Gone With the Ghost (Murder By Design, book 1) by Erin McCarthy

Date of Publication: May 23, 2017




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. Which contrary to national opinion is not their hometown of Cleveland. 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.



* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 4 Ghostly Stars ~

What a fun and entertaining mystery. This was exactly what I had been looking for. This book brought me back to my Nancy Drew days as a kid.

I loved the storyline and the characters we met in this book. I will tell you this…this book is not really a romantic suspense story. Yes there is a little bit of an underlying romance that budded but the main point to this book is the mystery and being able to solve it as you read along. I thought I knew who did it, but I was completely shocked when all was revealed. That was the fun of this story. This book also had me laughing. Some of the comments the heroine says were just funny!!!

I want to say this book is a standalone novel but it does have a to be continued ending. This mystery is solved but the author sets up the premise of the next book at the end of this book. I am excited to see where she takes the rest of this series.

Gone With the Ghosts is the first in Erin McCarthy’s Murder by Design Series. It is told solely from Bailey’s POV. I thought the flow and pace of this story was perfect. I loved how she tied it all together in the end so you aren’t left with any questions.

So if you are looking for that fun and entertaining murder mystery story that will keep you guessing until the end. Pick up this book and enjoy!!! It’s worth the read.







About Erin McCarthy

USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult romance, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Erin is a RITA finalist and an ALA Reluctant Young Reader award recipient, and is both traditionally and indie published.


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