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"...readers seeking a cozy, feel-good mystery will enjoy this outing to Grace Street. The delightful characters navigate their worldly and otherworldly challenges with affection and humor, and Tesh maintains a whimsical tone that doesn't detract from the serious subject matter." --Publishers Weekly Camden's friend Rufus Jackson receives a letter from his ex-wife, Bobbi, and "...readers seeking a cozy, feel-good mystery will enjoy this outing to Grace Street. The delightful characters navigate their worldly and otherworldly challenges with affection and humor, and Tesh maintains a whimsical tone that doesn't detract from the serious subject matter." --Publishers Weekly Camden's friend Rufus Jackson receives a letter from his ex-wife, Bobbi, and he's surprised to learn he's the father of a baby. When Bobbi is found murdered in her home and her baby stolen, Rufus becomes suspect number one. PI David Randall immediately takes the case. But Randall is almost sidetracked from the case by a series of what appears to be never-ending favors. When he takes his friend Cam to the Carlyle House to sing for a concert, Cam encounters Delores Carlyle, a troubled spirit trapped inside a huge mirror, who wants to see her daughter, Beverly, one last time. Beverly Carlyle will come to the house on one condition: that Randall find a home for her surly teenage son, Kit, and a band for her obnoxious daughter, Frieda. Kit is welcome at 302 Grace, but to secure a spot for Frieda, Randall has to get a local girl group a gig at a local nightclub. The owner agrees, if Cam will pose as a teenager and spy on a rival club. Cam agrees if Randall will take him to Green Valley to answer some questions about his past. And another ghost is haunting the hot dog restaurant, refusing to talk to Cam. In addition to the tangle of deals, Randall has to contend with Rufus being hell-bent on revenge, the return of Cam's telekinesis, and growing concern that if the baby--a girl named Mary Rose, as it turns out--is found, Rufus, might not want to keep her. But where is Mary Rose?


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"...readers seeking a cozy, feel-good mystery will enjoy this outing to Grace Street. The delightful characters navigate their worldly and otherworldly challenges with affection and humor, and Tesh maintains a whimsical tone that doesn't detract from the serious subject matter." --Publishers Weekly Camden's friend Rufus Jackson receives a letter from his ex-wife, Bobbi, and "...readers seeking a cozy, feel-good mystery will enjoy this outing to Grace Street. The delightful characters navigate their worldly and otherworldly challenges with affection and humor, and Tesh maintains a whimsical tone that doesn't detract from the serious subject matter." --Publishers Weekly Camden's friend Rufus Jackson receives a letter from his ex-wife, Bobbi, and he's surprised to learn he's the father of a baby. When Bobbi is found murdered in her home and her baby stolen, Rufus becomes suspect number one. PI David Randall immediately takes the case. But Randall is almost sidetracked from the case by a series of what appears to be never-ending favors. When he takes his friend Cam to the Carlyle House to sing for a concert, Cam encounters Delores Carlyle, a troubled spirit trapped inside a huge mirror, who wants to see her daughter, Beverly, one last time. Beverly Carlyle will come to the house on one condition: that Randall find a home for her surly teenage son, Kit, and a band for her obnoxious daughter, Frieda. Kit is welcome at 302 Grace, but to secure a spot for Frieda, Randall has to get a local girl group a gig at a local nightclub. The owner agrees, if Cam will pose as a teenager and spy on a rival club. Cam agrees if Randall will take him to Green Valley to answer some questions about his past. And another ghost is haunting the hot dog restaurant, refusing to talk to Cam. In addition to the tangle of deals, Randall has to contend with Rufus being hell-bent on revenge, the return of Cam's telekinesis, and growing concern that if the baby--a girl named Mary Rose, as it turns out--is found, Rufus, might not want to keep her. But where is Mary Rose?

45 review for Baby, Take a Bow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Private Investigator David Randall is hired by his friend Rufus Jackson. Seems that Rufus was married previously and he's just received a letter from her telling him he has a baby. Rufus went to her house to see for himself, but neighbors say she hasn't been seen for at least a week. Randall takes his friend Cam, the psychic, with him and sees lots of police cars surrounding her house. Much to their surprise the find that Rufus' ex-wife was shot and killed and the baby is missing. When it rains, Private Investigator David Randall is hired by his friend Rufus Jackson. Seems that Rufus was married previously and he's just received a letter from her telling him he has a baby. Rufus went to her house to see for himself, but neighbors say she hasn't been seen for at least a week. Randall takes his friend Cam, the psychic, with him and sees lots of police cars surrounding her house. Much to their surprise the find that Rufus' ex-wife was shot and killed and the baby is missing. When it rains, it pours. Cam encounters a ghost trapped in a mirror and see wants to see her daughter. The daughter has her own list of demands that must be met before she will face her spirit-mother face to face, so to speak. Meanwhile Rufus is out for revenge and Randall is doing his best to keep his friend out of jail. And where is the baby? This is a mystery cozy full of friendly, likeable characters. There's the mystery, but without a lot of suspense. Humor pokes its head in and out at will. A little bit of romance between David and his girlfriend, who also likes to get involved with David's cases... now if she will only accept his marriage proposal. This is fairly fast, easy read. The story premise is a good one. Although this is book 5 of a series, it holds up well as a stand-alone. I would recommend that they be read in order to get all the character development. Many thanks to the author / Poisoned Pen Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of this book. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    PI David Randall chases deadbeat dads, wonders why they don’t appreciate their children since his, in some past story, is surely lost, and supports a fascinating community of friends who live in a house on Grace Street. In this novel, that support runs to chasing down his friend Jackson’s ex-wife who claims to have his child. But the ex is dead, not deadbeat, and the child is missing. Meanwhile friend Cam takes Randall to a concert, sees a spirit in a mirror, and sets up a tangle of deals within PI David Randall chases deadbeat dads, wonders why they don’t appreciate their children since his, in some past story, is surely lost, and supports a fascinating community of friends who live in a house on Grace Street. In this novel, that support runs to chasing down his friend Jackson’s ex-wife who claims to have his child. But the ex is dead, not deadbeat, and the child is missing. Meanwhile friend Cam takes Randall to a concert, sees a spirit in a mirror, and sets up a tangle of deals within deals, or wheels within wheels. Another good friend has ghosts in the hot dog stand. Cam’s the one who chases ghosts, though he may soon have help. Jackson’s the one chasing a missing child. And PI Randall might be chasing Kary. The author tells it all with a light touch, making even messy murder and mayhem pleasantly readable. Romance is pleasantly lacking in syrup too, and paranormality has a very normal sense of humanity. Humor runs through this novel most delightfully, as do musical baby-based references. Catch them all and you’ll deserve a prize. Baby Take a Bow is a truly fun story that makes me want to read more the series. A nice blend of mystery, paranormal, romance, coming of age, and more… it’s well worth the read. Disclosure: I won a copy and I offer my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    All right, I'm inconsistent. Although in general I find supernatural elements unnecessary in mystery stories, this series by Jane Tesh is just wonderful. Private investigator David lives in a rooming house run by his friend Camden, a psychic. For various reasons, each of the inhabitants has a history that means strong feelings about children--both pro and con. When David tries to clear a fellow roomer of murdering his ex-wife, bolstered by Camden's assurance that he's not a murderer, he finds hi All right, I'm inconsistent. Although in general I find supernatural elements unnecessary in mystery stories, this series by Jane Tesh is just wonderful. Private investigator David lives in a rooming house run by his friend Camden, a psychic. For various reasons, each of the inhabitants has a history that means strong feelings about children--both pro and con. When David tries to clear a fellow roomer of murdering his ex-wife, bolstered by Camden's assurance that he's not a murderer, he finds himself tracking a missing baby while being involved in a complex tangle of obligations and favors.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tasula

    My first book by this author, and I will look for others, since this one was quite enjoyable. The characters are quirky without being extreme, and the writing style is casual and amusing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Light but engaging...clever twists & quirky characters make this a diverting read!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Pcenicni

    Won this book as a Goodreads giveaway. Fast read, keeps you wanting more. Great book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Thanks to Edelweiss and Poisoned Pen Press for the Amazon e-book galley of Baby, Take a Bow by Jane Tesh. When I first started reading Baby, Take a Bow I was almost overwhelmed by the myriad of characters active in this story. Baby, Take a Bow has psychics, psychos, decent folks and a few rednecks. A suburban Animal House of relationships which work, despite all odds. I am glad that I continued to read on because this is an enjoyable, unique and interesting novel. Toward the end Jane Tesh c Thanks to Edelweiss and Poisoned Pen Press for the Amazon e-book galley of Baby, Take a Bow by Jane Tesh. When I first started reading Baby, Take a Bow I was almost overwhelmed by the myriad of characters active in this story. Baby, Take a Bow has psychics, psychos, decent folks and a few rednecks. A suburban Animal House of relationships which work, despite all odds. I am glad that I continued to read on because this is an enjoyable, unique and interesting novel. Toward the end Jane Tesh calms the calamity and finishes with a gentle ending. The writing is pure art. I recommend this book for the voracious reader looking for entertainment that breaks the mold.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kamini Madansingh

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    Mary Farris

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    Tannis

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    Christianne Swearson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Hackel

    Baby, Take a Bow is the continuing story of the boarding house at 302 Grace Street, Parkland, North Carolina owned by Camden. Although a boardinghouse is unusual these days, this one is even more so because of the owner and his tenants. Camden (Cam) is a psychic whose abilities go way beyond talking with ghosts. Ironically, he is recently married to Ellin, producer of the (dubious) Psychic Service Network and she is constantly after him to be on the show. Cam prefers to do mundane jobs to offset Baby, Take a Bow is the continuing story of the boarding house at 302 Grace Street, Parkland, North Carolina owned by Camden. Although a boardinghouse is unusual these days, this one is even more so because of the owner and his tenants. Camden (Cam) is a psychic whose abilities go way beyond talking with ghosts. Ironically, he is recently married to Ellin, producer of the (dubious) Psychic Service Network and she is constantly after him to be on the show. Cam prefers to do mundane jobs to offset his demanding and intense psychic visions. Living and conducting his business in the house is Cam's good friend David Randall, owner of the Randall Detective Agency. Other tenants include Kary Ingram (Randall's love interest), and recently married couple Angie and Rufus Jackson. Rufus and Angie are house hunting and planning to move out soon. Due to a recent death of another renter, there is an empty room and a definite need to find another boarder. As often is with the Randall Detective Agency, David Randall was at a low after just finishing a dead-beat dad case. When he stops at his favorite hot dog restaurant, he picks up not one but two new jobs. The first is a spirit at the restaurant that is causing the owner problems, and the second is a missing ex-wife and recently discovered baby of Rufus Jackson. With Cam in mind to help with the spirit, he goes to the ex-Mrs. Jackson for answers. Finding yellow tape, police and an ambulance at the house doesn’t look good at all. Soon it becomes apparent he must “assist” the police and find a killer before they arrest Rufus for the crime. And in case this isn’t enough on the docket, an historic home has hired Cam and Kary for a concert to celebrate the restoration of the home. While at the home making final arrangements (and singing/playing for the caretaker and staff), Cam encounters the ghost of the owner in a mirror in the foyer. Later David and Cam come back (via a window) and Cam spends a long time talking and getting to know the owner, Delores Carlyle. After consultation, she hired David to get her daughter back to the house so she could finally leave the house. After a subtle comment about payment from the dead, Cam informs David there is thirty thousand dollars’ worth of jewelry hidden in the house, which will be revealed to him once her daughter comes to the house. Unable to resist that payment, the Randall Detective Agency is on the job. Part of the casework revolves around finding a baby. A chore made more difficult because almost every main character has an issue about babies. Kary had an abortion that prevents her from having any more babies, and desperately wants one. She chases down false adoption agencies and alleged baby-for-sale avenues. David’s daughter died when she was 8 years old, and he still mourns her and imagines her presence. Together they act as a married couple and try to buy a baby, hoping it will be Rufus’ missing baby. Cam knows he will have 3 children, and is excited about that while his wife, Ellin, steadfastly remains opposed to children. Now Rufus has a baby he didn’t know about, and he and Angie are not sure they want to keep her once she is found. Throughout the book, practically each song played has “Baby” in the title The author’s ability to intertwine several stories happening to multiple characters seems effortless and is flawless. Camden doesn’t drive, so he and Randall team up and investigate many things together. When each of the cases involves getting help from others, the characters interact together and independently for the result. It even takes Angie to stop her husband’s reckless actions before he destroys Randall’s methodical work. What is amazing in this book was the way everyone wanted something before committing to David. It took almost the entire household working together to get every promise fulfilled. A potentially over-emotional story was written with such skill that when it ends you realize these people have become your friends. Yes, they were sad at times, but they also laughed and enjoyed life, and welcomed more friends into their midst. A story that will warm your heart. Although this is a stand alone mystery with no cliffhanger, you really should read the entire series in order to better understand the characters and the growth they have experienced by helping each other and becoming a "family." Don't miss this powerful series. Many thanks to NetGalley for a digital copy of this book!

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