Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth, Ghost)
by Carolyn Hart
Review by Sherry Lilley
Avon Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780061745348
Date: 01 November 2009 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Bailey Ruth had a nice life and is having an even better afterlife. But she wants to do something more so she goes to Heaven's Department of Good Intentions to see if they have a job for her to do. They do – there is a young woman back in Adelaide who needs help. The young woman, the rector's wife Kathleen Abbott, has just found a dead body on her back porch.
It's Bailey Ruth's job to help. It's also Bailey Ruth's first day on the job and she gets rushed onto the train back to Earth before she has time to study the Precepts. Bailey Ruth has a problem following the Precepts the entire time she is on the Earth. And she is not a ghost – Wiggins, who is in charge of the Department of Good Intentions, is not fond of the term ghost. Bailey Ruth is supposed to remember that while she is on the Earth, she is not of the Earth. In other words, she should not let her presence be known. She does not follow that Precept, not even a little bit.
This was a wonderfully entertaining book, starting with the first chapter and Carolyn Hart's description of Heaven. I really like her idea of Heaven, where everyone is the age they were most fond of, and change that age at will.
The story is good, but not her best. The characters are fun, the story moves along, and the book has a satisfactory ending. This is a good start to a new series, and I look forward to more books.