Gone With The Ghost (Murder By Design  Book 1) - Erin McCarthy

Date Published: May 3, 2017

Format: Ebook

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: October 26-27, 2019


Read for Halloween Bing Amateur Sleuth square



Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…

Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.

An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.


Pretty good cozy mystery for a freebie from the NOOK store. I liked Bailey and Marner, Ryan the ghost I could have done with a little less. I actually didn't guess who the killer was until the very end when it was revealed. Bailey is smarter than she gives herself credit for and it comes in handy; the girl can't lie to save her life though which makes for some weird sleuthing. It does veer into shallow chick lit territory, especially when it comes to comments about women's bodies (specifically Bailey's body). If my library has the series, I will pick them up to read.