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Mrs. Murray’s Ghost

(Piccadilly Street #1)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Mary's family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house's other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary's new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who ...more
Kindle Edition, first, 112 pages
Published August 31st 2018 by Tell-Tale Publishing Group
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Mary and her family have moved to London, Ontario. New town. New school. New mansion complete with a rather active ghost, Mrs. Murray. Mary loves her new home, especially her gigantic bedroom which has a fireplace. At first, she thinks the ghost haunting her home is scary (she’s ten) but her fears ease when she meets the friendly little people called Brownies. There’s an eerie connection between the ghost and Mary, something no one can explain. It’s only when Mary contracts a deathly illness, do ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The writing was fun and engaging, the genre was for MG but can be enjoyed by all. I'm definitely double the MG grade reading level and I loved it. It was a quick read, easy to follow, full of fun characters and creatures, and even with a ghost was not so scary as I first thought it might be. It was a fantastic little adventure and I loved the family's approach to accepting a ghost in the house, it was unique and amusing.
I also enjoyed how the author set up this book for the ad
Kadee Carder
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“For someone who’d been dead for thirty years, Mrs Murray had never felt this scared in her life, let alone in her death.” Fans of fantasy, dragons, and tiny heroes will adore the middle grade adventure MRS. MURRAY’S GHOST.
Mary and her family find themselves entering the premises of their new home, which holds mysterious perils and one particular guest who refuses to vacate. Enrolled in a new school where a neighbor finds great delight in torturing the new girl, and losing sleep for the bangin
Madhuri Palaji
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mrs Murray's Ghost by Emily-Jane Hills is a cute story. I volunteered to read the ARC copy and review it. I wouldn't call it a horror story because, after reading this book, I started believing that ghosts can be friendly too given a chance. It's kind of a fairytale with brownies, friendly ghosts and a dream world with witches, dragons and many more. I totally enjoyed the fantasy world. I wouldn't mind reading this story to my daughter. The story revolves around a 10 year old girl named Mary. Wh ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book!! Nope I am not in the middle grades but I enjoyed this book. This is a really great version of a haunted house story. The story is a fun adventure. I really enjoyed Emily-Jane Hills Orford writing. Like I said this is for middle grade readers but people of all ages will enjoy it.

The star of the book is Mary. Mary is 10 years old. Her family just moved into a new home and it is haunted. Mrs. Murray is the resident ghost but there are also Brownies in the house. Nope
Maria Beltran
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When ten-year-old Mary Murray Barton's family makes the big move to a Victorian mansion near the intersection of Piccadilly and Waterloo Streets, the little girl is excited. She gets a large room with a fireplace and a new place to explore. Things, however, take a different turn when Mrs. Murray's ghost makes her presence felt by banging the kitchen cupboard doors and switching the kitchen lights on and off. The terrified Mary then meets the house's other residents, the friendly Brownies. One da ...more
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Mrs. Murray's Ghost: A Piccadilly Street Story, Book 1 is a children’s adventure fantasy novel written by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. Mary was quite impressed with the rather magnificent house that she and her family were moving into. There was a tower three stories high, and her bedroom was immense and even had its own fireplace. Granted, London, Ontario was quite a bit farther from Toronto than her mom would have liked, and her big sister, who was in h
Alicia Smock
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a time and age where reading seems obsolete and a waste of time, an unexpected experience will take adults, especially parents, by surprise: children WANT to be read to. Whenever parents read to their children, whether it is during the day or right before bedtime, children have fond memories of being read to. So why don’t parents begin a new reading journey with their children? A perfect book for such an occasion would be author Emily-Jane Hills Orford’s first title in her The Piccadilly Stre ...more
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. When it arrived in my mailbox, I curled up on my couch, set aside my coffee and cracked the book open with much anticipation. I finished a few hours lately, disappointed and underwhelmed.

This story is not about Mrs. Murray’s ghost. Despite the back cover alluding to a murder mystery and a ghost story cloaked with mystery, Mrs. Murry plays an arguably small and insignificant role in the plot, and I often wondered why she was included at all. The real story is about Mar
Phyllis Bohonis
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary loves the large new family home and is only slightly put off by talk of bats and ghosts. At ten-years-old, the adventure of moving into a large, interesting mansion in a new city is more exciting than the fear of creaky floors and cupboard doors that have a mind of their own. Besides, the house has a tower that stands three storeys tall, an old telephone intercom system, rooms with locked doors, even her very own fireplace in her bedroom. The resident ghost, Mrs. Murray, doesn’t take long t ...more
Lindie May
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
“A day without reading is like a day without sunshine.” A children’s novel, Mrs. Murray’s Ghost is a story of family secrets, mystery, magical Brownies (who live in the walls), and a ghost who tries to run off tenants who move into the Victorian house on Piccadilly Street. The author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, has created a well-paced, well written novel that is the first in a series for young readers. A story that takes place in the late 60s, a time when families still gathered around the dinner ...more
Jessica Bronder
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ten year old Mary and her family have moved into a mansion in London, Ontario. Mary quickly discovers that the house is haunted by the ghost, Mrs. Murray. Mrs. Murray is not happy that someone is staying in her house and does what she can to try and scare them out. Mary is frightened at first but after meeting the Brownies in the wall she learns that Mrs. Murray and Mary have a connection.

But then Mary becomes ill. Mary is trapped in a dream world by an evil witch. The sicker the gets in our wo
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mary is moving to a new house and excited to see all of the beautiful castle they will be living in. OK maybe mansion is more like it. Whatever it is she loves it. Mary deals with bullies and finds new friends. Not all of them are human though. A great read that stretches the imagination and introduces us to a few supernaturals at the same time. It's a fun read that my 12 year old grand read with me and we discovered a brand new to us author whose style was enjoyed by both of us. It's easy to re ...more
D.L. Finn
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Mrs. Murray’s Ghost” is a paranormal middle-grade story that is set in 1967, Canada. Mary and her family move into a large house. The action starts when her family spends their first night in the new residence. They soon find out the house is haunted, but Mary finds additional residents, two Brownies. Those small, magical men from Scotland quickly became the characters I enjoyed the most. I appreciated their backstory and humor. The Brownies need Mary to help them get back home. While Mary stru ...more
Carol Pennington
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This first book in its series is a great middle school read complete with mystery, humor, drama, brownies, witches, dragons and ghosts. The plot is easy enough for a young reader to follow and intriguing enough to keep an adult’s attention. My only disappointment was the use of one curse word. I am looking forward to reading this to my granddaughter this summer.
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Emily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medallist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-or ...more

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