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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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 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.
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‘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!
Narration was a little annoying. Story was made for teens.
Not this series.
Yes to some extent. I just did not like the story.
Disappointment was the big one. I did not finish the book, it bored me.
When my mind starts drifting to other things while listening it is time to move on. It is a book that is made for teens in my opinion.
This is a "make you chuckle" read. I didn't give it a five because some sections were slow. However the characters are fun and interesting even though somewhat cliche. I hope to see the writing evolve with each book. I enjoyed the story and am definitely going to download the next book.
Not really, her voice was tiring at times and not enough difference between characters
It was tough to finish
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.
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!
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.
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.
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