Monday, June 24, 2024

Haunting License - Cozy Mystery Review

Goodreads: Haunting License (A Haunted Haven #3) by Carol J. Perry

Rating: Really Liked It (4 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  When a fisherman is murdered, Florida innkeeper Maureen Doherty must cast a wide net to catch a killer—with a little help from her ghostly tenants . . .

It’s June in Haven, Florida, a “between seasons” time in the tourism business, and Maureen’s Haven House Inn is feeling the pinch. There are plenty of ghosts in residence, but Maureen needs living guests to pay the bills.

Inspired by an old brochure she finds in a trunk she inherited along with the inn from her mysterious benefactor Penelope Josephine Gray, she gets the brilliant idea to revive a June fishing tournament from twenty years ago, hoping to reel in anglers who’d love to catch the Gulf Coast’s popular kingfish and take home a trophy.

But one fisherman won’t make it to the tournament. While walking on the beach with her golden retriever Finn, Maureen discovers a body. When Officer Frank Hubbard arrives, he recognizes local charter boat fisherman Eddie Manuel.

Now it’s up to Maureen and her spirited sleuths to sort through the red herrings and bait a hook for a killer before someone else ends up sleeping with the fishes . . .

Genre: Mystery - Cozy

Why I Picked This Book:  I absolutely loved the first book in this series and enjoyed the second book so I was thrilled to see this next book!

My Impression: While I loved the first book in the series the second book was a bit slower going so I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I picked this one up.  While it doesn't have that right book at the right time magic like the first one I definitely enjoyed it more than book 2.  The mystery is more cohesive and while Maureen still has a long way to go to make Haven House secure again she's definitely got a plan - and support.

This is more of a how are they going to catch him than a whodunnit mystery but it was fun to be along for the investigative ride.   Not only are we following along with Maureen as she figures out just who killed the local fisherman, what is in the trunk (and storage locker) left by the previous owner of the inn, how to put together a fishing tournament in a very limited amount of time, and deals with ghosts and a very cheerful Golden Retriever named Finn.  

This is a fun light cozy mystery with a handful of ghosts and a fun slice of life of an Innkeeper in a rather quirky small town.  I always enjoy Carol J. Perry's books and this was no exception!  

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course!  I have the next book for antoher series coming up on my reading list and I can't wait! 

Would I Recommend this Book? If you enjoy a quirky cozy this is a fun series - especially if you like a ghost or two popping up from time to time!

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I didn't love the first book in this series, but I do love this one's cover. And who can resist a cute golden retriever names Finn? :D

  2. I think you enjoyed this more than me. I liked it but didn't love it. However do really like the characters and the ghostly appearances, like the cigar smell in the elevator!

  3. I love cozies with ghosts. Sounds good!

  4. inn...and a golden retriever...sounds like it would be a lovely story.

  5. Yay! I am looking forward to reading this one. I still have the book before it to read though.