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Mrs. Morris and the Ghost I love ghost stories Always have When I first read the blurb for this book, I knew I would enjoy the story And I did For me, this book was a mix of nostalgia for favorite haunting tales like The Ghost and Mrs Muir, and my love for cozy mysteries with a ghostly theme The basics Charlene Morris relocates to Salem, MA after her husband s death She just couldn t stand living in the house and city where she and her husband had been happy for so many years So, she bought a large estate in Sal I love ghost stories Always have When I first read the blurb for this book, I knew I would enjoy the story And I did For me, this book was a mix of nostalgia for favorite haunting tales like The Ghost and Mrs Muir, and my love for cozy mysteries with a ghostly theme The basics Charlene Morris relocates to Salem, MA after her husband s death She just couldn t stand living in the house and city where she and her husband had been happy for so many years So, she bought a large estate in Salem with the intent of opening a bed and breakfast Charlene doesn t have much time to get the house set up because it s almost Halloween, and that would be a perfect time to debut a new BB in Salem As she busies herself with hiring contractors to paint, buying furniture for the bedrooms and readying herself to start taking reservations, she notices something strange about the house It seems she isn t alone She left the ghosts of her past behind in Chicago only to trade them for a real ghost in a large house in Salem To rid herself of the ghost, Charlene finds herself investigating a death Was it a natural death.or something muchsinister I loved this story A second book in this series, Mrs Morris and the Witch, is scheduled to come out in April, 2020 I will definitely be reading the next book The ghost situation and mystery moved along at a nice pace, with plenty of suspense, quirky local characters and suspects I like the characters.although I do get a sneaking suspicion there might be a love triangle of sorts ahead in this story line I hope not.that particular plot device is over used in cozies Charlene is an intelligent, strong and interesting main character She s trying to put her life back together while working through grief I m anxious to see how she is going to work through owning a haunted BB I think in Salem that would be a positive thing for a tourist based business I can t wait to see how the ongoing plot and characters develop in this series Very enjoyable cozy I m definitely going to be readingby this new author I voluntarily read an advanced readers copy of this book from Kensington via NetGalley All opinions expressed are entirely my own Great book It was mostly down to the author s style of writing, but the plot drew me in as well Advertising executive Charlene Morris has lost her husband With no kids, no spouse and nothing to keep her tied to Chicago, she embarks on a new adventure as a bed and breakfast owner in Salem, Mass She can t believe her luck when she becomes the owner of a very affordable yet very beautiful 8,000 square feet house Soon, it becomes clear why the asking price of this elegant property was so low I Great book It was mostly down to the author s style of writing, but the plot drew me in as well Advertising executive Charlene Morris has lost her husband With no kids, no spouse and nothing to keep her tied to Chicago, she embarks on a new adventure as a bed and breakfast owner in Salem, Mass She can t believe her luck when she becomes the owner of a very affordable yet very beautiful 8,000 square feet house Soon, it becomes clear why the asking price of this elegant property was so low It is haunted by the ghost of Jack Strath, who died at the bottom of the stairs 3 years ago Jack needs someone to help him find out how he was murdered so he can move on in the afterlife But it s not long before the two become friends and Charlene isn t so sure she wants him to move on Charlene Morris needs a change something different after the death of her husband Moving from her home in Chicago to a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts that she s never seen sounds about as different as it gets But then she didn t expect to wake up on her first night in the gorgeous house to the ghost of the former owner, Jack Strath, standing at the foot of her bed Now if she ever wants to get her house ghost free in time to open it as a B B for the tourist season, she s going to Charlene Morris needs a change something different after the death of her husband Moving from her home in Chicago to a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts that she s never seen sounds about as different as it gets But then she didn t expect to wake up on her first night in the gorgeous house to the ghost of the former owner, Jack Strath, standing at the foot of her bed Now if she ever wants to get her house ghost free in time to open it as a BB for the tourist season, she s going to have to solve Jack s murder.Author Traci Wilton has brewed a wicked concept Charlene wanted a new life, but she never intended to dive into someone else s, and that s what makes her such a compelling sleuth Where others are nosy for the sake of being nosy, she has a legitimate reason for investigating the murder there s a ghost in her house and he needs to move on However, she s still dealing with the loss of her husband, which often makes her hesitate in trying new things This mystery allows her to grow, coming out of her grief as she attempts to aid Jack, and Wilton expertly blends the overall mystery against Charlene s time of personal change.And this hesitancy works because sometimes Charlene bumbles through the investigation She s clunky with her questioning, pointed with accusations, and earnest in her theories no matter what the evidence suggests And yet it all clicks Charlene comes across as sincere, though timid, and as though she s trying her best.However, the mystery itself is a bit of a slower burn than an average cozy There s a lot of world building, with Charlene slowly integrating into her new Salem community The majority of the action takes place in the house, sometimes limiting her interactions with other characters And this makes sense because part of Jack s background as a ghost means that he s not allowed to leave his home s grounds Wilton combats this with a lot of renovations and running errands, and it s obvious that future installments will be served by actual BB guests andcomfortable interactions with locals.Even so, the paranormal aspects run away with the show Charlene and Jack s interactions are fascinating as the two navigate the rules of ghost dom, and their relationship from reluctant acquaintances to genuine friends binds the story together It s a spooky, somewhat heartwarming start to a series.Note I received a free ARC of this book through NetGalley Meh I was really excited about this book my bestie loves Salem and so I was looking forward to a book that celebrates that city and all things witchy Yeah, that is SO not what I got What I got was a book that started off good a grieving widow leaves all she knows to buy an old house in Salem to turn into a B B sight unseen and finds a gorgeous, magnificent, house anda ghost Who is thrilled, that after 3 years, someone can see him, hear him and believe in him He tells Charlene that h Meh I was really excited about this book my bestie loves Salem and so I was looking forward to a book that celebrates that city and all things witchy Yeah, that is SO not what I got What I got was a book that started off good a grieving widow leaves all she knows to buy an old house in Salem to turn into a BB sight unseen and finds a gorgeous, magnificent, house anda ghost Who is thrilled, that after 3 years, someone can see him, hear him and believe in him He tells Charlene that he was murdered and THEN expects her to just jump in and solve his murder Which she does And that is where this all starts to go south And even as she finds out disturbing things about Jack and his past, she continues to both help him and adore him And it is just really unbelievable And the endingPUH LEEZE Just stop Please I also need to know where all the women in Salem are, that every single man that Charlene meets has the hots for her EVERY SINGLE ONE Really INSERT GINORMOUS EYE ROLL And a love triangle between a ghost and a cop that looks like a young Sam Elliot I DESPISE love triangles and if you read my reviews, you know how much I despise them , as they are the epitome of lazy writing not to mention all the massive flirtations from every man she meets as stated above which really describes this whole book and story line And I can tell you right now, if I was Charlene, I would not even be thinking of picking a ghost Have you SEEN how Sam Elliot ages MmmmMmmmMmmm Overall, this was a tepid and bland read for me with the mystery being barely veiled and easily discovered and I will not be looking for book 2 when it comes out Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review 2.5 starsThis cozy mystery was recommended to my by a friend who knows that I adore all things related to Salem, MA Well, make that almost all things A main character who moves to a new town to open a bed and breakfast as a new start is fairly cookie cutter as a premise The place being haunted isn t muchoriginal Mrs Morris and the Ghost is unique in that it includes the perspective of the ghost as well as that of the MC Unfortunately, the ghost isn t all that likable, and the romance 2.5 starsThis cozy mystery was recommended to my by a friend who knows that I adore all things related to Salem, MA Well, make that almost all things A main character who moves to a new town to open a bed and breakfast as a new start is fairly cookie cutter as a premise The place being haunted isn t muchoriginal Mrs Morris and the Ghost is unique in that it includes the perspective of the ghost as well as that of the MC Unfortunately, the ghost isn t all that likable, and the romance elements in the book are off putting at best This one was a miss for me I won t be reading book 2 Release Date July 30, 2019 Genre Paranormal Cozy Mystery Actual Rating 4.5 starsI really enjoyed reading Mrs Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton I actually read it in one day This is the first book in the Salem B B Cozy mystery series It s a paranormal mystery as well In the last few years I haven t found any paranormal cozies that I could really get into but with this one I did So I am super excited for the next one there is a sneak peek at the end of this book In this one, rea Release Date July 30, 2019 Genre Paranormal Cozy Mystery Actual Rating 4.5 starsI really enjoyed reading Mrs Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton I actually read it in one day This is the first book in the Salem BB Cozy mystery series It s a paranormal mystery as well In the last few years I haven t found any paranormal cozies that I could really get into but with this one I did So I am super excited for the next one there is a sneak peek at the end of this book In this one, readers will meet Charlene Morris who is a new transplant to Salem Massachusetts After her husband died she decided she needed a chance of scenery and is now opening a BB in the historic town of Salem If you know anything about Salem MA then you will know that this is the place where the witch trials took place So it comes as no surprise that the author includes the paranormal here Charlene of course doesn t believe in ghosts and haunting even though the place she chose to reside is known for the paranormal That is, until the previous owner of the home shows himself in spirit form Needing to find out who killed him leads Charlene to pursue answers Who could have killed the handsome doctor who had everything going for him And why doesn t anyone want to tell her about him and his life before he passed All these answers andwill be revealed in Mrs Morris and the Ghost and you won t want to miss it This is the perfect start to a new cozy mystery series and I am truly excited for the next one I think the title is going to be Mrs Morris and the Witch as shown though the first chapter preview at the end of this one I hope the author will publish it sooner rather than later as I am already ready for my next fix There is just something about this series that really speaks to me If you have a chance I recommend giving this one a try It releases at the end of July Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation But when she decided to open her BB there, she expected guests not ghostsA grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed and breakfast On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strath and explains that he used to live here when he was alive He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won t be able to leave until someone figures out who If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she ll have to investigate Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her A new cozy mystery series set in Salem, Massachusetts Charlene Morris needs a fresh start after the death of her husband and buys an estate in Salem in order to open a Bed and Breakfast What she doesn t know is that her first guest is already there.Description A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed and breakfast On her first night in the house, she awakens to find A new cozy mystery series set in Salem, Massachusetts Charlene Morris needs a fresh start after the death of her husband and buys an estate in Salem in order to open a Bed and Breakfast What she doesn t know is that her first guest is already there.Description A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed and breakfast On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strath and explains that he used to live here when he was alive He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won t be able to leave until someone figures out who If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she ll have to investigate Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her.Thoughts I ll be honest cozy mysteries are always hit or miss with me So when in the first paragraph we learn the main character had bought an 8,000 sq ft house sight unseen my internal response was already a little disbelieving and was doubting how the book review would go But, it won me over I still find buying that kind of house like that a bit odd, but there is a charm within the story that kept me engaged and entertained Somewhere between Charlene meeting Jack the ghost and all the house setup she needs to do in order to open the BB is a lovely story about a woman trying to move forward in life She s not ready to begin dating yet, but you can tell she s getting there.This first book leads up to right before she opens the BB and handles all the preparations she has to make in order to get it ready purchasing furniture and other decorative items, hiring staff, marketing, and learningabout the town so that she can recommend restaurants and sight seeing places However, she does all this while also trying to solve Jack s murder because after all, who wants a ghost in the house to scare guests away Under the premise of trying to findinformation about the property she lives in so that she can do a write up for the guests, Charlene begins to ask questions a lot of questions This causes her to make friends and then to really annoy them Now that I ve finished the book, I ll be curious to see what some of the relationships are like in the next book Have some of these folks forgiven her or gotten over her questions Or, maybe we don t see them again and so it s all good I got the impression, though, that a few of them are reoccurring characters so I suspect we ll find out.The ghost is a likeable character who floats in and out of the story His emotions sometimes seem to Charlene to be a little uneven she suspects it is due to him being a ghost or the topic of his murder It will be nice to see how the relationship changes now that everything is out in the open and there are nosecrets out there I also hope we getof the minor character Minnie in the upcoming books when she is around there isof a homey atmosphere about the place and story I also see her as someone Charlene can potentially confide in and discuss certain issues or questions with in future mysteries.At the end is a sneak peak of the next book in the series Mrs Morris and the Witch If you are a fan of cozy mysteries, I definitely recommend giving this one a try It has a nice premise and good cast of characters and with it being a BB there is a lot of opportunity for side stories that can keep us entertained.Rating 4 starsThanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the advanced reader copy and the opportunity to provide and honest opinion Mrs Morris and the Ghost A Salem B B Mystery, Book 1Traci Wilson5 StarsSynopsis Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation But when she decided to open her B B there, she expected guests not ghostsA grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed and breakfast On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue Mrs Morris and the Ghost A Salem BB Mystery, Book 1Traci Wilson5 StarsSynopsis Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation But when she decided to open her BB there, she expected guests not ghostsA grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed and breakfast On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strath and explains that he used to live here when he was alive He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won t be able to leave until someone figures out who If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she ll have to investigate Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on herGoodreads Review I thought that Charlene was a smart caring lady who is mourning the loss of her husband She has moved to New England to get a fresh start, and she decides to open a BB There is one small problem, the house is occupied by a ghost named Jack After getting over the initial shock of Jack being a ghost, Charlene agrees to help find out if Jack was murdered, in hopes of him being able to move one The characters are well developed and well rounded I enjoyed getting to know Charlene and Jack and I liked how their relationship grew as the book went on Detective Sam Holden is a great guy and he has shown some interest in getting to know Charlene better.The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions kept me engaged from the very first page The mystery was well plotted and had enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider I was not sure of the culprit until it was revealed.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery Paranormal cozy ghost stories are some of my favorites to read and this book fit in that category very nicely I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate I took a break and was off cozy books as I found them to be too formulaic, but the cover of this book and the Ghost in the title drew me in Spooky ghostly cozy are my new favorite And this book hit the right spot in me.Charlene moved to Salem with its rich history to open a Bed and Breakfast Wanting to make it a success, she worked hard to get it ready for a Halloween opening and soon banged into the its lone ghostly occupant, Jack Oh, he was a yummy one She soon learned that for him to mov I took a break and was off cozy books as I found them to be too formulaic, but the cover of this book and the Ghost in the title drew me in Spooky ghostly cozy are my new favorite And this book hit the right spot in me.Charlene moved to Salem with its rich history to open a Bed and Breakfast Wanting to make it a success, she worked hard to get it ready for a Halloween opening and soon banged into the its lone ghostly occupant, Jack Oh, he was a yummy one She soon learned that for him to move to the great beyond, she needed to find his murderer And the story rolled on.My first book by author Traci Wilton, and I was sooo enad by her writing She drew me in not only with the story but with its depth and maturity There was a richness in the prose, an attention to detail which quickly made a place in my heart The story may seem familiar, but believe me, it is Traci s storytelling talent which made me feel as if I was with Charlene I even had a small crush on Jack Both these characters grew on to me, though I didn t like Jack s temper much Ah well, I couldn t very well argue with a ghost or tell him to calm down.It was a murder mystery filled with knickknacks of furnishing of the BB and the snippets of the people of the town All of them were potential murderers in my list of suspects The pace was slower than I was used to But I enjoyed it thoroughly.Overall, a fun, cozy read in a rainy afternoon


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