Mystery writer Marjorie McClelland knows all too well that murder always finds you when you least expect it, so when a man at the local annual carnival goes up in a Ferris wheel very much alive but comes down dead, she senses foul play, even as the local police suspect the cause of death was nothing more sinister than a heart attack.
Independent to the core, Marjorie ignores her opinionated neighbors and overly traditional fiancé and once again dons her sleuthing cap. Teaming up with her debonair English neighbor Creighton, she follows up on a clue she found at the scene of the crime and soon finds herself ensnared in a plot that involves a bigamist victim, a widow with a secret husband of her own, and a cast of suspects who all wanted to get something from both of them.
As the tension builds and danger draws near, Marjorie might just discover a threat closer to home, as she, her fiancé, and Creighton seem to be creating a little intrigue of their own.
Bubby: I so love an independent woman! Our heroine, Marjorie McClelland is one sassy gal. So what if it’s 1935 and women are supposed to have no opinions, let alone a flourishing writing career? Marjorie doesn’t care! She wants true love, a career, and the freedom to pursue her own passions and she’s just not going to settle for less. Except for the true love part, perhaps.
Sissy: The 1930’s setting of Ridgebury, Connecticut adds a lot of flair to this novel. After my first look at Marjorie in her vintage dress on the cover striking a saucy pose, I knew she was a girl after my own heart. I love the way she gives it back to all the raging chauvinists around her, her own fiance included. I wonder how you and I would have been back in that day, Bubby? Would we have been cowering ninnies or spitting sass-buckets?
Bubby: Based on how we are now? We’d walk that fine line between “perfectly respectable lady” and “I do what I want and if you don’t like it then to heck with you!”
Sissy: Perhaps with slightly different verbage…
Bubby: Sissy! Remember the respectable part! I am grateful for the ability to wear jeans, hold office, be respected for my intelligence and control my own destiny. And we have better chocolate now. And the internet. I’m glad to be alive now and not back then. But it’s a fun era to visit in a novel!
Sissy: You can’t help but fall in love with the charming and witty Creighton, especially when he shows his vulnerable side. Detective Jameson, on the other hand, wasn’t quite as appealing to me although he’s a great guy and you can’t fault him in any way.
Bubby: It’s the British accent. When choosing between any two men who are equal in all other ways, the bloke with the British accent will always win. I must admit that I read some of Creighton’s dialogue out loud in my own (very bad and non-authentic) British accent.
Sissy: Not just the accent, although that is lovely, Bubby (and it’s slightly strange that you’re talking out loud to yourself, but okay…). Creighton loves Marjorie exactly as she is. Independent, peppy, and opinionated. He loves all of it and he doesn’t want her to change like Jameson does. There are also many weird and quirky characters that pop up throughout Ghost of a Chance. The murder victim’s wife and creepy children add a delightful disturbingness.
Bubby: Which wife? The real wife or the not-quite-a-wife-wife who is also someone else’s wife? Plot twist!
Sissy: Exactly. There are so many false trails and red herrings that when you finally find out who the REAL murderer is, you are completely shocked. And in the romance department: Does Marjorie choose Creighton or Detective Jameson? Who would you choose? I guess you’ll have to read this clever, fast-paced whodunit yourself to find out.
Bubby: Ghost of a Chance by Amy Patricia Meade is a great novel. Read it for the mystery, for the humorous banter, for the crazy cast of characters. You won’t be sorry!
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