Saturday, July 9, 2016

REVIEW: A Haunted Murder by J.A. Whiting

A Haunted Murder
Author: J.A. Whiting

I'm a sucker for a good ghost story. This first book in the Lin Coffin Mystery series was a fun, spooky read.

The basics: Lin Coffin returns to Nantucket, MA after her grandfather dies and she inherits his house. She is excited to return to her hometown, and to live near her cousin, Viv, again. But, almost immediately, her life is turned upside down. As a child, Lin saw ghosts. Long ago she decided to block ghosts out of her life, and learned ways to stop seeing them. After not encountering a ghost for 20 years, suddenly when she returns to Nantucket, she starts seeing spirits again. As if that wasn't bad enough, soon her cousin Viv is a murder suspect. It seems the ghosts are trying to tell her something. Lin is running out of time. She needs to solve the murder and discover what the ghosts want before someone else dies.

As with most cozies, this is a light mystery. The ghostly, spooky elements didn't interrupt the mystery plot, but blended into it pretty well. Character development is light, but that's a given for cozy mysteries. For those who love murder mysteries and ghost stories, this series is perfect. It would be a great vacation or beach read....or a great book to pick up when you just want to relax and enjoy a story.

I enjoyed this book! The main character is funny and determined. The identity of the murderer was a bit obvious, but it didn't ruin the book. The ghost portion of the plot was spooky and interesting. I like Whiting's writing style, and found it easy to lose myself in the story. There were a couple of editing issues (like changes in voice here and there), but it didn't hurt my enjoyment of the story.

I definitely plan to read the rest of this series. I loved being able to lose myself in a spooky cozy mystery for an afternoon. I want to read the Sweet Cove series as well.

There are 4 books in the Lin Coffin Mystery series. J.A. Whiting also writes the Sweet Cove Mysteries, and the Olivia Miller Mystery series.

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