Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

Ghost of a Chance: A Nightshade Mystery by Kerry Blair. Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.

Samantha Shade has been hired to find the ghost that is haunting the San Rafael Mission. However, Samantha is easily distracted by the murders that occur in the same location as the "alleged" ghost haunting and the handsome police detective, Thom, who is leading the investigation into the murders.

This author writes books in such a way that you truly identify with the characters. As Samantha is bemoaning her weight issues and reaching for a powdered donut at the same time, she becomes real. It always annoys me when characters are too perfect. Perfect characters can result in a good book, but real characters feel like their problems could be my problems. They become like a friend, and because I care about my friends - I want to see how things work out for them.

This book was a fast fun read. I am really hopeful that things will work out the way Samantha wants with Thom, and I'm very interested to see what will happen next.