Allison Kerby can communicate with ghosts, but her uncanny gift has its price: Allison frequently finds herself in the reluctant role of private investigator for specters seeking supernatural justice. When Allison’s late father - himself among her ghostly guests - suddenly disappears, Allison seeks clues to his whereabouts from her new client, a vindictive and vengeful visitor, his death shrouded in mystery. The ensuing intrigue threatens to make a ghost of Allison herself. Portraying the haunted heroine, actress Amanda Ronconi is animated and amiable, emphasizing Allison’s role as a caring, compassionate mother. Indeed, Allison is very much a family woman, even if her family is full of phantoms. Nevertheless, as Allison plunges into a plight of peril, Ronconi strikes an increasingly tremulous tone, rife with raw urgency.
Alison Kerby’s guesthouse is haunted all year round. Surviving the dead of winter, though? That’s a spooky proposition. Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests—Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there’s her widowed mother, who hasn’t just been seeing ghosts, she’s been secretly dating one: Alison’s father. But when he stands her up three times in a row, something’s wrong. Is he a lost soul…or a missing apparition? Their only lead is an overdramatic spirit—stage name Lawrence Laurentz—who doesn’t take direction well and won’t talk until they find his killer. Alison will reluctantly play the part of PI, but when the clues take a sinister turn, the writing is on the wall: If Alison can’t keep a level head, this will be her father’s final act—and maybe her own.
©2013 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Excellent book for relistening too.
I liked that it took place in the winter and a big storm hits Jersey.
I think Maxie would be my choice as Ronconi really captures the salty ill tempered resentful Maxie.
No but I did not care much for Maxie being able to fly with Alison so far in a storm. Just seemed to not be something a ghost can do. That is the reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
As always a fast and fun book to listen to or read.
I'm a wife a mom and love to read.
Unlike the others in Haunted Guesthouse, this book felt flat. It seemed to be missing the humor, the warmth even that the others had. While this so far was my least favorite in the series I do plan to finish and hope Thrill of the Haunt delivers more of what I loved at the start.
Yes, great as usual. She always has a way to bring out the humor of any storyline.
Alison’s mother, Loretta, has been keeping a secret. She’s been secretly seeing her deceased husband, Jack, once a week. Although when Lawrence Laurentz shows up in Jack’s place claiming he’s holding Jack until Loretta makes her daughter prove someone murdered him. Now Loretta has no choice to go to her daughter for help. Alison must figure out who murdered Lawrence if she wants to know what happened to her father.
I’ve really been enjoying the Haunted Guesthouse series but I just didn’t mesh with this one. There’s so much going on in this book and with the characters it sort of left me feeling a bit frazzled.
Throughout the series, it’s been common knowledge that Jack, Alison’s father, is a ghost and that her mother can see him but for some reason he’s been keeping himself hidden from Alison and her daughter. So when Alison learns that her mother has been have weekly visits with her father, she feels betrayed but when Lawrence appears claiming that he’s keeping Jack hidden, she knows she needs to push those secrets aside and focus on finding her father. There’s a lot of emotional stuff she needs to figure out.
Then we have the introduction of Josh, a childhood friend of Alison’s, who was brought back into Alison’s life through the investigation into her father’s disappearance. They have amazing chemistry but sadly, there was so much going on in the book that the relationship angle wasn’t really fleshed out. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of him in the future.
The other characters, except Paul, just seemed to be overly annoying in this book. I really used to like Maxie and could overlook her ways but she was just exceedingly childish in this book. Then we have Jeanie, Alison’s best friend, who have a case of overprotective mother syndrome and it was starting to grind on my nerves.
So, the mystery was interesting but the suspect list really could have been narrowed down a bit. There were so many suspects introduces who had their own mini-problems that it made the mystery suffer.
Then we have the deal with Alison’s dad and I have to say, it was a letdown. The ending just felt off kilter.
Amanda Ronconi, the narrator, was brilliant as always and she was what kept me listening to the book.
Overall, this was just didn’t work for me. It was overpopulated with secondary characters and the ending fell flat.
I love the subtle humor of this author. The narrator is fabulous. When I listened to the sample, I didn't like her at first, now I don't know why, because she is really very good. I love the relationship between mother and daughter, and their ghostly friends.
All the Guest/Ghost House mysteries are very enjoyable and lite. Made all the better by Amanda. She reads them all perfectly.
Definitely. The audio lends a better "feel" to the overall story and pulls you in.
I think Alison is my favorite because she's what the story is all about, but Maxie is definitely a great character too.
When Maxie "air lifted" Alison to her mother's house when she thought her mother was in trouble.
I laughed at the ridiculousness of the ghosts' antics, especially Lawrence Lawrence. He was such a character in the story.
I thoroughly enjoy listening to this book and the others I've listened to from the same author/narrator, whose narrating style is what makes the book so colorful.
"The perfect pick-me-up listen after a long day"
I simply love this series, hasn't been anything but entertaining and witty so far. Lovable characters, hilarious adventures and a bit of family love to top it all.
"a bit slow"
enjoyable but not as good as the others.
it is a ghost needing Alison's help to solve his murder. Alison is also trying to find her father's ghost.
"Surprisingly fascinating story after slow start"
It took me a while to be absorbed by the narrative and characters in this book bought on special offer. In the end I found it enjoyable though it's not the type of story I would normally pick.
You need nice, wee, comedies at this time of year and this did the job!
The ghosts are bothering the granny now, implying that the dead grandpa may have died under mysterious circumstances and is in some kind of ethereal trouble.
This is the second in the series that I have read, I was quite amused and enchanted by the first, but I found this one a little tedious and much less fun.
I do think that this is possibly because the first one I read held a certain amount of novelty for me, whereas this didn't have the same element of surprise.
The story was OK, but I found the reading a bit tiresome this time. As I said, I think this is maybe down to my preference rather than the story being less entertaining than the first one I read. (Old Haunts)
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