Thursday, September 16

Audiobook Review: Be Our Ghost by Kate Kingsbury

Author: Kate Kingsbury
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Title: Be Our Ghost
(Merry Ghost Inn #3)
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Paranormal, Fantasy, & fiction    
Format: Audiobook
Published: October 9th 2018
Where I got It: Audible

The Merry Ghost Inn is well and truly open for business. Melanie West and her grandmother, Liza, are rapidly getting the hang of running their charming bed-and-breakfast inn on the rocky Oregon coast. Not that business goes without a hitch—when your hostelry boasts its own laughing resident ghost, you’d better be expect the out-of-the-ordinary. But Melanie and Liza take it all in stride…until a hotshot real estate developer arrives in Sully’s Landing, touting his plans to build a tacky amusement arcade smack dab in the middle of the tasteful cliff-side town.

No one in Sully’s Landing can stand the gaudy developer, but it’s still a shock when he ends up murdered. It’s even more shocking when Liza’s friend, Doug, emerges as the chief suspect. Melanie and Liza put on their sleuthing caps yet again and set out to clear Doug’s name. But the ante is upped when Max, Melanie’s beloved sheepdog/wolfhound mix, disappears.

When Max reappears just as mysteriously as he vanished, with a threatening note attached to his collar, Melanie and Liza know the killer is on to them. They nearly check into accommodations six feet under when, en route to the crime scene, their brakes give out and they narrowly miss plunging over the cliffs to the beach below. Meanwhile, the merry ghost who haunts the inn tries to help by dropping clues for Melanie to find, but her mind is otherwise preoccupied when the killer kidnaps Liza and holds her prisoner.

Now, it’s up to Melanie to piece together the ghost’s clues, save her mother, exonerate her friend, keep her guests happy, and make sure Max gets his walkies.

Okay guys...I am addicted to this series apparently and this is the final one and my heart is broken. Sighsssssss.

The Merry Ghost Inn is well and truly open for business. Things have been going well for Melanie and Liza. However, things go haywire when a hotshot real estate developer arrives in Sully's Landing. No one can stand this developer and no one (except those swayed by money) wants his plans to go ahead. When he is found dead, the town is in shock. It's even more shocking how many suspects there are including Liza's friend, Doug, seems to be the chief suspect. The duo pull out their sleuthing hats again to try and find the truth and maybe clear Doug's name. The ante is upped when Max, Mel's beloved dog, disappears but then reappears just as mysteriously with a note attached to his collar telling the two to stop their questions or something worse will happen. 

This had me listening nonstop. I HAD to know who dunnit especially after the threatening note and the attempt made on their lives. This killer is dangerous. I had NO idea. I knew it couldn't be Doug. Doug is Liza's boo!!! 

But I really had no idea. The guy was well hated so his list of enemies was long. 

Once everything was revealed at the end....I was still blown away. BUT it all made sense...especially thinking back on everything the person revealed. I'm shocked it took our team this long to figure it out. 

The side mystery of Melanie's mom does conclude as well (no spoilers). However, it made me want more....I feel we were left on a slight cliff-hanger. Sure we got to know the answer, but there are more questions I have. Maybe a short story???? That would be nice. 

Also, things are still up in the air for Mel and her cop boo. Will they? Won't they? They have some stuff to figure out. 

Sighs...I am sad. This was the last one and it came out in 2018. Not sure if there will be a fourth!!! I would be content with a short story or something. I do not see anything announced or even rumors. SIGHS. HOW CAN THIS BE????

The narrator was fantastic. If another one ever comes out again...*wishes*...she will need to continue narrating them. 

In the end, I am sad to say goodbye to this series. I am upset that there are a lot of unanswered questions and there are so many loose ends. I enjoyed this mystery a lot, but I am kinda bummed at how it all ended. Maybe someday we'll get a short story at least. I'll give this 3 stars. 


- #62 for Audiobook challenge


Melliane said...

Oh it's too bad of the left questions...

Carole Rae said...

yesss too many questions are left unanswered.

Jen Twimom said...

What a bummer that you don't get another book. I hate when that happens.

Blodeuedd said...

Lol that title though

Carole Rae said...

Jen, it really is a bummer. There is more story to tell!

B, loll right???