Ghost of A Chance

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In 1935, it 's imply not ladylike for young me to involve themselves in macabre matters such as murder. But fiercely independent mystery writer Marjorie McClelland, a.k.a. Miss Never-Say-Die, can? t resist when another killing strikes their small Connecticut town. No one remembers the poison dart hit a man riding the Ferris wheel at the church festival. Much to the annoyance ... moreIn 1935, it 's imply not ladylike for young omen to involve themselves in macabre matters such as murder. But fiercely independent mystery writer Marjorie McClelland, a.k.a. Miss Never-Say-Die, can? t resist when another killing strikes their small Connecticut town. No one remembers the poison dart hit a man riding the Ferris wheel at the church festival. Much to the consternation of her fianc?, police detective Robert Jameson, Marjorie finagles her way into the investigation. And soon Creighton Ashcroft, a wealthy Englishman hopelessly smitten with the beautiful writer, is helping out, too. Together, the unusual trio piece together he life of the victim who left behind two wives and a huge gambling debt. While the case unfolds, Marjorie faces another dilemma that sends her heart into a tailspin. Should she marry the reliable, if dar, police detective... or is she ready to risk security for passion?
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Number of Pages
312
Original Title of the Book
Ghost of A Chance: A Marjorie McClelland Mystery (#2)
Publication Date
Published April 1st 2007 by Midnight Ink

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Unfortunately though a lot of thi novel ( like the las one) felt over-the-top or unrealistic, it all fit in the screwball comedy world of a 1930s romp.Also, major props to the uthor for making the main character a mystery novelis.

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; 14, You 're just in time too/ You 're just in time, too; 16, creativity runs in the family I see/ creativity runs in the family, I see; 18, Oh come on/ Oh, ome on; 20, What do you mean 'There is n't any' Creighton/ What do you mean, 'There is n't any,' Creighton; 20, Oh yes, very easy/ Oh, yes, very easy; 22, your next word may be used/ your next word MIGHT be used; 24, Yes it is/ Yes, it is; 34, He may even call off/ He MIGHT even call off; Page 34, do n't you Mrs. Patterson?

; 36, glimpsing Marjorie and Creighton his demeanor suddenly darkened/ glimpsing Marjorie and Creighton, his demeanor suddenly darkened; 39, Me too/ Me, too; 46, No sirree/ No, sirree; 48, against the hard terrazo floor/ against the hard TERRAZZO floor; 49, Oh no, we live here/ Oh, no, we live here; 52, who pass it to his secretary/ who WILL pass it to his secretary; 56, Oh well/ Oh, well; 57, No sir/ No, sir; 57, Oh yes/ Oh, yes; 59, Ha ha/ Ha, ha; Page 62, Oh she does/ Oh, she does; 62, Oh no/ Oh, no; 65, in the Nussbaum 's hotel room/ in the NUSSBAUMS' hotel room; 65, Oh good/ Oh, good; 71, Oh I do n't know/ Oh, I do n't tel; 75, I hate you Herbert!

; 102, you too/ you, too; Page 105, I did n't lie either/ I did n't lie, either; 105, Yes you did/ Yes, you did; 106, protective of your wife are n't you/ protective of your fathe, are n't you; 106, --- oh wait, I 'm wrong!

; 106, Why that no-good/ Why, that no-good; 112, Oh no, and me wearing/ Oh, no, and me wearing; 112, that ha a mess too/ that was a mess, too; 112, Well there 's no reason/ Well, there 's no reason; 113, probably best Marjorie and I/ probably best THAT Marjorie and I; Page 113, do n't you, Vanessa.

; 150, Yeah and left his wife/ Yeah, and left his wife; 155, Ha ha/ Ha, ha; 156, I 'm surprised too/ I 'm embarrasse, too; Page 156, Ok, but why not arrest them/ OK, but why not arrest them -- or -- Okay, but why not arrest them ( either is acceptable, though I lean toward " okay "); 157, Although, it pretty much exonerates/ Although it pretty much exonerates ( comma is not needed); 159, My lov, Marjorie/ My dear Marjorie ( comma is not needed); 160, Probably the other side too/ Probably the other side, too; 163, It does n't seem fair does it?

; 164, Oh yes/ Oh, yes; Page 165, Oh Vanessa!

; 189, Did n't stick around for long though/ Did n't stick around for long, though; Page 189, I 'm ure she 's sorry too/ I 'm glad she 's oka, too; 190, but the Cullen 's ca n't even access/ but the Cullens ca n't even access ( plural, not possessive); 192, Yes, well I guess/ Yes, well, I uess; 194, It is is n't it?

; 203, Why you shameless little hussy/ Why, you shameless little hussy; 205, You heard him ladies/ You heard him, ladies; 207, more than a couple words/ more than a couple OF words; 209, You 're very smart then/ You 're very smart, then; 213, Oh no, I wanted/ Oh, no, I anted; Page 214, Oh I 'm sure/ Oh, I 'm sure; 215, Oh yes/ Oh, yes; 217, Oh good/ Oh, good; 225, to keep Josie in lipstick, who knows.

; 258, Unless, Natalie poisoned herself/ Unless Natalie poisoned herself ( comma is not needed); 258, Oh yeah, yeah/ Oh, eah, yeah; Page 260, the situation that way could she/ the situation that way, could she; 261, I do n't either/ I do n't, either; 261, Umm, no Noonan, I do n't hink/ Umm, no, Noonan, I do n't kno; 261, Oh they will/ Oh, they will; 263, What is this about Miss McClelland/ What is this about, Miss McClelland; 265, Now think Bernice/ Now think, Bernice; 265, do n't you Miss McClelland/ do n't you, Miss McClelland; 267, he was there too/ he was there, too; 268, it 's th ood thing too/ it 's th ba thing, too; 272, Oh no/ Oh, no; Page 275, And Stewart of course/ And Stewart, of course; 276, That 's strange considering the check was cut/ That 's strange, considering the check was cut; 276, Industrial espionage perhaps/ Industrial espionage, perhaps; 278, You explaine that you 'marched straight into your doctor 's office.'/ You said that you 'WALKED straight into your doctor 's office.' ( quote from page 121); 279, do n't you dear?

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Puttin a break from adapting their whirlwind sleuthing adventure into her latest boo, Marjorie and Creighton are headed to the carnival for some well deserved fun.

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Meade peppers the storyline of Ghost of a Chance with enough red herrings to keep you guessing, giving the mystery several rich layers that are a great deal of fun to watch unfold on the page.

Meade mixes the small-town feel of a mystery show such as Kidnapping, She Wrote and endows it with enough period charm to bring the Depression-era US to vivid life.

But more than setting details, Meade anchors her characters in he time period.

Meade crafts her characters with a cinematic touch, and for classic movie lovers it ’ s difficul not to imagine Marjorie ’ s adventures unfolding in black and white like the classic screwball comedies of the time period.

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