An argument could be made that lately Halloween is in the romance aisles all year long. We seem to have an endless feast of werewolves, vampires, demon slayers and psychics. I’ve been a happy participant in the gloms of monster books but right now I am thinking more basic. The old standby of pull the ratty sheet from the cupboard, cut some holes in it and go -or in other words, its ghost season.
Ghost romances seem to fall into two categories; ones where ghosts are present and ones where ghosts are the heroes Ghosts as heroes are pretty short on the ground.. Funnily enough, my favorite in this category has not changed during the time from that column to this one. I still love Rita Clay Estrada’s The Ivory Key most of all.
On the other hand, my favorite type of ghost tales seem to be far more popular. Ghosts who are funny, ghosts who are evil, ghost who are matchmakers or ghosts who are spooky might not abound but they are definitely more readily available. Among my favorites are the following:
Under the ghosts who are funny, one of my favorites is A Ghost of A Chance by Casey Claybourne, which deals with being haunted by your mother in law. Sound fun? When his mother in law dies at the wedding, Iain Ashingford, the Marquess Lindley, doesn’t see it so much as a sign as a favor. The woman had been a complete nightmare to deal with. But when she begins to haunt him Ian is far less pleased. Her interference results in a successful marriage for Daphne and Ian, something they would never have pulled off without her. And some of the situations she put Ian into were rather hilarious from my perspective.
Emily Carmichael did an equally funny ghost story in A Ghost for Maggie. The ghost here, a former madam named Robin Rowe, is hilarious as she tries to find a successful match-up for descendant Maggie. This is assuredly a case of the ghost stealing the show since the main couple is one of those strident types but Robin is delightful enough to have made the book memorable for me.