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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This is one of my favorite books on audio so far. I am definitely going to purchase more books by this author and hopefully they have the same narrator.
The story line was cute. The narrator kept your interest and it was light hearted yet engaging. This is one of my all time favorite audible books. I couldn't wait to get in my car and listen to it.
The story line was simple but the interaction between the characters was cute, plus there was enough intrigue to keep you guessing. A lot of laughs. Loved the interaction between the main character and her young daughter and then between the main character and her mother. Very entertaining.
60 yr old retired
Enjoyed the book. Funny and well written. The performance was clever. I am trying the next in the series.
I like the ghosts as a different basis to overlay a detective novel. The narrator does well with a certIn type of female protagonist. I did notice that at least in the case of the male characters Ned and Tony, they sounded fairly similar, which was disappointing, plus there was only a barely detectable accent for Paul when he should probably have a heavier accent-- British Canadian.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is a mystery that doesn't take itself very seriously. There are plenty of funny moments and the plot is interesting.
I am not sure if I would like to keep reading more stories with the same characters. I think this book should have been left as a novel rather than a series of books. But we know that the pursuit of money is the primary motivator of authors and publishers.
Definitely for much younger listener. Realized it was a mistake for me early on, but thought I could suffer through it. Giving up at chapter 10.
Not a performance - just a read.
Maybe, it's pretty milk toast.
I was expecting it to be a horror book but to my surprise it was the kind of book i can lent to my kids that made it better for me.
About thirty minutes into listening to the book I had to hit pause so I could check and make sure it wasn't a children's book, and to see if Paula Poundstone was the narrator. Don't get me wrong, I love Paula Poundstone and her sarcastic New York/Fargo-esque accent but I wouldn't want her narrating a horror themed murder mystery. I'm still not sure if the writing was childish or the narrator made it seem childish. I made it through the book but that was only because I forced myself. It turned out to be a total bore and anticlimactic; leaving me with no interest in anything else the author or the narrator may have to offer.
The storyteller does a great job of keeping you intrigued and present. With the wit of your best friend, the author ensures you are following the many merry twists and turns.
I'm looking forward to the series.
I am a public speaker and entertainer that lives in The Beautiful Lake of The Ozarks in Missouri.
I am pretty open minded when it comes to books. I will usually give a variety of novels a listen. Here lately, I seem to enjoy more dark and sinister reads, but I still love a good laugh or soul touching novel. This one I just feel like is a waste of time. I have tried twice to listen to it. I recently went to Savanah, and I think it is fair to say that most people whom vacation in Savanah enjoy old refurnished homes and ghost stories. I was actually working on breathing new life into an old garden cart when I started this book. I thought I would love a little restoration and some funny ghost goings on while working on my spring projects, but this was not the one. I tried twice and just couldn't do it. The main character seems to think she is so funny and beloved, but I didn't feel the same. For me, this book was like that person who awkwardly laughs at their own jokes when nobody else is laughing. I hate to return books but this is one that I just won't finish. Maybe I am giving up too soon but I don't think so.
Read one review tat called this "Enjoyable." Had to have come from Author or Narrator. Did not even care about, "Who done it at the end." Wish I would have returned it after my initial reaction after the first chapter.
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