A Ghost of a Chance (first in The Witch Woods Funeral Home series) – Did not finish
Author: Morgana Best
Genre: Cosy mystery, paranormal, australia
My rating: Unrated
Release Date: Published 15th November, 2015 by Ghost Books Publishing
Format: Kindle book, 254 pages
Why didn’t I finish it?
Not a review, just a few thoughts.
Aargh! I wanted to read another cosy mystery after enjoying Southern Spirits but A Ghost of a Chance just didn’t dazzle me to the same level.
While the mother in the story (nasty, and very pushy with religion) was shaping up to be a (perhaps too) unlikable antagonist, the protagonist, Laurel, I got behind early. Laurel can see ghosts and when she inherits her parents’ funeral home, she keeps it running. At the very first service Laurel discovers a murder…I imagine she then investigates it, but I stopped reading at 20 percent through.
The story had the mystery and paranormal elements—and even the funeral home business— that should have drawn me in. I should have loved it but I just didn’t. At times the writing could have used a touch up and the story contained humour but some jokes that should have been funny fell short. Was it the dialogue? Something lacking in the characters? I don’t know!
If you want to try it for yourself, it’s available to download on Amazon for free (see the links below). This is the first book in The Witch Woods Funeral Home series. Some people liked this one, but I noted that the rest of the series appears to rate better on Goodreads than this first novel.
I would try another by Best at some point – especially as she’s an Aussie writer. 🙂
P.S. What the hell went on with the cover? The edition I was reading was very similar to Southern Spirits’ cover which came out almost a year earlier. Erm…awkward.