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Publisher Description

Expert home stager Bailey Burke has come to terms with the fact that her friend, Ryan, is a ghost, but she thought after they solved his murder together, he would get sucked into the light. Instead he’s hanging around and interfering in her love life, and mocking her inability to drink Jameson.


When a body is found near her historic neighborhood of Ohio City, mimicking the famous Torso Murders, and she starts hearing voices, Bailey thinks she’s really lost it now. Ryan’s ghost is one thing, but a whole gaggle of undead talking to her? No thanks. But Ryan informs Bailey she’s not nuts…she is a spiritual medium. And with him as middleman between the victims and the police, they can give the dead justice and he will finally get his one-way ticket to heaven. Considering Eliot Ness allegedly went to his grave bitter that it was the one case he couldn’t solve, Bailey doesn’t see how an uptight lightweight like herself can handle the modern equivalent. But now that Ryan has scared off every man she’s tried to date, including his former partner Marner, she has Saturday nights free for murder-mystery solving.


Yet dealing with the dead is more difficult than de-cluttering a hoarder’s house. Bailey finds herself pulled in all directions… and possibly conned by a killer. 

Murder By Design Series

Book 1- Gone With The Ghost

Book 2- Silence of The Ghost

Book 3- Once Upon a Ghost

Book 4- How The Ghost Stole Christmas (holiday novella)

Book 5- It’s a Ghost’s Life 

Book 6- Ghosts Like It Hot 

Bestselling author Erin McCarthy lets her humor fly in this fun series about an uptight fashion-conscious home stager who finds herself stiletto-deep in murder... 

Mysteries & Thrillers
January 4
Erin McCarthy
Erin McCarthy

Customer Reviews

WendyD1 ,

Predictable but cute

I’m enjoying the series. I’ll give it one more book to stop being so predictable. It such a great idea, I want it to be more original

PushpushStable ,

Silence of the Ghost

This delightful mystery combines all the ingredients of a good book, and allows the reader to escape into a touch of fantasy.

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