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The Ghost Hunter Next Door

(Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  701 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The first rule of being a ghost whisperer: Don’t tell anyone.

Seriously. Don’t.

Sure, it might sound harmless. A fun party trick, even. I assure you, it’s not.

How do I know? Well, let’s just say that I’ve had a lot of experience with this sort of thing, and nine times out of ten, it turns into an all-consuming disaster.

Being plagued by needy ghosts twenty-four/seven is one
Kindle Edition, 222 pages
Published July 30th 2017
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A quick, fun audiobook about a woman who sees ghosts.
When a TV renovation show arrives in town and starts tearing up an old house, the resident ghost goes all poltergeist. Scarlet is enlisted to sooth the ghost's ruffled feathers and along the way solve the mystery of her death.

The Ghost Hunter Next Door reminds me, more than just a little of Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter series. If you enjoyed that, you will love this. It's great fun.

Amanda Ronconi narrates and she's perfect.
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful bunch of characters in this story, both the live ones and the ghosts. This is an interesting mix of romance, ghosts and mystery. The book is well-written, the characters are engaging and while the ghosts are not scary they are fun. I especially liked the cat. I am looking forward to reading more from this series.
Scarlet is a ghost whisper, who learned at a young age to never tell people she can converse with the dead. She in fact has two ghostly companions. The first ghost she ever encountered and an Englishman.

Needless to say it took Scarlet quite a while to settle down and find herself. Thanks to an inheritance she has recently moved to Beechwood and opened a floral shop. She lives above the shop and one evening a week she listens to ghosts helping the ones she can.

I liked Scarlet right away along
Several trusted book pals have been enjoying the Beechwood Harbor Magic series and I do plan to read/listen to those at some point, but I caught sight of this first book in the spinoff series and the idea of a ghost whipering florist who helps solve ghost-related troubles caught my eye. Both series share the fabulous Amanda Ranconi as the narrator so I decided to give this one a go.

Scarlet acquired the ability to see and talk to ghosts as well as help them resolve their issues at a young age.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Scarlet has been able to see and communicate with ghosts since her 8th birthday when her deceased cat, Flapjack, made his first appearance. Now she and her constant companions talking cat, Flapjack, and British gent, Hayward, reside in Beechwood Harbor, a community filled with supernaturals. Ghosts are drawn to Scarlet, and she finds a way to help them cope and deal with death and those still living. However, things change when a violent ghost named Rosie demands Scarlet stop a reality TV crew ...more
Barbara Hackel
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have read and enjoyed all the Beechwood Harbor books that Danielle Garrett has written. I was delighted to find this new book~sort of a spin-off~about a ghost whisperer in the same town. A slight cross over of characters made it all seem very real to me!

The main character in this book is Scarlet and she owns a flower shop. Unfortunately she sees ghosts all the time, and they have infiltrated into her life, not always peacefully. When a TV production company buys a property to renovate and turn
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Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Ghost Hunter Next Door is the first in the Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries . I already know the town and even Scarlet, from the Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries . I recently reviewed Betwixtwhich has a variety of novellas set in the town, and one which introduces Scarlet.

Scarlet is more isolated and perhaps introverted than
Eating Between
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found Scarlet to be smart, funny and a bit stubborn and I love her! I really loved the television series Ghost Whisperer and this book really reminds me of it in the best way possible- We have Scarlet (who at first fights her gift) who owns a flower shop in a small town. She is forced to help a rage filled ghost but along the way she enjoys helping the ghost.

The author creates such a charming small town feel while keeping the reader engaged and interested. I really enjoyed my trip back to
This was a nice surprise!

Scarlet sees dead people .... and because she is one of very few humans who can talk to ghosts, they are hunting her up for help.

Just another ghost story? Maybe. But without all the drama and superficial complications other authors like to come up with. My first comparison would be the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. But unlike Darynda's heroine this one here is special, but not unbelievably super special. And her love interest is not some condescending jerk
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hysterical characters in this new book

Beechwood Harbor series has a new paranormal-a ghost whisperer named Scarlet Sanderson, who comes with 2 ghosts, an English gentleman named Hayward Kensington III and Flapjack, a snarky cat. All this along with Gwen, another ghost and the ghost support group Scarlet has in her Florist Shop, Lily Pond Florist.
In mid meeting one day, a horrid ghost breaks into the shop and starts raising hell and throwing around threats to a TV crew doing a makeover in her
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not a ghost HUNTER, but ghost HUNTED. Because she has had the ability to interact with ghosts since childhood, they seek her out for help and a few follow her around from place to place driving her nutty. She spent most of her life on the move all around the US and Europe, but now she has the opportunity to open a floral shop thanks to a bequest from a relative. Would have been delightful but for a very angry ghost determined to stop the renovations at the house where she was murdered! A very ...more
Linda Cole
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Enjoyed every word of this story. Waiting for next in series. A good way to past time and get into ghosts
AudioBook Review
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 5 Story 4

Scarlett has recently moved to Beechwood Harbor and opened a flower shop. But for years she has known that she can speak to ghosts – and it’s taken her almost that long to find her own place and decide what she wants. She’s decided that ‘schedules’ will help save her the constant interruptions from the calls from “beyond’, and opens herself up one night a week to listen to the dead: their worries, their complaints and their secrets. She’s
My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at

This is the first in a spinoff series from the Beechwood Harbor Mysteries. This one follows Scarlet, a human that can see ghosts. She doesn’t know why she can see ghosts, but when her cat died when she was nine years old, she has been able to see her cat’s ghost ever since. And she started to see more ghosts as she got older, but her cat is still her constant companion. Oh, and the cat, Flapjack, can speak to Scarlet
Manish Dhane
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"The first rule of being a ghost whisperer: Don't tell anyone."

It's a fun loving light read paranormal romanctic story with a meet cute and some twists and turns. There are a handful of characters in the story and they don't complicat it very much. There are a few twists and turns at the end of the story but nothing shocking.

So the story starts with Scarlet and her some details about her background how and when she became a ghost whisperer and then move on forward with the present scenario of
Scarlet has been able to talk to ghosts since she was eight years old. In her twenties, she avoided getting tangled up with too many ghosts by country hopping. Now in her thirties, she has decided to take the inheritance from her grandmother and open up a flower shop. In an effort to keep her sanity, she has established regular hours on Sunday meetings that are the only time she will help with ghosts. She does also talk to ghosts outside those hours if they are just being chatty, especially the ...more
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
I borrowed this without realizing that it took place in the same setting as as Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries, so it was nice to find myself back in a setting that I enjoy, though there isn't too much character overlap. I enjoyed this, but not as much as Magic Mysteries. This is relatively standard supernatural cozy mystery fare, by which I mean it's satisfied my cozy craving, but didn't wow me.

I also found it more difficult to like the main character, mostly because she screamed of upper
Relina Skye
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Garrett's "The Ghost Hunter Next Door: A Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery" (Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries Book 1) is an urban fantasy with paranormal ties. Scarlett just want's to keep a low profile while she adjusts to her new life in Beechwood Harbor. Through her twenties, she became a world traveler who saw a lot, but at the same time, she was running away from the ghosts that wanted to take advantage of her gift. Her solution to over demanding ghosts is to hold a weekly support ...more
Gail Daley
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A Better Cozy Mystery Than A Ghost Story

This isn't a bad little cozy. Despite the name, If you are expecting a 30 foot Pillsbury Doughboy, you won't get it. This is not Bill Murrays Ghostbusters. However, it's got a nice entertaining romance, a sweet heroine, and the bad guy ghost who turns out to be not so bad. (She was really a murder victim and is understandably irked at the world). The heroine solves her murder mystery and the Ghost goes to a ghostly happily ever after.
We don’t get a real
Dharia Scarab
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
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.

Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Uh... what happened?

I had just finished reading the first book in the Beechwood Harbor Magic series, when this caught my eye. I really enjoyed Holly’s introduction, and a companion series about a ghost whisperer set in the same town sounded intriguing. However, I was not as keen on the characters in this book. The ghosts were pretty good, but Scarlet has issues with saying No to people (a big pet peeve of mine in characters), and Lucas was cocky and just rubbed me the wrong way. I think my
Diana Blick
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent spinoff

This spinoff from the original series is full of potential and though only Holly appears briefly, the town of Beechwood Harbor makes a great background for this new series. The resident ghost whisperer was a very good choice for the new star of the series. A supporting cast of ghosts and a touch of romance complete the attractions of this series, and a great murder mystery ensues when a serious ghost problem bursts onto the scene. This book easily stands alone if you haven't
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Keeping office hours with ghosts can be difficult.

Terrific plot that will keep you riveted and with a surprising revelation at the end. Being the local ghost whisperer has it's downfalls especially when an angry ghost (bent on destruction ) blows into your place of business. Is it the ghost right in that she was murdered or were all the reports that listed it as an accident correct. Can she dig through the old news and come up with the truth or will the ghost go on a seek and destroy mission.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A fun, new Beechwood Harbor spinoff from the author's Magic Mystery series with Holly and her gang. Scarlet is a ghost "assistant" if you will - she helps those who seek her resolve their issues so they can "cross over". It's been easy peasy until this ghost, Rosie - unstable, violent - who claims her fiance killed her and won't move on. Scarlet investigates Rosie's cold case with the help of her resident ghost gang and potential love interest (?) Lucas. I predict this series will be a popular ...more
Karlene Browning
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't like intense and scary ghost stories, but this book was recommended by a friend who knows that and thought I would like it. I did. I like cozy mysteries and I like paranormal—this was a fun mix of the two. A good afternoon read.

The characters weren't quite as developed as I'd like. I actually liked the talking cat better than anyone else. The main character seemed to dwell on things a little too much. I'd have liked to see more action. But overall, it wasn't bad.

The mystery to solve
Selaya Morton
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Danielle Garrett. From vindictive former - as in dead - fiancees to ghostly talking cats we are treated to something of a puzzling thrill ride of completely paranormal events & activities. Add in a burgeoning romance that doesn't start off so well and voila, there you go.

The premise of all this happening around a house makeover also shakes things up a bit. Cameos by Holly & Cassie don't hurt the story either.

My only conundrum now is which one of which series to read
B.C. Deeks
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the debut for a new series and I am totally hooked. It falls squarely in the paranormal cozy mystery genre and is delivered with a strong cast of characters, both coporeal and non-corporeal, a well paced plot and a tingle of romance just to keep things interesting. The author uses up-close and friendly first person point of view to tell the story and within a few chapters you feel like you are hanging out with your BFF, despite the ghost whisperer thing. I'm on the lookout for Book 2 ...more
Susan Clark
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Believable, Exciting, Breathtaking!

Wow, I REALLY ENJOYED this book and shamefacedly admit i cannot wait for the next book in the series. How glad i am that there IS a series! I think all readers who are willing to suspend their disbelief long enough to dive into the most fun parts of their imaginations will relish the perfect balancing act the author accomplished between fun(ny) and serious. BRAVO! ENCORE! Thank you
Cheri Schaefer
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great ghostly mystery!

Really enjoyed this ghostly mystery. Characters are very
entertaining. Enjoyed the interactions between the ghosts
and humans in the story line. Would have liked to have more
of the ghost cat. All in all will be reading more of this series as
each new addition comes out. Another series I recommend for
those who truly enjoy an entertaining ghostly mystery series.
Jana Gundy
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun and entertaining

I truly enjoyed this book. The author really makes the characters leap right off the pages. Scarlet is a feisty, sassy woman who happens to see and interact with ghosts. She has a few ghost regulars, two who live with her and they steal the show, honestly. Even the ghost cat, Flapjack, is a hoot!
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