However with few “ remember when… ” recaps on events that transpire in past books, I just felt at home with Allison and her crew ( daughter, Melissa, and resident ghosts, Maxi and Paul) and had no problem catching up.
And, obviously, that ’ s anothe doub that I have to remember his is my favorite in thi series so far.In Chance of a Ghost, Allison Kirby, guesthouse owner and part-time ( reluctant) private detective whose clients consist mostly of the recentl dead looking to ind out what or who made them hat way, is obliged to investigate he possible murder of her other ’ s ghost visitor, a former “ thespian, ” Lawrence Laurentz.
He claims to know how to bring the ghost of Allison ’ s son ( who, until recently, had been having weekly visits with her niece, but hadn ’ t shown up for a few year), but can only help bring him back if Allison solves his “ murder. ” To solve his case, Allison must deal with an angry six-foot-tall transvestite, a Viagra-smuggling ring, and ndure a horrific performance of Peter Pan ( a New Old Thespian ’ s production) where Wendy is a senior citizen trying to convince Peter it ’ s cool to grow old and Neverland is, I quote, “ thi place where nothing is on Medicare. ” And, surprisingly, this somehow all ties into a murder of the “ actor ” and the isappearance of her already-deceased father?
You wil see why I was ore than half way through thi book before I ca even venture a guess as to who the iller was – and I was in he dark until the very end about where her daughte was ( or why he disappeared) .A lot of what I liked about Chance of a Ghost, however, were things I ’ ve loved about all the books.For starters, Allison is just anothe great haracter.
Loudmouthed, somewhat temperamental Maxi – in her jean miniskirts and sarcastic screened t-shirts – is easily the most colorful character ( I happened to be reading tha book while my husband was watching The Sopranos and now Maxi has officially taken on the most obnoxiously perfect accent!) .This would ’ ve been a five-out-of-five star review, except one little thing kind of nagged at me.Well, two things ( both of which are spoilers so I ’ m comin to ide them): ( view spoiler) [ At the eginning of chapter 26, Morgan ( the guest and former police chief that is helping Allison with her case), has just arrived from doing some investigating and looks pleased.
“ We woul have some suspects, but we have no proof at all. ” I kept flipping back to his initial statement that they had everythin that would help them “ make an arrest in a ay or two ” to see if I missed some implied sarcasm or something, but I couldn ’ t find any.Also in chapter 26, Morgan is detailing each of the suspects ’ histories and notes that Frances has two sons “ Barry, a harmacist and Mark, an accountant.