#BookReview: Ghost of a Chance by Katie MacAlister

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Synopsis

There are other worlds with mysteries to solve.
Worlds where not all of the suspects are technically alive.
That’s when Karma kicks in.

For all those transmortis anomalies that need to be exterminated, there’s Karma Marx—a woman who exorcises haunted houses, sending troublesome spirits and entities to the ever after. What she’d really like is to banish Spider, her cheating, sleazy realtor husband, from her life. So, she makes him a deal: she’ll clean one last home for him if he grants her a divorce.

The only problem is that Adam, the house’s former owner, isn’t happy with Karma’s plan. Using his poltergeist powers, he seals the place, forcing Karma, Spider, and a motley assortment of characters (living and not-so-living) together for a hair-raising twelve hours. But when Spider turns up dead in the basement, it’s a locked house mystery, and Karma’s determined to reveal the truth, even if it means tackling all of the mansion’s inhabitants—mortal and otherwise…

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My Thoughts

I never intented to read this book before; I’m a huge fan of Katie's Dragon Septs series and Dark One series but her other works didn't appeal to me, that's because I tried few of them and they were not as good as those I already know. However, after knowing she was re-releasing her first books, I take another look to this “standalone” novel and I found out it was featured at the same supernatural world she so well has created. So, I need to read it ASAP, and I only can say I’m sad I didn’t read it before.

Ghost of a Chance is the story of Karma Marx, a paranormal exterminator. She takes Otherworldly identities and send them to the Akasha plane (which is common on Katie MacAlister books) or takes them to her place until they’re ready to move on. Her nasty husband, Spider, ask her to clean up a new house he’s trying gain profit from, but once she arrived, she found out Adam (the former owner and poltergeist) who doesn’t have the intention to leave. Once Spider is found death in the basement, she find herself immerse into a mystery solving the crime of her husband, where everybody is a suspect.

THE GOOD

Katie always surprise me with her witty, entertaining and sexy stories, and she didn’t disappoint this time. Karma was exactly like I expect from any of her other remarkable female characters, she is so funny when even she doesn’t intent to but also she is very down to earth and determinate to solve the crime of her husband murder. I believe that my favorite thing about this book was twists of the developing, I absolutely didn’t expect the result of it all and I am very happy with it. I also like very much how Katie manage the romance into this story, she didn’t rushed it but she hitted here and there of something that could quite develop into a epic love story.

THE BAD

I believe that at the end of the novel things were getting little too rushed to wrap it up, which makes me belieave that this book needed more explanation and a little more detailes to solve the mystery. 

OVERALL, I really enjoy this book so much. Almost every aspect of it was perfecttion, for me the only thing that lacks is a proper wrapping, but for the rest, it was one of the most funny and entertaining books I’ve read this year. My only concern is the fact that it is a standalone and I need more of Karma, Adam and Pixie. I wish Katie take the time to write a new book for this series because I definitely will read it.

About the Author

Katie MacFor as long as she can remember, Katie MacAlister has loved reading. Growing up in a family where a weekly visit to the library was a given, Katie spent much of her time with her nose buried in a book. Despite her love for novels, she didn't think of writing them until she was contracted to write a non-fiction book about software. Since her editor refused to allow her to include either witty dialogue or love scenes in the software book, Katie swiftly resolved to switch to fiction, where she could indulge in world building, tormenting characters, and falling madly in love with all her heroes.

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