Phantoms and Felonies by Lucy Ness | Berkley Publishing Group | Cozy Mystery | Publishing: 6 April 2021 | Find it on Goodreads

It wouldn’t be fair for Avery to have another one of her events for the Portage Path Women’s Club end in murder. It would be unthinkable! But the night of the Portage Path Women’s Club fundraising murder mystery dinner party ends with just that–and this murder wasn’t the one they’d rehearsed.

Ness has dreamed up a delightfully campy cozy series filled with ghosts, seances, and meddlesome aunts who just happen to be mediums (the real deal, no less!). This is the second book in the series, and Avery is still in the process of coming into her own as a fledgling detective, event planner, and woman of psychic abilities.

The murder is what you’d expect from a cozy, but the characters that populate Portage Path and Avery’s life make it a mystery well worth reading about. And the added elements of seances, contacting the victim for clues about the murderer, and a team of golden-years mediums just as eager to solve the case as they are to get Avery coupled up makes for a campy cozy series well worth your time.

(The chemistry between her and love-interest, homicide detective Oz leaves a lot to be desired, but it is still only book two.)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher*

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