Gone With The Ghost by Erin McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen. Which he is…
Ryan claims he didn’t commit suicide, but was murdered, and he needs Bailey to help him find his killer so he can earn his ticket out of purgatory. Ryan’s counting on a stairway to heaven, as opposed to wings, since that might be a little unmanly for a cop, even a dead one.
An expert in home design, with her own staging business, Bailey can tell you where to place a couch to improve flow and comfort, but solving a crime? Not her area of expertise. But with help from Ryan’s former partner, Marner, she is unraveling the mystery of what happened to Ryan that day… and unwittingly putting herself in grave danger.
This story did not turn out the way I thought it would. I love that Bailey believed and stuck by Ryan even when it becomes very apparent that Ryan is undeserving of her loyalty. However, she comes across as a bit of a doormat. Not just with Ryan, who tends to fly off the handle at any given moment and still expect her to drop everything to help him, but a doormat to everyone else. I just wish she womaned up more often