Monday, January 16, 2012

Book Review - The Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini by Sue Ann Jaffarian

Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, #2)Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini by Sue Ann Jaffarian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved this book! It’s really just a fun read. This is the second book in the series and slightly better than the first. The characters are still here. I enjoyed the relationship between Emma and Phil. I especially liked Phil’s belief in Emma and his talking to Granny Apples when she pops in at less than opportune times. Granny was still there as were Milo, the psychic who is somewhat of a teacher to Emma, and Tracy, Emma’s best friend, with the addition of Emma’s assistant from her TV show, Jackie, who is quite the spitfire. I wish there had been more to Milo and Tracy now that they are a couple, but they were somewhat secondary in this story.

The story revolves around trying to figure out who killed Tessa, the ghost in the polka dot bikini; a ghost who doesn’t really realize she’s dead and is waiting for Curtis to come back to her. Till then, she frolics in the waves at Catalina and waits. Helped by the ghost of Sandy, who herself could see ghosts in life, the story hits close to home for Emma as she discovers that her ex father-in-law and several men she knows through him knew Tessa. While the previous book gave you a feel for the town of Julian, CA, this book gave me a feel for the Hollywood of the 60’s. I should have seen the ending, but I didn’t; not really. I knew who had to be involved, but didn’t quite get there.

Highly recommended if you enjoy light mysteries with a ghost or two.

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