9780425283738How can a girl move on with her life, no matter how much she loved a certain guy, when he hangs around after his untimely death, a fun-loving ghost who thinks her new boyfriend is a dweeb?

From interrupting a tender moment with the new boyfriend by triggering ”their” song on her cell phone to interrupting her concentration at work, Jimmy Taylor is driving young lawyer Megan Wynn nuts. Especially since she thinks he is all in her mind.

Help is en route from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions which dispatches the late Bailey Ruth Raeburn of Adelaide, OK, to return to her old hometown and encourage Jimmy to climb the Golden Stairs to Heaven. Bailey Ruth’s good efforts are interrupted when a partner at Megan’s law firm is murdered and she’s on the spot and has enough motive to sink the Queen Mary.

Doug Graham, the murdered lawyer, has more than his fair share of enemies from the senior partner to his ex-wife to the staff at the firm. It takes all of Bailey Ruth’s insight and Jimmy’s derring do, including a dash to Italy, to unveil a murderer at the last possible moment before Megan is carted off to jail.

This is Bailey Ruth’s seventh adventure and one of my favorites. Jimmy truly loves Megan and he will do what is right for her. I loved writing about his departure, onward and upward to the next great adventure.

When I fist began the series, I hoped to create a ghost who was fun, lively, inventive, eager. Always meaning well, she often dismays her Heavenly supervisor Paul Wiggins. It is a delight for me to spend time with Bailey Ruth. She is a redhead with a spatter of freckles and she is always twenty-seven. Her choice as twenty-seven was a very good year for her while on earth. As for my tribute to redheads, my aunt was a redhead and my mother-in-law was a redhead. Bailey Ruth’s fashion enthusiasm grew out of my mother and mother-in-law’s delight in lovely clothes. I set the series in Adelaide, OK, which is a fictionalized version of my husband’s hometown of Ada. To share the summer song of the cicadas, the rustle of the ever-present wind in the trees, the cadence and kindness of Oklahoma makes me happy.

And what makes me happiest of all is the way readers have embraced Bailey Ruth. I thank you. And Baliey Ruth blows a kiss.


Carolyn Hart is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifty novels of mystery and suspense, including the Death on Demand mysteries and the Bailey Ruth Ghost mysteries. Her books have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s also been honored with the Amelia Award for significant contributions to the traditional mystery from Malice Domestic, and was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. One of the founders of Sisters in Crime, Hart lives in Oklahoma City, where she enjoys mysteries, walking in the park, and cats. She and her husband, Phil, serve as staff—cat owners will understand—to brother and sister brown tabbies.