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Ghost of a Chance: A Marjorie McClelland Mystery (Marjorie McClelland Mysteries) Paperback – 30 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (30 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073871092X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738710921
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,434,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Murder, love, industrial espionage, and bigamy are the ingredients blended together in this well-devised mystery story."

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By AJ on 17 April 2011
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This is not the most intellectual of novels. It is simplistic and too brief. However, it is strangely satisfying. Too bad it is so expensive for what you get.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Holmes on 19 Feb. 2010
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I am always looking for new authors, especially those whose books are set in the 20's and 30's.Having found 'Ghost of a Chance' I began to read, I hoped to find something akin to the 'Grace and Favour' series by Jill Churchill picturing the time of the Depression years. Unfortunately I did not, this book is set after the repeal of the Volstead Act but that is about the only fact of interest to me. The two dimensional characters are boring, the dialogue is laboured and I found the descriptive passages totally uninteresting. The main character 'Marjorie' is annoying and unbelievable and I cannot think anyone would behave as she does, the male characters also behave in a totally odd way. I will not be buying any more of these books but will continue searching.
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Chris LaGuardia - East Moriches, NY 28 April 2007
By C. Laguardia - Published on
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I just finished this book and, like the first book, Million Dollar Baby, I inhaled it! I haven't had this much fun since I read the Nancy Drew Mysteries so many years ago. Meade has a gift you don't see much of. She engages you in every aspect of the romance, mystery, and the lives of everyone in Ridgebury, CT. I found myself speaking out loud throughout the entire book. As far as I'm concerned, Meade can't produce these books fast enough for me. I'm sold, hook, line and sinker with the life of Marjorie McClelland!! I would love it if Marjorie McClelland spent a summer on Long Island and just happened upon a body here!!! I can't wait to see the characters continue to develop, and I find myself anxiously awaiting Meade's next "case". Great Book!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
charming Depression Era amateur sleuth and police procedural mystery 24 Mar. 2007
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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In 1935 Ridgebury, Connecticut is holding its annual carnival sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church and one of the big attractions is the Ferris Wheel. When the seat holding the last person on the ride opens the man flops to the ground. At first they think he died of a heart attack but mystery writer and amateur sleuth Miss Marjorie McCelland finds a dart near the wheel. She and her friend, British aristocrat Creighton Ashcroft bring it to the medical examiner. Tests show the man died of curare poisoning and the dart contained blood that matched that of the victim.

Marjorie's fiancée, police detective Robert Jameson informs her that the victim's name is Alfred Nussbaun and his wife Josie identifies the body. She doesn't seem upset and it isn't too long before they find out he was a bigamist with a wife and two children in Boston. They also learn that Josie is also married to someone else and is running a scam to part Alfred from his money with her husband's approval. Suspects abound with motives aplenty but the identity of the killer will shock everyone even a clever mystery writer.

Amy Patricia Meade has written a very charming amateur sleuth and police procedural mystery. The author has a way of creating characters that make them seem like the neighbor next door and even the killer will elicit reader sympathy. The triangle that develops between Creighton, Marjorie and Robert is very well developed and adds an extra dimension to the plot. Romance readers will definitely like this Depression Era regional mystery partly due to state of forensic science and the relationship between Creighton and Marjorie.

Harriet Klausner
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
soupy 28 Oct. 2007
By M. Swett - Published on
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ugh... soupy, formulaic. A standard romance novel dressed up like a mystery. I certainly expected more given the other reviews.

After million dollar baby I could have written the outline, and especially outcomes, of this one in minutes.
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Fun, screwball Cozy! 25 Jun. 2015
By Lynx - Published on
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Taking a break from adapting their whirlwind sleuthing adventure into her latest novel, Marjorie and Creighton are headed to the carnival for some well deserved fun. But what begins as some much deserved time off turns into another case when a man is found murdered on the ferris wheel. Alongside her new beau Detective Jameson, Marjorie once again proves female intuition is all it takes - and maybe a little help from her friends.

Thoroughly enjoyed this second instalment in Amy Patricia Meades McClelland series. Just as the first, this is packed with twists and turns, plenty of suspects, love triangles and fun screwball type banter. Great cozy mystery, very much looking forward to reading the third.
Take a chance on Ghost of a Chance 14 April 2015
By J. Sasse - Published on
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Ghost of a Chance, the second Marjorie McClelland mystery is as enjoyable as the first. As in Million Dollar Baby, humor and murder walk hand in hand, with romance not far behind.

Much of the second novel focuses on Marjorie's convoluted love life. Although she is engaged to Detective Jameson, she is uncertain of her feelings, especially when she discovers that Creighton loves her. As in classic romantic comedies, absurd situations, nobility of character and misunderstandings based on half heard conversations complicate matters immensely.

Creighton and Marjorie remind me of Agatha Christie's classic detective duo Tommy and Tuppence. The characters play off one another, and much of the dialogue is spirited banter and good-natured teasing. Marjorie is extremely persistent in pursuit of her investigative goals, earning her the fitting nickname of Miss Never-Say-Die. Creighton's charm and connections open doors and give access to otherwise difficult to reach suspects. Together they are an irrepressible team of detectives.

The murder is cleverly plotted. When a man dies on the Ferris wheel at the local fair, first impressions indicate natural causes. Marjorie is quick to discover that the death is actually murder – by a poison dart no less. There are numerous suspects and motives, as well as plenty of plot twists.

If you enjoy classic black and white romantic comedies or historical cozy mysteries with plenty of humorous hijinks, Ghost of a Chance is the mystery for you. Lighthearted and fun it is suitable for all ages of mystery aficionado.

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