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Gone With The Ghost

(Murder by Design #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,825 ratings  ·  211 reviews
Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking o ...more
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by SilverHart Publishing (first published May 22nd 2017)
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C.E.M I have not read the series yet, but I would assume they are in their mid-late twenties or thirties. It says that the main character owns a business…moreI have not read the series yet, but I would assume they are in their mid-late twenties or thirties. It says that the main character owns a business and that the other one was already a cop. Definitely not teens.(less)

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Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a seriously fun read for me, with a new author I'll be sure to follow. Wonderfully warm characters (even the cold ones) and a witty dialogue hold your attention and this story was the antidote I needed after a few particularly dark novels. Light detection, a bit of sexual angst and a few laughs - a perfect recipe for a great afternoon's reading.
Christina T
Erin McCarthy is the queen of fun lighthearted reads.

The Good, The Bad, And Everything In Between: I love when the paranormal rubs elbows with mystery especially when it's chock full of humor. I giggled, smiled, and literally LOL a couple of times throughout this book. I enjoyed the various characters including Bailey and Ryan but wish they were more fleshed out. The book is rather short which is awesome for me because I have been struggling with sticking with longer books but, honestly, if it
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a big lover of gritty thrillers, the gory kind that leave many turning their heads, but something about the cosy mystery genre has always intrigued me. I have picked up one or two in the past, but never really stuck to them. They are the kinds of books I pick up when I want a bit of a break. However, despite how they are not my favourite kinds of reads, I still find myself intrigued by many books in the genre. Gone With The Ghost, the first book in Erin McCarthy’s Murder by Design series, is ...more
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A light, easy read. I really liked the writing style. A good mystery and some likable characters. The mc did carry on a little too long and often about lost chances, and the male lead lost some of his shine when the truth came out, but overall a very decent recent. Enough for the next one to end up on my WL. Very borderline cozy, imo.
Elle's Book Blog
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Gone with the Ghost is the first in a brand new paranormal mystery series by Erin McCarthy. While it's an extremely quick read at only 220 pages, everything get done in an ample amount of time to keep readers satisfied. For me, I love paranormal mysteries so any new ones that are being released will almost immediately call my name. On top of that, knowing that this book was written by Erin McCarthy (I used to read all of her books way back i
Oct 25, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF at 37%

This book... I dunno. I'm not sure if it was it or me, but I was not getting into it. It just seemed like it was taking too long for the actual investigation part of the mystery to get going. Plus, I wasn't connecting with Bailey as a character and just... blech!

I'm not sure if it was the book or me, so I may try this again sometime, but for now, I just don't want to have to force myself with it anymore.
Kathy Davie
First in the Murder by Design mystery series that combines amateur sleuth with a dollop of paranormal fantasy. It all revolves around Bailey Burke, a house staging designer and the ghost of her best friend.

My Take
It’s a case of getting out of purgatory. Both literally and figuratively. Ooh, that was mean of me. I normally read a book in a day, but this one. This one took me two weeks. I kept putting it down because it was so dull.

It took forever to get somewhere. I suspect part of it was Bailey’
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Gone with the Ghost” by Erin McCarthy was a very humorous book and made me laugh aloud multiple times! I really enjoyed all the characters, because each were well developed had their own personalities. I will be looking into more of McCarthy’s books, and I rate “Gone with the Ghost” 4.5 stars.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, e-book, mystery, ghosts
For the most part I liked this book. I liked Bailey, liked that she stood by her friend, Ryan, even after he died and he blew her off right before he died. Ryan was the one thing about this book I didn't like. As the book went on we learned just how big of a douche bag he was, which made me glad that Bailey was able to dodge a bullet when he blew her off, she deserved someone better.

I really didn't see who the killer was, I thought it was going to be someone else. Now with a second ghost showing
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *

~ 4 Ghostly Stars ~

What a fun and entertaining mystery. This was exactly what I had been looking for. This book brought me back to my Nancy Drew days as a kid.

I loved the storyline and the characters we met in this book. I will tell you this...this book is not really a romantic suspense story. Yes there is a little bit of an underlying romance that budded but the main point to this book is the mystery and being able
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Review copy kindly provided by author in exchange for a honest review

Gone with the Ghost is the first in the Murder by Design series which throws together two best friends in a unpredictable situation when one dies and the other is left to solve their death. A death that may be not as simple as the one left behind thought . Our criminal solver Bailey is far from the typical character I expected to be solving crimes. She an interior designer with a flair for
Mary Brown
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gone With The Ghost
Murder By Design, Book #1
Erin McCarthy
5 Stars


Bailey Burke has had a rough six months—it’s not easy thinking your romantic overtures toward your best friend caused him to kill himself. Except that’s exactly what happened. Ryan is very much dead, having shot himself with his own police-issued gun. Guilt and grief shouldn’t cause hallucinations though, but six months after Ryan went into the ground, Bailey is freaking out and swearing his ghost is standing in her kitchen
Nalla Reads
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Mystery gone ghostly!

Originally posted on NallaReads


I'm so glad Erin is BACK! And not only has she got a tale to tell, it's a freakin GHOST MURDER MYSTERY! And it's in my hometown so I've already got love for this series.

Moving on, I love Bailey: she's smart, she's funny, and she has this adorable awkwardness about her where I instantly connected. Her reaction to Ryan's ghost showing up is so honest and believable. Having a mystery story that really dedicates itself to the story of "who-done-it

bookaholic ge
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and advanced review copy of this book

I must admit that I did not know what to expect after reading the description of this book only because I have lost people who have committed suicide but the book did not focus only on that. I found it to be funny and suspenseful.

Erin did a great job creating this murder mystery all while keeping things funny due to Bailey Burke's quirky attitude.
Lakshmi C
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3 Collecting my ghosts stars
Pat Cray-Hollis
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ghost-mystery
great funny series. I had a friend always said you need a day to laugh and this book provided that for me.

I highly recommend this series.
Whitney Mcgregor (A Literary Perusal)
3.5 Stars...

Gone with the Ghost is a mystery novel from an author I've previously enjoyed reading romance from. I wanted something a little different than my standard romantic genre and hoped to find a new series to look forward to.

Overall, I was pleased with this book. It's definitely not traditional romance but does have some romantic elements to it. The main two characters are Bailey, a slightly down on her luck former crime scene analysis turned home stager/designer. She doesn't like blood a
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hoped that he had found peace. Hell, I hoped I had.

“I’ve always loved you, Ryan.”

There, I said it. Not in a romantic kind of love way, but as the platonic love that it had always been, even when I hadn’t understood that. It was said with no expectation of him saying anything in return. He wasn’t sentimental. But he surprised me. His voice was gruff, but he managed,

“I love you too.”

it seems too much to ask for ryan and bailey to be together because ryan is already dead.... I'm really sad but
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really can't give this a full rating because I didn't finish the book. It wasn't my type of book. When the ghost was wondering about weather he could get still erection and about women's boobs I finally stopped.

I don't want to tell anyone not to read this just wasn't for me.
J.M. Cornwell
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical murder mystery

What do you do when the man your morning pops up in your kitchen and says he needs you to help prove who murdered him? In this case, you do what you've always done, jump in with both feet and help him. After all, he is your best friend and you love him. You have always loved him and you told him the night he committed suicide, which is why you have spent the past eight months mired in guilt over his death and unable to swallow food and losing weight, looking like a
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Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received in exchange for a honest review.

so I loved the quirky humor in this book. It’s refreshing to see. I also loved the home stager becoming detective for her best friend and seeing him through different eyes. Even if he is a ghost and she is the only one who can see him.

the quirky humour on the classes in purgatory and all the off brand humour helped to add some levity to the dangerous situation that was unfolding before our eyes.

Overall Ryan is a good guy just made some bad choices. He ch
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The blurb is what caught my attention on this one. Then the cover threw me off and I wasn't so sure. But I read on anyways, and I was rather shocked. Another reason to never judge a book by its cover.

I haven't and don't read many murder mysteries or suspense books, because I don't really have a yern for them, but I liked this one. I'm glad I read it.

Bailey is left a complete mess when her best friend, who just so happens to be the man she is in love with, Ryan, kills himself. Six m
Erin McCarthy has been one of my staple authors for a while now. When I saw that she was writing a new series, of course I was going to check it out. Gone With The Ghost moved away from her previous romance-centered books. This book is a paranormal mystery with a splash of romance on the side. Having previously read this author, I want to emphasis how small that splash of romance was. This book is clearly the first in the series and I expect to watch the relationship between Bailey and Marner de ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bailey is an expert in home design, and she has her own business staging homes for sale. She's had a rough time of it lately, ever since her best friend, police officer Ryan, committed suicide shortly after Bailey confessed her romantic feelings for him. She's been wallowing in guilt ever since. However, now Ryan's ghost has come to her, insisting he was murdered and asking her to help unravel the mystery of his death. Bailey now finds herself teaming up with Ryan's former partner, Jake Marner, ...more
This book had me smiling and chuckling almost all the way through. It had a tiny bit of 'almost' romance. To which I say, come on sir, get your act together and get serious with Bailey Burke.

Normally I like my book to have at least some action in the bedroom (or where ever the couple happen to be) but I really didn't miss it in this book. This is really a mystery book where the heroine, Bailey Burke, is trying to help her dead best friend find out how/why he died. There are a lot of smiles alon
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gone With The Ghost (Murder by Design #1) — Erin McCarthy ( 13 chapters) —March 1 - April 5, 2018.

This book has been sitting on my “Currently Reading” list for over a month…but it did not take me that long to read. It took me three evenings, tops. The plot really sped up at the end.

This is one of those cozys that turns out to be fun to read. It doesn’t have the traditional ending, but it seques into the new book in the series so well, that I found myself reading the teaser chapter at the end of
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bailey and Ryan have been best friends for ten years, so to call Bailey devastated is a bit of an understatement when she finds out Ryan committed suicide the same day she confessed her love to him. Almost six months to the day since his death, Bailey is still grieving and in a holding pattern, she goes to work at her furniture staging business and goes home. Her life changes when she gets home one day to find Ryan waiting for her in her house, he is a ghost and he need her help to solve his mur ...more
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it

I got this book because I thought it sounded like a cute premise in a cozy mystery.

Not so much.

Bailey is a woman who stages homes for sale, but she once worked as a crime scene tech for the police department. Six months ago, her best friend, Ryan, took his own life. He shot himself right after she had kissed him. He was a cop and the police department say it was a suicide.

Now Ryan has returned from the dead and he wants Bailey to help him find out who murdered him. He does not remember what
Frank Carver
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was structured mostly like a cozy mystery, with a single female protagonist who works as a "home stager" in a small town somewhere in the USA. The mystery being solved is the death of her cop best friend and secret crush, which everyone else seems to think was suicide. The author has obviously watched a few too many ghost movies and TV shows, and the story liberally borrows from or references such things as "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)", "Ghost", and even a nod to "The Ghost and Mrs ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read an Erin McCarthy book in years and this book made me wonder why I waited so long. Her books are light and funny and incredibly easy to read. This book, which is part mystery and part paranormal was great from start to finish. McCarthy reminds me a bit of Janet Evanovich. Her heroine struggles with unrequited love and guilt. In her personal life she has professional success but not in datining and love. She is tasked with the job of helping her deceased friend, who she believes she ...more
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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Erin McCarthy sold her first book in 2002 and has since written over seventy novels and novellas in teen fiction, new adult, and adult romance. Erin has a special weakness for tattoos, high-heeled boots, beaches and martinis. She lives in Ohio with her family, two grumpy cats and a socially awkward dog.

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