Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon is the first book in the new “Ghost-In-Law” mystery romance series.  Publisher: Love Spell, January 2009

Family can be the death of you.

Maryse Robicheaux can’t help heaving a sigh of relief at the news that her not-so-beloved mother-in-law has kicked the bucket. The woman was rude, manipulative and loved lording over everyone as the richest citizen of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow Helena Henry down one bit.

Being haunted – or more like harried – by Helena’s ghost isn’t even the worst of Maryse’s problems. Close to making a huge medical breakthrough, she’s suddenly been given an officemate, and the only thing bigger than Luc LeJeune’s ego is his sex appeal. Maryse would bet her life the hot half-Creole is hiding something. Especially because it seems someone’s out to kill her. But getting Luc to spill his secrets while avoiding Helena’s histrionics and staying alive herself will be the ultimate bayou balancing act.

Maryse Robicheaux is attending her mother-in-law’s funeral when she Helena Henry rises out of her coffin.  Besides trying to find her no-good of a husband to serve divorce papers on him, now Maryse has to deal with being haunted by the woman who made her life hectic.  Helena’s ghostly spirit tells her that she has unfinished business to attend to before she could go towards the light and Maryse holds the key.  After inheriting Helena’s land, attempts have been made on Maryse’s life.  With the help of ghostly Helena, Luc LeJeune who she is attracted to, Mildred who is her surrogate mother and Sabine, her best friend, they will work to solve the mystery of why someone wants Maryse dead.  I really enjoyed this story and was glad to learn there will be more in this series.  My rating: 4 stars

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