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Salem, Massachusetts B&B owner Charlene Morris is looking into a holiday hit-and-run, with a little help from her ghostly housemate . . . Charlene's parents are in town for Christmas, and her mother is driving her up a tree. Her bed-and-breakfast's resident ghost, Jack, isn't fond of her either--and he's showing it with some haunting high jinks. But when Charlene takes h Salem, Massachusetts B&B owner Charlene Morris is looking into a holiday hit-and-run, with a little help from her ghostly housemate . . . Charlene's parents are in town for Christmas, and her mother is driving her up a tree. Her bed-and-breakfast's resident ghost, Jack, isn't fond of her either--and he's showing it with some haunting high jinks. But when Charlene takes her mom and dad out for dinner, the less-than-seasonal spirits take a deadly turn. David Baldwin has just won a fortune in the lottery--and it adds a lot of drama to the charity auction he's hosting at his restaurant. When he caps off the evening by playing Santa and handing out checks to some of the attendees, the mood shifts . . . and Charlene observes mysterious tensions between David and his flashy, bleached-blonde wife, his neglected teenage son from a previous marriage, and his hostile business partner, among others. And they're only a few on the long list of potential suspects when David runs into the road and is mowed down by a fleeing motorist. Now it looks like it's going to be homicide for the holidays . . .


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Salem, Massachusetts B&B owner Charlene Morris is looking into a holiday hit-and-run, with a little help from her ghostly housemate . . . Charlene's parents are in town for Christmas, and her mother is driving her up a tree. Her bed-and-breakfast's resident ghost, Jack, isn't fond of her either--and he's showing it with some haunting high jinks. But when Charlene takes h Salem, Massachusetts B&B owner Charlene Morris is looking into a holiday hit-and-run, with a little help from her ghostly housemate . . . Charlene's parents are in town for Christmas, and her mother is driving her up a tree. Her bed-and-breakfast's resident ghost, Jack, isn't fond of her either--and he's showing it with some haunting high jinks. But when Charlene takes her mom and dad out for dinner, the less-than-seasonal spirits take a deadly turn. David Baldwin has just won a fortune in the lottery--and it adds a lot of drama to the charity auction he's hosting at his restaurant. When he caps off the evening by playing Santa and handing out checks to some of the attendees, the mood shifts . . . and Charlene observes mysterious tensions between David and his flashy, bleached-blonde wife, his neglected teenage son from a previous marriage, and his hostile business partner, among others. And they're only a few on the long list of potential suspects when David runs into the road and is mowed down by a fleeing motorist. Now it looks like it's going to be homicide for the holidays . . .

30 review for Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Christmas cozy mystery, and it is the 3rd in A Salem B&B Mystery series. I have read and review the 1st and 2nd book in this series as well. This book as more of Jack the ghost character in it. I love Jack's character. Charlene's parents are visiting in this book, and them visiting brings on problems. I love the characters in this book, and in this book there is a ton of new characters. I really enjoyed the mystery part of this book, and I think having Christmas in this book was really This is a Christmas cozy mystery, and it is the 3rd in A Salem B&B Mystery series. I have read and review the 1st and 2nd book in this series as well. This book as more of Jack the ghost character in it. I love Jack's character. Charlene's parents are visiting in this book, and them visiting brings on problems. I love the characters in this book, and in this book there is a ton of new characters. I really enjoyed the mystery part of this book, and I think having Christmas in this book was really nice. I also love the cover of this book. I hope the next book brings in more Ghost characters into the book because I love the ghost parts of this series. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Kensington Publishing Corporation) or author (Traci Wilton) via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review about how I feel about this book, and I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natalia R

    This is the third installment in Traci Wilton's Salem B&B Mystery series. Charlene Morris moved to Salem, Massachusetts, for a fresh start after her husband's tragic death. She is now the proud owner of a B&B and is looking forward to her first Christmas in her new home. Her parents are also visiting, and she takes them out to eat at a local restaurant where she witnesses the restaurant owner, David Baldwin, being run over by a car. David had just won the lottery and was dealing with a cheating This is the third installment in Traci Wilton's Salem B&B Mystery series. Charlene Morris moved to Salem, Massachusetts, for a fresh start after her husband's tragic death. She is now the proud owner of a B&B and is looking forward to her first Christmas in her new home. Her parents are also visiting, and she takes them out to eat at a local restaurant where she witnesses the restaurant owner, David Baldwin, being run over by a car. David had just won the lottery and was dealing with a cheating wife and several people who thought they deserved some of his money. While trying to solve the murder, Charlene also does her best to raise money for a local children's home. The Salem B&B Mysteries is quickly becoming one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I enjoyed this third book immensely. The characters are engaging, the setting charming, and I was unable to solve the mystery, which is always a plus. The writing style flows effortlessly and the wintry Christmas atmosphere will leave you longing for the holiday season. Charlene is a character that you can definitely root for. She's kind-hearted, intelligent, and determined. I enjoy her interactions with Jack. It was also fun getting to meet her parents. They really add to the story and I would love to see them again in future installments. All in all, a delightful Christmas themed cozy mystery. I just read the synopsis of the fourth book and look forward to reading it. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    Mrs. Morris and the Ghost if Christmas Past is an exciting addition to this series . The holidays are approaching and Charlene is spending them with her parents, who are staying at her B B. When a tragic murder takes place during a holiday gathering, the suspect list is long. The victim, a recent lottery winner, made several promises to share his wealth, however, he seemed to come up short. When his wife makes the bad situation even worse, Charlene does her best to see that a local children’s home Mrs. Morris and the Ghost if Christmas Past is an exciting addition to this series . The holidays are approaching and Charlene is spending them with her parents, who are staying at her B B. When a tragic murder takes place during a holiday gathering, the suspect list is long. The victim, a recent lottery winner, made several promises to share his wealth, however, he seemed to come up short. When his wife makes the bad situation even worse, Charlene does her best to see that a local children’s home doesn’t have to close its doors. This story was exciting and kept me guessing until the end. I am excited to see what’s next for Charlene.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in the Salem B&B Mystery. Although this is the third book in a series, it can be read by itself. However, there are some spoilers for the previous books. Charlene is the owner of a bed and breakfast in Salem, Massachusetts. In addition to Charlene, her cat, small staff, and guests, the house is inhabited by Jack, who happens to be a ghost. In this book, Charlene's parents are visiting for Christmas when a local restaurant owner is kill Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in the Salem B&B Mystery. Although this is the third book in a series, it can be read by itself. However, there are some spoilers for the previous books. Charlene is the owner of a bed and breakfast in Salem, Massachusetts. In addition to Charlene, her cat, small staff, and guests, the house is inhabited by Jack, who happens to be a ghost. In this book, Charlene's parents are visiting for Christmas when a local restaurant owner is killed. Was it an accident or murder? This book dragged on for me and I did not really connect with the characters. Even Jack, the ghost, was not very interesting. One thing I learned over and over is that Charlene's mother is annoying and often rude. The reader is pounded over the head with that. The murder mystery was not very engaging in my opinion. Unfortunately, I have no interest in reading anymore of this series. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers and Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Suhailah

    The third installment to the Salem B&B mystery series was another satisfying escapist read. I have really enjoyed accompanying Charlene throughout the series as she continues to thrive with her successful business while continuing to build Salem as her forever home. Like the previous books, a murder mystery lies at the center; however, this book brought so much more. A burst of festive Christmas spirit illuminated the most important things of the holiday, spending time with loved ones and giving The third installment to the Salem B&B mystery series was another satisfying escapist read. I have really enjoyed accompanying Charlene throughout the series as she continues to thrive with her successful business while continuing to build Salem as her forever home. Like the previous books, a murder mystery lies at the center; however, this book brought so much more. A burst of festive Christmas spirit illuminated the most important things of the holiday, spending time with loved ones and giving to those in need. I absolutely loved the warm feelings that brewed inside me as I kept finding myself rushing back into Charlene's life every chance I had. In this book, Charlene's family is finally introduced. I must admit I dreaded meeting her mother just from the minor telephone interactions Charlene had with her in the first two books. Charlene's mother is pretty vile, but she just can't seem to help it. She reminded me a lot of my own grandmother! Several eye rolling moments were justified during those moments! No wonder Charlene left Chicago and went all the way to Salem! Jack, Charlene's resident ghost won my heart even more in this book as he was quite humorous. I just adore him! He is so overprotective and jealous over Charlene with other men that it makes me laugh. The tricks he played on her mother were hilarious! Chapter after chapter, I found myself hoping and wishing Jack could somehow become alive again to be with Charlene. What a wonderful Christmas miracle that would have been! It is just so unfair and breaks my heart to pieces! As for the mystery itself, I pride myself with my abilities in figuring out who the murderer was prior to the ending! I used my super sleuthing skills, devouring the little hints dropped along the way to piece it all together before the end. Though it wasn’t easy because there were lots of suspects and possible motives. The ending moments had my heart racing! As I've enjoyed these books so much, I've gifted myself with a preorder of the 4th book - Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress. I can’t wait! My Last Thoughts: Attention Netflix or Hallmark, please make a TV series or movie collection based on these books!! I promise to love them!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allyson Abu-Hajar

    Although, this is the third book in the series, I had no problem following along. Charlene Morris, is the owner of a B&B in Salem, Massachusetts. The reason, she got a great deal on the house was because it came with a resident ghost, Dr. Jack Strathmore, who scared everyone else away, and was unknown at the time to Charlene when she purchased. Jack had been murdered in the house. Charlene was a widow. Her husband, Jared, was killed in an accident, and Charlene decided to start fresh in Salem. Char Although, this is the third book in the series, I had no problem following along. Charlene Morris, is the owner of a B&B in Salem, Massachusetts. The reason, she got a great deal on the house was because it came with a resident ghost, Dr. Jack Strathmore, who scared everyone else away, and was unknown at the time to Charlene when she purchased. Jack had been murdered in the house. Charlene was a widow. Her husband, Jared, was killed in an accident, and Charlene decided to start fresh in Salem. Charlene's parents are visiting and she takes them out for dinner at Bella's Italian Ristorante. There is a charity event being hosted by Bella's to raise money for Felicity House for Children. David Baldwin, part owner of Bella's, also took the opportunity to pass out envelopes to specific guests. David had just won the lottery, and there was hope of David giving a nice handout. Some were left out entirely, and others not happy with the amount they were given. David acts like he's seen a ghost, and runs out of the restaurant, and is struck by a car. In a short time, it is learned that David's new wife closed up their account, and no one is receiving any money. Despite Charlene being new to town, she has a knack for finding clues. Her mother has been reading lots of crime novels and doesn't mind giving her two cents. Charlene takes it upon herself to help generate funds that Felicity House will no longer be receiving, which she conveniently is able to ask questions. Charlene thinks she's solved who killed David, along with some help from her ghostly friend, Jack, and leaves word with the police, except; the police, may not show up in time, and Charlene with her mom might be next. I love how mischievous Jack could be, with some laugh out moments. Despite being invisible to all but Charlene, he could move things and tease the cat, where everyone thought the cat was nuts. Charlene struggles to get back into dating, and having a jealous ghost to contend with doesn't make it easy. The bantering between Charlene's parents made me smile and reminded me of my own parents and I, also; sympathized with Charlene and her mom driving her nuts. I received an ARC from NetGalley via Kensington Books and I have voluntarily reviewed this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peggy R

    This is an entertaining, holiday cozy mystery. Charlene is settling into her bed and breakfast as well as the town of Salem and is hosting her parents for Christmas. Of course, as things are prone to happen in a cozy mystery, the holidays don't go as planned. The death of a local restaurant owner leads Charlene to question whether foul play was involved. The more questions she asks, the more she comes to realize that he might not have been the person she thought he was. Charlene's mission is to This is an entertaining, holiday cozy mystery. Charlene is settling into her bed and breakfast as well as the town of Salem and is hosting her parents for Christmas. Of course, as things are prone to happen in a cozy mystery, the holidays don't go as planned. The death of a local restaurant owner leads Charlene to question whether foul play was involved. The more questions she asks, the more she comes to realize that he might not have been the person she thought he was. Charlene's mission is to find out who killed the restauranteur, but also raise money for a children's organization that lost out on a huge donation as the result of his death. Charlene's parents are a nice diversion. Her mom is the type that comes off a bit harsh and critical but in reality, loved her daughter and wants what's best for her. Charlene's relationship with Sam is moving along. I realize that the series is premised on the fact that her bed and breakfast has a ghost, but I personally feel like the author needs to resolve the romantic feelings Charlene has for Jack as they are unrealistic and don't really move Charlene forward in her life. The mystery was well done with plenty of suspects and red-herrings thrown into the mix to confuse and misdirect the reader. It worked on me because I was surprised by the killer's identity. I'm looking forward to seeing where the author takes this series in the next book so I will definitely be returning to Salem. I voluntarily read a digital advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. The opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Book 3 in my favorite series did not disappoint!! Charlene has her parents at the Bed And Breakfast for Christmas and trying to enjoy her time with them what could go wrong? At one of their first out dinners together they get to meet her friend David but it doesn’t go as poor Charlene planned and once again she’s left struggling with herself to try to move on from her need of investigating for the truth when David ends up dead! Trying to solve this murder at Christmas and dealing with her parent Book 3 in my favorite series did not disappoint!! Charlene has her parents at the Bed And Breakfast for Christmas and trying to enjoy her time with them what could go wrong? At one of their first out dinners together they get to meet her friend David but it doesn’t go as poor Charlene planned and once again she’s left struggling with herself to try to move on from her need of investigating for the truth when David ends up dead! Trying to solve this murder at Christmas and dealing with her parents staying with her is a struggle, as well as her feelings for Jack ( who I adore). The ending was quite shocking and left room for a bit of a magical Christmas in Charlene’s world! Bravo to the authors for making this a mystery ending I didn’t see coming! I LOVE this series and highly recommend it to everyone!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Annu

    This was a good Christmas cozy. Charlene has her hands full with running her B and B and keeping her parents entertained while they visited her. Along with this, Charlene is pulled into solving the murder of David "apparently of a hit and run case". It's a little close to home as that's how Charlene lost her dear husband and she is compelled to find David's killer. The mystery was great, the murderer reveal was a surprise to me. And I found Jack the ghost a bit annoying with all his jealousy, Po This was a good Christmas cozy. Charlene has her hands full with running her B and B and keeping her parents entertained while they visited her. Along with this, Charlene is pulled into solving the murder of David "apparently of a hit and run case". It's a little close to home as that's how Charlene lost her dear husband and she is compelled to find David's killer. The mystery was great, the murderer reveal was a surprise to me. And I found Jack the ghost a bit annoying with all his jealousy, Poor guy! Overall, the story was good. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A Salem B & B Mystery 3 It's Christmas time and Charlene's parents are visiting from Chicago for the holiday. And her mother has already gotten on Charlene's and Jack's nevers. So Jack is having fun moving her slippers and her eye glasses around. And making the fireplace pop. Charlene keeps asking him not to do these things and he just laughs. The first night they go out to eat at one of Charlene's favorite Italian restaurant and the owner is very nice to them, towards the end of the night the own A Salem B & B Mystery 3 It's Christmas time and Charlene's parents are visiting from Chicago for the holiday. And her mother has already gotten on Charlene's and Jack's nevers. So Jack is having fun moving her slippers and her eye glasses around. And making the fireplace pop. Charlene keeps asking him not to do these things and he just laughs. The first night they go out to eat at one of Charlene's favorite Italian restaurant and the owner is very nice to them, towards the end of the night the owners son comes in and he tells his son he doesn't have time to talk to him. Also the other partner is there and the owners second wife along with many of the staff. Before Charlene and her parents leave the owner makes announcement he had just won the state lottery and everyone knew that and he was handing out checks to certain people. And he was also holding a benefit for the Children's Organization. When that was done he looked outside the window into the street and ran out of the restaurant and was hit by a car. The car did not stop. The next day it was reported that he died before getting to the hopital. One of the waitresses stopped by Charlene's and told her that the checks would not clear because the wife closed all the accounts even the ones to the Children's benefit. Charlene and her mother went and visited the Children's Organization to see if there was anything they could do to help raise funds for Christmas. While there Charlene met a girl that she liked, so she hired her part time. They came up with a plan of of calling on businesses and Charlene include her mother in this. of course Charlene was doing some investigating on her own. There where quite a few people that weren't happy with the deceased. His ex-wife, his partner, his college friend that came to see him. And many others. Charlene would talk all this over with Jack at night over a glass of wine. While Sam would tell her to stay out of it. There where so many suspects and twist and turns in this story that it kept you interested from page one. And I loved the banter between Charlene and her mother and her kind father. I was completely shocked by the killer I never saw it coming!!! It was a terrific read and I can't wait for the next book in this series!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    An entertaining mystery set in the charming town of Salem, MA during the festive season. It is a light read that moves quickly with all the trappings you expect of a Christmas tale: a Scrooge, children in need, snow, charity, fun, humor, family drama, heart-warming moments, and murder (OOpps that doesn't show up in all Christmas tales). This is not one of the paranormal mysteries where the ghost plays a big part of solving the mystery, in fact the ghost doesn't show up that often except to annoy An entertaining mystery set in the charming town of Salem, MA during the festive season. It is a light read that moves quickly with all the trappings you expect of a Christmas tale: a Scrooge, children in need, snow, charity, fun, humor, family drama, heart-warming moments, and murder (OOpps that doesn't show up in all Christmas tales). This is not one of the paranormal mysteries where the ghost plays a big part of solving the mystery, in fact the ghost doesn't show up that often except to annoy Charlene's mother and be jealous of a potential living boyfriend. There are some nice moments of interaction between the Charlene and the ghost so if you are looking for the paranormal aspect you won't feel as if you have been deceived. It is a solid mystery with red herrings and plenty of potential suspects. I was surprised by the culprit, so kudos to the writer for good misdirection. It is a fun book that doesn't shy away from showing Christmas and family isn't always the picture perfect vision from movies and tv. But in the end the mystery is solved and Christmas cheer is to be found before fading to black. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a impartial review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    The cozy is very good, the mother is awful, the resident ghost of the B&B sounds wonderful, and if I read another ad for the car Charlene drives I think I'll screech. The publisher's blurb is a good hook and the story has enough twists and red herrings to keep the guessing going. Generally a good read. I requested and received a free Ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. The cozy is very good, the mother is awful, the resident ghost of the B&B sounds wonderful, and if I read another ad for the car Charlene drives I think I'll screech. The publisher's blurb is a good hook and the story has enough twists and red herrings to keep the guessing going. Generally a good read. I requested and received a free Ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    The Cozy Review

    First off, I have to say that Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past was enjoyable and, for me personally, much better than the other books in the series. It’s no secret I wasn’t a fan at the beginning. But with this latest addition, the author has won me over. This quirky story has readers smiling and empathizing with Charlene. They can see their own parental relationships within the pages and understand what the main character is going through. It’s the holidays in Salem, and everyone is First off, I have to say that Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past was enjoyable and, for me personally, much better than the other books in the series. It’s no secret I wasn’t a fan at the beginning. But with this latest addition, the author has won me over. This quirky story has readers smiling and empathizing with Charlene. They can see their own parental relationships within the pages and understand what the main character is going through. It’s the holidays in Salem, and everyone is trying to enjoy themselves and get in that last-minute shopping and charity donations. Charlene is at her favorite restaurant during a charity event that will help the local children’s home expand and give the kids a merry Christmas. The twist or quirky part is that the host is run down and killed in the middle of the road, and apparently, no one saw it happen, not even Charlene. The characters in this series have grown into very likable individuals, although I am still not fond of Jack, the ghost, who is becoming more possessive of Charlene and pouts. However, he does add a bit of humor to the situations she finds herself in with B&B guests, the police, and in this case, her mother. It’s nice to get a better idea of what Charlene left behind when she moved to Salem and bought the B&B and why she would never want to go back. The story is a fun, fast-paced read with plenty of suspects, twists, and red herrings to keep readers happy. The victim starts out very likable, but in the end, we find out that he wasn’t what he seemed, and many had good cause to want rid of him. The unveiling of the killer in Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past may come as a surprise to some, but many readers will know who the culprit is before they reach the final chapter. I am happy to recommend this quirky holiday cozy to readers who like ghosts with their holidays, and even those who don’t.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Ritter

    Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in Traci Wilton’s Salem B&B Mystery series. Charlene Morris is a young widow who has established her bed and breakfast in Salem, Massachusetts, and has discovered that she is joined in her home by its late resident, Dr. Jack Strathmore. She has been in residence for only a few months, and for the holidays, her parents from Chicago are coming to visit. On one of their first evenings in town, Charlene and her parents dine at Bella’s Ita Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in Traci Wilton’s Salem B&B Mystery series. Charlene Morris is a young widow who has established her bed and breakfast in Salem, Massachusetts, and has discovered that she is joined in her home by its late resident, Dr. Jack Strathmore. She has been in residence for only a few months, and for the holidays, her parents from Chicago are coming to visit. On one of their first evenings in town, Charlene and her parents dine at Bella’s Italian Ristorante for a charity event and are there to witness the death of its owner in a strange hit and run event. From here, the mystery begins and the avenues are many. With an ex-wife, a trophy wife, a shady business partner, and the new win of a 10 million dollar lottery, David Baldwin has a myriad of suspects to his hit and run death. Add to that, the fact that he reneged on many monetary promises, there are a variety of those who may have been the driver in the fatal accident. This story takes the reader down many paths, exploring the victim, the suspects, and delving into the relationship between Charlene and her parents. Toss into the mix her resident ghost as well as the dashing Detective Sam Holden, and you have a story that will keep you reading late into the night. I very much enjoyed this book and I do recommend it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Souther

    You won’t regret this visit to Salem and Charlene’s B&B Charlene Morris has reinvented herself as a B&B owner after her husband is killed in a car accident. She’d never planned on giving up her life as a marketing exec to run her own bustling B&B, and she surely never expected to run it alongside her ghostly housemate, Jack. While Jack usually doesn’t interact with the guests, he can’t help but entertain himself by driving Charlene’s mom a little bit crazy while she and Charlene’s dad are in town, You won’t regret this visit to Salem and Charlene’s B&B Charlene Morris has reinvented herself as a B&B owner after her husband is killed in a car accident. She’d never planned on giving up her life as a marketing exec to run her own bustling B&B, and she surely never expected to run it alongside her ghostly housemate, Jack. While Jack usually doesn’t interact with the guests, he can’t help but entertain himself by driving Charlene’s mom a little bit crazy while she and Charlene’s dad are in town, visiting from Chicago for Christmas. Her mom is a bit of a challenge, to be sure, and now there is another murder to be solved, when local restaurant owner David Baldwin is mysteriously run down during a charity auction. As the list of suspects continue to grow, will Charlene and Jack be able solve the murder before Christmas is ruined for all? The third novel in Traci Wilton’s Salem B&B Mystery series does not disappoint. Whether this is your first visit to Charlene’s B&B, or you are a repeat guest, you are in for a treat. Grab a cup of cocoa or a holiday Martini and settle in by a nice warm fire for this delightful read. The book is engaging and is difficult to set down once you start, so you may want to grab some holiday cookies to go along with your beverage! While the story line builds upon the previous books, the novel can easily be read on its own. Favorite characters from the earlier stories reappear, including B&B staff Minnie and Will, Sam the detective (who’s not kept his interest in Charlene a secret), and others. You’ll also be introduced to delightful new characters, including Avery, a teen living at Felicity House (a home for children and teens). Traci cleverly embeds Salem’s setting and culture into this Christmas themed story as it twists and turns and keeps you guessing right until the very end. *I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in return for my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lizz Axnick

    This book was definitely better than the last one. I enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere. However, I was missing the regular cast of characters. The book seemed to be centered on Charlene, her parents and Jack. Other than some slight interactions interspersed in the pages, the rest of the gang was missing. This book centers on the murder of David Baldwin, manager of Bella's restaurant. He has just won the lottery and is handing out checks during a fundraiser before being rundown outside of his rest This book was definitely better than the last one. I enjoyed the Christmas atmosphere. However, I was missing the regular cast of characters. The book seemed to be centered on Charlene, her parents and Jack. Other than some slight interactions interspersed in the pages, the rest of the gang was missing. This book centers on the murder of David Baldwin, manager of Bella's restaurant. He has just won the lottery and is handing out checks during a fundraiser before being rundown outside of his restaurant. Charlene is on scene when this happens and starts asking questions. Will she solve the murder, survive her mother's visit and have a B&B full of guests for Christmas Eve? I really liked the first book in the series but my enthusiasm is dwindling a little with each subsequent book. I think it's silly Charlene is torn between a living man and a ghost and I loathe love triangles in mysteries, especially since this one strikes me as ridiculous. I found that part of the story to be trying on my nerves and I detracted from my enjoyment. As I said, a lot of the staple characters are missing - I like the spunky winery owner and her mother and Kevin, the bartender friend of Charlene's. Even her interactions with Jack were stilted. I think what caused this one to lose a star is Charlene inserts herself into a lot of people's lives asking nosy questions and no one ever tells her to mind her own business. They get angry but they give up information anyway. Usually cozies take place in a small towns where everyone knows everyone and the amateur sleuth asking questions of acquaintances makes sense but these people don't know her from a hole in the wall. It's puzzling to say the least.

  18. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    Charlene Morris is a young widow who owns a B&B in Salem, Massachusetts. It's the Christmas holidays, and her parents, Brenda and Michael, have come to visit. Unfortunately, her relationship with her mother has been contentious and is partly the reason she fled Chicago for the safety of Salem after her husband was unexpectedly killed. She also has other guests at her B&B, so her time to spend with them is limited. Her only respite is her resident ghost, Dr. Jack Strathmore, who was murdered thre Charlene Morris is a young widow who owns a B&B in Salem, Massachusetts. It's the Christmas holidays, and her parents, Brenda and Michael, have come to visit. Unfortunately, her relationship with her mother has been contentious and is partly the reason she fled Chicago for the safety of Salem after her husband was unexpectedly killed. She also has other guests at her B&B, so her time to spend with them is limited. Her only respite is her resident ghost, Dr. Jack Strathmore, who was murdered three years ago, and is living with her -- she is the only person who can see and hear him, which makes it difficult when guests are around and he talks to her. But Charlene has taken her parents to a local Italian restaurant for the evening - Bella's - and its owner, David Baldwin has just won the lottery. Still, he's hosting a raffle for a local childrens' home, and Charlene plans to have fun, even if her mother is complaining. But after the meal when the gifts are raffled off, David distributes envelopes containing 'gifts' of his own to several people at the restaurant. Some don't seem happy, including his silent partner Vincent, or the childrens' home managers; even his son shows up and is surprised when he receives nothing. But no one is more surprised than Charlene when David says two names and then promptly runs into the road and is run down by a hit-and-run driver. Now Charlene is determined to find out who killed David and why, even after being warned away by Detective Sam Holden. It doesn't help that her mother has already decided the young widow is the culprit, and wants to investigate with Charlene. She has her hands full running her B&B, keeping her mother otherwise occupied, trying to spend time with her ghost, and looking for a killer who might be the most oddest suspect of all... This is the third book in the series and I've read them all. Let me first say that I love books with ghosts (friendly ones, not poltergeists), and even more so when they have personal relationships with the main protagonist. This series is no different than that. But Charlene is finding it difficult to maintain her attraction to Jack, knowing he's a ghost and can't reciprocate the way she wants, and her dawning attraction to Sam, knowing he can. It makes for problems in her life. When she's on the hunt for a killer, it makes things even more difficult knowing Sam wants her out of it. But she's sure the widow knows something, and even has a desire to talk to the ex-wife, who was left by her husband for another woman. Even more so is her questions for Kyle, the son, and Vincent, the partner. But no one is giving any information, and Charlene is on her own. It makes for quite an interesting mystery, and I truly enjoyed it. I also loved the descriptions of Charlene's home decorated for Christmas, and I myself would love to see it. That is what draws the reader in - descriptions we can discover in our own mind and make us want to share the story with the protagonist. I do love the character of Jack, and my romantic side wishes there were some way he could become more than a ghost (through, perhaps, a miracle of sorts where anything can happen). I do, unfortunately, like him a bit better than Sam, who comes off hard sometimes. But these are my own opinions and others will see things differently. Throughout the book I found that Brenda was growing on me, and her conversations with her husband started to become humorous by the end of the book. Sometimes marriages seem strange to others, but whatever seems strange to some people wind up being others' own forms of love. It was delightful visiting with Charlene's parents and watching her own relationship with them. When the ending comes and we discover the murderer, it was sad in a way, knowing the lengths people will go to. Still, it all came out nicely and the book ended in such a way that left me looking forward to the next in the series soon. Recommended. I was given an advance copy from the publisher and NetGalley but this in no way influenced my review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    It's the first holiday season for Charlene Morris and her Salem B&B. While she loves her mother, her parent's visit has added some extra stress to the mix, especially when Charlene starts investigating a hit and run. Her ghost resident ghost seems intent on pranking her mother and being jealous of her potential new beau(s). The mystery itself is solid and full of viable suspects. The interplay between the characters adds to the charm making this one of my top series to read.Thanks to netgalley a It's the first holiday season for Charlene Morris and her Salem B&B. While she loves her mother, her parent's visit has added some extra stress to the mix, especially when Charlene starts investigating a hit and run. Her ghost resident ghost seems intent on pranking her mother and being jealous of her potential new beau(s). The mystery itself is solid and full of viable suspects. The interplay between the characters adds to the charm making this one of my top series to read.Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Phylis Carpenter

    All I can say is Wow, Another Awesome book in this series. Charlene had moved to Salem and had bought a mansion to open a bed and breakfast. Her parents have been trying to get her to come back home with them. So she invited them to come to her new Bed and Breakfast for Christmas. This story shows her Mom and Dad there with her. Her resident ghost Jack, (who know one can see but her) and her cat Silva. So we get to revisit friends we met in the last book as well as meet some new guests and her p All I can say is Wow, Another Awesome book in this series. Charlene had moved to Salem and had bought a mansion to open a bed and breakfast. Her parents have been trying to get her to come back home with them. So she invited them to come to her new Bed and Breakfast for Christmas. This story shows her Mom and Dad there with her. Her resident ghost Jack, (who know one can see but her) and her cat Silva. So we get to revisit friends we met in the last book as well as meet some new guests and her parents. During this book she has been thrown into another mystery to solve. I really don't want to spoil the book for you but you really shouldn't miss reading it. Again I want to say I just could not put this book down. An awesome read. Thanks for sharing an ARC with me and this is my honest opinion.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Charlene Morris can't help but get herself involved in investigating the murders that have taken place around her in her new home in Salem, MA. After the death of her husband she moved to Salem and purchased a haunted house that she has turned into Charlene's Bed and Breakfast. The ghost responsible for haunting the B&B is Dr. Jack Strathmore who was murdered in the house. His murder was solved in the first book in the series, Mrs. Morris and the Ghost. Charlene is the only one who can see Jack' Charlene Morris can't help but get herself involved in investigating the murders that have taken place around her in her new home in Salem, MA. After the death of her husband she moved to Salem and purchased a haunted house that she has turned into Charlene's Bed and Breakfast. The ghost responsible for haunting the B&B is Dr. Jack Strathmore who was murdered in the house. His murder was solved in the first book in the series, Mrs. Morris and the Ghost. Charlene is the only one who can see Jack's ghost. She has befriended him and he helps her solve the murder mysteries. This is a fun read! Ms. Wilton lays out the clues and leads her readers on an entertaining chase to solve the mystery.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Christmas is coming to Salem and Charlene is looking forward to the festive time at her new B&B. Too bad she won't get the holiday cheer she wants. To start with her parents are staying at the B&B and, while her Dad is a mellow guy, her mother is driving her crazy with her abrasive demeanor. She needs a better functioning filter between her thoughts and her mouth. Charlene decides to take them to her favorite Italian restaurant which is hosting a fundraiser for a local children's home. Her mothe Christmas is coming to Salem and Charlene is looking forward to the festive time at her new B&B. Too bad she won't get the holiday cheer she wants. To start with her parents are staying at the B&B and, while her Dad is a mellow guy, her mother is driving her crazy with her abrasive demeanor. She needs a better functioning filter between her thoughts and her mouth. Charlene decides to take them to her favorite Italian restaurant which is hosting a fundraiser for a local children's home. Her mother makes some not so nice comments to various people, complains about the food but, at the start, it's a nice evening. Things go sideways when David, the owner (but really only part owner) hands out a portion of his new lottery winnings to select people - not family - and tensions heat up. Before Charlene can say ho, ho, ho, David sees something out of the front window that makes him bolt out the door. Next thing he is lying dead in the street but no car in sight. Hit and run and by whom? And so the mystery begins. I really enjoy the puzzle and the relationship between Charlene and her ghostly housemate, Dr. Jack Strathmore, former owner of the house and tied to it for who knows how long. Let's just say he's a real hunk and he's a bit jealous of Charlene's police detective boyfriend. Sam is the opposite of Jack in looks but he's a keeper. Only Charlene and her cat can see Jack but others can feel his presence. The series can be read in any order but I'm in the 'read them in order' camp. I already have a spot on my TBR list set aside for #4, Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress due out 3/30/2021. My thanks to the publisher, Kensington and to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karen Hollins-Stallman

    “Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past" the 3rd instalment in the "Salem B&B Mystery” series by Traci Wilton. This is the first book I have read in the series and it can easily be read as a standalone but I recommend reading them in order. I really enjoyed this story, and it has made me want to catch up on the series. I have the first two in paperback and the 4th pre-ordered. I loved the characters even Charlene’s outspoken mother I could relate with to some extent. I found Jacks antics fun “Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past" the 3rd instalment in the "Salem B&B Mystery” series by Traci Wilton. This is the first book I have read in the series and it can easily be read as a standalone but I recommend reading them in order. I really enjoyed this story, and it has made me want to catch up on the series. I have the first two in paperback and the 4th pre-ordered. I loved the characters even Charlene’s outspoken mother I could relate with to some extent. I found Jacks antics funny and enjoyed Charlene along with Minnie and Avery a young teen from Felicity house. I think I would like to see Charlene adopt or foster one of the children. The mystery is interesting and well plotted, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing till the end. I’m super excited to get caught up before book 4 Mrs. Morris and the Sorceress comes out March, 2021. I highly recommend this book to all my cozy lover friends. I requested and received an advance reader copy of this book from Kensington Books, the author and Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is such a fun charming series I always enjoy returning to it with each new release. This is a Christmas time themed release that is such fun to read. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. . Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in Traci Wilton’s Salem B&B Mystery series. Charlene Morris is a young widow who owns a bed and breakfast in Salem, Massachusetts. She is not the only resident as she has a ghost Dr. Jack This is such a fun charming series I always enjoy returning to it with each new release. This is a Christmas time themed release that is such fun to read. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own. . Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in Traci Wilton’s Salem B&B Mystery series. Charlene Morris is a young widow who owns a bed and breakfast in Salem, Massachusetts. She is not the only resident as she has a ghost Dr. Jack Strathmore who lives in her B&B. Her parents are visiting for Xmas time when Charlene and her parents go out to dinner at a local Ristorante for a charity. While they are there they are witnesses to a hit and run death of the owner of the restaurant. Charlene begins her sleuth ,much to the chagrin of the local detective looking into the suspects ex wife, his recent windfall from the lottery and finds many who wanted to do him harm. As she finds answers she also finds secrets below the surface. I enjoy this series with the perfect blend of the paranormal and the beautiful setting. The charcters are all fun and add to the stories. I look forward to the next in series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara Wortman

    Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for giving me the chance to read and review, "Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past" by Traci Wilton. This is the third book in this mystery series and I have enjoyed this series a lot so far. I can depend on being surprised by the twists and turns the stories take. Charlene is a likable main character even though she consistently is getting caught up in the police cases in her town of Salem. I feel like she may have missed her calling as a detec Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for giving me the chance to read and review, "Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past" by Traci Wilton. This is the third book in this mystery series and I have enjoyed this series a lot so far. I can depend on being surprised by the twists and turns the stories take. Charlene is a likable main character even though she consistently is getting caught up in the police cases in her town of Salem. I feel like she may have missed her calling as a detective! This story follows the hit and run murder of a prominent restaurant owner named David who had just won the lottery. I loved seeing the different suspects in David's murder. The theme of Christmas was a nice touch so David's murder wasn't the only thing going on in their town. Overall, it was a great read and I plan on continuing the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    This was such an awesome Christmas mystery! I just love the cover of this book and could really picture the B&B all decked out for Christmas. I felt sad for Jack knowing how much he's always liked Charlene that he couldn't give her a Christmas hug, but he seemed fairly happy. He always came in handy for helping to research during a case, and he made a good silent sleuthing partner for Charlene. This case was dealing with the murder of one of the locals, and it was actually someone who was a good This was such an awesome Christmas mystery! I just love the cover of this book and could really picture the B&B all decked out for Christmas. I felt sad for Jack knowing how much he's always liked Charlene that he couldn't give her a Christmas hug, but he seemed fairly happy. He always came in handy for helping to research during a case, and he made a good silent sleuthing partner for Charlene. This case was dealing with the murder of one of the locals, and it was actually someone who was a good benefactor, so it was a little sad to have them killed. Charlene was dealing with her parents staying till after Christmas, and her mom wasn't the most likable person, but I have to admit, she grew on me after a while especially what she helped with toward the end. I wasn't right about the killer this time, but finding the real one was a good little adventure and showdown. I'm hoping that Charlene is getting a little closer to opening her heart to Sam after this book, at least they seemed to be in a decent place for now. I really liked Charlene's dad a lot! That man was a saint to put up with her mom lol. And I liked the character of Avery who Charlene hired to help Minnie with housekeeping chores. I hope she sticks around. I'm always anxious for the next book in this series!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past finds Charlene Morris, owner of a B&B in Salem MA, hosting her parents for Christmas. Charlene's relationship with her mother is problematic, and both she and Dr. Jack Strathmore, are dreading the visit. Bella's, a local restaurant is holding a fundraiser for Felicity's House, the local home for children and teens. Charlene takes her parents to dinner at the restaurant the evening of the event. David Baldwin, the co-owner of Bella's, has just won the l Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past finds Charlene Morris, owner of a B&B in Salem MA, hosting her parents for Christmas. Charlene's relationship with her mother is problematic, and both she and Dr. Jack Strathmore, are dreading the visit. Bella's, a local restaurant is holding a fundraiser for Felicity's House, the local home for children and teens. Charlene takes her parents to dinner at the restaurant the evening of the event. David Baldwin, the co-owner of Bella's, has just won the lottery and ends the event by distributing checks to his partner, a few employees, and the owners of Felicity's House. Tensions are high at the event between David, his son from his first marriage, his current much-younger wife, and business partner. Shortly after the checks are distributed David sees someone outside the restaurant and runs outside where he is the victim of a hit and run and dies. Charlene is not convinced the hit and run was an accident and begins to investigate. While investigating, Charlene has to deal with her overly critical mother, her guests at the B&B, Jack, whom only she can see, and her relationship with Detective Sam Holden. The relationship between Charlene and Jack, complicates the budding relationship between Charlene and Sam, as she does not feel she can tell Sam about Jack and she is very attracted to Jack even though he's a ghost - will be interesting to see how this works out! Jack is a very likable and apparently good-looking ghost - his antics only add to the story and I found myself wishing he was more of a "presence" in this story. The book takes several twists and turns and the culprit in the end turns out to be quite a surprise. The book is very enjoyable, is a fast read and can be read as a standalone, even though it is the third in a series. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more in the series! Thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for providing the ARC and introducing me to this thoroughly engaging series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marsha

    Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is book three in the A Salem B&B Mystery. This is one of my favorite series. It can be read as a stand alone. Charlene is settling in her new B&B and ready for her first Christmas. Her B&B is booked and her parents are in town. While at a charity auction at a local restaurant, the manager of the place is hit in a hit skip. Was it truly an accident or an intentional hit. David recently won the lottery and had made promises to some of the locals and it wa Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is book three in the A Salem B&B Mystery. This is one of my favorite series. It can be read as a stand alone. Charlene is settling in her new B&B and ready for her first Christmas. Her B&B is booked and her parents are in town. While at a charity auction at a local restaurant, the manager of the place is hit in a hit skip. Was it truly an accident or an intentional hit. David recently won the lottery and had made promises to some of the locals and it was starting to appear he was not following through. Who would benefit, his new not so nice wife, his son, his business partner, or someone from his past. Charlene knows what it's like to lose someone to a hit and run and sets out to get answers on her own. There are plenty of suspects and twist and turns. The characters are likeable, but her mother does have her moments, her resident ghost is a character his self. I love the setting and am ready to book a trip to Salem. There is humor, I laughed out loud a couple times, and a touch of romance. I also enjoyed the side story with the families. I was given an ARC by Kensington and NetGalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    I love this series and I loved this excellent addition. It's well written and highly entertaining. I was happy to catch up with the characters, get to know Charlene's parents and read about another mystery set in Salem. I loved the excellent character and plot development, the solid mystery that kept me hooked. I can't wait to read the next instalment. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine I love this series and I loved this excellent addition. It's well written and highly entertaining. I was happy to catch up with the characters, get to know Charlene's parents and read about another mystery set in Salem. I loved the excellent character and plot development, the solid mystery that kept me hooked. I can't wait to read the next instalment. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in the Salem B&B Mystery series. No matter what Charlene always seems to find herself involved in trying to solve a mystery. It's Christmas time and Charlene's parents have come for a visit, what follows is a storyline that will have you laughing at times. What would a cozy be without a couple ghosts tossed into the mix, as with the previous books I enjoyed Charlene, Jack and Sam. I look forward to more of this series because I want t Mrs. Morris and the Ghost of Christmas Past is the third book in the Salem B&B Mystery series. No matter what Charlene always seems to find herself involved in trying to solve a mystery. It's Christmas time and Charlene's parents have come for a visit, what follows is a storyline that will have you laughing at times. What would a cozy be without a couple ghosts tossed into the mix, as with the previous books I enjoyed Charlene, Jack and Sam. I look forward to more of this series because I want to see where the author will take these characters. I would definitely recommend this book to others. I received a ARC from NetGalley and Kensington and am under no obligation to leave a favorable review, all opinions expressed here are my own.

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