Title: Haunted House Ghost
Author: James C. Cudney
Genre: cozy mystery
Is this part of a series? Yes, book five of the Braxton Campus Mysteries.
Published: October 1st, 2019
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Fall is in the air and it’s time for the annual Fall Festival! Haunted hay rides, corn mazes, and a renowned psychic. Kellen is roped into helping out with the festivities by his overbearing nana/mayor.
At the same time, he’s helping his daughter cope with her no-longer-dead mother, his nephew integrate into school and life away from his elephant-saving father, and getting a fifty year old house habitable. Strange things are going down with the construction crew, though. Missing/ moved tools and threatening messages.
When the old library’s demolition unearths a fifty year old corpse, Kellen is pulled into investigating, if only to be sure that the body isn’t wife of the man that sold him the house, negating the sale. What happens, though, if the truth wants to stay buried?
I love this series for a lot of different reasons. It moves fluidly from one book to the next, like one long story. That said, you could still start anywhere in the series and get a great story. The characters are wonderful, and their relationships are constantly growing. It really is a fun, vibrant community that you get to revisit over and over again.
The plots are always a bit outlandish, but in the very best way. It’s a fantastically fun, quick, adventure. In this specific book, I especially enjoyed the budding relationship between April and Kellen. It’s sweet and authentic, I felt like it added a lot of charm to the story. Discovering pieces of everyone’s past was also really interesting. I feel like this series embodies the best parts of a cozy mystery. The drama, the mystery, the deception…. all cut with humor and charm. It’s never too dark, too heavy… it’s more light and …well… cozy. For me, this is a four star book.
On the adult content scale, there’s some language and violence. There wasn’t anything too over the top, and I would still hand this book to my niece. Let’s give it a three.
The book is out. Have you read it?