1, 1970
    Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design #1) — Erin McCarthy ( 13 chapters) —March 1 - April 5, 2018.This book has been sitting on my “Currently Reading” list for over a month…but it did not take me that long to read. It took me three evenings, tops. The plot really sped up at the end.This is one of those cozys that turns out to be fun to read. It doesn’t have the traditional ending, but it seques into the new book in the series so well, that I found myself reading the teaser chapter at the end of Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design #1) — Erin McCarthy ( 13 chapters) —March 1 - April 5, 2018.This book has been sitting on my “Currently Reading” list for over a month…but it did not take me that long to read. It took me three evenings, tops. The plot really sped up at the end.This is one of those cozys that turns out to be fun to read. It doesn’t have the traditional ending, but it seques into the new book in the series so well, that I found myself reading the teaser chapter at the end of the book and being sad when it ended.I definitely can see myself reading more in this series.The title pretty much says what the plot is about, but there are twists and turns throughout the book that keeps the plot perking along. I appreciated any author who doesn’t used prologues and epilogues; also, I didn’t see any typos or grammatical errors. There was some great humor at the right time. Gory was not written in details, but it was implied, and there was a scene where a murder is discuss, with pictures and maybe a detail or two. Otherwise, a semi-typical cozy with ghosts and romance (maybe) and a splash of humor.For stars (for completely distracting me at a time when I needed it!)
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    Bailey and Ryan have been best friends for ten years, so to call Bailey devastated is a bit of an understatement when she finds out Ryan committed suicide the same day she confessed her love to him. Almost six months to the day since his death, Bailey is still grieving and in a holding pattern, she goes to work at her furniture staging business and goes home. Her life changes when she gets home one day to find Ryan waiting for her in her house, he is a ghost and he need her help to solve his mur Bailey and Ryan have been best friends for ten years, so to call Bailey devastated is a bit of an understatement when she finds out Ryan committed suicide the same day she confessed her love to him. Almost six months to the day since his death, Bailey is still grieving and in a holding pattern, she goes to work at her furniture staging business and goes home. Her life changes when she gets home one day to find Ryan waiting for her in her house, he is a ghost and he need her help to solve his murder so he can move on. He doesn't remember anything from the day of his death except that he was on his way to her house, so it's like her embarrassing confession never happened. Bailey agrees to help Ryan and they join forces to become the furniture stager / dead cop murder mystery solving duo. This was an interesting book, there is a little bit of budding romance as Bailey realizes her love for Ryan was never more then a sibling type of love and she starts to have and receive affection for Ryan's ex-partner. Mostly the book focuses on the mystery of who killed Ryan and why, it was fun to try and take the clues and figure it out before the characters did. It'll be interesting to see where the next books in the series lead.
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  • Steven Westwood
    January 1, 1970
    Ghost of a chanceWell, first, the death of the cop by diabetic complications. Not sure which complications they could be. First, if he was drinking orange juice and eating candies, he would be doing that to raise his (low),sugar level, in which case he would not be desperate for his insulin as this would lower it further. If he was desperate for his insulin because his sugars were high, he would not be drinking juice and eating candies! I wish people would research things, this is the second boo Ghost of a chanceWell, first, the death of the cop by diabetic complications. Not sure which complications they could be. First, if he was drinking orange juice and eating candies, he would be doing that to raise his (low),sugar level, in which case he would not be desperate for his insulin as this would lower it further. If he was desperate for his insulin because his sugars were high, he would not be drinking juice and eating candies! I wish people would research things, this is the second book I've pointed out the failures of a plot involving diabetes. In this the complications are almost trivialised, which as an insulin dependent diabetic i find offensive.Right, now that's off my chest, the book. If you can suspend reality was a pretty good read, though I've a feeling it's going to turn into a series that once you have read one of them, they will all be pretty similar. Maybe I will get the next just so I can be proved right, or wrong. Either way it's certainly different to my usual authors , it was easy to read, so who knows, maybe it will become a favourite. Definitely a book to try, perhaps chill with if you want to pass a couple of hours.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!I got this book because I thought it sounded like a cute premise in a cozy mystery.Not so much.Bailey is a woman who stages homes for sale, but she once worked as a crime scene tech for the police department. Six months ago, her best friend, Ryan, took his own life. He shot himself right after she had kissed him. He was a cop and the police department say it was a suicide.Now Ryan has returned from the dead and he wants Bailey to help him find out who murdered him. He does not remember what WOW!I got this book because I thought it sounded like a cute premise in a cozy mystery.Not so much.Bailey is a woman who stages homes for sale, but she once worked as a crime scene tech for the police department. Six months ago, her best friend, Ryan, took his own life. He shot himself right after she had kissed him. He was a cop and the police department say it was a suicide.Now Ryan has returned from the dead and he wants Bailey to help him find out who murdered him. He does not remember what happened. But, he is certain he did not kill himself.So, Bailey tries to do what Ryan requested. But, mostly what she finds is that Ryan was nothing like the man she thought he was. The phrase pond scum comes to mind.I know it probably is just me, but I did not like Ryan and I could not get gung ho about Bailey. I got over her whining about her missing out on Ryan as the love of her life.There were interesting parts to the plot. But, over all, I felt weighted down by Bailey's angst, Ryan's lack of character and my loss of interest.This book is simply not one for me.
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