Bailey Ruth, who’s always happy to do work for the Department of Good Intentions, is surprised when Wiggins asks her to go back to her old stomping grounds to keep tabs on The Lady of Roses, a matchmaking ghost, of the local college appears to have gone from making couples to making trouble - and Wiggins is worried that she is being framed as he loved her when they were both alive. Things go awry when a couple of valuable books are stolen and the night guardsman is shot, and all evidence points to a young college student. With the police distracted, can Bailey Ruth find out who’s really behind all this?
This book was well written and enjoyable, as are all of Hart’s. this was my first introduction to her Bailey Ruth series, as I've been a fan of her Death on Demand, but I will definitely check out more of these. A great series that combines two of my favorite things, mystery and the paranormal. Four stars! _ ROCCO LOTEMPIO
Originally reviewed in Hardback in 2014. This book is releasing in paperback, October 2015.
Ghostly gumshoe Bailey Ruth Raeburn of Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions is checking out a troubling disturbance in Adelaide, Oklahoma. But what seems at first like simple vandalism won’t be an open-and-shut case…
Bailey Ruth’s supervisor, Wiggins, is worried about a dear old friend. The ghost of elegant Lorraine Marlow haunts Adelaide’s college library. Known as the Lady of the Roses, she plays matchmaker, using the fragrant flowers to pair up students. But someone’s making mischief after hours, leaving roses strewn about the library, destroying a gargoyle, and stealing a valuable book. Concerned with Lorraine’s reputation among the living, Wiggins dispatches the irrepressible redhead Bailey Ruth to investigate.
Soon after her arrival, trouble begins to stack up. A campus security guard is shot by an intruder, and Bailey Ruth uncovers a catalog of evidence blaming a student for the crimes. As a ghost, she may not be all there, but even Bailey Ruth can decipher that something isn’t adding up. So with police preparing to make an arrest, the spirited detective must race against the clock to find the real culprit, because when justice is overdue, it takes more than death to stop Bailey Ruth Raeburn…
Hardback 2014 / Paperback 2015