Series: Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #4
Genres: Paranormal Mystery
Published by Berkley on 1 April 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Mid Year COYER
This latest Granny Apples novel is just plain fun as Emma deals with ghostly gangsters in Sin City. Emma’s friend Milo might be a well renowned medium, but his mother Dolly only trusts Emma to find out why a mobster named Lenny is haunting her lightbulb. Lenny’s happy to hang around the light rather than going into the light as he’s afraid the geriatric gangster Nemo has set his boys on them. When Nemo dies on the same night that Dolly goes missing, Emma starts to join the dots.
Emma’s psychic gifts have been honed after all that time interacting with Granny Apples. She has an eye for detail and by studying old photos and careful prodding of witnesses, she’s able to piece together what happened. Emma’s the only one to notice Dolly is holding back key information and the only one that Lenny feels comfortable interacting with.
Granny remains an absolute delight and helps keep the tone of the book fairly light. Her appreciation of technology and all things new is just a little intimidating though as she’s taken to watching football on tv and learning new lingo from Emma’s daughter. She seems to recharge her batteries much faster than I remember from previous books which shows that she too is mastering her abilities. I really wanted more of Granny interacting with Emma though rather than acting as a scout or watching over others. The larger-than-life characterisation of the villain worked well as everything ought to be bigger in Vegas. I must confess that I had a soft spot for the greedy rogue by the end despite kidnapping and blackmailing people.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the love triangle (of sorts) between Emma, Phil and Quinn so I’m glad it has finally been put to bed. My biggest problem with this book is actually the detailed blurb on the back. I know that you need some detail to get a potential reader interested but spilling so much of a mystery’s plot is poor form. The pacing however is impeccable with some nice plot twists and turns.
You can slip into the series with this book but if you do, you’ll miss out on three really fun paranormal cozies. This book, like all the others in the series, is highly recommended.