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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Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.
i loved the vibrancy of the Jersey Shore Life, which was almost another charecter in the story. The narrator brings this story to life with an entertaining performance.
Its kind of like Sookie Stackhouse minus the vampire plus ghost and set in Jersey.
i love Amanda Ronconi, she is most likely my fav narrator. I think she best personifies the Jane Jameson books, but she definetley does justise to E. L. Copperman's work
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series... The characters each have their own quirks that you grow to love and become endeared to in your listening. I recommended the series to my Mom (which I don't always do) and she has also enjoyed listening to the characters in their search for the answers.
I spend a lot of time seeking out the perfect story worthy of my credit. I enjoy suspense thrillers w/ a kick of satire. I'm a picky listener.
Good book for a light refresher in between darker fiction/thrillers. Read like a teen novel. Won't entertain the series unless I need a reprieve from the next shocking fictional satire laden thriller I lean towards typically.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
The story concept was good. A newly divorced mom with daughter moves into a haunted house where the ghosts proceed to ask the woman to solve their murders.
One of the two ghosts was a private detective before he died, so he attempts to walk her through investigating their murders and the crime behind the murders. Did I mention he can't leave the house and can't communicate with her when she leaves the house?
The premise was good in its own way. This really should be more of a 3 1/2 instead of a 4, but of course, we aren't given that option. I liked the story. It was a pretty good mystery in its own way, though I found some of the characters a bit tedious toward the end. A few too many "red herrings" for my tastes.
The plot was ok. I found it a little hard to believe that the characters that had become the ghosts were killed for the reasons given. I guess maybe the plot felt a little flimsy to me.
Amanda Ronconi saved the day on this book. She is always incredible. Possible my favorite narrator. I think she might be the only reason I finished the book.
I wouldn't make a film of this book.
I may be a little to harsh on this book, but it just felt off. As if the author was trying to hard to make the story into something its not.
What I find odd is that this is the first book in the series. The next book has another mystery where the detective ghost assists the main character into solving other mysteries. I am not sure how that is going to work.
This book, and indeed the whole series, ranks at the top of my funny mystery books! I love a good mystery but this book include a lot of laughs also.
It definitely held my attention and kept me guessing as to what would happen next. There were enough plot twists that, when I thought I knew who the murderer was, I was proven mistaken.
Before this book series, I had never hears Amanda Ronconi's performance.
Who knew a bump on the head could turn life upside down in a hilariously, funny way!
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I bought this based on Amanda Ronconi as narrator. I loved the story!!! It's fun w/twists & turns excitement, a real who done it. It's not your average ghost / haunted house type. It's light hearted but definitely keeps you guessing. You'll enjoy the story & hearing Ronconi narrate.
Say something about yourself!
I'm not sure I would call it disappointed. It's more like I confirmed my belief that cozy mysteries, while great for my mom who recommended it, just aren't for me. The mystery and the characters just failed to capture my attention in any way. C'est la vie.
It's just not the genre for me.
There wasn't enough of a variety in the character voices. All of the characters sounded very Jersey, even Paul who they say has some sort of English something accent.
Meh. Wonderfully read by Amanda Ronconi but even she couldn't save this book. It had it's funny, sarcastic moments but mostly it was boring with very annoying characters. I especially disliked the two ghosts. Very disappointed as I had high hopes for this book as well as the series.
author of Lowcountry Legend's series
Easy on the paranormal as seen through the eyes of a skeptic turned "have to believer." Light easy story that is easy to follow, the story is more about the character than the mystery but that's what makes you want to read/listen to the others.
If this was a TV series it would be one of my favourites.
By that I mean that the stories are not rich sweeping vistas of cinematic quality but they certainly are great, captivating stories that keep me listening. It's a bit like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir meets Remington Steele.
In fact (and this is out of character for me), I found myself forgoing my PVR, Netflix, and other entertainment choices to listen to just a few more chapters. For that reason I gave it 5 stars.
Amanda Ronconi is perfect for the main character, although her range of voices is a bit limited. This is actually not bad considering that the book is written in a first person memoir style.
I defiantly recommend this series.
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