"Phantoms and Felonies" By Lucy Ness: Review/Giveaway

 Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win copies of Phantoms and Felonies and Haunted Homicide, and links to buy the new book.

Avery Morgan was hired by the Portage Path Women’s Club to bring in new members (and cash) to keep the club going. Dainty afternoon teas are no longer enough. New members want entertainment. 

Of course, she got off to a rocky start when there was that dead body. And the ghost of a flapper named Clemmie Bow who was a singer in the hidden speakeasy downstairs, until her unfortunate demise that is. 

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But now there’s an interactive mystery to solve if only the actors can learn their lines and stop improvising. Millionaire banker Bob Hanover has finagled the lead and won’t let anyone forget it. The list of those he hasn’t wronged, offended, or ruined is much shorter than the list of his victims.

It’s no surprise that his body is found in the speakeasy. The surprise is who was standing over the body, murder weapon in hand. 

The case got more complicated by a confession by someone who didn’t do it, a second confession, Bob’s two wives at the supper, both wearing the same flapper dress (the ex- and current Mrs.), and confusion about a manuscript that was meant to make Bob famous. 

This is book two in the series. Avery is about the only sane one in the cast of characters and one has to wonder how long she can hold out. A ghost, the detective, the actors, the club members who want inclusion and those who oppose it, and the dead bodies falling all around her. She’s someone you’d want for a friend but be leery of dropping by to see her at work—and by the way, she lives in the club building. I look forward to book three to see what will happen next. No matter what it is, there will be a body or two. 

To enter to win a copy of  Phantoms and Felonies &Haunted Homicide, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "felonies,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen July 3, 2021. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. BE AWARE THAT DUE TO THE CURRENT CRISIS THERE MAY BE A DELAY IN SHIPPING THE WINNING BOOK. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. This sounds interesting! Count me in!

  2. i loved the first book so i was excited about this one but.........i'm still waiting my preorder so i'm starting to doubt i want to continue it no matter how good it is

  3. Like the cover, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

  4. A haunting ghost always adds to the
    fun of a story. Sounds like a good read.

  5. Sounds fun. I'll have to try this series.

  6. Would really love to start this series. Thanks for the chance.

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  8. Looks like a good series! Thank you!


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