Review of Ghost Mortem

Ghost Mortem
Ghost Detective, Book #1
Jane Hinchey
5 Stars

51941234. sy475 Synopsis:

Whoever said that ghosts exist must be out of their mind.

Oh, wait. That was me. I said that. If you’d told me yesterday that ghosts were real I would have smiled, nodded, and called a shrink to fix your deluded little mind. Now it’s my turn to question my sanity when the ghost of my best friend turns up in my apartment. Was it the tequila shots the night before causing this apparition? Or one too many bumps to the head — let’s face it, clumsy is my middle name, it really wouldn’t surprise me if I’d done some irreparable damage to my grey matter over the years.

Now I have to accept that the paranormal does, in fact, exist. But sadly, my ghost friend is lacking something besides his body. His memory. He doesn’t know how he died but suspects foul play and he wants my help to find his killer. I can’t refuse, I’m a sucker for a good mystery and the chance to bring my friend’s killer to justice is too good to pass up.

Surprises abound as I discover a secret talent for sleuthing, not to mention an unexpected inheritance of a talking cat among other things. But the biggest problem of all? Captain Cowboy Hot Pants, or as he likes to be called, Detective Kade Galloway of the Firefly Bay PD. He’s one smokin’ cop, but my distrust of the police runs deep and despite his assurances that he’s here to help can I really trust him, or is his offer of assistance designed to keep me from discovering the truth?

I guess I’ll find out when death comes knocking on my door.

Join Audrey Fitzgerald in the Ghost Detective series, a paranormal cozy mystery featuring a cat, a ghost, and a murder to solve. (Goodreads)


This book is just what I look for in a cozy mystery. It is funny, has great characters, a great mystery and it has a ghost. I could not ask for anything else.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. Audrey is smart, inquisitive and very down to earth. Her whole world changes when her best friend, Ben, is killed. He is now a ghost that only Audrey can see, and he wants her to figure out who killed him. She has to help him figure it out, but since he cannot remember anything, it will be up to her to catch the killer. Audrey has inherited his house, his PI practice and his talking cat, Thor. To say that Audrey’s life is complicated would be an understatement, but if anyone can handle it, it is her.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story right from the very beginning. The mystery was well plotted and carried on well throughout the entire book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a ghostly cozy mystery. This book is a great beginning to an awesome series.

New Releases For The Week Of June 7th, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of June 7th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 3 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.


Witch of a Godmother (Witch Reborn Book 1) by [Belinda White]

The most powerful witches live more than one lifetime.

I’ve come to realize that now. The natural order of things is for a mother to raise her children. Not the other way around.

My new housemate Kimberly doesn’t know yet what (or who) her newborn daughter is, but I do. I was there when she was born and shared a short soul-gaze with my own mother. Someday, I’ll have to break the news to Kimberly, but not today.

Or this week, it looks like. Not with all the shenanigans going on in Wind’s Crossing.

Who would have thought buying a simple desk at an estate auction would lead to so much trouble for my little shop? The break-ins ticked me off, but I could live with them. I had my own way of handling things like that.

But when the last break-in yielded a dead body? Well, a witch has to draw the line somewhere.

Besides, I’m a Ravenswind Witch and head priestess of the Gemstone Coven. We don’t rest until justice is served. One way or another.

Witch of a Godmother is the first book in the Witch Reborn Series, a Paranormal Witch Cozy Mystery starring none other than Opal Ravenswind, witch extraordinaire. This series is the second series featuring the Gemstone Coven’s witches. If you want to start at the very beginning, check out the Accidental Familiar Series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Murder & Merino: A Knitorious Murder Mystery Book 3 by [Reagan Davis]The 3rd book in the Knitorious Murder Mystery series!

*Paperback and Kindle Unlimited available from June 8th, 2020*

My name is Megan and I have a knack for two things: discovering dead bodies and uncovering secrets.

I don’t go looking for dead friends and neighbours. They just show up.

Like when my best friend and I are on our way to lunch, and stumble across Jill Plumb’s dead body.

Jill’s death was no accident. It was murder. Untangling the mystery of her death unravels a string of secrets that were never meant to be revealed. 

One of these secrets cost Jill her life, but which one? 

With a little help from my friends, I’m determined to find out, and get Jill’s killer off the streets of my sweet, cozy town before they kill again. 

Stitches are like clues, individually they don’t look like much, but look at a bunch of them together and suddenly you have a sock… or a killer. 

The ebook includes a link to a free knitting pattern at the end of the book

If you like your cozy mysteries with a bit of humour, small town Canadian life, a hint of romance, a close circle of quirky, lovable characters that you wish you knew in real life, dogs and cats, and free knitting patterns, there’s something in this series for you

Clean read: no graphic violence, sex, or strong language.

For fans of Nancy Warren, Maggie Sefton, Anne Canadeo, Sally Goldenbaum, Angela Pepper

Other books in the series:

  1. Knit One Murder Two
  2. Killer Cables
  3. Murder & Merino  (Amazon)   


Editions Available:  Kindle













Simmering Stu (Jane Delaney Mysteries Book 6) by [Pamela Burford]A hot tub can be a great place to decompress—provided your tub toy isn’t a Glock 9-millimeter. When Death Diva Jane discovers that Stu Ruskin has taken decompression a little too far, everyone assumes his sudden demise was self-inflicted. The result of a guilty conscience perhaps? After all, no one who knew Stu would describe him as a Boy Scout.

Jane begins to suspect murder when disturbing revelations come to light, involving a blood feud, secret recipes, and a (haunted?) bed-and-breakfast inn with a dark history going back to Colonial times.

As if a hot-tub homicide weren’t enough to deal with, Jane is more than a little conflicted about yummy bad boy Martin McAuliffe. All she really knows about the sexy bartender is that he has a mysterious past and is a darn good kisser. But hey, Sexy Beast approves of him, and when has Jane’s neurotic canine sidekick ever steered her wrong?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Garters and Gargoyles: A paranormal cozy mystery (Vampire Knitting Club Book 10) by [Nancy Warren]A Secret Society leads to Murder

The Gargoyle Club is a secret society in Oxford’s Cardinal College, where privileged young men from important families get drunk and rowdy and cause trouble. Rafe, as a member of the club, is not impressed with these newest Gargoyles.
Meanwhile, a social climbing high school friend of Lucy’s is in town. Is she really after an art history degree or is her purpose more devious?
When someone dies during a club dinner it looks like more than boys behaving badly. It’s up to Lucy and her undead knitters to solve the crime.
From a USA Today Bestselling Author. This is part of the vampire knitting club series but each book can be read as a standalone. These books are free of swearing and gore and packed full of quirky characters, magic, a touch of romance and a lot of fun. Join the club today. Being undead not a requirement.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















The Vernon Case (A Markham Sisters Cozy Mystery Novella Book 22) by [Diana Xarissa]

Janet Markham doesn’t like coincidences. When she and her sister Joan spend a day running errands and she keeps seeing the same man over and over again, it worries her. When that same man nearly dies of a drug overdose that evening, Janet is even more concerned.

Another day, another man who keeps crossing Janet’s path, and then another drug overdose worry her even more. Is someone in Doveby Dale, the village the sisters call home, dealing in drugs? There are some new arrivals in the village and in neighbouring Little Burton. Maybe one of them is the culprit.

Can Janet help the local police constable, Robert Parsons, work out who’s behind the overdoses? Will Joan be able to help or is she too distracted by wedding plans to pay attention? How angry will Edward Bennett, the man in (and out) of Janet’s life, be if she gets tangled up in another police investigation? This one feels a good deal more dangerous than most. Can Janet stay safe or will her nosiness put her into real danger this time?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















A Banshee and a Bookshop (Patricia Fisher Mystery Adventures Book 4) by [steve higgs]When the moon is high, can you be sure a shadow is just a shadow?

When an old school friend begs for her help, Patricia takes on a case more suited to her friend Tempest Michaels …

… a criminal dubbed ‘the banshee’ is attacking people in their homes and paralyzing them with its scream.

The police believe it is a burglar with a unique twist, but Tempest seems to know differently. The two teams join forces again, but this case will test them to their limits – how do you tackle a criminal who can paralyze you before you get to them?

The answer is surprising, even to Patricia.

Climb on board for another hair-raising adventure as Patricia and a full cast of friends go all in to prove there’s no such thing as the paranormal …

… let’s just hope they’re right.

Author cozy guarantee: This series contains no bad language or graphic descriptions of violence or bedroom activities.

Steve Higgs brings everyone and everything to life. His characters are so believable, and I found myself so invested in their lives. Read this! You will not regret it. – Amazon customer.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Do you love Cornwall, with its cliffs and breakers, sleepy fishing harbours and villages? Would you like to meet a real English Lord? And do you enjoy an authentic, well researched historical crime story? With the author you will accompany the renowned Baker Street detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his friend Dr Watson, on their journey to Cornwall. There, in idyllic surroundings, they are faced with seemingly impenetrable questions, leading to desperate villainy. A fifty-year-old history of intrigue, smuggling, betrayal, murder and revenge waits to be revealed, and you are there, with Holmes and Watson.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Paperback

















Biscuits With The Banshee (Witch Hazel Lane Mysteries Book 5) by [J. L. Collins]Welcome to Witch Hazel Lane…

A scorching summer in Witch Hazel Lane brings with it a bone-chilling surprise.

The only thing on Birdie Devaine’s mind is to find the perfect job. What she doesn’t expect is to be woken up in the middle of the night by haunting wails from the graveyard.

A banshee. Right here in her own backyard. A banshee’s cries only mean one thing – a sinister death looms. Someone Birdie knows is going to die, but the question is who?

To make ill omens worse, her downright devious aunts are back in town and may throw a wrench in her desperate search for the would-be victim.

They have their own plans and need Birdie’s help. She knows nothing is ever that simple with the Aunties, and has no time for their games… until they offer their specific services to help her. Now she has no choice but to accept the deal.

Is it possible to solve this murder mystery before the actual murder? Can she use magic to find the poor soul before it’s too late?

This book contains plenty of southern sass, friendship, some delicious comfort food, and a little bit of magic along the way!
Collect your free recipe inside!

Perfect for readers of Annabel Chase, Amy Boyles, and Samantha Silver!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Island Investigation (Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery Book 6) by [Susan Harper]You really should know better than to go on a three-hour tour to a deserted island.

A cozy mystery from International Bestselling Author Susan Harper

Hope, Felix, and Dae-un are taking advantage of their day off for some fun in the sun. When a last-minute opening puts them on a boat tour to a deserted island, they prepare for an unforgettable adventure. But someone isn’t going to be leaving the island. Can Hope and her friends find a killer on a deserted island?

Island Investigation is part of the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series. If you like fast-paced mysteries with interesting characters, exotic locations, and unexpected twists, you’re going to love the Caribbean Cruise Cozy Mystery series.

Download Island Investigation and start solving your next mystery today!

Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












Witcher Upper (A Magical Renovation Mystery Book 1) by [Amy Boyles]Clementine thought she had escaped the past…boy, was she wrong.

Southern gal Clementine Cooke is busy. The house renovation business she runs with her best friend in the small town of Peachwood, Alabama, is thriving. That is until Clementine discovers her partner dead, encased in poured concrete.

It looks like murder. Clementine starts to investigate, quickly realizing that not only had her so-called best friend spent years lying to her, but plenty of folks wanted her dead–from the unionized wizard mafia to the old lady quilting club. But even with haters coming out of the woodwork, Clementine finds herself fighting off suspicion. She must locate the killer before the local police chief tosses her in jail and throws away the key.

With no one to turn to, she enlists the help of a wizard suffering from amnesia. But there’s a hitch–he might not remember who he is, but Clementine does, and for her own reasons, she’s not talking.

Can Clementine clear her name and save her business? Or will this be one magical renovation that winds up in demolition?   (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle












The Full Scoop: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Riley Ellison Mysteries Book 4) by [Jill Orr]


Reeling after tragedy hits close to home, young journalist Riley Ellison becomes obsessed with uncovering the secret that led to her grandfather’s murder years before and that just took another life in Tuttle Corner. Her desperate search for answers leads her down a dark path, both personally and professionally, as she struggles with how far she’s willing to go to get answers. Just as she finally discovers the truth, she’s forced to choose between exacting justice and protecting the people she loves most. With pressure coming in from all sides, Riley has to look deep within to decide if she can let go of the past in order to hold on to the future.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback
















Double Trouble (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 9) by [Gretchen Archer]Davis Way Cole smells T-R-O-U-B-L-E when she’s fired from half of her part-time job at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. The quarter-time job she’s left with is lulling her to sleep, exactly what she’s doing when Birdy James, centenarian director of the casino’s Lost and Found department, disappears. With five million dollars.

Davis just can’t help believing Birdy didn’t do it, if for no other reason, she’s too old to spend it. If Davis doesn’t find the little old lady and the money fast, she’ll lose what’s left of her job, at which point, there goes her Bellissimo everything.

What she needs is a good luck charm. What she gets is her home invaded by hard-headed women, a soft-hearted little man, and major carpet troubles, the combination of which sends Davis’s already suspicious mind into overdrive, and landing her between a jailhouse rock and a very hard place.

A little less conversation and a lot more action are called for if Davis has any chance of saving herself, her family, her marriage, her job, and the heartbreak hotel she calls home. Thank you. Thank you very much.

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DOUBLE TROUBLE by Gretchen Archer | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback