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Mrs. Morris and the Ghost

(A Salem B&B Mystery #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests--not ghosts...

A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start--so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awak
Mass Market Paperback, 298 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Charlene Morris needs a change— something different after the death of her husband. Moving from her home in Chicago to a historic house in Salem, Massachusetts that she’s never seen sounds about as different as it gets. But then she didn’t expect to wake up on her first night in the gorgeous house to the ghost of the former owner, Jack Strathmore, standing at the foot of her bed. Now if she ever wants to get her house ghost-free in time to open it as a B&B for the tourist season, she’s going ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love ghost stories. Always have. When I first read the blurb for this book, I knew I would enjoy the story. And I did! For me, this book was a mix of nostalgia for favorite haunting tales like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and my love for cozy mysteries with a ghostly theme.

The basics: Charlene Morris relocates to Salem, MA after her husband's death. She just couldn't stand living in the house and city where she and her husband had been happy for so many years. So, she bought a large estate in Sal
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Release Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

I really enjoyed reading Mrs. Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton. I actually read it in one day! This is the first book in the Salem B&B Cozy mystery series. It's a paranormal mystery as well. In the last few years I haven't found any paranormal cozies that I could really get into but with this one I did. So I am super excited for the next one (there is a sneak peek at the end of this book).

In this one,
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Great book! It was mostly down to the author’s style of writing, but the plot drew me in as well. Advertising executive Charlene Morris has lost her husband. With no kids, no spouse and nothing to keep her tied to Chicago, she embarks on a new adventure as a bed-and-breakfast owner in Salem, Mass. She can’t believe her luck when she becomes the owner of a very affordable yet very beautiful 8,000 square feet house. Soon, it becomes clear why the asking price of this elegant property was so low. I ...more
Christi M
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
A new cozy mystery series set in Salem, Massachusetts. Charlene Morris needs a fresh start after the death of her husband and buys an estate in Salem in order to open a Bed-and-Breakfast. What she doesn’t know is that her first guest is already there.


A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start–so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find
Mary Brown
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost
A Salem B&B Mystery, Book #1
Traci Wilson
5 Stars


Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests--not ghosts...

A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start--so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startli
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a break and was off cozy books as I found them to be too formulaic, but the cover of this book and the Ghost in the title drew me in. Spooky/ghostly cozy are my new favorite. And this book hit the right spot in me.

Charlene moved to Salem with its rich history to open a Bed and Breakfast. Wanting to make it a success, she worked hard to get it ready for a Halloween opening and soon banged into the its lone ghostly occupant, Jack. Oh, he was a yummy one. She soon learned that for him to mov
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A big thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book!

Gosh, this was a lot of fun! I'm used to the usual cozy formula, and when something really shakes that up it goes one of two ways, awful or brilliant. This was brilliant! For starters, we have a very active sleuth in Charlene. Why would she be investigating the death of the former owner of her new home though? Because he asked her to, of course! Having a ghost around made for a very different mystery, even if Jack ca
Dawn Michelle

I was really excited about this book - my bestie loves Salem and so I was looking forward to a book that celebrates that city and all things witchy. Yeah, that is SO not what I got. What I got was a book that started off good - a grieving widow leaves all she knows to buy an old house in Salem to turn into a B&B sight unseen and finds a gorgeous, magnificent, house and...a ghost. Who is thrilled, that after 3 years, someone can see him, hear him and believe in him. He tells Charlene th
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hmmmm ... Overall I like the book, but the ending was very strange and confusing......
Peggy R
This is the start of what I think is a promising new paranormal cozy mystery. I enjoyed the setting and the characters along with the paranormal element. Charlene is a very likable character and I think the author did a good job with developing her as someone who is grieving but strong at the same time. I liked the secondary cast of characters that were introduced and think they will develop nicely over time. The mystery was well done and I almost guessed the identity of the killer. The author d ...more
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first book in a new series follows a real formula.

The female protagonist is either widowed or divorced. She sinks all her money into a B&B and then finds out it is haunted and the ghost wants her to solve their murder.
I easily guessed the whodunit by the not so subtle clues.

However, something about the characters was entertaining and I would read the next book in the series.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
This cozy mystery was recommended to my by a friend who knows that I adore all things related to Salem, MA. Well, make that almost all things. A main character who moves to a new town to open a bed and breakfast as a new start is fairly cookie cutter as a premise. The place being haunted isn’t much more original. Mrs. Morris and the Ghost is unique in that it includes the perspective of the ghost as well as that of the MC. Unfortunately, the ghost isn’t all that likable, and the romance
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost is an enjoyable new cozy mystery. Charlene Morris lost the love of her life eighteen months ago and every where she goes in Chicago there are reminders. She has purchased a massive mansion in Salem, based on pictures sent to her by the realtor, where she plans on opening a bed and breakfast. She wants it to be an elegant establishment. Having a resident ghost was not the plans even if he is handsome and charming. Dr. Jack Strathmore IV is convinced he was murdered three ...more
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I do think that sections of it dragged out longer than they needed to. For a while the pacing of the investigating and the discovery of clues is really slow. It felt like nothing was happening. I liked the ending though, very unexpected. #MrsMorrisAndTheGhost #NetGalley
The Cozy Review
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Series: A Salem B&B Mystery - Book 1
Author: Traci Wilton
Genre: Cozy Mystery/Paranormal
Publisher: Kensington Books
Page Count: 336

Publishing Date: July 30, 2019

A new cozy book mystery series “A Salem B&B Mystery” from Kensington Books comes Mrs. Morris and the Ghost from the seasoned writing duo of Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton.

Moving to a new town and a new home comes with its problems. But when you add in the ghost of the former homeowner who believes he was murdered, moving to a new p
If you're a fan of Cleo Coyle's Haunted Bookshop mysteries, or loved J.J. Cook's Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade series, I have a book for you! I'm a sucker for those paranormal cozies in which a female amateur sleuth falls for the ghost of a good-looking man. Traci Wilton launches just such a series with Mrs. Morris and the Ghost.

After Charlene Morris' beloved husband is killed by a hit-and-run driver in Chicago, she takes all her money and buys an 8,000 foot estate sight unseen in Salem, Massachuset
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well I was led astray. I was wrong, wrong and wrong on who did it. So, of course, I love this book! Actually, I really enjoyed much more than the mystery. Charlene Morris lost her husband and decides to make a big change in her life. She moves to Salem and opens a B&B, which turns out to be haunted. Personally I would see that as a cool thing, especially there. The Ghost was not a witch though and he needs help. This is the extra whip cream and sprinkles on the mystery. Charlene has a lot of ...more
Jerri Cachero
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Starting a new business is challenging, but when you're opening a B&B, on Halloween, and the former owner is a ghost and is bound to your new B&B, things get interesting!

Charlene Morris, recently widowed, has moved to Boston to open a B&B and try to rebuild her life. Little does she know her first guest is Dr. Jack Strathmore - handsome, witty and dead. Charlene is convinced his death was no accident and decides to investigate to save her business and help Jack.

I liked the character
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I need to begin this review to iterate the fact that not all Cozy Mysteries are a hit with me, I have finicky tastes when it comes to reading books like this, and the review should be read with that in mind. Also, I am in the minority when it comes to the opinion on the book, and almost everyone else who has given it a shot has loved it!

I liked the narrative style and the author's writing, this is usually not the case when I do not enjoy a book but I have to give credit to the author for writing
Penny Noble
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a series opener for a new paranormal cozy series which I enjoyed very much. The writer did an excellent job of setting the scene for a person who doesn’t believe in the paranormal and is suddenly thrown in the deep end. After coming to terms with a ghost being in her future B & B, I love the way she attempts to solve the mystery. I didn’t see the resolution coming, and it threw me for a loop in a good way. The only fly in the ointment for me was towards the end. Instead of finishing ...more
Laurie Garrison
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost grabs you right from the first page and will leave you in shock when you find out who done it just before the end.

Charlene moved into a home full of surprises. One surprise is the resident hot ghost of course, and the second surprise, she finds a new cat, which Charlene is not a total cat lover so this becomes interesting as she tries to solve a murder to get the ghost out and deal with a cat she doesn’t want.

The only downside to the story for me was it seemed like ever
Jul 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost by Traci Wilton is the first book in A Salem B&B Mystery.

Mrs. Morris recently widowed and still grieving for her husband, has decided to make a new start. She has purchased a lovely old home in Salem and hopes to open B&B.
Almost immediately upon arrival she meets the old owner of the house, who is a ghost. He is stuck between the worlds and can't move on. He believes that he was pushed down the stairs and needs Mrs. Morris's help in discovering who did in in hop
Dawn Frazier
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect start to a new series! This book has everything I love about a cozy mystery. I loved the main character, Charlene, and the house she buys in Salem MA to turn in to a B&B is amazing! I also adored the ghost who lives in the house, Jack. Jack wants Charlene to help him find out how he died, as in, who murdered him. Lots of suspects in the book, but I did figure out who it was before I got to the end. I hope this will be a long lasting series, I have already added book 2 to my list!
Lisa Morin
As a first in a new series, Mrs. Morris and the Ghost is an exciting addition to this genre.
Charlene Morris is looking for a new start. After the tragic loss of her soul mate, moving to Salem, MA is just what she needs. The home she purchased is better than expected, the town is full of wonderful people, and her bed and breakfast is already getting reservations.
What Charlene didn't expect was to be sharing her house with its former owner.

I loved everything about this book. The story was interest
Coralee Hicks
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A colorful sixties inspired cover draws the reader into Wilton's Book 1 of the Salem B & B mystery series. Crafted by the skilled best selling author team of Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton, the series is a sure winner.

Our amateur sleuth is Charlene Morris, recently widowed. A risk taker, and a visionary she realizes the change of scenery from Chicago, the change of profession from a marketing expert, and releasing her mother from the need to over parent could be solved by relocating to Salem
Jennifer Ritter
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Morris and the Ghost Is the first in the new Salem B&B Mystery series by Traci Wilton, the pen name for the collaboration of seasoned authors Traci Hall and Patrice Wilton. Charlene Morris needs to begin again. She is still grieving her husband’s death in an auto accident and can no longer live where everything is a constant reminder of her loss. Her new beginning and leap of faith takes her from Chicago to Salem, Massachusetts, where she has used her life savings to purchase an histori ...more
Kimmarie Pozar
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-wins
I loved this book. Just the right mix of mystery, ghost story, romance, and a woman starting over with a business in a new town.

There were a few things that made it fun; it takes place in Salem, Massachusetts, Mrs. Morris is starting a Bed and Breakfast Inn, the local detective has a younger Sam Elliot vibe, and the Ghost is tall, good looking and a tad angsty.

There are a few mysteries that develop during the story. Without spoilers- whodunnit and a cat mystery!

Characters are full of life and
Sandie Laughner
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am so glad that I took a chance with this book!! The author is new to me. First book of hers that I've read & it won't be the last.
The setting of Salem, the interesting characters, a murder or two????, a huge Victorian mansion, and a handsome ghost ~~ what's not to love!! Oh & let's not forget the cat!!
This story was like a delicious meal ~~ great ingredients, good company, and a glass of wine. :)
Kathleen Gray
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A charming start to a new series! Charlene's husband died- too young- and she's moved from Chicago to Salem, Massachusetts, where she's bought a B&B. Talk about luck; the place is gorgeous and it's almost ready to take guests. But wait! There's a ghost, and not just any ghost but a dishy one. Jack Strathmore was found dead at the bottom of the stairs three years ago and he wants Charlene's help. She sets out to prove that it was murder and in classic cozy style, discovers there was more to t ...more
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