Ignatius B. Grumply needs a place with peace and quiet to end his writer’s block and write his next bestselling book. He chooses a Victorian mansion in Ghastly, Illinois and has his lawyer sign the paperwork on his behalf. When he moves in, he realizes this isn’t the sanctuary he was seeking. There is an eleven-year-old boy and a cat living on the third floor and someone (the boy, right?) who slams doors, cooks dinner, and plays the piano.
The realtor informs Mr. Grumply that the boy and the cat come with the house, and the boy’s parents will come back for him when he stops talking nonsense about his friend, Olive, the ghost. Will Olive and the boy be able to convince Grumply there is such thing as a ghost? Will Grumply ever write his bestselling book?
This book had a fun format- it is a self-proclaimed epistolary graphic novel. The characters communicate by writing letters back and forth. There are other graphics that add to the storyline including portraits of the characters and newspaper articles. The characters also have clever names like the realtor, Anita Sale. This is a quick, entertaining read.