Lady Sings the Boos

An Indigo Eady Cozy Mystery Short Story

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
35 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2020
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Author Biography

Gwen Gardner writes clean, cozy, lighthearted mysteries with a strong ghostly element.

Since ghosts feature prominently in her books, she has a secret desire to meet one face to face – but will run screaming for the hills if she ever does.

She thinks there’s nothing better than a good mystery (being an excellent armchair detective herself), unless it’s throwing a ghost or two into the mix just to “liven” things up. Don’t worry, though. Ghosts may be difficult to keep in line, but they’re harmless—mostly. And it turns out they’re pretty good sleuths, too.

Gwen adores travel and experiencing the cultures and foods of different countries. She is always up for an adventure and anything involving chocolate – not necessarily in that order.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

A ghost whisperer is hired to investigate supernatural happenings at a soon-be-opened retro-forties nightclub in the extraordinary novella, Lady Sings The Boos (An Indigo Eady Cozy Mystery Short Story) by Gwen Gardner. Indigo Eady has the uncanny ability to see and hear ghosts. Her Victorian Madam, Aunt Franny's incessant ghostly interference in her life verifies that fact. With few job opportunities at her disposal at the moment, Indigo uses her unnatural attributes to assist others with unwanted spectral pests. When the disturbances at the nightclub take a violent turn, Indigo's childhood friend, Badger, encourages the new owner to hire her. With the drama surrounding Franny's crush on the "bad boy" specter, and his gangster-like sidekick who is smitten with Franny, can Indigo get her job done? Or will they become the next ones to suffer the incensed phantom's wrath?

Lady Sings The Boos by Gwen Gardner is a cozy mystery in a teacup. It is a humorous novella with a captivating plot and endearing characters. Cleverly portrayed, Franny is a delightful and whimsical protagonist. Not only are her outrageous and laughable antics entertaining, but they also move the story forward at a brisk pace. Indigo's character is so perfectly normal that her ghostly sidekick is an excellent foil for her. The contrast between the two creates an amusing ambiance. It is a charming short story with winning characters, an intriguing puzzle that dates back to the Second World War, and a romantic conclusion. Everyone who relishes a short, yet entertaining ghost story, where the dearly departed ghost-bust with the living, will love this! It is good, clean fun!