ONCE UPON A GHOST – An Erin McCarthy Review

It’s time for Bailey Burke’s final mystery! After not only discovering that she can speak to ghosts, Bailey chases down the murder of her best friend Ryan, his girlfriend, and a potential serial killer. NOW just when she thinks life has settled down and she can get back to work on her design and staging business, the afterlife rises once more.

Her newest client is double-duty: not only is she supposed to re-do his bachelor pad, he’s also her latest spectral case. After discovering Cezar in his ghastly form, Bailey can’t lose him and she decides to accept her fate and help him figure out what happens. Was he in the mob? Sure. Is he irritating? To no end. But Bailey is as sweet as Irish cream and can’t leave him on his own.

Battling mobsters and sneaky sheriffs, Bailey’s ill equipped to handle these mysteries on her own. Hello Marner! Her sexy cop boyfriend is much more prevalent and swoon in the final Murder by Design novel! He’s caring, he’s protective, but can he handle Bailey’s ghostly secret? Find the killer, save the ghost, get the guy. All in a days work for this design diva!

With Bailey Burke’s design and staging business booming- it turns out tangling with a serial killer is the best advertising ever- she has no time to lament her lack of love life, or wonder where her dead friend Ryan’s ghost has gone. She hasn’t seen him in months, but when she finds a body in a home she’s been hired to stage she’s hounded by the dead man’s ghost.

Having been a medium before, this guy is by far the most irritating ghost she’s ever met, with his constant need to talk over her and flick pennies at her head. Without Ryan to guide her, she’s on her own to figure out what the dead man needs from her. On top of all that, cop Jake Marner is back in her life, ostensibly to protect her, but mostly to confuse her as to whether they are dating or not.

Before she can say “Put It Where?” Bailey finds herself immersed in mob dealings, the secret world of male-only sweat baths, and double dealings. When another body turns up, there is no doubt that she’s in over her head… again.



USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy first published in 2002 and has since written over sixty 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. When she’s not writing she can be found sipping martinis in high heels or eating ice cream in fleece pajamas depending on the day, and herding her animals, kids, and amazing renovation-addicted husband.


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