Spirit by John Inman

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Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.

Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.

But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.

I’m sorry. Say what?

Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.


Jason agrees to babysit his 4-year-old nephew (Timmy) for his sister (Sally).

He has no idea what he’s getting into because Timmy is 4 going on 14 going on 40. (He’s hysterical!)

When Paul (Timmy’s missing Dad’s brother) comes into town on business, Jason offers him the house instead of a hotel.

Timmy reports that there is a ghost in the basement and Jason and Sam hear unexplained things and see some strange things, as well.

While the relationship between Jason and Sam comes together fairly easily and quickly, figuring out the man in the basement takes time and effort. Once they find out who he is, they go about solving his murder mystery.


This is John Inman humor at it’s best! Both the MCs as well as the myriad of secondary characters are well written and hysterical.

The one-liners really zing in this book!

I think the selling point in this story is the humor. The mystery and the romance are sort of the structure by which the humor can be displayed as they are neither “difficult” nor “angsty” nor “deep”. Which is perfect for this story.

This was a light, enjoyable, funny book with a sweet romance and a quirky/spooky mystery thrown in and… oh yeah! A ghost!

Writing/Editing 5

Romance 3

Sex/Heat 3

Storyline 4

World Building/Characterizations 5

Overall, 4 of 5 hearts!