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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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.
While the characters are entertaining, The plot is something between Scooby Doo and Encyclopedia Brown. (do they still make those books?) With the opening of the two ghosts being murdered in the stupidest way possible, (trying really hard to not give spoilers) to incompetent police detective, the idea that there is no one alive who can do a plaster wall, the idea that only a beautician would have nail polish remover. its an interesting concept for a book, but needs serious work on plot.
i enjoyed the main charactor, though i already forgot her name.
take out the detective all together, and the teacher/boyfriend. i know he was supposed to be the red herring, but he did nothing that couldn't have been gotten out of a character readying a newspaper article. change the "deed" to some other item of Washingtons. Make it about finding his false teeth.
shorten book by a quarter to a third and publish as a young adults book.
I loved this first book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series and the sequel is already on my “to read” list. It is light, funny, and yet fast-paced. The perfect kind of cozy.
Alison moves home to the Jersey shore with her nine year old daughter, Melissa. She has purchased a 100 yr. old Victorian house. Using the skills she learned from her father, she plans to fix the house up to use as a "guesthouse" (NOT a B & B) to support she and her daughter.
The cast of characters include: the husband of her girlfriend who gives advice on the renovations, Alison's mother who she is not always fond of, a police detective, and the ghosts, Maxie Malone and Paul Harrison. All add color and humor to the story.
Not long into the renovation process Alison discovers that two people died in the house and that is why it was underpriced. They are still there but she is the only one who can see and talk to them. They have their own agenda. They want Alison to find out who killed them and why. The case is ruled as a suicide but they did not kill themselves regardless of what the police say. Paul was a P.I. so he will instruct Alison through the investigation. All is not well along the New Jersey shoreline but it sure is funny.
Amanda with her sarcastic voice makes the story come alive and the humor flow.
This is a fun story that has some surprises that make you say, I didn't see that coming. I love how the story keeps me actively engaged. The narrator is my absolute favorite. I happened on this because I was looking other stories read by Amanda Ronconi and WOW! I am so thrilled with this author, I am going have to get this entire series. I found myself laughing out loud at times and that is saying something for me. If you like a little supernatural with a side of humor, this is the book for you.
Yes. Fun read, witty characters
Fairly good plots/stories, but I really enjoyed the quick wit of the main character
Narration was great, she is perfect for this series
I have the entire series and enjoyed every one of them.
I own 100+ audio books and this is the first series I have enjoyed enough to take the time to write a review..
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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.
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.
Never read the print version. The narrator is fantastic. She brings the characters to life.
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.
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!
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