Ghostal Living

Ghostal Living

by Kathleen Bridge

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In this mystery from the author of Manor of Dying, Hamptons interior designer and antiques picker Meg Barrett uncovers a veil of spooky goings-on... 

The first Sag Harbor Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair is right around the corner, and interior designer Meg Barrett has her hands full decorating rooms at the Bibliophile Bed & Breakfast for wealthy rare book collector Franklin Hollingsworth. Rumor has it Hollingsworth is in possession of an unpublished manuscript written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When the Fitzgerald manuscript's authenticator is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, Meg suspects a killer is on the loose.

Rare books start disappearing from the B & B and Meg sees a connection between the stolen books and the deceased authenticator. With the fair looming, she finds herself caught up in catching a killer and thief before another victim is booked for death.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425276600
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Hamptons Home & Garden Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 218,203
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Bridge, author of the Hamptons Home and Garden Mysteries and the By the Sea Mysteries, started her writing career working at the Michigan State University News in East Lansing, Michigan. She is the author and photographer of an antiques reference guide, Lithographed Paper Toys, Books, and Games. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime and blissfully lives on a barrier island on Florida's central east coast.

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Ghostal Living 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Ghostal Living by Kathleen Bridge is the third book in A Hamptons Home and Garden Mystery series. Meg Barrett is quickly vacating the yacht (where she has been living) with her cat, Jo before the hurricane hits the area. Meg is going to stay at the Bibliophile Bed and Breakfast that she has been decorating for Franklin Hollingsworth (I would love to stay in the Louisa May Alcott room). Franklin is a rare book collector and recently acquired the unpublished manuscript of The Heiress and the Light written by F. Scott Fitzgerald for $5 million dollars. The publicity surrounding the manuscript has helped promote the first Sag Harbor Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair. After settling into her room, Meg decides to take a walk around the grounds before the hurricane hits (who doesn’t love to walk around in the wind and rain when a hurricane will arrive within an hour). She finds an F. Scott Fitzgerald book on the path to Violet Hollingsworth’s pagoda studio where she seeks shelter when the hurricane arrives. When Meg returns to the B&B, Randall McFee is missing. Randall is the authenticator for Franklin’s F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript. The next day, Randall is discovered on the rocks below Scrimshaw House. The police rule Randall’s death accidental, but Meg has her doubts. She immediately starts looking for clues as to why someone would Randall dead. Meg then discovers books missing from the bedrooms at the bed and breakfast and wonders if the thefts are related to Randall’s death. Franklin is finally going to read a selection from the Fitzgerald manuscript to the public, and he discovers it has been stolen. Meg has gathered the clues and almost has all the pieces fitting together when there is another death. How will Meg uncover the killer? Will she be able to find the missing manuscript? Ghostal Living is the first book that I have read in this series. I was able to read Ghostal Living, but I felt that some background details on Meg were missing. I was curious as to how Meg ended up wearing hearing aids (and why she would go out without them). I found the novel to be slow-moving and lacking in action. The authors detailed writing did not help. While I did enjoy the descriptions of the rooms at the B&B, this type of detail can get monotonous. Readers are provided descriptions of meals, buildings, people, rooms, vehicles as well as numerous book quotes, information about authors (this was interesting, but not relevant to mystery), and old movies. It is a fine line between just the right amount of detail and too much. There is also some repetition of information (details about the book fair and the clues Meg discovered for example). I felt that the book lacked substance. I give Ghostal Living 3 out of 5 stars. The mystery was slightly complex. My favorite part was how the manuscript was concealed. If you pay close attention to the details, you can easily solve this one. I was disappointed that this cozy mystery contained a love triangle. It is an overplayed contrivance, and I was happy to see it resolved by the end of the story. I do not mind a mild romantic element in cozy mysteries (if I wanted more I would pick up one of the numerous romance novels on the market). I will (when I have an opportunity) go back and read Better Homes and Corpses (first book in series). It might give me a better understanding of Meg.
Anonymous 11 months ago
I was not into this book. I struggled to stay into this book but it was very boring at times. Too much talk about books and too much history.
BeckyMcF More than 1 year ago
The Hampton Home and garden series is definitely one of my favorites, because it is well-written, the main characters are terrific, especially Meg the main person, the Hamptons is an exotic setting to someone who has never been to Long Island, and the world of antiquing and everything vintage is believable and quite interesting in Kathleen Bridge's hands. Book 3's bibliophile theme is a great topic and the ghost story adds to the plot. I think Agatha Christie would have approved of the plot!
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
A wonderful cozy for the late night reading! Ms. Bridge is a new to me author and I can tell you that I loved her unique, quirky style. I'm now a fan for life! I love a good cozy mystery full of twists, turns, and who dun its and Ms. Bridge's third installment to the Hampton Home and Garden Mysteries did not disappoint! It had the perfect blend of all that and more. I love that this book is centered around a bed and breakfast called Bibliophile Bed&Breakfast! It seems perfect for us book lovers! A rare manuscript,a killer on the loose and lots of decorating to do, Meg finds her hands full in this book filled with witty characters and happenings that is sure to leave you on the edge of your seat while you help Meg uncover the clues and solve the mystery. Following Meg on her race to find the who's and why's behind it all was so fun! I read this book in one sitting, turning the pages long into the night. I definitely sing this book's praises. The theme, the characters, the mystery behind it all, make the perfect cozy read and will capture you from the start. It's worthy of 4 stars and two thumbs up. And while this is the 3rd installment in this series, it could easily be read as a stand alone. Definitely a wonderful late night reading cozy! So, what are you waiting for? Grab that cup of coffee, this amazing book, and settle in for the roller coaster ride of your life! Ms. Bridge will capture you wholly with her characters, charm and who dun it mysteries! And, as a bonus, Ms. Bridge throws in recipes and decorating tips! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
BeagleGirl123 More than 1 year ago
The third installment in Kathleen Bridge's Hampton Home & Gardens Mystery series, Ghostal Living, finds our protagonist, Meg Barrett, decorating rooms at Franklin Hollingsworth's Bibliophile Bed & Breakfast prior to its opening, and also getting ready for the 1st Sag Harbor Book and Ephemera Fair. A recently discovered and heretofore unknown and unpublished F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscript is set to be the star attraction. We start off with a hurricane in Montauk, after which a body is discovered, and then the manuscript goes missing! Elle fears that the victim did not die of natural causes, and sets out to investigate, all while trying to discover who is stealing books from the B&B. In addition, she's still trying to decide between landscaper Byron and absentee boyfriend Cole, as well as get her cottage renovated so that she can finally move in. I really enjoy reading about Meg, she's a likable character and the mystery was nicely written. I look forward to future installments in the series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Kathleen Bridges does it again. Fans of the Hampton Home & Garden Mysteries are going to love this third installment! You know you’re in for a fast moving, exciting story when it starts off with a hurricane brewing! And indeed, by the end of chapter two of GHOSTAL LIVING, I already felt the energy of this tale growing, and I prepared myself to be blown away. I was! Kicked back in my recliner with a cold soda at my side, I dived into GHOSTAL LIVING and was almost half way finished with the book when I came up for air. There was so much going on! Between the storm, a murder, and everything lead character, Meg Barrett was trying to juggle in her life, I simply had to keep reading “just one more page”. Speaking of Meg Barrett, she’s really someone I enjoy reading. I like that author Bridges writes Meg with a hearing impairment. While I adore most protagonists in the cozy mysteries I read, a large percentage of them tend to be too perfect. Kathleen Bridge is such a clever writer. She knows just what it takes to pen a mystery that will keep the reader interested, and guessing. So much so, that when I finished reading GHOSTAL LIVING, I was wishing I had another book by this author to read! Make sure to keep reading one the story is over, or you’ll miss out on great tips for repurposing vintage items, and some mouthwatering recipes!