Review of Haunted Homicide


Avery Morgan has been hired to breathe new life into the Portage Path Women’s Club, but first she’ll have to deal with a dead body and a meddling ghost.

Avery Morgan has had a harrowing first week on the job as manager of the Portage Path Woman’s Club. Not only is she in charge of a grand old home with a mountain of maintenance problems and scheduling nightmares–thanks to a recent fire in the Marigold meeting room–but she’s also got Muriel Sadler to deal with. Muriel is the current president of the club, the one “nay” vote when the rest of the board voted “aye” to hiring Avery.

After a morning of dealing with another one of Muriel’s snits and a meeting with the delicious and delightfully unsettling Ben Harkness, who will be handling renovations in the fire-damaged portions of the house, the last thing Avery needs is for one of the fuses to blow. Again.

She grabs her handy flashlight and heads into the basement, where she stumbles across Muriel’s body. She also stumbles across an unexpected helper, Clemmie Bow, the ghost of a young woman who was accidentally killed in the building almost a hundred years ago.

Together the Clemmie and Avery are determined to solve Muriel’s murder before the killer sends Avery to join Clemmie on the other side.  (Goodreads)


The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Avery has a new job: manager of the Portage Path Woman’s Club.  She has her hands full learning the ropes and dealing with Muriel, the club president.  Muriel is mean, unhappy and does not like many people.  Avery has no idea how she is going to get along with Muriel, it will not be easy.  When she finds Muriel dead, she knows that things have gone from bad to worse.  Now, on top of everything else she has going on, she has to try and figure out the killer.  Ske will have help from Sergeant Alterman, known to his friends as Oz, and some of the women from the Portage Path Woman’ Club.  And the resident ghost, Clemmie, that only Avery can see.  I personally would have liked Clemmie to be more involved in the book.  That is only my opinion and others may not agree with me.  

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning.  The writing style flows smoothly and the book was a quick easy read.  The mystery was well plotted and not easily solved.  I was not completely sure of the culprit until it was revealed at the end.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you like a ghost in your mystery, like I do, grab this book and enjoy.

Haunted Homicide (A Haunted Mansion Mystery Book 1) by [Lucy Ness]