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Chance of a Ghost | [E. J. Copperman]

Chance of a Ghost

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Tiffini 12-16-14
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    "A small step backward."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica United States 11-05-13
    Jessica United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "This is Book #4, listen to Old Haunts before this"
    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, great as usual. She always has a way to bring out the humor of any storyline.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    asassyvic Indiana 07-01-15
    asassyvic Indiana 07-01-15

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    "Snowed in With the Ghosts"
    Would you listen to Chance of a Ghost again? Why?

    Excellent book for relistening too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it took place in the winter and a big storm hits Jersey.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    I think Maxie would be my choice as Ronconi really captures the salty ill tempered resentful Maxie.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    As always a fast and fun book to listen to or read.

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    Dianne Gray REDLANDS, CA, US 07-01-15
    Dianne Gray REDLANDS, CA, US 07-01-15 Member Since 2013

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    love the series. 2nd time around reading it. Waiting for the next one to come out

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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 05-15-15
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 05-15-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Like listening to a Hallmark mystery movie"

    All the Guest/Ghost House mysteries are very enjoyable and lite. Made all the better by Amanda. She reads them all perfectly.

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    "Series is truly enjoyable."

    The characters are great. I live how Amanda Ronconi brings them to life! I look forward to the next book.

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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 11-05-14
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 11-05-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Another great book from E.J. Copperman! Very good!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chance of a Ghost to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. The audio lends a better "feel" to the overall story and pulls you in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Alison is my favorite because she's what the story is all about, but Maxie is definitely a great character too.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Maxie "air lifted" Alison to her mother's house when she thought her mother was in trouble.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at the ridiculousness of the ghosts' antics, especially Lawrence Lawrence. He was such a character in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Myra Pasco, WA, USA 07-30-14
    Myra Pasco, WA, USA 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have enjoyed this series quite a bit and this book did not disappoint. Alison is a fun character that is not a swooner but a (sometimes) tough chick. It does not require a huge commitment, it is a light easy mystery. I really do not mean that comment in any sort of derogatory way, sometimes you just want a book that is lighter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love when there are conversations going on that not everyone in the room is involved in. They are well written and fun to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    What's dead got to do with it?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-16-14
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Good Story"

    This was the best story yet, with a believable heroine that you want to triumph. She's funny and I can identify with her as well as her secondary characters. She has witty dialogue and deals with the paranormal in a very common sense un-new age way.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-09-14
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    This is an entertaining and fun book. I recommend it to anyone who likes mystery and paranormal books.

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    "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.

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    "Part IV"

    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.

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    "OK ish"

    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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