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High Spirits: 02/25/23
High Spirits by Carol J. Perry and C.S.E. Cooney (Narrator) is the second book in the Haunted Haven mystery series. Maureen is running a dinner and a movie promotion at her hotel in conjunction with the historic Paramount movie theater. Unfortunately on the first movie night, the projectionist is murdered.
Maureen is faced with three mysteries. First, there's who killed the projectionist? The second is who killed the man who is now haunting seat one of row four of the movie theater? Finally, who is behind the funding of her hotel? Finally, are all of these mysteries related?
I enjoyed the discussions on the different Christmas themed movies being shown at the theater. They added just enough padding to an otherwise basic (but satisfying) mystery. There's a good mix of classics and more recent ones.
Overall the mystery reminded me of a Columbo especially how Maureen and the Sheriff had to work together to understand deviations in some basic human behavior. Specifically, I was reminded of "Make Me a Perfect Murder" (February 25, 1978). Because I was already in that mind set, I wasn't surprised by the big reveal of the murderer's identity.