Amanda Ronconi narrates this humorous mystery with the vocal equivalent of an eye roll. While she doesn’t sound bored, she certainly sounds annoyed. But imagine her character’s predicament: She’s purchased an old crumbling Victorian on the Jersey shore, she’s fixing it up into a guesthouse, her precocious nine-year-old is hectoring, and now she finds out the Victorian is haunted!
Admittedly contrived, over-the-top, and including references that will be dated unto obscurity within the next decade or sooner, Night of the Living Deed seeks to achieve only one thing: Your temporary laughter and merriment at - or with - Ronconi’s eye-rolling voice.
Welcome to the first Haunted Guest House mystery - the getaway every reader can afford.
Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Night of the Living Deed had great characters, a solid mystery, and ghosts who added a bit of unusual to the story!
Story Thoughts: Confession: I picked up this book based on the fact that Amanda Ronconi narrated it. Yes I have gotten to the point where I will pick up books that I haven't heard of because of the narrators. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the story. I had not heard of E.J. Copperman but I think fans of Juliet Blackwell's Haunted Renovation series would really like this one. Alison is a strong leading lady, single mom, and she can see ghosts which is problematic at times. This particular element has a twist in that one of the ghosts is a private detective trying to solve his own murder. What ensues is just a fun who-dun-it with ghosts, moms, daughters, PTA's, and house renovations. Overall this was just a ton of fun and I can't wait for the 2nd one to come out in audio (these are older books so they are already out in ebook).
Narrated By Amanda Ronconi / Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
Amanda Ronconi simply rocks in most cases and this was no exception. She pulled off Allison, her daughter, her mother, and the two ghosts extremely well. Her timing was dead-on and the personality used was perfect for the characters. I totally recommend this one on audio!
Final Thoughts: Night of the Living Deed surprised me with fun, ghosts, and a leading lady I could root for!
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Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite audio book narrators. I will often try an unfamiliar author based on the narrators, which is why I gave Night of the Living Deed a listen. I am so happy that I did.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters, and look forward to listening to all the books in the series.
This was a cute little novel. There was a fun mystery. The characters were "wacky" and "way out". There were ghosts.
This is probably a great read for many mystery fans. It's light. Which is actually what I really enjoyed about it. I don't require serious reading and deep and meaningful themes in my murder. However, the kid was way too annoying. Please. Either our heroine is the worst mom ever (with the worst relationship with her own mom) or the kid is, well, annoying (to repeat myself.) I don't want to spoil anyone's fun, but trust me, children who act like that one (and who are encouraged to act that way by all the adults around them EXCEPT the mother) have issues. And why does the mother allow these people to hang around? Oh, wait, she can't help it.
Perhaps if the heroine had taken a bit more control of her life instead of always being "forced" into the actions of others. I could have thought of 15 ways to not have gotten into some of the stupid situations that she faced. Sure, Monday morning quarter-backing, but hey, I didn't write it (and yes, it is certainly better than anything I could produce-it's cute).
But I wanted more. Or perhaps better. Better character development. A plot line that really made sense with regard to motivation.
I actually, despite the problems, do recommend this book. It is an easy "read" and a bit of fun. I just don't think that I can continue with the series.
Ok so maybe the whole story line is slightly cheezy but it is very entertaining. The characters seem very real...even the spirits. I enjoy listening to books that are offbeat and entertaining and this qualified.
Good narration, easy to listen to and each character was could be singled out.
Good. Clean. Fun.
Smirk, sarcastic... can't think of a third right now
I did laugh out loud sometimes, which always makes my family wonder about my mental health since they don't listen to or enjoy audiobooks. But hey, as long as I'm in my happy place, they pretty much just let me be.
This is a nice light listen, although a little too formulaic for my liking. You know pretty early what's going to happen, and the author and reader both know that you know, so I guess that draws the reader in as though we're in cahoots with the whole thing, but willingly going along for the ride anyway. The story gives you enough insight into the characters that you will want to read more to find out what happens next. I love Amanda's voice, just perfect for the main character, although she lacks range for the other characters, especially children and men. But overall, well matched to the story line.
What I like best is that the author doesn't need to get too far into the grim /violent climax a lot of other mystery writers fall into, messing up a perfectly good story by thinking they need to go out with a big bang or shocking finale. I can't think of how many books I will replay only up until a certain point because I hate the gratuitous violence. Character and plot development doesn't really need that thrown in, just seems to be part of the formula for unimaginative writers these days.
I will buy other books in the series, unless they fall below 8 hours in length
Alison Kirby is the main character in this book. She's is under alot of stress. She is recently divorced. She has taken on the challenge of rehabilitating an old house. She discovers that the house is haunted. Someone has threatened to kill her.
I understand and empathize with Allison complaining and being annoyed - alot. However, i got tired of listening to it. It is true that there are some humerous moments in the book. I found myself laughing out loud more than once.
These humerous moments were not enough to win me over. If the tone changes in subsequent books in the series I may try it again. For right now, this series isn't for me.
I don't know since I've never read the book, but the audio was very good because I liked the dry humor of the reader acting as the narrator.
The tongue in cheek type of story-telling that made the story much more interesting. I liked that the ghosts each had their own quirks and personalities and how they seemed "real" even though they were ghosts.
Definitely the speaking style! You wouldn't get that by reading it yourself.
I would have like to, but I ended up listening to it in sessions as I was working.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with a twist!
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Although I guessed who was behind the murders, and who wanted the deed, the story was still interesting. A great beginning to a new series. Its nice to have friends, ghost friends that is, Maxie made me laugh out loud. However, poor Paul, serious, down to earth, (what an oxymoron) guy he was, so serious about his profession really captured my heart. This is is one of those stories that you can listen to with your kids in the car.
Amanda Ronconi did a fantastic job narrating the story.
yes I would recommend this book, it is fun and quirky
Its hard to pick just one favorite character, Alison the main character is great I like her. But Maxie the ghost is quirky and moody and you do not know what to expect from her, that makes her very interesting. Over all I would say Maxie is my favorite character.
One of my favorite scene was when Alison found out that her daughter and mother have been seeing ghost for years and keeping it from her.
Another was when she was on the ladder and she falls and the bucket of plaster fell off and bopped her on the head and she thought she was hallucinating when she saw see through people.
Oh yes, I wanted to listen to this book in one sitting and I did :) I started it in the AM while I was crocheting and by evening I was ordering book 2 :)
The reason I chose this series was solely because of Amanda Ronconi. She is my favorite narrator. For me she makes the books come alive and plus all the authors she narrates for have an awesome sense of humor in there writings. This book and series get full stars and two thumbs up.
"Nice light story, with ghosts."
I bought the story 'Chance of a Ghost' when it was on offer. Having read the summary I thought it would be worth a listen. However, because it was not the first in the series I decided to buy at least this book so I had an idea of the characters involved.
You don't really need to buy these stories in order, but if you like light-hearted fantasy books then you probably won't be disappointed with any in this series. Of course this book (being the first in the series) does give you a deeper look into the characters you'll come across in the later books.
Having only listened to a few chapters I found the story slightly different to some of the ghost stories out there, with a nice light storyline, and odd humorous moment thrown in for good measure.
This is not a story to strain the old grey cells, but it is fun, and worthy of a listen. The narrator does a pretty decent job, and the sound engineering is better than some audio books out there.
I'd quite happily give this story ten out of ten, and I had no qualms about purchasing the rest of the series for my Audible library. They only added to my relaxation over the Christmas and New Year period.
"Funny, witty and a joy to listen to!"
It's a fresh take on the murder mystery genre, made very entertaining by the ghost factor, the woes of the guesthouse business and the very lovable family at the centre of the story. I'm halfway through the second book and loving it too.
"A fun, if marginally unrealistic, story"
Okay so fantasy is all marginally unrealistic &, if I'm honest, this might be the most realistic of all the urban fantasy, female investigator type novels in that the lead is not some super kick-ass woman who only wears black & has a wicked sharp wit. She is instead a normal lady who, after a bump on the head, is confronted with the ghostly inhabitants of her new home & ends up doing the leg work in investigating their death (one of the ghosts is a private investigator who does all the real work).
Over all nice characters although I hope the writing style improves a little in future books ^^
"Gentle, spectral fun"
This was more, "Murder She Wrote" than "Taggart", in that it was a nice wee murder, if there is such a thing! The crime was glossed over and the humour was very Janet Evanovich, which I'm a great fan of.
A newly divorced lady moves into a ruin with her daughter, only to discover there are ghosts and they need her help in solving their murder.
"Ghostly goings on"
If your looking for an easy to read enjoyable light entertaining book this is for you...
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