book review, thriller

The Ghostly Groom by Helen Whistberry

Ace reporter, Jim Malhaven, is finally marrying his beloved Victoria, but the path of true love never did run smooth. He’s arrested right on the altar for the murder of Victoria’s first husband, which is strange as he’s been dead for over seven years! Is Jim going to be tried for the murder of a ghost?

I love this series, with its mixture of mystery, romance, and the paranormal. The 1950s slang is also really fun to read. Words like mook and palooka never grow old.

Unfortunately, I felt the mystery and paranormal elements were a little light in this novel. The main mystery appeared to be revealed in the first part of the novel, and I kept waiting for more developments, but instead the book focused more on the emotional tragedy and fallout from the exciting predicament surrounding Jim and Victoria.

It was nice to be around Jim’s friends again, but this book seemed more serious in tone to the first two installments, and I didn’t have as much fun hanging out with Q and co. as I’d hoped.

An enjoyable read, if not my favorite in the series. I don’t know how much more family trauma poor Victoria can take!

I award The Ghostly Groom


Click here to read my review of the first Jim Malhaven book, The Weird Sisters of Wynter’s Hill.

Click here to read my review of the second Jim Malhaven book, The Avenging Angel of Hasselwhite Hall.

Click here to read my review of Take My Hand at Midnight, a gothic ghost tale.

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