title: Better Homes and Hauntings
Plot Type: Paranormal Mystery Romance
Ratings: Violence—3; Sensuality—3; Humor—3
Publisher: Pocket (6/2014)
Supposedly, the Whitney family has been cursed since Catherine's death. After the murder, all direct descendants and even distant relatives have suffered financial ruin. The current owner of the Crane's Nest is Deacon Whitney, who is the first of the Whitney family to have overcome the curse and achieved financial success. While the ghostly mystery drives the plot, Harper also includes two budding romances and a handful of quirky characters to liven up the story.
Harper has also written three paranormal romance series:
Click HERE to read my reviews of the books in her JANE JAMESON SPIN-OFF SERIES.
So…the author isn't strong in plotting and details. Luckily for the reader, Harper's strength lies in her characterization. Each member of the Crane's Nest team has a well-developed personality and back-story, which is incorporated into his or her behavior and dialogue as the action plays out. One of my favorite lines in the book is Deacon's description of himself as he wonders how it is that Nina's touch can keep him calm: "Deacon's brain hadn't been calm since he'd discovered online gaming and Mountain Dew." (p. 176) I know a few guys just like that.
If you are looking for a marshmallowy (light and sweet) paranormal mystery with an entertaining group of characters, this would be a great beach read for you. Click HERE to go to this book's page on amazon.com to read an excerpt. Just click on the cover art on that page. There is also an excerpt further down on that same page.