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If ever a whole town could be haunted, Devil's Moon, Kentucky would be that town. Ripley Van Raden, or Rip as her friends call her, has come back to her hometown to start her own ghost tour business. That’s not her only career path though. Librarian by day, and ghost tour guide by night, Rip is ready to take on the ghosts following her around and the mysterious residents w If ever a whole town could be haunted, Devil's Moon, Kentucky would be that town. Ripley Van Raden, or Rip as her friends call her, has come back to her hometown to start her own ghost tour business. That’s not her only career path though. Librarian by day, and ghost tour guide by night, Rip is ready to take on the ghosts following her around and the mysterious residents who show up for more than the tour in the Devil’s Moon Cemetery. Her first day on the job as librarian, Ripley finds a dead body and a ghost who can only communicate through electronics. Who knew ghosts could send text messages? To make things even more complicated, Ripley meets a hot cop who happens to also be a ghost hunter. She doesn’t know if Brannon Landon is interested in helping her or just around for the paranormal activity. When Rip discovers threatening notes between the pages of a novel, she must solve the library patron’s mysterious death before she unwillingly joins the other side of her haunted tour.


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If ever a whole town could be haunted, Devil's Moon, Kentucky would be that town. Ripley Van Raden, or Rip as her friends call her, has come back to her hometown to start her own ghost tour business. That’s not her only career path though. Librarian by day, and ghost tour guide by night, Rip is ready to take on the ghosts following her around and the mysterious residents w If ever a whole town could be haunted, Devil's Moon, Kentucky would be that town. Ripley Van Raden, or Rip as her friends call her, has come back to her hometown to start her own ghost tour business. That’s not her only career path though. Librarian by day, and ghost tour guide by night, Rip is ready to take on the ghosts following her around and the mysterious residents who show up for more than the tour in the Devil’s Moon Cemetery. Her first day on the job as librarian, Ripley finds a dead body and a ghost who can only communicate through electronics. Who knew ghosts could send text messages? To make things even more complicated, Ripley meets a hot cop who happens to also be a ghost hunter. She doesn’t know if Brannon Landon is interested in helping her or just around for the paranormal activity. When Rip discovers threatening notes between the pages of a novel, she must solve the library patron’s mysterious death before she unwillingly joins the other side of her haunted tour.

30 review for These Haunts are Made for Walking

  1. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Brown

    Warning: Contains spoilers: I really liked the premise of the book--how could a combination of librarians and the paranormal disappoint? I had too much to read at the time I first found the book, so I put this book on my wish list and finally purchased it this week. I have to ask: Can I have my dollar back? Even better yet, can I have the time I spent reading this back? The writing disjointed: One moment, the main character, Rip, lives above a pizza parlor, the next, she is renting a floor in an o Warning: Contains spoilers: I really liked the premise of the book--how could a combination of librarians and the paranormal disappoint? I had too much to read at the time I first found the book, so I put this book on my wish list and finally purchased it this week. I have to ask: Can I have my dollar back? Even better yet, can I have the time I spent reading this back? The writing disjointed: One moment, the main character, Rip, lives above a pizza parlor, the next, she is renting a floor in an old Victorian house. Rip’s ex-fiancé and Brannon's ex-girlfriend each suddenly appear out of nowhere (practically simultaneously) for about 2 seconds and beg the concerned party to get back together and then disappear just as swiftly. At some point, Rip briefly mentions that her parents live in the area and that her family is rather dysfunctional, but that is all you ever hear about them. She's living in the same tiny town as her parents--the small town she grew up in--and no one mentions her parents, ever? She never visits home? If she hates them that much, why did she move back?? And call me violent, but I really wanted to smack Rip multiple times. She's supposed to be the head librarian--the person in charge--but allows an underling to huff, and puff, and bellow at her incessantly? I mean, she does not even try to discuss their problems with the woman, she just lets Leslie do whatever Leslie wants, lets Leslie leave whenever Leslie wants, and meekly does her best to come in to work more than 15 minutes early so Leslie won't snarl at her for being late? Grow a spine (or at least grow something!) and learn what it means to be in charge, already! Niceness is one thing, but spineless is a whole 'nother story--and one I won't read again. And what is up with finding written murder confessions and *not* turning them in to the police? Not to mention, receiving death threats and blithely continuing to investigate a murder without so much as a tiny little mention of those threats to your hunky cop friend? Come on, Rip, you're a librarian for crying out loud! You're supposed to have at least *some* common sense! (Definite spoiler ahead:) And finally, as another review I read said: the murderer is so obvious, I expected it to be a red herring. It was a sore disappointment to find the ‘bad guy’ everyone hated throughout the entire book was actually the killer. Where’s the fun in that? I’ll sum it up this way: I read the whole darned thing because I paid for it. I liked some of the ideas, but it was so disjointed, irrational, and just plain irritating that I will ignore the (to me) inexplicable plethora of great reviews and grumpily give this book a complete thumbs-down. Minus at least two stars, were it possible. (In complete disclosure, I also posted this review on Amazon)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    Not a bad start to series. I love the small town vibe and am hoping the mysteries get better and the ghosts spookier. I would definitely try book two.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    DNF @ 45%. I normally love this author and her books but this one just didn't do it for me. The character returns to her hometown to be with friends and family yet her family are only mentioned once in the book and she seems to have only one friend in the whole town. Her job is head librarian and had the same job at a big library in California and yet she can't get to work on time, lets the staff do whatever they want and seems completely disorganized. I finally had to walk away when there was a DNF @ 45%. I normally love this author and her books but this one just didn't do it for me. The character returns to her hometown to be with friends and family yet her family are only mentioned once in the book and she seems to have only one friend in the whole town. Her job is head librarian and had the same job at a big library in California and yet she can't get to work on time, lets the staff do whatever they want and seems completely disorganized. I finally had to walk away when there was a part where,"...she walked into the diner, sat at a booth and picked up a menu..." and then the very next line had her walking across the room with people starring at her and then 5 lines later her shoes were squeaking as she walked across the room. I felt like I was stuck in a time loop for the whole page.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    . I like most of the characters and the general concept, but I seriously don't need such detailed descriptions of what people are wearing. I agree that it is appropriate to describe the vintage dress of the ghost in the library. However, the hair color, hairstyle, earrings, or clothes for each person, and last but not least, I could care less about what color their lip covering is. Others may find these excessive descriptions interesting or intriguing, but I feel like they are a waste of my time. . I like most of the characters and the general concept, but I seriously don't need such detailed descriptions of what people are wearing. I agree that it is appropriate to describe the vintage dress of the ghost in the library. However, the hair color, hairstyle, earrings, or clothes for each person, and last but not least, I could care less about what color their lip covering is. Others may find these excessive descriptions interesting or intriguing, but I feel like they are a waste of my time. There are much more exciting things to include and the concept for this book had the potential to really captivate. This is in the introduction of the series, so the heroine is just reacquainting herself around the town she is suppose to have grown up in and here she is becoming infatuated with the hero, local good-looking cop, who is also a paranormal investigator. She was introduced to a ghost at the library on her first day on the job, who just happens to be the first and former librarian, whose job she now holds. All in all, this book had a lot of potential, which didn't quite pan out. There were some grammatical errors, misuse of words, misspellings, etc. There was no humor or joy, which I crave in my literary adventures. Her cheating ex shows up wanting to reconcile, but you never hear a word about any descriptions or interactions with her dysfunctional family who she claims are living in the town she returned home to. Books should be entertaining, but I found this one tedious. I couldn't wait to get to the end and I almost gave up before so, not become I was captivated. Nope, I was totally bored. She repeatedly did nothing worth hearing about. Unfortunately, the conclusion was too rushed and not cohesive. The heroine is not a strong character and as a boss, she needs to have more gumption. She withheld evidence in a murder investigation, which reflects poorly on her character as a citizen in the community where she is seeking respect. Hard to really root for a leading lady that fumbles this badly. This book is able to stand on its own, and hopefully, the rest of the series will improve. At least that is what another reader, Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf, posted about a future installment. So, am willing to give this another shot? Not right away . . . if ever.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I am glad I picked up this book. It was a can't put down read. It held my interest all the way thru. It has ghosts, murder, mayhem, paranormal investigators, cats and cupcakes. how could you go wrong. I am looking forward to more of this story line.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This was an enjoyable first entry in the series. I liked the characters and the setting and the story was good. Rip did annoy me when she didn't go to the police at times. I also felt the editing could have been better since I found several wrong words used in the story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    This story was 2.5 stars rounded up. I liked the premise of a woman librarian who brings out her inner spook by running haunted tours in her hometown. What I wasn't so thrilled with was the excessive detailing about clothes, jewelry, looks, etc and I didn't really care for how the paranormal interacted with Ripley. I just wanted more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diane ~Firefly~

    I really wanted to like this book because the premise was interesting - a librarian who also leads a ghost tour and can communicate with ghosts. What I enjoyed: * The premise * Best friend Tammy What could have been better: * The writing was disjointed. There were many times I felt like I missed half the conversation. * Weird inconsistencies - where Rip lived, why her parents were just barely mentioned as she just moved back to her hometown, why did Travis show up for 2 seconds? * Rip was TSTL. And I h I really wanted to like this book because the premise was interesting - a librarian who also leads a ghost tour and can communicate with ghosts. What I enjoyed: * The premise * Best friend Tammy What could have been better: * The writing was disjointed. There were many times I felt like I missed half the conversation. * Weird inconsistencies - where Rip lived, why her parents were just barely mentioned as she just moved back to her hometown, why did Travis show up for 2 seconds? * Rip was TSTL. And I hate when they realize they are doing something stupid and just thinks something like "Why would I put myself in danger just to prove a point? I needed to go to the police and that was what I fully intended to do, just as soon as I went to the woman's house for one more clue" - and of course she doesn't go the police, nor when she goes to stop the killer from killing someone else does she call the police on the way. * Rip is also a horrible researcher for a librarian. She looked up one of the ghosts and couldn't find anything about a life long resident of the small town she lives in? And she was a worse boss. Who would let Leslie get away with her behavior?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Very disappointing. The book had promise but then the main character decides she's Nancy Drew and withholds evidence from the police. And she's suddenly a ghost magnet for no apparent reason. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won Very disappointing. The book had promise but then the main character decides she's Nancy Drew and withholds evidence from the police. And she's suddenly a ghost magnet for no apparent reason. Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books... 1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future. 2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author. 3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up. 4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author. 5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Elliott

    Interesting premise Unfortunately, the book is boring. The writing is inept. We learn nothing about the victim until the last few chapters. This book is less a puzzle than a narrative of unimportant details. I really dislike reading books where the protagonist does stupid things, repeatedly. I kept hoping it would liven up, but it was a book with very little change of pace. I will read the next one in the series, but if the writing doesn't improve, that will be it. I love paranormal mystery, but t Interesting premise Unfortunately, the book is boring. The writing is inept. We learn nothing about the victim until the last few chapters. This book is less a puzzle than a narrative of unimportant details. I really dislike reading books where the protagonist does stupid things, repeatedly. I kept hoping it would liven up, but it was a book with very little change of pace. I will read the next one in the series, but if the writing doesn't improve, that will be it. I love paranormal mystery, but this one had very little mystery and the paranormal aspect wasn't exciting, scary, funny, or intriguing. It just was.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I was surprised when I read a few other reviews of this book that weren't happy. I loved this book, I found it quick moving. I really enjoyed the friendship of Ripley and Tammy, real and believable. I like the growing relationship of Rip and Brannon. This book has it all a murder, likeable characters, unlikeable characters, some oddball characters and ghosts popping in. I had a few laugh out loud moments. The mystery had me guessing and switching back and forth as to who I thought did it Yes, th I was surprised when I read a few other reviews of this book that weren't happy. I loved this book, I found it quick moving. I really enjoyed the friendship of Ripley and Tammy, real and believable. I like the growing relationship of Rip and Brannon. This book has it all a murder, likeable characters, unlikeable characters, some oddball characters and ghosts popping in. I had a few laugh out loud moments. The mystery had me guessing and switching back and forth as to who I thought did it Yes, there were a few editing errors and typos but I could live with that because I enjoyed the story so much. Definitely going to continue on with this series and I'm going to check out her other ones.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martha Cheves

    These Haunts Are Made For Walking - Review by Martha A. Cheves The next morning was my first day as head librarian in Devil's Moon. I'd been back in town for a couple weeks before I'd had to start work at the library. That had given me time to start the haunted tour. As soon as I'd moved back to town I'd decided to fulfill a lifelong dream - start a haunted tour. This town was crawling with ghosts. Well, not literally crawling, but you know what I mean. So by day I was the mind-mannered librarian These Haunts Are Made For Walking - Review by Martha A. Cheves The next morning was my first day as head librarian in Devil's Moon. I'd been back in town for a couple weeks before I'd had to start work at the library. That had given me time to start the haunted tour. As soon as I'd moved back to town I'd decided to fulfill a lifelong dream - start a haunted tour. This town was crawling with ghosts. Well, not literally crawling, but you know what I mean. So by day I was the mind-mannered librarian and by night I was the queen of spooky. At least that was what Tammy told everyone. I was ok with that description. Ripley Van Raden has moved back to her hometown after a breakup with her ex-husband-to-be. She has always loved the feel she got when surrounded by books, so what better job than being head of the library. She would also be working with her best friend Tammy and a woman named Leslie. Tammy would be enjoyable but after meeting Leslie Ripley knew things just weren't going to be that great. She isn't sure but thinks it may be because Leslie possibly wanted the job as head librarian herself. All goes well until the evening of her first day on the job. The "Bookworms" book club came for their monthly meeting to discuss the book they are reading. The outcome of the meeting put a true damper the day that started out so smoothly. Oh yeah, there is also a 'library' ghost that not only can Ripley see but one who also sends her text messages. This combined with the ghost tour ghosts, give Ripley a very interesting life. This is a fun book to read full spirits, murder and a touch of humor. Now I'm ready for Book 2 - A Walk on the Haunted Side.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    I usually try to do only positive reviews, but this pushed my limits. TSTL does not come close enough to describe the brainless decisions of the main character. And keeping them to herself (a felony where stealing evidence from a crime scene is involved) was not critical to the story line, so why??? The author is going into my "never again" shelf for that reason but have to add that you could feel the effort in the overdone descriptions of "scene setting" at the beginning of the book and, told i I usually try to do only positive reviews, but this pushed my limits. TSTL does not come close enough to describe the brainless decisions of the main character. And keeping them to herself (a felony where stealing evidence from a crime scene is involved) was not critical to the story line, so why??? The author is going into my "never again" shelf for that reason but have to add that you could feel the effort in the overdone descriptions of "scene setting" at the beginning of the book and, told in the first person, the main character's dialogue was too indecisive and whiny. Had thought it was a self-published-without-a good-editor but then see this is a USA Today Best selling author.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    A paranormal tour guide and librarian who can interact with ghosts made this cozy murder mystery series a must read for me!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Croff

    Terrible! One of the worst writers ever! She repeated herself way too much. Lame storyline. I would not recommend. Never again!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    I normally like this author but this book just didn't do it for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pete

    There are some good points to this book, but unfortunately they are outweighed by too many negative aspects: There is some bad spelling and grammar; The dialogue wasn't at all realistic; The way the police procedure was described; but the main issue I had with this book was that the lead character was just completely unrealistic, no boss is going to accept the way that the Leslie character spoke to her, and her reaction to the flirting from the police officer was just too immature for words. This There are some good points to this book, but unfortunately they are outweighed by too many negative aspects: There is some bad spelling and grammar; The dialogue wasn't at all realistic; The way the police procedure was described; but the main issue I had with this book was that the lead character was just completely unrealistic, no boss is going to accept the way that the Leslie character spoke to her, and her reaction to the flirting from the police officer was just too immature for words. This could have been a great fun read as the basic premise is actually very good, but it would need a major rewrite to make it as good as it could be, very frustrating! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily wrote this review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Judi Easley

    My Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review What it’s about… Ripley Van Raden AKA Rip has returned to her hometown of Devil’s Moon as the main librarian, taking the place of a long-loved librarian. Always a hard place to fill. She’s also starting up a ghost tour in town. Her first day at the library is BookWormers Club. Unfortunate My Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book. I am voluntarily providing an honest review in which all are fully my own. I am not being compensated in any way. ~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review What it’s about… Ripley Van Raden AKA Rip has returned to her hometown of Devil’s Moon as the main librarian, taking the place of a long-loved librarian. Always a hard place to fill. She’s also starting up a ghost tour in town. Her first day at the library is BookWormers Club. Unfortunately, one of the ladies from the club took too large a step off the top of the stairs and ended up dead at the bottom. Officer Brannon Landon is asking questions about more than the dead body. Seems Officer Landon is interested in ghosts, too. Can Rip figure out the messages she’s getting from the ghosts before someone in town makes her one? Technical Tidbits… The cover is similar to others Ms. Pressey has used for other books. Not as stylized, but still very attractive with the spooky dark scene in the back and the black and purple figure in front. The storyline is great and very amenable to the creative twists and turns Ms. Pressey put it through. The characters really could have used a bit more depth. Rip, Tammy, and Brannon should have been more defined. The pace was fast. There wasn’t any lag at all in any part of this. Whether in the library putting books away or just walking to the pub, there was something happening or about to happen. The tension was there from almost the first moment. Rip wasn’t sure the library wanted her in her new job. She wasn’t sure the town wanted her to start up the ghost tours. The only thing she was sure of was her BFF Tammy. And this is where you STOP if you don’t want to see any SPOILERS… The good, the bad, and the ugly…and how much it lit up my life… ✰✰✰✰⭒ The mystery was based on the books, but the books came into the story so late that there really wasn’t time to figure out what they had to do with anything. Though they really didn’t have anything to do with anything. They were supposed to lead you to the Grump. Somehow we were supposed to know the story about her mother. I don’t remember anything leading in that direction. No trail. I wish that part had been based more in the library. Brannon Landon is really screwed up. In uniform, he can’t touch Rip. Of course not, he’s on duty. When he and the guys come with their equipment to scan the library he can’t touch Rip. Of course not, what will the guys think? I don’t know why he doesn’t talk to her sometimes when they are both out of work and no one else is around. Like after one of her ghost tours or something. He has to wait until the world is watching to kiss her? Until she’s almost given up on him? Ggrrr…men! I loved the fact that Rip didn’t realize that Mrs. Clatterbuck was a ghost! She spoke with her and everything and she really thought she was still alive! Even after she went by the house she didn’t realize the truth. Brannon had to tell her. Wow. This book had a sense of fun even when it was serious. Anne was a ghost, but she could only communicate via technology. Mrs. Clatterbuck. Brannon. And, of course, Ripley’s name was so appropo. I plan on reading at least one more book to see what happens after that kiss.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf My first experience with the Haunted Tour Guide Mystery series was a few books into the series when I inadvertently read one completely out of order and that one was really good and kept my attention. So, following my own suggestions, I went back to the beginning before I started publishing reviews. Frankly, if I had originally started with the first book, while it was good, I definitely would have been strongly tempted to stop my continuing of the series at that po Reviewed at Haunted Bookshelf My first experience with the Haunted Tour Guide Mystery series was a few books into the series when I inadvertently read one completely out of order and that one was really good and kept my attention. So, following my own suggestions, I went back to the beginning before I started publishing reviews. Frankly, if I had originally started with the first book, while it was good, I definitely would have been strongly tempted to stop my continuing of the series at that point. There just wasn’t enough to pull me back for more even though I realized that there was a lot of world building, I would have put the rest of the stories on a very low reading priority, if at all. In a way I’m glad I did read them out of order for now I know what’s to come and that is worth the time and effort to get caught up on Ripley’s life and adventures in the library and in the graveyard. Ripley’s return to her home town was both a welcome move and an intimidating one as well. Yes, she’d left the cheating ex fa r behind in California, that was the plus. Although she’d never, to her knowledge actually encountered a ghost before, she was fascinated by the ghost tales from around her hometown. Her ghost tours business was born and was easily one of the more entertaining things she’d done. Starting as the head librarian was a bit daunting but she’d work through that… if the staff helped that is. And one member of her staff definitely wasn’t going to be the least helpful or welcoming. Then along came a murder in the library. And her first up close and personal encounter with a ghost. Now things were about to get interesting. There were many things about These Haunts Are Made For Walking that I enjoyed. The premise is fun and entertaining, the ghostly parts are fun with that spooky touch that is unique to cozy mysteries. Brannon, cop and future love interest is adorable. His side interest of paranormal investigations fit in so well with Ripley’s interest in ghosts as well. There were enough clues and red herrings tossed about that could have redirected me from my first suspect, but didn’t Only not in quite the way I suspected. The down side was what would have stopped me from going further (if I hadn’t known better). While I accepted the world building, there were times that I really wanted to say out loud “Yeah, I got that point already”. Scenes like the one with her ex showing up and then disappearing for absolutely no reason. Yeah, puzzled over that for a bit. Just enough small things that built up to a feeling of this was good but no more for me thanks. I like to think that I would have followed my own rule of not judging a series by book one, but since I knew (by mistake) what was coming that rule didn’t really apply. So I’d give a word of caution to first time readers of this beginning story… give a series a chance to astound and delight you. I’m certainly glad I did in this case.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    The whole setup is charming. The heroine has become head librarian at her home town library - a haunted library no less - but that's fine because she's really into the supernatural and truly believes in ghosts. So much so she leads tourists on a haunted walking tour several nights a week where she tells the stories of the locations and what or who is supposed to be haunting there. Being a good librarian she has carefully researched this stuff and enjoys sharing it. But then she starts SEEING [an The whole setup is charming. The heroine has become head librarian at her home town library - a haunted library no less - but that's fine because she's really into the supernatural and truly believes in ghosts. So much so she leads tourists on a haunted walking tour several nights a week where she tells the stories of the locations and what or who is supposed to be haunting there. Being a good librarian she has carefully researched this stuff and enjoys sharing it. But then she starts SEEING [and in some cases communicating with] them and it's a whole lot scarier than she expected. And that was before a member of the library's book club is murdered... This is the point at which the book starts to fail. At the urging of the ghost librarian she starts trying to solve the murder herself - including withholding evidence from the police and putting herself [and a friend] into danger by confronting the villain of the piece. And her qualifications for this murder-solving gig? She'd read all the Nancy Drew mysteries... So the bottom line is I enjoyed the ride but the heroine definitely had some really stupid moments. It's a fun, light read and I'll be trying book 2 because I did enjoy this one. HTG01 These Haunts Are Made for Walking HTG02 A Walk on the Haunted Side HTG03 Haunt the Haunt, Walk the Walk HTG04 Walk this Way, Haunt this Way HTG05 Take a Haunted Walk with Me (Haunted Tour Guide Mystery #5) HTG06 Hauntin' After Midnight (Ha... HTG06.5 I Want to Haunt You Home

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amber Roberts

    Ripley returns to her hometown to start over after her breakup. She starts a haunted tour, gets the head librarian job. One of the very handsome local officers seems to have his eye on her. And oh yeah, she can now see the ghosts she always believed in, one spooky figure at a time, and they're sending her text messages! I absolutely adore cozy mysteries because they are easy, fast, and well, cozy! This cozy ghost mystery by Rose Pressey was a fast and fun read. Despite some editing mistakes in th Ripley returns to her hometown to start over after her breakup. She starts a haunted tour, gets the head librarian job. One of the very handsome local officers seems to have his eye on her. And oh yeah, she can now see the ghosts she always believed in, one spooky figure at a time, and they're sending her text messages! I absolutely adore cozy mysteries because they are easy, fast, and well, cozy! This cozy ghost mystery by Rose Pressey was a fast and fun read. Despite some editing mistakes in the ebook (missed words, a stray typo, but nothing too distracting) I really enjoyed the story. It's cute, fun, and just the right kind of read to curl up next to a fire after a long day. It's short enough to read in one evening sitting but long enough not to feel short-changed at the end. Ripley and the other characters made me want to see what was next. I will definitely grab the rest of the series, if only for some light-hearted, fast reads.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    These Haunts are Made for Walking (Haunted Tour Guide Mystery #1) Rose Pressey Rip goes back to her hometown to start a Ghost Tour business. She also works as a librarian at the library. While working at the library she finds the librarian dead, and encounters a ghost who communicates through text messages. Not long after she meets the new Cop, who happens to be quite charming and good looking. Will she be able to solve the murder? This story moves at a steady pace, with a fun plot and likable ch These Haunts are Made for Walking (Haunted Tour Guide Mystery #1) Rose Pressey Rip goes back to her hometown to start a Ghost Tour business. She also works as a librarian at the library. While working at the library she finds the librarian dead, and encounters a ghost who communicates through text messages. Not long after she meets the new Cop, who happens to be quite charming and good looking. Will she be able to solve the murder? This story moves at a steady pace, with a fun plot and likable characters. Add the who-done-it theme, and possible love interest makes for the perfect read. I found These Haunts are Made for Walking very enjoyable and feel those who love a cozy mystery with a paranormal theme will enjoy as well.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was a fun cozy mystery. Ripley, or Rip as her friends call her, returned home after being away for 10 years. She is now the head librarian in her hometown, and gives haunted tours at night. There is a murder on her first day of work - the same day she also meets the library ghost! The book is entertaining. While I hate to be critical, there are a few scenes that seem too rushed. There is an odd coincidence where her ex comes back into town on the same day as her love interest's ex-wife come This was a fun cozy mystery. Ripley, or Rip as her friends call her, returned home after being away for 10 years. She is now the head librarian in her hometown, and gives haunted tours at night. There is a murder on her first day of work - the same day she also meets the library ghost! The book is entertaining. While I hate to be critical, there are a few scenes that seem too rushed. There is an odd coincidence where her ex comes back into town on the same day as her love interest's ex-wife comes into town, yet neither interaction leads to much discussion and the reader wonders, what was the point? I did enjoy the mystery and the ghosts, but it's hard to understand why someone who gives ghost tours runs away when she sees ghosts?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alice Hazelbaker

    A Murder, lots of ghosts and s new librarian - ana a great read! How about a main character with the name Ripley Van Raden moving to her hometown of Devil's Moon? Sounds a little crazy? But it's a really fun read. Ripley moves back to become the town Librarian and on the side she leads ghost tours. Her first day on the job someone gets murdered in the library and it's up to her and the library ghost Annie to figure out who did it! Add in a little angst with a snarky library assistant and a little A Murder, lots of ghosts and s new librarian - ana a great read! How about a main character with the name Ripley Van Raden moving to her hometown of Devil's Moon? Sounds a little crazy? But it's a really fun read. Ripley moves back to become the town Librarian and on the side she leads ghost tours. Her first day on the job someone gets murdered in the library and it's up to her and the library ghost Annie to figure out who did it! Add in a little angst with a snarky library assistant and a little romance with a ghost-buster cop and you have a great cozy mystery! I'm ready for the next one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Ripley Van Raden, (RIP for short) has returned home to Devil's Moon from California to take over the Head Librarian position. On her first night there one of the book club ladies falls down the stairs and dies. The ghost librarian who presides over the library pushes RIP to investigate the murder, even before it is declared a murder. She also gives haunted walking tours through some of the towns more haunted buildings and graveyard. It is a fun story with several humorous moments, well defined ch Ripley Van Raden, (RIP for short) has returned home to Devil's Moon from California to take over the Head Librarian position. On her first night there one of the book club ladies falls down the stairs and dies. The ghost librarian who presides over the library pushes RIP to investigate the murder, even before it is declared a murder. She also gives haunted walking tours through some of the towns more haunted buildings and graveyard. It is a fun story with several humorous moments, well defined characters and a solid plot line. The only issues was there are about a handful of typo's that the publisher missed, and is apparently unwilling to change.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Let me start with saying that I believe this book has potential. But if you look past the editing and writing errors, the characters are interesting. Lots of books that begin a series are challenging since it is the building block to what will following. The story in itself was not bad at all and I believe that the next book will be better since we have the foundation and introduction over with. But yes, I will agree that sometimes to many errors takes away from the over all experience. Do not be Let me start with saying that I believe this book has potential. But if you look past the editing and writing errors, the characters are interesting. Lots of books that begin a series are challenging since it is the building block to what will following. The story in itself was not bad at all and I believe that the next book will be better since we have the foundation and introduction over with. But yes, I will agree that sometimes to many errors takes away from the over all experience. Do not be harsh with the author. We are all human and I'm sure she sees where we are coming from. But have faith (which I do) that this is a small step into what can be a great series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Page

    This is going to be a strange review because even though I thought it was a light-hearted fun read, it was cheesy...from start to finish. light spoiler... You can start with the main character's name - Ripley Van Raden - to the ghost who can talk to her by phone text, to the handsome but ghost hunting police officer, to....it just goes on and on. It reminded of me of a teenager trying to write an adult ghosthunting/romance book. But I finished it in about an hour, and there were parts that made me This is going to be a strange review because even though I thought it was a light-hearted fun read, it was cheesy...from start to finish. light spoiler... You can start with the main character's name - Ripley Van Raden - to the ghost who can talk to her by phone text, to the handsome but ghost hunting police officer, to....it just goes on and on. It reminded of me of a teenager trying to write an adult ghosthunting/romance book. But I finished it in about an hour, and there were parts that made me smile. It was fun.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wulfwyn

    It is a quick fun read. I just don't understand how come Rip only has one friend and no family interactions. Supposedly this is the town she grew up in. I expected people to know her. I also don't understand how she is the head librarian yet she exerts no power. One staff member should have been spoken to instead we got Rip trying to please her. I just didn't understand that. Because I like the mix of the paranormal and the library, I'll give the series one more shot with the next book. Hopefull It is a quick fun read. I just don't understand how come Rip only has one friend and no family interactions. Supposedly this is the town she grew up in. I expected people to know her. I also don't understand how she is the head librarian yet she exerts no power. One staff member should have been spoken to instead we got Rip trying to please her. I just didn't understand that. Because I like the mix of the paranormal and the library, I'll give the series one more shot with the next book. Hopefully it will improve.

  29. 4 out of 5

    C.

    Fall is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is my favorite holiday(all fun without all the stress of Christmas).This book has both, plus a good cozy mystery, and it is a clean read. Loved the characters, except the one you will all hate, lol! A fun read, and I am looking forward to reading more from the series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jeanine

    I think this is my favorite so far - lots of mystery and ghosts, less romance. Great story.

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