Supernatural mystery lovers will thrill to experience this fifth effervescent work in author E. J. Copperman’s beloved Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series, which follows spunky sleuth Allison Kerby on her continuing adventures as the crime-solving owner of a genuine haunted mansion. In The Thrill of the Haunt, Kerby finds herself knee-deep in two separate cases - and she’s got ghost problems to boot! Little does she know that her investigations are about to collide in a startling cataclysm of crime and (fingers crossed) punishment!
Performer Amanda Ronconi perfectly captures the cozy charm of this clever, frothy mystery, using her wry voice to bring Allison’s helter-skelter personality to life!
Alison Kerby's guesthouse is already crowded with spirits. The last thing she needs is a whole new batch of haunts settling in. As Alison's reputation as "the ghost lady" grows, so does her business - and not always in a way she'd like. Tourists may be flocking to her guesthouse for a chance to glimpse her resident spirits, but her special abilities are also bringing unwanted private investigation cases to her door. And she has no choice but to take a case when the local homeless man is found murdered under mysterious circumstances, just hours after asking for help in exorcising a specter.
If that weren't enough to deal with, Alison's other PI case soon turns fatal, as the mistress she was spying on for a jealous wife turns up dead as well. The cases seem like they couldn't possibly be linked, but with a mountain of clues, motives and suspects - both living and dead - Alison will have to think fast before someone else checks out for good....
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Willy Wonka of it
Books 1-4 Again.
Not really surprised. If you've read any of the previous books, the author loves to have the protagonist plod along while whining and throwing out childish quips, then suddenly have a revelation that makes all the convoluted pieces fall in place. No different here.
Probably the very last. It wasn't unexpected, but it was still a nice scene.
I like this series. I do. But Amanda keeps writing the same book with different elements.
The outline is pretty much that Allison is presented with a case that she doesn't want to investigate. She whines and mopes and eventually does it based on some silly reason that could easily be gotten around. She plods through the investigation making glaring mistakes and oversights while relying mainly on her ghosts and daughter for true insight.
Throw in a bunch of "comedic" moments worthy of a 90's sitcom and then we get to the resolution where intuitive leaps are made and a seriously convoluted plot gets (somewhat_ unraveled. This book's intertwining and resolution are particularly confusing.
The sad thing is, there's a lot to enjoy here without the silly resolution to the mysteries. These stories would be just as enjoyable with a normal whodunnit resolution. I could also do with less of Allison's whining and 2nd grade sarcasm. For good or bad though, Ronconi's voice gets her personality across perfectly.
author of Lowcountry Legend's series
The narrator is wonderful as the characters in this series start to grow and mature.
"My test of a good book is dreading to begin the last chapter." - Thomas Helm
I enjoy this E.J. Copperman series, A Haunted Guest House Mystery. It's light hearted yet has interesting detective stuff too. I'd own the shorter ones but their just that, short. Too short for my listening taste.
I wish the author would rely on the strength of the story she is trying to tell. I love the story and the mystery involved, but after about 2 hours in the sarcastic wit, and constant one liners gets old. Especially because a lot of the lines make no sense and seem like they are only there for cheap laughs.
I love the authors take on murder mystery and detecting. I am a lover of all things Agatha, and I like simple old fashion murder mystery, without too much suspense or gore.
I am not sure if it is her narration that makes it so snarky, or if it is the way it is written. I always love Amanda Ronconi's performance, but not sure if maybe her sarcastic way of reading is all together entertaining in this case.
Yes and No, I loved the underlying story, but found some of the dialogue a little too much.
I love action and suspense embedded in a good fantasy or mystery. Sprinkles of romance okay, but no erotica please.
I really enjoyed this latest addition; each book continues to improve in substance and I've fallen in love with the characters. Returning to this series was like returning to old friends. Amanda Ronconi's voice is perfect for the personalities at 1.25 speed.
The last few books in this series have been a miss for me, thankfully, this one was a hit—in fact, it was nearly a homerun.
All Alison wants to do is focus on her guesthouse and her budding relationship with Josh. Although when a woman shows up wanting Alison to investigate her husband for possibly cheating then a homeless veteran, who wanted Alison’s help dealing with a ghost, is murdered Alison, thanks to a deal she struck with one of her resident ghosts, has no choice but to take on the cases.
Throughout this series, Alison has always had a bit more on her plate than she could handle but she’s always managed to handle it gracefully but now she’s reached her limit and being known as the ‘ghost lady’ has finally pushed her over the edge. She’s still cleaning up from hurricane Sandy, trying to figure out what to turn her game room into, dealing with a guest wanting to cleanse her guesthouse of the spirits that haunt it, and someone has been scrawling warnings in red pen all over her house. There’s also two murder cases that she’s been roped into investigating. Plus, she’s having guy problems. So I understand why she’s reached her limit, although I wasn’t thoroughly behind the way she was treating Paul and Maxie.
I was really glad to see that Josh, Alison’s love-interest, is back. He’s such a fresh, fun character, and he knew Alison when she was a kid. He owns a paint store so he and Alison share the same interests and they have an interesting past. In the last few books, their relationship was starting to grow into something solid. In this book, they’re starting to have a few problems, mainly Alison hiding things from him. Although Alison doesn’t really want to tell her new boyfriend that she sees ghost.
So there were two mysteries in the book and two deaths and I have to say they were brilliantly handled. Rather than one taking away from the other, they added more depth and insight. I had an inkling about certain things that turned out to be true, but there were so many added twists that I didn’t see coming but, looking back on the clues, it all added up and made sense.
The ghost are such a huge part of this series and, while I’ve always liked Paul, in the past I’ve struggled with Maxie. She was childish and annoying although it seems like she’s finally starting to grow up.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi was a fabulous narrator. She truly does bring each character to life.
I enjoyed this book in the series as much as the others.
There was a bit in the middle and towards the end where Alison was being a bit of a whiner, and I worried that her character was going to be stunted in that phase. Thank goodness, she had some personal growth eventually to bring things more to center again.
There was a character that wasn't fully explained, I'm not sure why, but to say more would be a spoiler, so I'll leave it be.
Enjoy this book, and leave the heavy thinking aside for a few days, like a mental trips down the shore.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
Love the characters, love the reader, love the series! I sorta figured out whodunnit but was totally surprised at the twist.
Very enjoyable, in the "cozy" vein...sometimes you need a break from serial killers and political thrillers--this is a well-written series for just those times.
"another good story."
Alison finds herself juggling between two cases and it all comes together at the end, including her relationship with josh.
enjoying the series and looking forward to the next book.
"Yet another excellent book in this series."
Yes - It's a good story and will perfect to keep me company doing crafts or at work when I need something to keep me from going crazy from the tedium of the job.
Jeannie's continued refusal to believe in ghosts despite all that happens around her.
Her narration is excellent - timing and inflection are natural and flowing, so she brings the characters to life.
Laugh - There's a lot of humour in the way these stories are crafted. The "serious" parts aren't overdone, and the writing style is light and appealing.
It's like revisiting an old friend, listening to the latest book in this series.
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