Life is certainly no picnic for Emerald O'Brien, single mother to 8-year-old Kip and teenager Miranda. Running her small china shop while chasing ghosts out of her home is no easy task, especially when the ghost of recently murdered romance author Susan Mitchell appeals to Em to punish the husband who murdered her.

Em's police pal Murray claims that Susan's husband, Walter, had a sound alibi for the night Susan went into a diabetic coma and died. As supernatural forces take over Em's home, GHOST OF A CHANCE takes on an otherworldly feel, detracting from the suspense of solving Susan's murder.

Galenorn's romantic subplot between Em and hunky romance writer Andrew adds spice. And while the pace quickens as the novel reaches its conclusion, the solution to Susan's murder, while shocking, lacks the buildup that's standard fare in most mystery novels. (Aug., 272 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick