Josie Douglas came to the isolated country cottage with her research, a good alibi, and a gun. She hoped that shed have enough time to unravel the facts behind the tragedy that, years before, had shattered her life. Instead, she found herself in a house haunted by its own dark history. A series of strange coincidences, a ghostly visitor, and a mysterious brass key provide Josie with tantalizing clues to a mystery that keeps her guessing at every turn. Also keeping her guessing is Marc Westbrook, a landlord who embodies the meaning of the term dropdead handsome. Soon, shell have to trust him with the secret that drove her into seclusion, a secret that has already cost the life of one man she loved.
American Romance novelist, Kay Hooper envisioned her career a bit differently when she was younger. She was born in California, but her family quickly moved back to their home state of North Carolina after her birth. Her father was stationed in a California Air Force Base when she was born. In her family of five, she was the oldest child. Her original thought was to take business classes at a community college, but quickly decided that business did not do anything for her interests. After enrolling in some history and literature classes, her focus turned to writing. Her first novel was purchased by Dell Publishing, entitled Lady Thief. Her mother became her personal assistant, and Hooper has had more than 60 novels published. After her mother's death in 2002, her sister Linda became her business manager, publicist, and events coordinator.
Kay Hooper lives the small town life in North Carolina, where she fosters cats and kittens for the local rescue organization. Her family lives close by, and she has many cats and a couple of dogs. She has Kay's Pets Page for readers to view her pet family.
I picked this up because I enjoy Kay Hooper's books, this one was simple and entertaining. I was disappointed that is was so short, only took a few hours to get through but it was a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon when the weather was yucky!
I had higher expectations since it was a Kay Hooper selection. I am used to the Bishop series, and I set the bar too high. Perhaps the short length had something to do with it. Characters could have been developed more.
Like others who gave reviews, I thought this was just okay. A bit of fluff. I expected more from Kay Hooper. It was predictable but entertaining enough that I finished the book.