Ghost a la Mode: A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery
by Sue Ann Jaffarian
Cover Artist: Ellen Dahl
Review by Sherry Lilley
MIDNIGHT INK Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780738713809
Date: 01 September 2009 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Somebody hung Ish Reynolds, known as Granny Apples, for the murder of her husband. Granny Apples was never arrested for murder, never tried for murder, but she was hung by some hooded vigilantes for murder. Granny Apples insists she didn't kill her husband, and she wants to be vindicated! Of course, that was a hundred years ago or so.
Emma Whitecastle is Granny Apples' many-times great granddaughter, and when Emma goes to sťance one evening, Granny Apples decides to talk to Emma and see if Emma can prove she did not murder her husband. Emma, who is in the midst of divorcing her celebrity, cheating, husband, and whose daughter is leaving soon to go to college, is at loose ends and decides to see what she can find out. Her first stop is Julian, California, where Granny Apples lived at time her husband was murdered, and she was hung for it.
This book, like everything Ms. Jaffarian writes, was almost impossible to put down once I picked it up. The characters, the story, the setting, and the mystery, are all good. Julian is a wonderful place, and a marvelous setting for a mystery. It's in the mountains east of San Diego, and is a little tourist town famous for its apples and apple pies. It was a gold rush town at one time, and as I read the book, I could picture everything. I highly recommend this book, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.