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Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner?
by Teresa Watson
Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner:
A Ghost Writer Mystery
Setting – Texas
Print Length: 393 pages
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Cam Shaw is hoping that her life will be ghost-free from now on. But that hope dies with the appearance of Mac “the Faker” Green, a wise-cracking ghost from Vegas who has followed her grandmother home. And during the opening night of Blithe Spirit, someone has sent Susan Ingram to her ghostly afterlife. What does her death have to do with the death of her mother-in-law fifty years ago? Who is trying to wipe out the Ingram family one person at a time? And when will that Vegas ghost stop sticking his nose into Cam’s business?
When the book started out with a disappearance of “two old people” I wasn’t sure where we were headed, but we quickly learn the “old people” have gone to Las Vegas to get married, and one has been banned from 1 casino, I knew the fun was just beginning.
Cam Shaw and her dad travel to Vegas to bring the “old people” home but they also bring home Mac “the Faker” Green. Mac happens to be a ghost. Cam seems to have a way with ghosts and this one is going to really test her patience.
Shortly after they return Cam is helping her mother set up for the opening night of a dinner production of Blithe Spirit. There she meets another ghost who helps her with the table settings. Trying her best to handle 2 ghosts, Cam is happy to just enjoy the play but before Act II begins a scream rocks the place. You got it, murder and ghost number 3, and she is related to ghost #2 who also happened to be murdered. What in the world is going on in Texas? I forgot to mention Cam’s boyfriend, Mike, is the chief of police, and he can’t see or hear the ghosts. They are going to have to work together to solve these murders.
Teresa Watson has scored high marks with me for this story. She has created some fine characters and constructed a story that held on and didn’t let go.
There is a big cast of characters, but she gives us a list to refer to before the story even starts. I missed the first story in this series so I appreciated that very much. After the first couple of chapters I knew who was who and what was what. They are all very unique and their personalities come through quickly. The ghosts were so well written and truly reflected the way they were before their lives were cut short.
Cam, short for Camille, is a ghostwriter, and is a great protagonist. She presses hard for answers, sometimes a little too hard, but really is just trying to help. She bangs heads with Mike a few times when she thinks he is withholding information. They are taking their romance slow and that is probably a good thing.
I really liked her grandmother Alma, one of the “old people”. She is 84, feisty, opinionated, and a card shark. She is also softhearted and thinks the world of her granddaughter. I did enjoy the whole family dynamic.
Now this mystery has so many twists and so many turns and without the help from the ghosts Mike would probably still be scratching his head. The criminal/s covered their tracks very well now and in the past.
The author left some things unfinished so I can’t wait to see where she takes us next. I know I want to see what happens between Cam and Mike and how Alma adjusts to married life. I am also curious about the ghosts that may visit. I know there are plenty more good stories coming soon.
About The Author –
I’m the daughter of a semi-retired Methodist minister, and have spent most of my life living in Texas and New Mexico (no, I am not a native Texan; I was born in the state of Washington). I graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in 2000. I taught school for a couple of years before realizing that I really wanted to spend my time writing.
I’m a daughter, mother, wife, sister. Currently, I live in North Texas with my husband (still getting used to being an empty nester!). I love sports, and spend my free time harassing my husband about his Cowboys losing to my Redskins (and Steelers). Who Invited the Ghost to Dinner? is my tenth book (second book for the Ghostwriter series). I also write the Lizzie Crenshaw Mysteries (next book for this series is Death Drives a Zamboni).
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