Sunday, November 12, 2023

Genie and the Ghost - A Review and Giveaway


GENIE AND THE GHOST by Carmen Radtke
The First Adriana and Genie Darling Mystery 

When you go to the old family home to clean things up and donate family heirlooms to the local museum, you expect some family memories to turn up, you don't expect to actually see old family members, especially one that's been dead for almost 100 years! But that's just what happens when Genie Darling returns to Cobblewood Cove. In addition to the multitude of quilts and tapestries from recently departed Aunt Libby, Genie encounters Adriana, her great-great-aunt, who happens to be a ghost. With an attempted mugging and burglary something nefarious is going on. Could it have something to do with Adriana's premature death?

Genie Darling makes a great protagonist with Adriana a super foil. Genie's smart and not afraid to put herself out there for her family. I love Adriana's special animal ability and especially love her relationship with Cleo. I also love the friendship that Genie and Adriana have developed. Genuine caring and lots of laughs. I can just picture them dancing. And Genie tilting to one side as she carries a brick in her bag so that Adriana can accompany her. The multigenerational mysteries were intriguing and I enjoyed watching Genie uncover the truth.

One thing I found a bit odd were the amount of British terms and slang. The story is set in New York state, yet things were put in the boot of the car and she carried a torch when the lights went out. Genie did travel to various countries growing up, and I understood everything, but it was a bit puzzling as she wasn't British nor was the book set there.

Funny and endearing GENIE AND THE GHOST is a lighthearted paranormal mystery focusing on family. 


 Genie and the Ghost (Genie and Adriana Darling Cozy Paranormal Ghost Mysteries) by Carmen Radtke

About Genie and the Ghost 

Genie and the Ghost (Genie and Adriana Darling Cozy Paranormal Ghost Mysteries)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery 1st in the Series
Independently Published (September 18, 2023) Paperback: ‎ 218 pages

New York jewelry designer Genie Darling has returned to her childhood home in quaint Cobblewood Cove for one reason only: to sort through generations of old family heirlooms and hand anything of historical interest over to the local museum.

But after a failed mugging attempt, and the appearance of a beautiful but ghostly young stranger in a vintage evening dress, Genie realises there’s something suspicious - and spooky - going on.

The glamorous and friendly spectre turns out to be Genie’s own great-great-aunt Adriana, who died in 1929 in mysterious circumstances.

When there are more attempts on Genie and her home and her main suspect dies in a suspicious accident, she decides to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Does it have anything to do with Adriana’s death and reappearance?

With her unflappable, pet-whispering aunt and cat Cleo by her side, Genie sets out to lay this ghost to rest by solving the mystery and unmasking the culprits.

But digging up the past can be deadly …

About Carmen Radtke

Carmen has spent most of her life with ink on her fingers and a dangerously high pile of books and newspapers by her side.

She has worked as a newspaper reporter on two continents and always dreamt of becoming a novelist and screenwriter.

When she found herself crouched under her dining table, typing away on a novel between two earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, she realised she was hooked for life.

The shaken but stirring novel made it to the longlist of the Mslexia competition, and her next book and first mystery, The Case Of The Missing Bride, was a finalist in the Malice Domestic competition in a year without a winner. Since then she has penned several more cozy mysteries, including the Jack and Frances series set in the 1930s.

Genie and the Ghost is her first paranormal cozy mystery.

Carmen now lives in Italy with her human and her four-legged family.

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