First in the series that’s “a winning blend of mystery and the paranormal, with a little humor and romance thrown in for good measure” (Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author).
When something goes bump in the night . . . it’s most likely a plumbing problem. But fake medium Eleanor Wilde is happy to investigate and cleanse your home of spectral presences—for a fee. Hey, it’s a living . . .
Ellie has an ailing sister to care for and working as a ghost hunter who doesn’t believe in ghosts helps cover the bills. When she’s lucky, it also pays for the occasional tropical vacation. On her latest job, though, she may be in for some genuine scares.
The skeptical, reserved, and very rich Nicholas Hartford III has flown her all the way to his family’s ancestral estate in England—supposedly haunted by a phantom named Xavier. Nicholas thinks it’s all just as much a crock as Ellie’s business is, but his mother is sure that Xavier is real, and he’s willing to employ Ellie if she can put a stop to the nonsense. But when an actual dead body appears—and subsequently disappears—at Castle Hartford, she’ll have to apply her talent for trickery and psychological insight to solve a flesh-and-blood murder.
“A fun story with likable characters and a plot that kept me guessing until the end.” —Rose Pressey, USA Today bestselling author
“Berry mixes a cunning whodunit with sly humor in what promises to be a winning paranormal series.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Eleanor Wilde, the narrator of this outstanding series launch from Berry (Stealing Mr. Right as Tamara Morgan), makes a decent living as a fake medium, because she's good at reading people. Her earnings help to support her catatonic sister, Winnie, at Happy Acres Sanctuary in Upstate New York, where Nicholas Hartford III, a wealthy Englishman, tracks her down. Nicholas, who shares Ellie's skepticism, wants her to come to his ancestral estate in Sussex, to disabuse his mother of the mistaken notion that the place is haunted by a ghost named Xavier. Since the price is right, Ellie agrees. On arrival at Castle Hartford, Ellie is greeted by Rachel Hartford, Nicholas's niece, who she later discovers is at least partly responsible for Xavier's antics. The stakes rise when Ellie literally stumbles on a body on a hidden staircase inside the castle. Guided by Winnie's voice, Ellie investigates a murder that relates to a family tragedy. Berry mixes a cunning whodunit with sly humor in what promises to be a winning paranormal cozy series.