Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway: Old Bones and New Ghosts (Marti Mickkleson Mysteries, #2) by Kay Charles


Old Bones and New Ghosts
The Marti Mickkleson Mysteries
Kay Charles

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: One Ghost Another Ghost
Publication Date: January 25, 2024
Print length: 252 pages
Digital ASIN: B0CPCF4S3Z



Marti Mickkleson and her ghostly Grandma Bertie are back!

With only one month to go until Marti meets the conditions of her late father’s will and gains control of her trust fund, she’s determined to be on her best behavior. No admitting that she can see ghosts and certainly no talking to the dead.

But her mother’s roped her into a new family project, her new office has a mysterious haunt, Grandma Bertie’s digging up mysteries from the past, her friend Dmitri’s barely speaking to her, and her sister’s life is falling apart. It’s enough to make a girl miss her days of flipping sort-of-beef patties on a Burger Buster grill.

Then things get really bad.

With both a cold case and a new murder on her hands, her “best behavior” won’t cut it. Protecting her family may cost her more than a trust fund. It may cost Marti her life—or the life of someone she loves.

Join Marti and Grandma Bertie in the follow-up to Ghosts in Glass Houses!




5 stars!

Marti and Grandma Bertie return in this fantastic series follow-up cozy paranormal mystery.


Old Bones and New Ghosts is the second book in author Kay Charles’s wonderful cozy paranormal mystery series, the Marti Mickkleson Mysteries, and what a fantastic follow-up to the series debut it is! All the characters that made the first book so much fun return, but this time, they are faced with solving both a decades-old cold case and the murder of someone close to the Mickkleson family. 

Both Marti and Grandma Bertie are back and are in the middle of looking into a cold case for the spectral Mrs. Heeley when a new murder involving a member of the family occurs. Marti was reluctant to get involved in either case since she was trying to stay as far away from possible trouble as possible. While Grandma’s ghost has been a part of Marti’s life all along, their relationship keeps getting better. They have connected over their successful sleuthing and have common goals, and Marti, despite herself and her tragic earlier circumstances, is showing some healthy growth in character. She still has the same smart mouth, though, and she comes by it naturally if Grandma Bertie is anyone to go by. Their exchanges and the dialogue throughout the book, as a whole, sparkles. 

In addition, I love how other relationships in the story are changing: Marti and RachelAnne, Marti and Dmitri, and Marti’s mother with her grandchildren. It is a delight watching her mom transform into Nana. 

The plot is fast-paced and full of surprise twists. The story fairly flew by; I was so absorbed in it. Readers new to the series will have no trouble slipping into the story; the book stands well on its own. However, book one, Ghosts in Glass Houses, is on my list of ones not to miss. 

I recommend OLD BONES AND NEW GHOSTS to cozy mystery readers who enjoy their stories with a paranormal twist.


Kay Charles is the much nicer, mystery-writing alter ego of dark fiction writer Patricia Lillie (author of The Cuckoo Girls, a 2020 Bram Stoker Award® finalist.) Like her evil twin, Kay grew up in a haunted house in a small town in Northeast Ohio, earned her MFA from Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program, teaches in Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, and is addicted to coffee, chocolate, and cake. She also knits and sometimes purls. Both their lives would be much easier if one of them enjoyed housework.


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1 comment:

Kay Charles said...

Thank you so much for hosting me--and I'm so happy you enjoyed the books!