Review of Phantoms and Felonies


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.

When a local theater troupe puts on a new play at the club, manager Avery Morgan is excited. This is just the sort of event that’s destined to bring in potential new members. Okay, millionaire banker Bob Hanover has more bucks than talent and has used his position to grab the lead role, but that seems like a small price to pay…until Bob is found dead backstage.

Bob rubbed many people the wrong way, but would anyone want him dead? The short answer to that is: Who wouldn’t want him dead? His long-suffereing wife had to put up with years of womanizing. The show’s playwright has been tricked out of his one great idea by Bob, who claimed it as his own work. And Bob bankrupted one of the town’s small businessmen. The choices are many and the time to find the killer is running short.

Avery is working overtime to keep the club open and find the killer. Fortunately, she has help with the latter task. Clemmie Bow was once a singer in the speakeasy in the club’s basement. Now she’s a ghost who’s also a top-notch detective. Together Clemmie and Avery will find the killer—even if it kills one of them. (Goodreads)


The characters are well rounded and well developed.  Avery once again finds herself having to solve another murder.  This time, banker Bob Hanover is found dead backstage of a play that Avery’s Portage Path Women’s Club is putting on.  She will have to look for clues and try to solve it, while still doing her job for the Women’s Club.  She tries to help Oz, the sergeant working the case,to figure it out and catch the culprit.   And she has Clemmie, the resident ghost that only Avercy can see and hear, to help her with the sleuthing.  

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.  The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and the descriptions took me on a journey to find the killer.  The mystery was well plotted and there were enough clues to sift through and suspects to consider.  You have to put on your thinking caps to try and figure out the killer.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  I am already looking forward to the next book and seeing what Avery and Clemmie are up to.  

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Berkeley Publishing Group, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.