Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth Mysteries, No. 1)

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Bailey Ruth Raeburn has always been great at solving mysteries. Why should a little thing like her death change anything? In fact, being dead gives her more of an opportunity to be on top of events. Bailey Ruth is delighted that her unique position as a ghost makes it possible for her to lend a helping hand, sometimes seen and sometimes not. And if anybody needs a little help, it's Kathleen, the pastor's wife. There's a dead man on her porch, and once the body is discovered, the pastor is sure to become a suspect.

Uncharitable people might call it meddling, but Bailey Ruth knows Kathleen needs her help! As a member of Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, Bailey Ruth goes back to earth to extricate Kathleen from a dire situation. If Bailey Ruth has to bend a few rules to help Kathleen save her family, Wiggins, her fussbudget supervisor, will make sure it all turns out right in the end.

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An accomplished master of mystery, Carolyn Hart is the author of twenty previous Death on Demand novels. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards. She is also the creator of the Henrie O series, featuring a retired reporter, and the Bailey Ruth series, starring an impetuous, redheaded ghost. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City.

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*Starred Review* Award-winning mystery author Hart introduces a new series with an unusual premise. This time her crime solver is a ghost, Bailey Ruth Raeburn. Bailey has been in heaven for some time now and is looking for a way to lend a helping hand. She visits the Department of Good Intentions and is recruited to help someone on Earth who is in big trouble. Before her supervisor, stationmaster Wiggins, is able to train his good-hearted emissary (what ghosts are called in heaven) in the eight precepts, an emergency dispatches Bailey off on her first assignment. She ends up in Adelaide, Oklahoma, and is expected to help Kathleen, a pastor’s wife, who has just discovered a dead man on her porch right before Halloween. Now Wiggins knows that his new recruit is inquisitive and lively (actually he thinks she is impulsive, rash, forthright, and daring), but he has no idea just how much trouble she can get into. Before she helps solve the crime, Bailey manages to break at least half of the precepts, but all ends well, and she will be able to continue as a probationer in her next assignment. This could be Hart’s best series yet. The most appealing attribute of her masterful, self-assured writing style is her wry humor—imagine Bailey, who has been dead for decades, learning about cell phones and computers for the first time. --Judy Coon

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