Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Signet (February 5, 2008)
Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5 x 0.8 inches
Review copy courtesy of: My bookshelf.
Synopsis from back cover:
There are other worlds with mysteries to solve—worlds where not all the suspects are technically alive. That’s where Karma kicks in.
For all those transmortis anomalies that need to be exterminated, there’s Karma Marx—a woman who exorcises haunted houses, sending troublesome spirits and entities to the ever after. Spider, her cheating, sleazy real estate agent husband, is proving more difficult to banish. So she makes him a deal: She’ll clean one last home for him if he grants her a divorce.
The only problem is that Adam Dirgesinger, the home’s former owner, isn’t happy with Karma’s plan. Using his poltergeist powers he seals the place, trapping Karma, Spider, and a motley assortment of other characters (some living, some not so much) together for a hair-raising twelve hours. But when Spider turns up dead in the basement, it’s a locked-house mystery, and Karma’s determined to reveal the truth, even if it means tackling all of the house’s inhabitants—mortal and otherwise.
This is a cute who-dun-it story with quirky characters that are both living and dead. Karma is a half-human/half-polter that helps homeowners rid their homes of spirits, ghosts, or other problem non-living inhabitants. Her slimeball husband uses her “talent” to his advantage but she decides that enough is enough. She’ll clean one last house for him; one that he is particularly fascinated by, in exchange for an end to their marriage. The polter still occupying the home, however, had different ideas; ideas that involve sealing up the house with Karma, Spider, and various others inside.
It is typical Katie MacAlister style in regards to humor and wit. The plot is tad disjointed in spots though. I enjoyed the book and bought it before reading it but had I borrowed it from somewhere first, I probably wouldn’t have it on my bookshelf.