Aunt Toffy and the Ghost by Linda Lea Castle

Aunt Toffy and the Ghost by Linda Lea Castle
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (180 pgs)
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe

Young widow, Adorna Miggins is running a lodging house in 1829 Edinburgh which has just been rocked by the Burke and Hare murders. The income from her business keeps her and Aunt Toffy fed and housed. But lately her aunt has been communicating with a spirit — a feisty Roman named Meridius with a taste for bannocks and mischief. Adorna is afraid if her aunt’s eccentric behavior becomes common knowledge it will destroy her reputation and that of her boarding house.

Tobias Rawlings is newly returned to Scotland on a secret quest he doesn’t wish to share. He sparks everyone’s curiosity when he goes out each day and returns covered in dirt and will not say what he is up to. Is it larceny? Ditch digging? Grave robbing? He is a mystery that occupies Adorna and Toffy’s interest.

Soon Toffy begins to find lost items and solve the unsolvable with the help of her spiritual advisor. Adorna simply cannot believe that ghosts exist and even if they did why would a Roman ghost be residing in her humble lodging house?

Adorna is running a bed and breakfast to keep her household running and allowing her to take care of her aunt. Her husband has died and left her a bit of money but not enough. Now if she could just get Aunt Toffy to stop talking about a ghost she visits with…

This the beginning of a cozy mystery series and it’s a very good start. The author gives you interesting characters, builds lot of quirks in and even throws a bit romance in for good measure. It’s not a long but a lot happens and you will sit in one place until you’ve finished the story. It’s too much fun to read to leave it.

She ends up with an odd fella that wants a room and hauls a duffle bag along with him. He goes out early each morning and comes back dirty and sometimes wet. He won’t tell anyone what he is doing.

Adorna has regular tenants and she’s very thankful for that. They’re like family. But the gods are conspiring against her. When Rawlings grandfather suddenly decides he must get married and have children NOW, it makes the story all that much more interesting. Especially since the ghost doesn’t like and pinches the bottoms of the ladies his grandfather is interviewing. Then word gets out that they have a ghost. Soon she has no one staying at her inn and lots of people gawking.

There is a ghost. Rawlings has one at his house, too. This story is fanciful but its great fun to read. I’ll be watching for the one in this series. After all, Rawlings is still a bachelor and he hasn’t solved his quest yet. If you like cozy mysteries, you’ll love this one. Rawlings’ grandfather is a unique individual.

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