Review of Ghosts, Alibis, and Apple Pies

Ghosts, Alibis. And Apple Pies

Michelle Bishop Paranormal Cozy Mysteries, Book #1

J A Holder

5+ Stars


Michelle Bishop has spent most of her life hating her nemesis, Georgia Beauregard. When the town beauty queen herself suddenly dies, Michelle is the only one who isn’t mourning. But Michelle has just discovered there is something far worse than a living, breathing bully. Try being haunted by a dead one.

As Michelle and Georgia try to figure out their newfound supernatural connection, a murder rocks the peaceful community of Carder Bluff, Arkansas. Now, the ghost of the victim is also appearing to Michelle. It seems she and Georgia are the only ones who can help send this poor, annoying soul on his way. Can these two enemies learn to put aside their differences to solve a murder in their hometown?

Ghosts, Alibis, and Apple Pies is the first book in a new paranormal cozy mystery series by J.A Holder. If you enjoy Southern cozy mysteries with humor, heart, and a supernatural twist, you will love this series.


Sometimes when you read a book something just clicks with you.  That is what happened when I read this book.  I enjoyed it so much and I was sad when the book ended.  But this is only the beginning of the series so that makes me happy.

The characters are well developed and well rounded.  Michelle is a likable character and she has an adorable cat.  Michelle learns that she has been in a serious accident but has no memory of it.  She learns that she was not alone in the car.  Georgia, someone who bullied her every chance she got, was also in the car, and she was killed.  When Georgia appears to Michelle as a ghost, Michelle must find a way to get rid of her.  Reading about their bickering and banter is very funny.   When a person is killed, Michelle and Georgia have to combine forces and try to figure out who the culprit is.

The author is very talented in his descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the beginning.  The story flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.   The mystery is well plotted and not easily solved.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  And if you enjoy a ghost story as much as I do, give the book a try and find out for yourself how good it is.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book and provided my honest review.

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