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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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    Abbie brisbane, Australia 06-23-14
    Abbie brisbane, Australia 06-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Love a good book with a great storyline, read by a captivating voice.

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    "Hauntingly Good"
    What made the experience of listening to Night of the Living Deed the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Night of the Living Deed to and why?

    Its kind of like Sookie Stackhouse minus the vampire plus ghost and set in Jersey.


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

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kara Erie, PA, USA 06-19-14
    Kara Erie, PA, USA 06-19-14 Member Since 2006
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    "LOVED this series"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 06-16-14
    Susan Wallingford, CT, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Read like a teen novel"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    vxdvxn 06-03-14
    vxdvxn 06-03-14 Member Since 2009

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "Interesting, but series worthy?"
    What made the experience of listening to Night of the Living Deed the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s voice?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 05-20-14
    Cecilia Sauk Rapids, MN, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A very funny listen!"
    Where does Night of the Living Deed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    Before this book series, I had never hears Amanda Ronconi's performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who knew a bump on the head could turn life upside down in a hilariously, funny way!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noelle USA 04-07-14
    Noelle USA 04-07-14 Member Since 2013

    "My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm

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    "Twists & Turns Who Done It"

    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.

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    Heidi SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 03-28-14
    Heidi SIOUX FALLS, SD, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Just Not My Cup of Tea"
    What disappointed you about Night of the Living Deed?

    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.


    Has Night of the Living Deed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It's just not the genre for me.


    What didn’t you like about Amanda Ronconi’s performance?

    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.


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    twinsmom Chicago, IL 03-23-14
    twinsmom Chicago, IL 03-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring. Don't waste your credit or your time"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-09-14
    Mary Elizabeth Reynolds SUMMERVILLE, SC, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2010

    author of Lowcountry Legend's series

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    "paranormal whodunit"

    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.

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    Techpotato BC, Canada 03-09-14
    Techpotato BC, Canada 03-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "May not be great literature but superbly entertain"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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