Gem of a Ghost

A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Emma Whitecastle would rather spend time with her boyfriend than help Joanna Reid get rid of her husband's ghost. But when she finds out Joanna's daughter has broken her engagement and attempted suicide, Emma and Granny Apples are compelled to investigate.

The multifaceted mystery unfolds in Hollywood, where a vengeful spirit strikes too close for comfort as Emma and Granny unearth a clue hidden in a haunted diamond. When the case leads Emma and a suave stranger to the historic mining town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, Emma must call upon a ghostly group of Molly Maguires to ease the pain of a century-old marriage gone bad.

©2012 Sue Ann Jaffarian (P)2020 Sue Ann Jaffarian

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Laughs Are Many

The laughs are many with Emma and Granny. This time tracing back the origin of a stone ring, was it cursed, or what caused people to commit suicide. Cute series and narration is enjoyable. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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AMAZING

This book is absolutely AMAZING by far my favorite out of the series. Can’t wait to start the next one. They just keep getting better and better.

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Another great installment

I love this series, wish all the books of this series were on Audible, I do plan on getting the rest of them off Kindle.

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Had me Hooked

As always, Sue Ann's story had me hooked. I didn't want to stop listening to this book. The story was excellent. I kept waiting to hear what would happen next. I love the Granny Apple character, she's hilarious!

The narrator was the only part of this book I could have done without, but maybe that is because I'm never been into listening to a book and I like to read at my own speed. However, because the story is so good, within minutes I decided it was worth listening to anyway. There were times I felt like the narrator was using the wrong voice for a character. However, I do love the convenience of being able to listen to the book while doing household work or driving, rather than waiting until downtime (which is rare for me) to be able to read my book.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the book. I am always sad for Sue Ann's books to end, and then can't wait for the next one.

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Gem of a Ghost

I love cozy mysteries so this is up my street. And I was not disappointed when I listened to it.
If you like paranormal cozy mysteries then this is for you.

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Wonderful story

This is the first book i have read by this author and this series. I just loved it. Granny was so funny. I loved the adventure with Emma and Granny(the ghost). The story was very entertaining People committed suicide or trying when coming in contact with a stone in a ring. Emma has to trace back the history of the stone with help from friends. I loved it and i definitely would like to do more of these books. I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

The narrator was fantastic.

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Inventive!

cozy-mystery, ghosts, family-dynamics, anger

Granny Apples is the fun ghost of a woman hanged for a crime she did not commit, and her descendant is a woman who sees / hears her and other ghosts. The descendant is Emma who also has a weekly TV show and is well known for her ability even if most do not believe it. Emma gets a call from a friend who says that she wants the ghost of her first husband gone. Then said ghost arrives with more information including his concerns about their daughter. Lots of research to be done and more to work with a very angry ghost. This is a good cozy and not ghost busters or whatever, just a satisfying read for an afternoon.
Sandra Murphy is excellent as narrator and the fact that I listen at 125 speed has more to do with my " hurry up " self than anything else.

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Entertaining

Gem of a Ghost is an entertaining cozy paranormsl mystery. The characters are engaging and the story is interesting. The only thing I don't like is the narration. Granny's voice sounds southern to me. Considering that she lived on the west coast, it's just not plausible.

I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Each mystery gets better and better...............

Gem of a Ghost is the third book in this series featuring Emma Whitecastle and the ghost of her great, great, great grandmother Granny Apples. Although the author does a good job of introducing basic background from previous books, I think this third book is best enjoyed as part of the series, so the listener gets the full feeling for Emma's abilities to see and hear ghosts. As with the previous two books, the story is split between the personal life of the characters and the mystery Emma is attempting to solve. This time, Emma resists getting involved in another possibly life-threatening situation until she realizes that the life of her daughter's long time friend Lainey is in jeopardy. Emma is thwarted in her efforts at every turn by both Lainey's mother and stepfather as well as cryptic words of wisdom from the ghost of her deceased father. I thought this mystery was the most intriguing yet of the series, and I loved watching Granny Apples get all protective of Emma and Lainey while continuing to be her usual ornery self.

As much as I enjoyed the mystery of Lainey and the evil spirit making her life a misery, I had a very difficult time not wanting to slap Emma. She is in a loving, committed relationship with a wonderful man named Phil, but she continues to push him away because she thinks she might find something better someday. Then, that supposed someday comes when she becomes attracted to a man that is not worth anything compared to Phil, and she ends the book with her emotions split between the two men. I hate the love triangle trope in books, and I dislike cheating - even on a small scale - even more, so I hope that the author redirects the story, so that we have more of the relationship between Phil and Emma and none of her potential new man. I only deducted one star for this new direction in the story because this is really more a personal preference than a deficit in the story.

Sandra Murphy narrates all the books in this series, and she is absolutely fabulous. I can't imagine any other narrator handling Granny Apple's character as well as Murphy does. She differentiates well between the various characters, her performance is flawless, and she adds just the right amount of emotion to her delivery to keep the story entertaining without sounding overly dramatic. I highly recommend anything narrated by Murphy to all listeners.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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A gem of a book

I’m no stranger to Sue Ann Jaffarian’s work, but A Gem of a Ghost was my first book from the Granny Apple series. I wasn’t too sure what I was going to think about the ghost aspect, but I ended up thoroughly enjoying the interactions among all the characters, living or otherwise. The story flowed very well and there were enough details that I really got to know and care about the characters. I’m not one to listen or read out of series order, but I liked this one so much that I’m going to go back and listen to the other ones!

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  • Julie
  • 01-19-20

A little gem of a book

This is the first book by this author that I have listened to or read but I really enjoyed it, so it won't be my last, in fact I might have to get the other books in the series as well. I loved the characters and the writer wrote about them so well that I actually found myself caring about what happened to them. The ghostly visits really added to the fun of the story, especially the granny telling everyone what to do even if they couldn't hear hear her. The mystery was good the way it straddled the human and paranormal word and even though there was a lot of history it didn't bog the story down.
When an old family friend asks Emma to get rid of her husband's ghost her immediate reaction is no but when she learns the women's daughter and her own daughters friend has tried to commit suicide she is compelled to visit her. The sad story the girl tells her tugs at Emma's heartstrings and she soon finds herself knee deep in ghostly vengeance. But ghosts can't hurt humans, right? The death of a teenage girl seems to prove otherwise. The girl was wearing the same ring as the first girl was when she attempted suicide. Is there a connection? Emma with the help from her ghostly Granny start an investigation into the rings past as they fight to get to the bottom of the curse before another life is taken.
I liked the narrator and thought she did a really good job bringing all the characters to life with there own unique voices.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Ebony Young
  • 01-28-20

Another great Granny Apples Mystery

I loved this Granny Apples book and really enjoyed listening to the narrator's engaging voice