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My first instinct when I picked up How to Seduce a Ghost was to put it back down. My copy didnâ€™t give a strong indication that it was, in fact, a mystery. And the main character, Lee Bartholomew, does not come across as tremendously likeable in the beginning of the book. But I almost never put down a book once I have started it on the principle that almost all of them have some redeeming qualities. And I discovered that this one does, too.
This book is a mystery. It is also a story about Lee and how her life is forever changed by a series of unusual events. Lee is a somewhat neurotic ghostwriter living in London who is hired to help write a book for a television actress, who happens to live nearby. It quickly becomes clear that this is not your typical ghostwriting gig and will require more than the usual subterfuge.
In addition to professional difficulties, Lee is experiencing some problems on the home front. She and her long time boyfriend are trying to figure out where they are heading, she acquires a renter, her mother moves in with her, and her cherished personal space and quiet are seriously infringed upon. And there is a second deadly fire in her neighborhood â€“ at her house.
The character of Lee evolves in this book. Get past the initial whining and you will find a character full of contradictions and some good and funny writing. The other characters in this book are great and make up for the bookâ€™s rocky start.
Favorite character? Tommy, the long-suffering boyfriend. Did I guess it? No. Will I read another? I just might.
Mystery Book Reviews by Liz at http://reviewedbyliz.com Â©2007