Genre(s): Cozy Mystery, Paranormal
Maplemead Castle is crawling with ghosts, and the new owners need them gone. When Melody Bittersweet and the Girls’ Ghostbusting Agency arrive on scene, they quickly identify the troublemakers swinging from the chandeliers… literally.
A century ago, stunning trapeze artist Britannia Lovell plunged to her death, and has done every night since. But did she really just fall, or was there something more to her demise?
Forced to work with Leo Dark, her scoundrel ex, and infuriating, irresistible reporter Fletcher Gunn, Melody’s investigative powers are under strain (i.e. lost in a pink mist of lust and confusion). She needs her team on top form, but best friend Marina’s cake pipeline goes AWOL, assistant Artie’s distracted by a giant sausage roll, and the pug is scared witless by a lion.
Somewhere, hidden in the castle, is a heart-breaking secret, but what will it take to find it? And is there a chance it could set Britannia free, or is she doomed to repeat her last fateful act forever?
I absolutely devoured the first book in this series and was eager to start reading the second one. I went into Maplemead with high expectations and was not even slightly disappointed.
I don’t even know what the best part of this book was because it was all so good. The writing style, the plot, the characters… Everything that you want in a good book was there in spades. It was ridiculously funny, a little bit steamy, and all in all a rollicking good time.
I think what I loved most is that the mystery isn’t too complicated, yet still manages to keep you guessing until the end. There are also lots of twists and turns, and any red herrings thrown in aren’t so obviously red herrings that they’re annoying. The mystery aspects are also interwoven perfectly with the rest of the novel’s elements, particularly Melody’s growth as a character. Serial cozy mysteries are great for a spot of good entertainment, but they often lack in character development. In many cases, that’s not a problem. But I think the addition of Melody’s journey as an independent business woman adds something critical to this story.
I cannot wait until the next book comes out! To anyone who hasn’t started this series, you need to!