At her best Charlotte Macleod's farce resembles that of Wodehouse. And this is one of her best. Leaning hard into the genre of fantasy, this story tells how spunky, widowed landlady Zilla Trott finds the long-dead mule driver Hiram Jellyby and between them they manage to solve a murder, and the mystery behind Hedrick Snarf's recent penchant for purple silk socks.
Great fun. Typical Charlotte MacLeod (writing as Craig) weirdness and humor. The Grub-and-Stakers are led by the ghost of a long-dead mule driver to hunt for his lost cache of gold.
Fourth book in the series. If you've read the other books in the series, you already know that the journey is more important than the destination. Alisa Craig writes funny, and delightful characters.
I looked for this book for 5 years, read it quickly in an evening the night I received it, and yet, despite all the anticipation, I was not disappointed.
A charming book!
This series is a light fun read. Very different!
A great cozy with a cast of crazies. From the book blurb: Normally not one to be spooked by a specter, spunky wido Zilla Trott is nevertheless unnerved when the ghost of long-dead mule driver Hiram Jellyby appears in her kitchen - demanding that someone disinter his murdered bones and his lost cache of gold ... while liberally availing himself of his haunted hostess' liquor supply.
Its a good read when you're not in the mood for a tension ridden night.