The Trouble with Charlie


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About The Trouble with Charlie

The Trouble with Charlie is that He’s Not Accepting Death Quietly

Elle finds the body of her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Charlie on her sofa, stabbed to death with her kitchen knife. Elle’s close friends stand by her through the difficult funeral, but Elle alone must face the loss of the man she’d loved.  Except that the loss is not total–Charlie is still around. Elle feels his presence, smells his aftershave. Hears him accuse her of killing him.  And even though she doesn’t believe in ghosts, she argues with him, asserting her innocence. Oddly, Elle has a gap in her memory; she can’t account for her activity during the time of his murder.

As Elle tries to clear herself by finding out how Charlie died, she discovers that she had plenty of reason to kill him.  Charlie had secrets. Infidelity. Unsavory business associates. Involvement with an international organization of sex abusers. The more she learns, the more danger she faces. As unscrupulous people begin to fear she’ll expose them, Elle races against time to avoid arrest, fight off attackers, solve the murder, and make peace with Charlie’s spirit.


"Merry Jones opens some dark doors in The Trouble with Charlie. It’s devious, creepy, brilliant, and wicked fun. I absolutely loved it, cover to cover." —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author

"'Charlie' is a chapterless, rocket-paced read that keeps readers awake until the end. Like eating popcorn, I couldn’t stop at a scene break and kept reading until I gobbled up every word . . . Pulling an Elle. The author of 15 books, best-selling Merry Jones pulls from her magic hat an “Elleoquent” psychological thriller sure to be a Macavity or Edgar Award finalist." —Bookreporter

"Phenomenally written, even the characters were amazing there was so much going on with Elle that it was easy to see why she would be number one suspect in her late husband’s death. But when they throw in what she thought was his ghost my mind was just dropping and getting that creepy chill. I really must say it was a pleasant surprise and will be looking forward to more from this author." —Cybertron Reviews

"The Trouble with Charlie is an absolute delight. Don’t miss it. Fun reading." —

" . . . great fun even though there’s quite a high body count and obvious danger to our amnesiac heroine . . . The Trouble With Charlie is very entertaining and the structured revelations as odd pieces of memory return are elegantly handled. Overall, I conclude the book is well worth picking up as a mystery shading into a thriller when the mood takes it that way." —Thinking About Books

"This exciting paranormal amateur sleuth is a fun whodunit as the more the heroine learns of her late almost ex-husband, the more danger she places herself in as well as she increasingly begins to conclude she may be his killer . . . fans will enjoy the fast-paced investigative storyline as Elle dodges killers, cops and ghosts." —The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

"I loved The Trouble With Charlie, which is a total romp as well as a well-crafted mystery. Elle’s personality is so zany and her friends are so well-meaning that they add a humorous element to the seriousness of what’s going on. If you’re looking for a fun read that has some romantic elements as well as serious mystery then look no further. Ghosts, memory loss, murder, and lots of mysterious developments." —

"The characters, in The Trouble with Charlie, both living and dead are engaging and the dialog is crisp and fun to read. The running dialog in Elle’s head is enough for me to recommend this book. The twist and turns of Elle’s adventures gave me whiplash and I was caught up in the puzzle that was Charlie’s death. This mystery thriller was a tantalizing adventure and I highly recommend it." —Literati Literature Lovers

"The Trouble with Charlie is a quirky book with a sprinkling of humor wrapped around a mystery that, before it’s all over, has a surprisingly high body count. It is a book that will keep readers up late to reading and sorry when it ends." — &

" . . . It’s a well written book and a fascinating tale. The Trouble with Charlie has won me over, and now I can’t wait for the next Merry Jones." —

" . . . the pace is fast and entertaining, with the author deliberately shaking up the reader, providing a wild ride right to the end." —Mystery Scene Magazine