Ghost at Work (Bailey Ruth Mysteries, No. 1)

Bailey Ruth Raeburn has always been great at solving mysteries. Why should a little thing like her death change anything? In fact, being dead gives her more of an opportunity to be on top of events. Bailey Ruth is delighted that her unique position as a ghost makes it possible for her to lend a helping hand, sometimes seen and sometimes not. And if anybody needs a little help, it's Kathleen, the pastor's wife. There's a dead man on her porch, and once the body is discovered, the pastor is sure to become a suspect. Uncharitable people might call it meddling, but Bailey Ruth knows Kathleen needs her help! As a member of Heaven's Department of Good Intentions, Bailey Ruth goes back to earth to extricate Kathleen from a dire situation. If Bailey Ruth has to bend a few rules to help Kathleen save her family, Wiggins, her fussbudget supervisor, will make sure it all turns out right in the end.

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By Dorothy (Magnolia, TX) · ★★☆☆☆ · October 15, 2011
This bit of Halloween fluff was October's reading selection for my Mystery Book Club. It was a quick and easy read - nothing to pause and ruminate over here.

Bailey Ruth Raeburn is long-dead and happily ensconced in Heaven with her beloved Bobby Mac. She and Bobby Mac had their tickets punched for... ...more
By Marja (Bullhead City, AZ) · ★★★★☆ · February 10, 2012
I won a copy of Carolyn Hart's Ghost in Trouble and enjoyed it so much I had to read Ghost at Work. This new series is different and quite entertaining.

Bailey Ruth Raeburn isn't exactly a ghost, but more of an emissary from heaven. When there's trouble in Adelaide, Oklahoma, beginning with a dea... ...more
By Drebbles (Arlington, MA) · ★★★★★ · June 06, 2013
Bailey Ruth Raeburn has been dead for quite some time and while she is enjoying her time in Heaven, she wants to do more with her life (so to speak). She joins the Department of Good Intentions with the hope of helping someone on Earth who is in trouble. She is soon sent to her hometown of Adelai... ...more
By Judy (Halifax, VA) · ★☆☆☆☆ · April 01, 2009
I'm sorry to have to assign one star to this book. I searched and searched and there was no option of half a star or no star at all. I admire Carolyn Hart's body of work. I mean, for goodness sake, I devour her Death on Demand series set on one of the sea islands near Hilton Head. I love the Henr... ...more
By Gail (Freeville, NY) · ★★★★☆ · February 28, 2010
Bailey Ruth has been in Heaven for a long time, and though it's a wonderful place, she feels it's time to give back and help those in the human world. She applies for a mission with the Department of Good Intentions. She told the Precepts that govern her behavior and sent back to help a woman in... ...more
By Lisa Kay · ★★★★★ · October 11, 2011
I’ve been meaning to try one of Carolyn Hart’s books for a while now. Glad I picked this one to start. I love a cozy mystery and I needed a Halloween theme for a challenge; this one fit the bill perfectly.

Bailey Ruth is a ghost who is not stuck in the 60’s. Though enjoying Heaven in her afterl... ...more
By Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) · ★☆☆☆☆ · August 23, 2014
Eehhhh. I really could not, could Not, read this book. The premise is ridiculous, but hey, it's fiction. An Episcopalian ghost-lady is sent from Heaven to help a descendent who's found a corpse in the backyard of the rectory.

The author has seen too many episodes of Touched By an Angel and too man... ...more
By J · ★★☆☆☆ · April 22, 2015
This was a recommendation (and a peculiar one admittedly) that I was willing to give a shot at -- even when knowing absolutely nothing about the premise. Thankfully this was quite easy to burn through at a rapid pace; light, fun reading material, I suppose this was the best time to crack this ope... ...more
By Marti · ★★★☆☆ · January 29, 2015
This was cute and I'm sure I'll wind up reading more books in this series. Bailey Ruth and her husbands lives were cut short when their boat capsized on an ill advised fishing trip and they are now both in Heaven. Bailey Ruth has been thinking for a while about volunteering for the Department of... ...more
By Megan (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · February 04, 2012
Joining the ranks of Hart's other daring heroine, Henrie O, is ghost - excuse me, Probationary Emissary of the Department of Good Intentions - Bailey Ruth Raeburn. After a long-ago mishap at sea that claimed both her life, and the life of her husband, Bobby Mac, Bailey Ruth, under the guidance of... ...more