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, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read an Erin McCarthy book in years and this book made me wonder why I waited so long. Her books are light and funny and incredibly easy to read. This book, which is part mystery and part paranormal was great from start to finish. McCarthy reminds me a bit of Janet Evanovich. Her heroine struggles with unrequited love and guilt. In her personal life she has professional success but not in datining and love. She is tasked with the job of helping her deceased friend, who she believes she I haven't read an Erin McCarthy book in years and this book made me wonder why I waited so long. Her books are light and funny and incredibly easy to read. This book, which is part mystery and part paranormal was great from start to finish. McCarthy reminds me a bit of Janet Evanovich. Her heroine struggles with unrequited love and guilt. In her personal life she has professional success but not in datining and love. She is tasked with the job of helping her deceased friend, who she believes she loves, solve his murder. In the process that she realizes that she never knew him as much as she thought and is able to start moving on. I laughed my way through the entire book, entertained from beginning to end. If you enjoy light-hearted stories this might be the next book for you. It isn't a typical romance book with hot love scenes and a resolution of everlasting love by the book's conclusion. It is obvious that Bailey's live will continue to experience growth and is ripe with possibility and I can't wait to read the next story!
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  • Erin Mcmahon
    January 1, 1970
    I was given this book in exchange for a fair review.So this book was fantastic it's more like old school Erin McCarthy it reminds me of the Cuttersville series. I love how she did it and added some mystery.Bailey has been head over heels in love with with her best friend Ryan forever. She has been stuck in the friends Zone though. She always dreamed they would end up together but instead he died... Bailey has been devastated over his death ruled out as a suicide she never believed that but had n I was given this book in exchange for a fair review.So this book was fantastic it's more like old school Erin McCarthy it reminds me of the Cuttersville series. I love how she did it and added some mystery.Bailey has been head over heels in love with with her best friend Ryan forever. She has been stuck in the friends Zone though. She always dreamed they would end up together but instead he died... Bailey has been devastated over his death ruled out as a suicide she never believed that but had no way to prove otherwise until he showed up 6 months later.Ryan is stuck and in order to cross over he needs to find his killer he choose Bailey to help him. Bailey is hoping to help and find the closure she was looking for ane someday love. She realizes that there is many secrets he has kept from her and he isn't the perfect guy she thought he was.I loved this book it was sweet and funny and a little bit of mystery. I can not wait to read the next one!! don't miss Erin McCarthy's latest book!!
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  • Naturalbri (Bri Wignall)
    January 1, 1970
    This was such and exciting, fun and very entertaining read. This mystery had a way with capturing my attention from the start and really holding it right through to the last page. McCarthy wrote and excellent book, filled with characters that had been developed very well. Each had personality, and really added to the depth of the story. This made it very easy to get to know them and become attached to them, or learn to mistrust them. I loved this, as it added to the feel of the book. The pace wa This was such and exciting, fun and very entertaining read. This mystery had a way with capturing my attention from the start and really holding it right through to the last page. McCarthy wrote and excellent book, filled with characters that had been developed very well. Each had personality, and really added to the depth of the story. This made it very easy to get to know them and become attached to them, or learn to mistrust them. I loved this, as it added to the feel of the book. The pace was excellent and really lent itself well to the mystery genre. I was kept wondering and guessing, whilst still feel I really know the surroundings and what was taking place. The pace gave a certain feel to the book, which made me excited to read it, each night I sat down. Overall, I think this is a book a lot of mystery lovers will really enjoy. It captures your attention and really keeps you completely engaged throughout. I loved the writing style and the depth put into the book, and feel lots of other readers will love it just as much!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This first book in the Murder By Design series is a good change of pace from Erin McCarthy's most recent books. Those who are familiar with Ms. McCarthy's books and have read her Vegas Vampire series, this book reminds me a lot of that series. It has a supernatural component with a little bit a laughter and a little bit of romance. This is a very light read and I enjoyed it great and hope to read more in the series.Bailey Burke told her best friend that she loves him, and he precedes to go to a This first book in the Murder By Design series is a good change of pace from Erin McCarthy's most recent books. Those who are familiar with Ms. McCarthy's books and have read her Vegas Vampire series, this book reminds me a lot of that series. It has a supernatural component with a little bit a laughter and a little bit of romance. This is a very light read and I enjoyed it great and hope to read more in the series.Bailey Burke told her best friend that she loves him, and he precedes to go to a park and commit suicide. Or so Bailey has thought for the last 6 months. But when one morning she spots Ryan's ghost in her kitchen, she learns that he was not murdered and he is stuck in limbo until he solves his murder. Bailey proceeds to try her best to be a detective but she fumbles along the way. Will Bailey be able to find closure while also solving her friends murder? Or will things go wrong and will she find herself in jeopardy?
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  • Becky Claxon
    January 1, 1970
    This book was totally different from what I usually read, but I really liked it! Bailey's friend Ryan, a cop, is dead and ruled a suicide. Bialy has been upset for six months now as she felt she made him kill him self because she tried to kiss him and change their relationship. One day Ryan shows up n her apartment and is a ghost. He tells her he is stuck in purgatory and can't get out until he figures out who killed him. Bailey can't believe her eyes at first, but then agrees to help Ryan.The b This book was totally different from what I usually read, but I really liked it! Bailey's friend Ryan, a cop, is dead and ruled a suicide. Bialy has been upset for six months now as she felt she made him kill him self because she tried to kiss him and change their relationship. One day Ryan shows up n her apartment and is a ghost. He tells her he is stuck in purgatory and can't get out until he figures out who killed him. Bailey can't believe her eyes at first, but then agrees to help Ryan.The book is cute in how Ms. McCarthy handled the whole story. I sure didn't know who had killed him until the end of the book. I love vid the suspense and also the levity of the story. There is also somewhat of a love story. The book doesn't end, but let's us know that there will be another story in the future. I encourage you to read the book. I voluntarily read an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book.
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  • Moondance
    January 1, 1970
    The day I tried to kiss my best friend Ryan he killed himselfBailey Burke has had a rough six months. The day she decides to profess her love for her best friend Ryan becomes his last. Imagine her surprise when Ryan shows up in her kitchen asking her to find out what really happened to him. Bailey's sleuthing turns up dirty cops and information about her best friend that she didn't know. Ryan's best friend Jake who is also a police officer has been hurting over the suicide as well. He tries to k The day I tried to kiss my best friend Ryan he killed himselfBailey Burke has had a rough six months. The day she decides to profess her love for her best friend Ryan becomes his last. Imagine her surprise when Ryan shows up in her kitchen asking her to find out what really happened to him. Bailey's sleuthing turns up dirty cops and information about her best friend that she didn't know. Ryan's best friend Jake who is also a police officer has been hurting over the suicide as well. He tries to keep Bailey out of the case to no avail once she realizes there is more than meets the eye.This was a quick read. I felt so badly for Bailey as she learned more and more about her best friend. No reason was given in why Bailey could suddenly see the dead. Perhaps just he strong bond that she and Ryan had in life. The murderer was a bit of a surprise to me as I didn't pick up a fe clues along the way. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Kim Turner
    January 1, 1970
    This is a new series by Erin McCarthy and it's not something that I usually read, but I really enjoyed this book. It's the first one in the new series. I loved meeting Bailey, who's still mourning the loss of her best friend Ryan who died 6 months ago. He comes back to her, appearing in her kitchen because he wants her to investigate his murder. This was a very different romance novel so please give it a shot because I really do believe that you'll really like this book. It's a standalone so you This is a new series by Erin McCarthy and it's not something that I usually read, but I really enjoyed this book. It's the first one in the new series. I loved meeting Bailey, who's still mourning the loss of her best friend Ryan who died 6 months ago. He comes back to her, appearing in her kitchen because he wants her to investigate his murder. This was a very different romance novel so please give it a shot because I really do believe that you'll really like this book. It's a standalone so you don't have to worry about getting to the end and cursing because you have to wait for book two, but I am looking forward to the next books in this series. **I was given an ARC of this story for my honest review**
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  • Kendra Needs
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so good, I literally could not put it down, from the story to the characters, it was all just so good.This story is about Bailey, her best friend Ryan killed himself six months before, but when Ryan suddenly shows up one day Bailey thinks she has really lost it, Ryan is dead, having killed himself after she confesses her love for him. It doesn't take Bailey very long to realize Ryan is a ghost and only she can see and talk to him and he is there to ask Bailey to find out who killed This book was so good, I literally could not put it down, from the story to the characters, it was all just so good.This story is about Bailey, her best friend Ryan killed himself six months before, but when Ryan suddenly shows up one day Bailey thinks she has really lost it, Ryan is dead, having killed himself after she confesses her love for him. It doesn't take Bailey very long to realize Ryan is a ghost and only she can see and talk to him and he is there to ask Bailey to find out who killed him....wait a minute who killed him.The things that Bailey will do for her best friend even though he is dead will make you realize what true friendship means.This is the first book in the start of an amazing new series and I cannot wait for the next book.
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  • Jimnlori
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this new book by Erin McCarthy was a lot of fun and totally worth the read! Bailey Burke's best friend was found dead six months ago from an apparent suicide, but Bailey doesn't believe that is what happened which makes coming to terms with his death even more difficult. Ryan in ghost form appears in Bailey's kitchen six months after his death telling her that he believes someone killed him and he wants Bailey's help finding out what happened and who was involved. Bailey believes she's I thought this new book by Erin McCarthy was a lot of fun and totally worth the read! Bailey Burke's best friend was found dead six months ago from an apparent suicide, but Bailey doesn't believe that is what happened which makes coming to terms with his death even more difficult. Ryan in ghost form appears in Bailey's kitchen six months after his death telling her that he believes someone killed him and he wants Bailey's help finding out what happened and who was involved. Bailey believes she's losing her mind and doesn't know who to trust, but finding the truth might help her move on and join the living again.I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
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  • marieno
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsGone with the Ghost is part of a series of 3 books where Bailey Burke is the heroine. Ryan, her dead best friend, is back as a ghost 6 months after his death. Bailey is the only one who can see him. Together, (But mostly Bailey) they try to prove that Ryan didn't commit suicide but was murdered.At the begining of the book, Bailey was in love with Ryan but he didn't share her feelings. During the investigation, she will meet other cops like Jake/Marner and DeAngelo. When finally the trut 3.5 starsGone with the Ghost is part of a series of 3 books where Bailey Burke is the heroine. Ryan, her dead best friend, is back as a ghost 6 months after his death. Bailey is the only one who can see him. Together, (But mostly Bailey) they try to prove that Ryan didn't commit suicide but was murdered.At the begining of the book, Bailey was in love with Ryan but he didn't share her feelings. During the investigation, she will meet other cops like Jake/Marner and DeAngelo. When finally the truth comes out, it's really a "crazy fest"It was a fun read with a lot of original ideas but I'm in no hurry to read the other books.
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