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Night of the Living Deed | [E.J. Copperman]

Night of the Living Deed

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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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-14-13
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good start"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Vidal 02-24-15
    Trish Vidal 02-24-15

    Spiritual Adventurer

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    "Just Okay - hope the next ones are better"
    Would you try another book from E.J. Copperman and/or Amanda Ronconi?

    Unsure


    Would you ever listen to anything by E.J. Copperman again?

    Unsure


    Did Amanda Ronconi do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, her voice was tiring at times and not enough difference between characters


    Did Night of the Living Deed inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It was tough to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 02-19-15
    Julie 02-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very entertaining read!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janie 02-02-15
    Janie 02-02-15

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    "Original, funny, light-weight story"

    Terrific book The story was fun with some pleasant surprises around every bend. Every now and then, it's nice to listen to a book that's not heavy and demanding. This was original and captivating, but then I'd probably enjoy listening to box labels if Amanda Ronconi was narrating.

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    David Block 01-30-15
    David Block 01-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Give it a try."

    I enjoyed the book. Very light and easy to listen to. My negative comment, which entirely personal, some people might find this a plus, is when Alison's gets too wordy about a back story in the middle of something happening. I like detail, so what I mean is when it involves chatter and not historic detail, or meaningful detail.
    I'll probably try another of the books though.

    David

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Juliette May 01-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved this book!"

    Murder mystery, comedy...witty ghosts! If you like cozy mysteries and/or paranormal stories do yourself a favor and listen to "Night I the Living Deed" by E.J. Copperman.
    Allison, a single mom of a precocious little girl decides to move back to her native seaside town of Harbor Haven, New Jersey after her recent divorce from 'the swine'. Fixing up an old Victorian house as a guest house seems to be a good way to live in a nice house and make a living for her and her 9 year old daughter, Melissa (who reminds me of my 9 year old daughter, Lily). Plus she is really good with tools and has a contractor friend for help. What she didn't count on is that the spirits of 2 recently deceased people would also be living there. After having a bucket of joint compound dropped on her head, she sees dead people...well at least 2 of them, and they want her to find out who killed them!
    The narrator is the amazing Amanda Ronconi, which is why I decided to buy this book in the first place. She is incredible at doing multiple voices, and she specializes in paranormal humor! I laughed out loud multiple times during this book, and immediately got the next one which I also loved, and I am about to start #3. I honestly had never read a 'cozy mystery' but I really think this counts as one! It had me on the edge of my seat, laughing, falling in love with a new set of book friends and I loved every minute of it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joelle Fall City, WA, United States 01-04-15
    Joelle Fall City, WA, United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Solve my murder and I won't haunt you"

    This book is a light and fast read. The ghosts who live in the house want help solving their murder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sports girl 01-04-15
    Sports girl 01-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Modern day "Topper""

    Light-hearted mystery/ghost story reminiscent of the book and film "Topper". Believable vs. irritating sarcastic humor (actually funny, not grating). Mystery aspect was very light. Good narrator with a light touch, but very distinct voices for each character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cynthia 12-27-14
    cynthia 12-27-14
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    "Fun"
    Where does Night of the Living Deed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I needed a light-weight, engaging "read" in-between some of the heavier/darker books I read and this fit the bill perfectly.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the pace was fast enough to keep me interested as well as fun with enough decoys to keep me guessing


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

    mostly.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look forward to the next book in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffini 12-16-14
    Tiffini 12-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Easy Read"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, while the book itself isn't earth shattering it is well written and the characters are fun to listen too.


    Would you be willing to try another book from E.J. Copperman? Why or why not?

    Yes. I find her writing easy to follow. E. J. Copperman has the ability to capture normal(ish) relationships in a very real everyday type way.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Amanda Ronconi captures different character traits well, while I find her more suited to Molly Harper's humor and story lines, she reads well, her voice is pleasant to listen too.


    Was Night of the Living Deed worth the listening time?

    Yes.


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  • Crackdown
    Knighton, United Kingdom
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • EvaGM
    2/16/15
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    "Funny, witty and a joy to listen to!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susan
    leeds, United Kingdom
    1/9/15
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    "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 ^^

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    1/5/15
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/31/14
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    "Ghostly goings on"

    If your looking for an easy to read enjoyable light entertaining book this is for you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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