New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Hart's warm-hearted sleuth returns in the ninth Bailey Ruth Ghost Novel, with a case that will test even her Heavenly powers
After a busy morning dispatching emissaries from Heaven's Department of Good Intentions to those in need, Bailey Ruth Raeburn is feeling flush with success. So when an urgent call for help comes through from her old hometown, she can't resist taking on the mission herself. After all, what could go wrong?
With the shouted warning of her boss, Wiggins - "Irregular! Problematic!" - ringing in her ears, she arrives to face a shocking scene: Professor Iris Gallagher leaning over the corpse of her colleague Matt Lambert, the murder weapon clutched in her hand.
Bailey Ruth is only sent to help the innocent, but things are looking very black for Iris. With Wiggins breathing down her neck, and her old friend Police Chief Sam Cobb casting doubt on her every theory, Bailey Ruth must uncover the truth - or this could be the last trip to earth she's ever allowed to make.
MWA Grand Master Hart's delightful ninth novel featuring ghost Bailey Ruth Raeburn (after 2017's Ghost on the Case) sends Bailey Ruth, of heaven's Department of Good Intentions, to her hometown of Adelaide, Okla., where a murder has just occurred. Cool, self-possessed Goddard College professor Iris Gallagher is standing over the body of slimy college fund-raiser Matt Lambert holding the murder weapon, a man's sock "apparently filled with a heavy substance." She's telling nervous Robert Blair, a newly minted lawyer, that she didn't commit the crime. Robert's agreeing to dispose of the weapon later gets him in trouble with the police for tampering with evidence. When an impoverished student next turns up dead with Iris at hand, she's arrested. In the course of gathering information on Lambert's activities, Bailey Ruth identifies several suspects, including prominent local George Kirk. The murders may be related to the earlier death of George's wealthy wife. Bailey Ruth's concern for the vulnerable makes her a particularly endearing sleuth. Fans of paranormal cozies will be in heaven.