Murder on the Ghost Walk is the first of Ashley Wilkes’ adventures in the southern coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina. I reviewed Murder at Wrightsville Beach earlier, and could not help myself when I came across this title by the author. Ashley meets a handsome detective while solving the murders, and faces some tough personal choices.
Ashley Wilkes is restoring Campbell House, a famous historic mansion that’s part of Wilmington’s Ghost Walk tour. She finds an old skull while taking down a wall, and it seems the previous owners were buried into it. Neighbors have been thinking that wealthy Reggie and Shelby are making merry in Europe since the last six years. That’s what their postcards say anyway. Jon Campbell wants to woo Ashley. Mirabelle, Ashley’s employer is being extremely difficult. Ashley’s mother is rapidly falling into mental decline and there are tough choices ahead. It doesn’t help that Melanie, Ashley’s sister is a prime suspect. Ashley is attracted to Detective Yoast, but has to stand by her family. Hurricane Nancy is set to flood the surrounding islands.
Personal tragedy, sibling rivalry, dropping bodies, persistent beaus, and a ghost who plays the organ keep you hooked as you turn the pages. The Southern small town atmosphere is fascinating, something city dwellers will find unreal.
Reading the first of a series always provides some more background. Murder on the Ghost Walk does that without taking away any fun from the reader. The fresh seafood will have you salivating as you track a cold blooded killer. The book is relatively shorter and interesting enough to read cover to cover.