by Lynn Kurland

May 2006
ISBN: 0-515-14127-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Jove Books
Mass Market Paperback

What does a hardworking theatre director have in common with a centuries-old Scottish ghost? Plenty, if you are author Lynn Kurland, whose enchanting time-travel novels never fail to entertain.

Her newest novel, Much Ado in the Moonlight, brings back many of her previous characters, including that matchmaking trio of ghosts - Ambrose MacLeod, Hugh McKinnon and Fulbert de Piaget. Ambrose has decided that his success with Thomas McKinnon was so satisfying that he will continue with the rest of the family. Next victim: Victoria McKinnon, director of an acting troupe, who will come England to produce Hamlet in Thomas’ tumble-down castle. Notwithstanding that the current “owner” of the castle is Connor MacDougal, who has waited centuries to take possession.

Ambrose and company don’t have long to wait before the fireworks begin. Victoria is suspicious of her brother’s generous offer to bring her troupe to England, but the opportunity is too tempting to pass up. She has her hands full with the demanding “star” Michael Fellini, but wishes his demands were of a more personal nature.

Connor is beside himself with rage. Just when he ousted that upstart Thomas McKinnon, along comes another one to trespass on his property. He is ready to scare the living daylights of V. McKinnon, whoever he is. When the unlucky visitor arrives at Thorpewold Castle, he is waiting with a full arsenal of hauntingly-good tricks.

Discovering that the castle is haunted is just what she needs. Dealing with actors has left her perfectly capable of negotiating with difficult spirits like Connor MacDougal. She agrees to give him a full month of screaming terror if he will refrain from tormenting people during the production.

Much Ado in the Moonlight is an absolute delight. Ms. Kurland has given readers a wonderful tale filled with humor. Watching Victoria and Connor fall in love is pure pleasure and the solution to their “age difference” makes the novel exciting. I cannot wait to see what she has planned next!

Reviewed in April 2006 by Paula.

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