Recently I heard a well-known author state that sometimes a book is just a book and the words written purely for pleasure. This is certainly the case when referring to the "Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini", Sue Ann Jaffarian's recent installment to her Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series. It was pure enjoyment.
Emma Whitecastle is enjoying her own personal sliver of success and loving her life. Who wouldn't in her shoes? Yes, she's had scrapes in the past but with her loving beau--who fully accepts her unusual talents, ghosts and all--and a hot new Hollywood hit The Whitecastle Report, which naturally focuses on the world of spirits and paranormal, Emma is back on track for a lifetime of happiness.
So, it came as no shock to Emma or her boyfriend Phil, when she sees the young and scantily clad woman frolicking in the Catalina waves on Thanksgiving weekend. No one still breathing would be able to handle the chill of the Pacific clothed only in a very small, polka dot bikini, but this ghost seems blissfully unaware, sparking Emma's curiosity.
As she begins to formulate a plan for a possible, future show on the ghosts of Catalina, Emma and Phil soon discover this young girl's demise may not have been so nice. In fact, the lack of information makes it downright questionable and the idea that this might have been murder spurs the amateur sleuth in Emma to rise to the surface. She and her dear, departed Granny Apples are on the case.
Jaffarian's clear passion for writing comes through with lively characters, each brimming with wit and intelligence and making for a fun, light-hearted read.
Reviewed by Shannon Raab with Suspense Magazine