Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Book Review: Ghost of a Chance by Amy Patricia Meade

When I finished reading the first Marjorie McClelland Mystery, Million Dollar Baby, I would not have believed that the second one could be even better!  Could Creighton be more charming?  Jameson more annoying?  Marjorie more clueless?  The answer turned out to be, “yes” to all three!

When Ghost of a Chance opens, only a short time has passed since Marjorie and her two would-be suitors, Robert Jameson and Creighton Ashton solved the case of a mysterious suicide, murder and missing ring.  But it’s been enough time for Marjorie and Detective Jameson to become engaged.  Creighton hears the news while attending a local carnival, and he’s just about to tell Marjorie of his feelings for her when they are interrupted by a scream.  It seems that a body has been found on the Ferris Wheel.  A man in a suit is deadwithout a mark on his body.  Marjorie is determined it’s murder, but she needs Creighton to help her convince Jameson.  Creighton wants no part of another case, and he definitely doesn’t want to tag along with Marjorie and her new fiancĂ©.  When Marjorie succeeds in proving to Jameson that Mr. Nussbaum was indeed murdered, Creighton sees an opportunity to win her heart.  But Jameson convinces him to back off, and Creighton decides to pursue another interest.  Meanwhile, there seems to be no end to the number of suspects in the murder case, including two wives, a son, a daughter, a gangster, two men in black suits and a woman dressed in white and wearing a veil.  When Jameson mentions to Marjorie that Creighton is in love with her, she doesn’t believe him, and Creighton certainly proves it isn’t true in his attempts to protect his heart from being broken again.  Even though they are both determined to keep apart, they are repeatedly thrown together by the case, as at least one of their suspect’s life is in danger.  As the chase gets hotter, Marjorie must decide which of the two men truly holds the key to her heart.

I still love the Majorie McClelland Mystery series!  I love how the titles are taken from popular songs of the day, that are woven into the story, but without the author trying too hard.  Once again Amy Patricia Meade has written a story with all the charms of an Agatha Christie mystery, with a little romance novel thrown in!  A lot of the clues turned out to be dead ends, and there was a plot twist I didn’t expect.  When Robert Jameson was first introduced in the first book, I liked  him and hoped he would win out over Creighton, but this book served the purpose of making me love Creighton more and Jameson less.   Without giving too much away, let me say that I was thrilled with the ending, and can’t wait to read the next book in the series!    

Happy Reading!



I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for this review.  All opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required.  Look for Ghost of a Chance on sale now.

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