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An Open Spook: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery | [E. J. Copperman]

An Open Spook: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

In an all-new novella in E.J. Copperman’s “funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable” (Spinetingler Magazine) series, the storm of the century bears down on the haunted guesthouse, and stirs up a gale of memories for a troubled ghost. Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift.
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In an all-new novella in E.J. Copperman’s “funny, charming, and thoroughly enjoyable” (Spinetingler Magazine) series, the storm of the century bears down on the haunted guesthouse, and stirs up a gale of memories for a troubled ghost.

Haunted guesthouse owner Alison Kerby may have only recently discovered her ability to communicate with ghosts, but for her mother Loretta, it’s been a lifelong gift. As Alison prepares her Jersey Shore guesthouse for what promises to be a huge storm, Loretta helps out by tackling a different issue when the winds blow in an unexpected visitor: the ghost of Sgt. Robert Elliot. His request? Help him find the POW bracelet from the Vietnam War that bears his name. But no sooner does Elliot make his appeal than he suddenly disappears, cutting off contact, and leaving Loretta to wonder...why here? Why now? And why the vanishing act?

The answers begin to materialize when Alison’s lone remaining guest shows up unwittingly holding a clue to the case - on his wrist. A coincidence? Hardly. And Loretta has good reason to believe that the sergeant’s spirit has a secret he’s yet to share. Something he’s been holding on to for more than forty years. Something he’s dying to put to rest.

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    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 06-01-14
    Marcus SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States 06-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Willy Wonka of it

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    "Enjoyable entry in series, from new perspective"

    This entry in the series is told from the perspective of Allisen's mother. It's a sort of "look back" tale that covers what went on during previous novels, but is done very well.

    The mystery this time around was fairly interesting and opened up a bit more of the ghost world for followers of the series.

    Unlike the other alternate-perspective entry in this series (from Paul's POV), this entry was read by the usual narrator and so characters actually kept their usual voices. That was a relief as I didn't enjoy the differences in the book read by a male.

    Overall, a short and enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Wylie TX, United States 05-04-14
    Nancy Wylie TX, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A nice addition to the series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this book and the series. This one is different because it is told from another characters perspective. I highly recommend this book, but don't miss the others!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Besides the fact that its a ghost story, which is fun to begin with, this author writes in a tongue and cheek style that is so fun to read and Ms. Ranconi does it very well!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't tell my favorite scene, its pivotal to the story!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to have heard it all at once, but alas, I never have the time for that.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a fun, fast moving read, buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Jenkins 04-29-14
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    "Haunted Guesthouse series is a happy surprise"
    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her work is fantastic. The variety she manages is remarkable and she deadpans perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    I have only one small hope for future stories. Allison could be just a little more kind to the ghosts. Given the fact that they are stuck there, she would do well to be more diplomatic. Her relationship with Maxi is evolving into something fun. LOVE THAT!

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    PeachPecan South Georgia, USA 03-24-14
    PeachPecan South Georgia, USA 03-24-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Having a Good Time"
    What made the experience of listening to An Open Spook the most enjoyable?

    This is my first E. J. Copperman book, and I have enjoyed it. The characters ring true, the plot interesting and the narrator makes it wonderful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't choose a favorite character because each is a person I would like to get to know - or definitely not.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    To me, Amanda Ronconi sounds authentic for her characters. Thanks for not doing the "wrong" accent for the location! It would have been a lot less fun without her narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was only 52 min, 12 sec into this short book and I had already purchased the rest of the series on audible.com.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-09-14
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2010

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "Different Point of View"

    Told from the heroines mothers point of view, this one is more than a little enjoyable and brings back the era of Vietnam, something that many of us have forgotten.

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    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 02-16-14
    Debbie Gloucester, VA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Love this angle for this great series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you have been reading and are a fan of this series, you will know Loretta, Allison's mother. She is also a medium or seer of ghosts and she has the most adorable personality and I was very happy to read this addition in her voice and point of view. Endearing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best was that Loretta was the main character...and she is a "character" for sure. Fun addition to the series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The floating Roasted Chicken was really cute.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, as Ive been leading to in previous comments...this is one of my favorite series and this book is a cherry on top.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy Molly Harper, Lucy March and that type of humor, strength in female characters and a "real feel" to relationships of all types then I have no doubt you will enjoy E. J. Copperman as well as I do.

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    MerylB 09-27-14
    MerylB 09-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Cute story but narrator doesn't fit the bill"

    I like the author, who writes easy-going mysteries with some ghosts attached. This one is okay for a novella, but the narrator is off. His Maxie sounds a bit too Brooklyn, his Loretta sounds like she's in her nineties, and too often his reading veers off from the description.

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