Better Dead

A B&B Spirits Mystery, #1

Pamela Kopfler sets up a new series with this hauntingly entertaining mystery. The start of the B&B Spirits Mystery series has Holly Davis. She is a different heroine. To be completely honest I’m not positive I felt a connection with her. I guess I was just surprised that the entire town seemed to know what a jerk her husband was and she didn’t have a clue. I couldn’t help but wonder if she was self-centered or genuinely in the dark. Burl Davis is a genuine jackass and dying hasn’t changed that. In fact he is such a bad guy that his personality further influenced my connection with Holly. Jack McCann is a bit of a mystery, a mixture of a tough city cop and a small town sweetheart. But of all the characters my favourite was actually Holly Grove; okay so technically the former plantation isn’t exactly a character but it is just a larger than life presence and it seems to actually come alive. Holly’s best friend has the best reaction to the ghost and the concern of the small town for Holly’s well-being is often hilarious. If you’re looking for a cozy mystery with southern charm and an interfering dead guy this is the one for you.

The Story: Holly Davis is on the verge of divorcing her cheat of a husband instead he dies and now she stuck with his ghost and more debt than she thought possible. but now she’s trying to save her family legacy, bust up a drug ring and perhaps rekindle the romance with an old flame.

Book Blurb for Better Dead

As the owner of a charming Louisiana bed and breakfast, Holly Davis believes in Southern hospitality—but she draws the line at welcoming the ghost of her cheating husband . . .

Burl Davis checked out of this life a little earlier than expected—before Holly could serve him with divorce papers over his extramarital flings. Unfortunately, it was not before he nearly bankrupted her beloved B&B, Holly Grove, a converted plantation that has been in her family for generations. Holly would never wish anyone dead, but three months later she's feeling a lot more relief than grief.

Until Burl's ghost appears as an unwelcome guest. Before his spirit can move on, her not-so-dearly departed needs Holly’s human help to bust up the drug smuggling ring he was involved with. She has reservations, to say the least, but agrees to assist him if he’ll make a show of haunting the B&B to draw in visitors. But when Holly’s former love, Jack McCann, mysteriously resurfaces in town and checks in, she has to wonder if her B&B is big enough for the ghost of her husband and the very real physical presence of her old flame . . .

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2017 3.50