Who doesn't like a good ghost story? Perhaps a good "coming of age" story involving a young man meeting a father he never knew he had is more your style? Or, how about a story of a quirky little business struggling to stay afloat in the shadow of their giant corporate competitor? If you smash them all together, you get Lucy Banks' debut paranormal novel, The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost.
The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost is the first installment in the Dr. Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural series, and what an installment it is. Kester's mother has just passed away, leaving a dying message for her son: "Go see Dr. Ribero." It's an odd message considering that Kester has never heard his mother mention the name before. His search for Dr. Ribero takes him to a dilapidated door down a dark alley in Exeter. Beyond the door lies an adventure unlike anything that Kester ever could have imagined or wanted.
Lucy Banks' debut is a light-hearted ghost story with a cast of quirky characters that more resemble a dysfunctional family than a team of close knit co-workers. Set in modern day England, the novel creates a world where ghost hunting is a legitimate (if not secret) business, with some agencies being more successful than others. Banks interweaves plenty of humor throughout the novel, which takes it from being a straight paranormal story to a more lighthearted ghost tale that amuses and entertains.
Although ghostly hauntings abound throughout The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost, it is also a "coming-of-age" story focusing on Kester's efforts to get to know his mysterious newly discovered father. It is a relationship that is not without its challenges, and one that I'll be interesting in seeing developed further in the next books.
Overall, Lucy Banks has written a fun introduction to Dr. Ribero's Agency of the Supernatural series. The second book in the series, The Case of the Deadly Doppelganger, is slated for release in February of 2018. The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost is a delightfully entertaining novel and a great debut from Lucy Banks.