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Ghost of a Chance by Amy Patricia Meade
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Bubby: I so love an independent woman! Our heroine, Marjorie McClelland is one sassy gal.
Sissy: I love the way she gives it back to all the raging chauvinists around her, her own fiance included. (for full review go to www.bubblebath-books.com) ( )
  bubblebathbooks | Apr 24, 2015 |
a campy mystery starring a mystery writer and set in depression-era Connecticut. Enjoyed it for what it was. It reminded me of an old movie; the way it was written and the way the plot moved along... ( )
  faither | Sep 5, 2007 |
lfred Nussbaum steps onto a Ferris wheel and by the end of the ride the salesman is dead. The constabulary in Ridgebury, Connecticut suspects natural causes, but intrepid 20-something mystery author/wannabe true-crime writer Marjorie McClelland believes it’s murder. She’s right. Marjorie again joins forces with Detective Robert Jameson (her fiancé) and Creighton Ashcroft II (whom she’s also attracted to) to investigate Nussbaum’s murder. While she’s gathering material for her next book and bringing her investigative skills to the test, Marjorie also weighs whether she’s made the right decision by agreeing to marry the solid but lackluster police detective rather than pursuing the oh-so-handsome-and-wealthy Brit.

Readers who enjoyed the first book in this series, Million Dollar Baby, will find lots to like in this sequel. The story is light and plausible enough, the Depression-era details added with a light hand, the writing smooth and confident. And Marjorie is a delightful if somewhat ditzy heroine. She dithered about her choice of beau in the first book, but Marjorie’s romantic musings and angst nearly overtake the mystery in Ghost of a Chance. I would have preferred more mystery and less romance. Still, Ghost of a Chance is better than most and a quite enjoyable read.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, August-September 2007 issue. ( )
  NewsieQ | Aug 25, 2007 |
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When a man goes up the Ferris wheel very much alive, but comes down dead, local small-town police suspect a heart attack. But one person is calling it foul play, a Miss Marjorie McClelland, full-time mystery writer/part-time sleuth. In 1935, Depression-era Connecticut, Marjorie's dogged determination and independence is a breath of fresh air to some, and a source of consternation for others.
Marjorie's fianc?, an achingly handsome police detective, wishes she'd just stay home and act a little more ladylike. Undeterred, blonde and lovely Marjorie charms her way into what becomes a full-scale murder investigation. But not without the maddening assistance of a bored, yet altruistic, millionaire, Creighton Ashcroft, who, when he's not swapping barbs with Marjorie, tries to impress her by doing a bit of aristocratic snooping on his own.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:37 -0400)

Going against the Depression-era etiquette for young ladies, mystery writer Marjorie McClelland secretly hops on board another murder investigation. While the case unfolds, Marjorie faces another dilemma. Should she marry the reliable, if dull, police detective . . . or is she ready to risk security for passion?… (more)

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