In the third installment of Haunted Guesthouse, ghost host Alison Kerby takes on more unfinished business for her supernatural friends. The in-law ghosts at Alison’s guesthouse present her a pair of romantic riddles: Maxie is after her ex-husband’s killer, while Paul asks Alison to deliver a parting present to his near-fiancée, still among the living. Meanwhile, supernatural sleuth Alison has her own maudlin misadventure when her ex-husband, aka "The Swine", shows up in search of a second chance. Actress Amanda Ronconi captures the cozy quirkiness that informs author E. J. Copperman’s playful take on the paranormal. Ronconi reprises her role as haunted heroine Alison, an overworked, underappreciated mother - frequently fatigued, but nevertheless full of love, loyalty, and warmth for her family, both living and dead.
The ghosts haunting Alison Kerby's Jersey Shore guesthouse are sad. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, and Paul pines for his still-living almost-fiancee. The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison-because The Swine just arrived on her doorstep...
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Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman was a fun entry into the series. The characters are just fantastic!
Story Thoughts: Oh My! What do you do when you turn your house into a B&B and then someone ends up dead? Well if you are Alison you try not to investigate but with pesky ghosts bugging you too, you end up doing it anyway! The mystery was fun in An Uninvited Ghost. You could mostly tell who was responsible about half way though but watching the story play out was still entertaining. One of the things I love about this series is the police are involved. Alison does work with them and even tries to stay out of the way. Things never quite go that well for her but at least she tries. I think most cozy mystery lovers will like the mystery and how it plays out!
Character Thoughts: Let's talk ghosts! I don't think there is a better duo of ghosts than Paul and Maxie. They both bring such life to the series. Neither has been dead very long so you get some "growing" pains and adjustments that just make you laugh (and sometimes tear up). Ali is a kick butt leading lady. She is a single mother to a very smart kid and has a mother that is supportive (and yet a little off). Of course, all 3 can see ghosts so that plays into their personalities as well. The "Off The Shore" cast that was in this book was hilarious and the "Old Folks Vacationers" were delight too. EJ Cooperman just writes good characters!
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi /Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
I almost sound like a broken record where Amanda's narration is concerned but I have never heard her do a bad job--EVER! Seriously she just does quirky better than anyone. She has great pacing and just the right amount of "snark" in her voice. I adore her narration.
Final Thoughts: I am off to get the 3rd book in the series :)
I'm a wife a mom and love to read.
I did enjoy the book and did move on to the fourth in the series, but overall I found the character's growth in this book a little lacking. Amanda Ronconi still delivers, but even she seemed tired in places. If you enjoyed the first two, I believe much like I did, you will overall enjoy this installment.
author of Lowcountry Legend's series
this is a light whodunit with a dash of the paranormal and heroine who isn't--her coming to grips with sharing a home with ghosts as a single mother is an enjoyable listen. The narrator is wonderful and doesn't overplay the new jersey. There's little back story, it all unfolds in the present.
This might be the best in the series. I love the character development of the ghost and the rest of the characters. The story was well paced and funny. I can't wait to read the next book.
I listened to the 1st book in this series a few months ago and was pulled into the story line and so far have enjoyed this series. I listen to the books often on road trips and husband enjoyed listening to this one as well and when it completed asked do you have anymore of those stories? It captured his and my attention and had some "different concepts" of how someone may think about those who have passed on "miss" certain aspects...
Love this series and enjoy listening with husband with this series.
Fun, funny, Funniest.
Absolutely, between the Paul and Maxie's constant interference and nagging of Alison Kerby, to trying to raise a preteen daughter, and a mother who smothers her in love, there is no end to the antics and situations to keep one interested.
Love all of the narrations by Amanda Ronconi,
A Haunted Guest House
Such a fun series, I promise you will not be disappointed.
It's definitely at the top of my list.
I liked how the ghosts seemed so real as people and how they interact with Alison and her daughter.
I really like her sarcastic, witty style of reading, as in the first book, "Night of the Living Deed." She brings a special theatrical theme to the book's story line.
It made me laugh because parts are so entertainingly funny.
I just ordered three more E.J. Copperman books!! I guess that speaks for itself.
I’m addicted to this series and I have to say, this one has been my favorite thus far.
Here’s what’s going on. Alison’s resident ghosts are hoping to convince Alison to snoop around in their past. Maxie wants help investigating the murder of her ex-husband Big Bob, which happens to coincide with Luther Mason hiring her for the same reason. Paul wants help finding Julia McKenzie, the woman he nearly proposed to. And Alison has her own problems. Her ex, she calls ‘The Swine’, just showed up at her door looking for a place to stay. To top it all off, she still has the senior tour group to entertain.
There’s so much going on in this one yet it was all handled brilliantly without feeling like a jumbled mess.
Alison is starting to get more comfortable with her skills as a private investigator. She’s taking on cases, other than the ones her ghosts brings her and finally starting to hone her own skills as an investigator yet she’s smart enough to know when to bring in help. As she’s searching for clues into Big Bob’s death, we see venturing out a bit more piecing things together.
I liked that I was finally able to see who Maxie is, both when she was alive and now that she is a ghost. Maxie’s not going to be for everyone. She’s a bit childish and annoying, yet I find that I always end up liking her. So, it was nice to see more about how she was when she was alive.
It was a bit disappointing that I didn’t get to see more of Paul. I was able to learn more about the woman he was in love with, yet Paul it still a bit of a mystery. Hopefully, more will be revealed about him as the series progresses.
The Swine, Alison’s ex-husband, finally made a lengthy appearance. He was trying to convince Alison to give him another chance and using their daughter to do it, so he wasn’t very likable. I was waiting to see the real reason for his visit.
There is a slight love-interest thrown in with Luther, Alison’s client. He’s a biker, he owns his own bike shop. He’s not really Alison’s type, but since he hired her to look into Big Bob’s death, they grow closer as they investigate different leads.
I loved the mystery in this one. I had a feeling who it was about half-way through but I still enjoyed watching it unfold. I also loved that the investigation pulled Alison into the world of bikers. It was also entertaining to watch Alison deal with another town’s police force. There was a few red herrings thrown in and an arrest of an innocent party so Alison really did have her hands full.
There’s also a side investigation where Alison is searching for Paul’s former love. Surprisingly it didn’t take away from the overall plot but added an extra bit of depth.
Overall, I loved this one. It showed character growth and the mystery was entertaining. And some of the questions book one left me with were finally answered, even though this is book three.
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I really enjoy these cozy mysteries, they take place in a beach town, have some interesting characters and you never quite know who’s done it until the end. This book focused a bit more on Alison’s personal life than the mystery compared to earlier books in the series but it wasn’t so much that I didn’t find it interesting. This book is well written and I found it to be a fun and interesting escape!
Amanda Ronconi does a great job with all the characters and really helps bring them to life!
"another enjoyable story."
where an errant husband tries to get back in the family.
Alison finds herself looking for a murder as well as paul's girlfriend.
liking the series so far but still having some trouble with Amanda ronconi. can only listen to an hour at a time. used to listen to a lot of American stories but have gone on to british ones now.
"Charming and funny."
I love the everyday humour in this series, most situations are comedy gold. Also, I've become very fond of the main characters.
I gave this a general 4 because, it is perhaps lighter than my normal read. It isn't the sort of book that I would normally pick, but I kept going with it. The reader was clear and there was humour, but at no point was I so gripped by it, or in awe of it, that it would in my opinion, warrant a 5.
It is a ghost story and at the end you are given a free introduction to the next book. I think I will look for something else, but I'm glad I persevered with this one.
Definitely. Having reached the end and discovered the murderer I wanted to go back and look for the clues that must have been there. Really clever.
It has to be when you realise that Dolores is a ghost. Clever writing meant that you never twigged that she he only interacted with a limited set of characters, those who could see ghosts.
I love Amanda's expressive voice - she really captures the quirkiness of the authors characters.
So you thought your enemies couldn't hurt you once they were dead
More could have been made of the pirate character - I think you would have to do this to make it a really popular film.
I got a job lot of these in the sale before Christmas, but seemed to miss part 2, which is annoying; however, it didn't stop you from following the story, you were given a good recap.
The guesthouse is up and running, and the ex husband is back on the scene. Everyone seems to be having partner troubles in the real world and ghostworld as the heroine is asked to help solve murders here and in the ether.
I did notice that the author is male and he has a great grasp of the female psyche, good on him!
I think that I have read this out of sequence, but nevertheless I really enjoyed it. quite light-hearted and with a tongue in cheek reading it was 10 very enjoyable hours.
I did guess who the villain was, but this didn't spoil it for me. I will definitely try more from this author.
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