Josephine Drollery is a very disgruntled new ghost. She, her parents, her future fiancé and many other dinner guests have been murdered, although only Josephine’s spirit still lingers. It was at that ill-fated dinner party that Josephine first met Mr. Edmund Serious, billing himself as The Great Montesquieu, Prophet of the Mystic River, and two other entertainers, Mr. Coffin and his harpist Mr. Cank, whose performance of a tune — “The Devil’s Interval” — terrifies ladies and is forbidden in proper society. Now Josephine must team up with Serious to find the murderer, uncover more plots, and outwit two industrious ghost-hunters hot on Josephine’s ghostly trail.
This book is a pretty good read – primarily because of the vivacious protagonist, Josephine, a young pre-teen girl who has been a ghost for three decades, now writing her adventures of mystery solving to a publisher. On the night of her death, there was a dinner party at her house where a strange person played a harp. On waking up as a ghost, she is at first, scared, surprised and confused, but soon she figures out what happened. What she then intends to do is to expose the guilty party, and save some important people also in the process.
Josephine is snarky, sassy and brave – and the way she talks down to the publisher in her letter, which is the format the book is in, is hilarious. She is disgruntled with him, for having published an erroneous account of her adventures, which promises more books in this series. Besides the mystery, the other arc of the book is her figuring out the rules of being a spectre, and she smartly figures out a lot of things on her own, until she meets an Oxford professor, who gives her plenty of reading material. The writing is witty and humorous, making this a light read than a morbid one. 3.5 stars.
Received a free galley from Egmont USA via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or review.