Summer

29 October 2010

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery - E J Copperman

From the back of the book: 7 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 ghosts.
Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter, so she's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a fixer-upper into a charming---and hopefully profitable---guesthouse. But when a bump on the head leaves her seeing not only stars but spirits, Alison realizes the real challenge she's facing is out of this world.
The two residing ghosts are Maxie Malone, the foul-tempered former owner of the house (who has definite opinions about Alison's design plans), and Paul Harrison, a private eye who'd been working for Maxie--both died in the house on the same night. The official cause of death was suicide, but the ghosts insist they were murdered, and they need Alison to find out who killed them---or he next ghost in the guesthouse will be Alison herself.......
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I loves me a fab cozy, yes I do. And this one is it. Cozy mysteries are fun and cozies with ghosts are even more so. This one has two ghosts in the house and one is a supreme smartass former owner of the house and the other is the staid private investigator trying to solve the case of their death. They're confined to the house and grounds so they cant' do much until Alison shows up, gets bonked on the cranium (by the smartass former owner ghost) and reluctantly agrees to do the field work. Hilarity and action ensues.
My favorite character, besides the smartass ghost, is Alison's daughter Melissa. She is a well-written nine-year-old, eye rolling exasperation and all.
Five meddling ghosts beans....

4 comments:

WonderBunny said...

I liked this book. It was pretty good.

Vickie said...

WonderBunny: I loved this one and look forward to the rest of the series as fast as he can write them.

Kris said...

Oh goody! Glad to see another positive review for this book. Melissa was a fun character wasn't she?

Vickie said...

Kris: Melissa was nifty. I look forward to more of this series.