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A Spirited Gift: 11/13/15
A Spirited Gift by Joyce Lavene is the third of the Missing Pieces Mystery series. Mayor Dae is hosting a regional mayors conference at the Blue Whale Inn. Unfortunate timing has brought a rare hurricane up to North Carolina and with it, death.
There's something about big storms that stir up unrest in the living and in, Dae's case, the dead. The book blurb says who died but I recommend not reading it as it's presented as a well-written, suspenseful bit of discovery.
Besides the modern day murder, Dae has to contend with her own history. She has been reconnected with her absentee father and has been befriended by a pesky ghost pirate who wants his long since besmirched reputation restored.
Now I know what you're thinking. He's a pirate; he deserves whatever reputation he has. Not so! His part of the plot is similar to that of the logger ghost in the "Northwest Mansion Mystery" episode of Gravity Falls.