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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Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
This paranormal murder mystery is a little light on suspense and the ghosts aren't all that interesting either. Might have a bit more appeal for those who like those genres and enjoy DIY (lots of home renovation action here) and precocious (i.e. sassy, irritating) children - neither of which are big favorites for me. This the first of a series of mystery books that will continue these characters and I think there might be some potential for future episodes to be more interesting. Copperman can be amusing, although I'd suggest she dial down some of the snarkiness when discussing death threats and truly serious issues, and she has lined out a decent set of characters in a good setting (small NJ shore town) to expand her plotlines. However, she will need to more fully develop the characters (only Allison has much back story so far) and their relationships with each other. Copperman depicts each of these relationships as simplistic one-note interactions - each exchange between Allison and her ghosts, her daughter, her mom, the main police officer, her best friend are exactly the same. With all that said, I didn't hate the book - I got it on sale and it was a decent "beach read" - no thinking required and sometimes humorous. In addition, Amanda Ronconi is always good to listen to and did a nice job with some of the character voices, especially the cop and the newspaper owner. I won't be quick to pick up more in the series, but if I need a light read again, I might try another.
I have listened to this book several times. It is one of my fun go to comfort books.
I loved the sense of humor and playful spirit of the series.
Yes, and Amanda Ronconi does an excellent narration in all the books she reads.
There were many laugh out loud parts of the book. It is clever the way Copperman makes Sid seem so viable.
If you want a out of the box story, this would be an excellent choice. It is skillfully written with humor. I could feel some sympathy for Sid in his plight of being just a skeleton with no memory of how he died and even less memory of how he became cognizant of himself and just a skeleton to get around with.
I really enjoy light mystery books. This story met that goal. The narrator did a good job on the different character voices and made the story fun to listen to. I was happy to find that there are several more books already written for the series and I am looking forward to listening to them.
This is a good start to a new series of ghost haunting books. I enjoyed the characters and the quick pace of the story. I look forward to reading the next book.
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.
I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.
This is a good, cozy series made up of a single mother, trying to refurbish an old home, a sassy daughter, an eclectic, clingy grandmother and of course a couple of wacky ghosts. It had just the right amount of enticing mystery and likable characters to keep me wanting to pick it back up. This is definitely a light paranormal that can be a bit far fetched but that is all part of the fun. I did read book two in the series before this one and it was interesting enough to make me want to start the series from the beginning.
As always Amanda Ronconi's voices added to the enjoyable humor that kept this fast pace whodunit engaging and lively.
Not only will I, but I have recommended it to everyone that holds still for more than five minutes.
None, these are stand alone pieces of art. A fun and delightful part of life we all think about.
Five books of this series. I will listen to them all. Amanda Ronconi IS Alison. Wonderful, wonderful and did I mention wonderful. True to the character at all times.
Not to give anything away, but the way Alison got out of the mess in the cemetery was great.
Would make a great TV series. Maybe a production company in Toronto will pick it up. They do great work there.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
‘Night of the Living Deed” is a well written, fun story for those looking for a little getaway. The story is well crafted and intriguing (I guessed the killer wrong a couple of times) winding its way around and through this sleepy little coastal town. With some great characters and smart quips this book is a fun trip!
Ms. Ronconi does a great job bringing the characters to life and really making the listener feel as if they are right there in this guest house!
The Haunted Guesthouse is a laugh-out-loud experience. I loved the stories, the characters, the humorous content, and the excellent narration. Looking for something light, fun, yet interesting, then you can’t go wrong with the “Haunted Guesthouse” series.
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