THE PHANTOM OF THE BATHTUB
Viveca Stanhope is the new owner of an old mansion known as Hangman's House. It is there that she is haunted by the ghost of Alex Fremont, the original owner of the house. He haunts her whenever she bathes in the bathtub. In addition to Alex, she has to deal with her newly inherited incompetent servants and the handsome neighbor next door, Maxwell Beecher, who simultaneously puts her in a rage and makes her heart race.
Riley blends the real world with the supernatural seamlessly as she interweaves the romances of both Viveca and Max with that of the ghosts, Alex and his ghostly love Lorelei, connecting both stories in a way that feels natural and believable. Diverse characters and a light, amusing narrative voice make for an engaging story. (Aug., 384 pp., $6.99)