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Night of the Living Deed Audiobook

Night of the Living Deed

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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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    Sheryl 03-23-14
    Sheryl 03-23-14
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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.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle M Tarte 07-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Fun read, witty characters


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

    Fairly good plots/stories, but I really enjoyed the quick wit of the main character


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration was great, she is perfect for this series


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have the entire series and enjoyed every one of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I own 100+ audio books and this is the first series I have enjoyed enough to take the time to write a review..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 06-10-16
    Michael Conner Lancaster Pa 06-10-16 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very different"

    This is a very unique approach to mystery writing. The potential for 5 stars was there but although some of the liberal doses of humor made me smile, some was a bit corny. The plot of the mystery was very good but the villain was too stupid in the finish. I started thinking I would just be waiting for it to be over but as it developed, I enjoyed it. Very different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela @ Simply Angela 05-24-16
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    "Brilliant start to a cozy mystery series"

    A friend of mine, who knows I adore cozy mysteries, gifted me with this audiobook and I was over the moon. Not only is it a cozy mystery, Amanda Ronconi—one of my favorite narrators—narrates it.

    So, here’s what’s going on. After her divorce, Alison Kerby—with her nine-year-old in tow, moves back to her hometown to open a guesthouse on the Jersey Shore. Sure, the Victorian is in need of repairs, but Alison has it handled. What she doesn’t have handled is the fact her house is haunted by two ghosts who needs Alison’s help solving the mystery of who murdered them.

    All Alison wants to do is get her guesthouse up and running, but when threats are launched at her and her daughter over the possibility a historical deed is hidden somewhere on her property , to save herself and her daughter, Alison must figure out who murdered her resident ghosts.

    I simply loved this book. Normally, I find the first book in a cozy mystery series a bit slow and boring, sometimes dragging, as the author introduces the characters and the setting. However, Night of the Living Deed (love the name, by the way), is so engaging and fluid it was hard to believe this was the start of a cozy mystery series.

    The characters are delightful. Alison is single mom starting over after a divorce. She’s determined to get her guesthouse up and running but she’s also determined to do all the repairs herself. Living in a Victorian where everything seems to need to be repaired and no repair goes right, I have to admire the fact she has the ability and wants to do the repairs on her own.

    Melissa, or Liss as she’s often called, is a very well-rounded nine-year-old. I would almost say she’s too smart and adept to be lifelike yet I know an eight-year-old that could be her twin. Loretta, Alison’s mother, was enjoyable and slightly over the top but that just added to her charm. There’s also Jeannie, Alison’s best friend who seems to be living in denial about the ghosts and Jeannie’s husband Tony.

    The resident ghosts are brilliant. Maxie Malone, the former owner of the, is slightly annoying but I ended up liking her. I’m kind of wondering if it was the way the narrator portrayed her, slightly whiney almost teenagerish, that made her a bit harder to handle. She’s been through a lot. She bought her first house, had someone threaten her, and ended up dying because of it. I could understand why she was a bit standoffish, but some of it was over the top. The other ghost is Paul Harrison, the private detective that Alison hired to get to the bottom of who was threatening her. I really liked Paul, even in death he’s still eager to be a detective so it was interesting to see how he persuaded Alison to look into their deaths.

    The mystery aspect as well as the actual detective work was engaging and it kept me guessing until the very end. It starts with Alison discovering the ghost and them asking for help with their murder to Alison becoming a target herself. Alison really gets hands on and I like when the main character of a cozy actually investigates. And, for once, the detective on the case, Detective Macaloney, is actually receptive of Alison’s help. Macaloney might not like it at times, but she agrees that Alison’s normally right.

    Thrown into the mix is a love interest for Alison in the form of Ned Barnes, Melissa’s history teacher. I was never really sure if Ned was truly interested in Alison or if he was interesting in her house and the historical deed that was possibly hidden there. It was interesting to watch unfold but it never developed into anything, which was a shame because I would have liked to have seen this aspect have a bit more closure.

    Amanda Ronconi truly brings the characters to life. I’ve always enjoyed her style of narration and the same is true with this book. I would have liked to have seen Maxie less annoying, but other than that, she did an amazing job brining the characters to life and showing off their unique personalities.

    Overall, this was a brilliant start to the series. It kept me engaged and on my toes. It was very fluid and I enjoyed watching Alison and her friends and family deal with the fact that ghosts are indeed real. I would have liked to have seen the love interest aspect developed a bit more, but this was still an enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 05-08-16
    Maria 05-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE THIS SERIES"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Night of the Living Deed to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version. The narrator is fantastic. She brings the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next one. I would love to find more books like this series. If anyone has any suggestions let me know. This series is addicting and I wish there were more available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie 04-18-16
    Natalie 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite mistakes."

    So I bought this book by mistake. I thought it said "night of the living dead" and was looking forward to a zombie story. I'm glad I misread the title. This book was hilarious! The characters are well written and relatable. The story was interesting and believable. I really enjoyed it. Worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 04-16-16
    Novel Reader Jackson, MS 04-16-16 Member Since 2010

    Mystery and Fantasy Lover

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    "Light listening!"

    This is a fun storyline with a drama thrown in. The narrator has a bouncy style that makes the story more complete. I would recommend this book for a quiet afternoon of entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    xstitchnut 02-09-16
    xstitchnut 02-09-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Found a fun new series!"

    I bought this book during one of Audible's sales. It sounded interesting and was it ever! I wasn't sure about the narrator at first, but as the story went on, she was perfect for the part. I loved the 1st person point of view, and the snark was fabulous. Every time I thought I had the mystery figured, something would come up. I stayed up past my bedtime just so I could finish and solve the mystery. Will be listening to the others books in the series, most definitely!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SUZANNE FORBES 01-11-16 Member Since 2016
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    "MY FAVORITE GUESTHOUSE MYSTERY!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES!
    Now most of us live FULL-TIME at the JERSEY SHORE


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

    The Night of the Living Deed meets
    The Bradley Beach Rumba


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read the book first
    with that said
    And I must say EJ Copperman writing
    Makes you feel like a Ghost in the room
    Feeling all the same emotions as his characters
    The Audible makes it all the Better!






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

    NO,I wanted to savour it


    Any additional comments?

    This series is the real deal
    When it comes to life at the JERSEY SHORE
    ENJOY-SUZANNE

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    micha 12-16-15
    micha 12-16-15
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    "Super fun read!"

    Worth the listen if you like easy listening mysteries! I will be listening to the second book in the series next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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