I need to begin this review to iterate the fact that not all Cozy Mysteries are a hit with me, I have finicky tastes when it comes to reading books like this, and the review should be read with that in mind. Also, I am in the minority when it comes to the opinion on the book, and almost everyone else who has given it a shot has loved it!
I liked the narrative style and the author’s writing, this is usually not the case when I do not enjoy a book but I have to give credit to the author for writing well. It reminded me in a vague way of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir by Josephine Leslie because of the dynamics between the lead protagonist and the ghost in the tale. My problem was with the tale itself. Mrs. Morris of the title bought a house without actually visiting the location before finalizing the deal. This house has a resident ghost who manages to make contact and put forward his dilemma. Now, it was hard to get invested with the lives of all the characters because they are all lying or obfuscating the truth more than half the time, and the motivation for actually solving the old case seems trivial at best. There is no actual sense of urgency in the events and I guessed the ending a couple of chapters before the end which took away that last bit of excitement. Despite all this, I think the series has potential, and the people were interesting but I think fewer characters could have been introduced in this first installment and then once the ambiance felt right, more people could have joined the fray. It is a quick read and I would recommend this to readers of the genre because it has all the requirements of a cozy read, it just wasn’t one for me.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers but the review is completely based on my own reading experience.