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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2013 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Good series, though getting a bit drab

If you could sum up The Thrill of the Haunt in three words, what would they be?

Books 1-4 Again.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably the very last. It wasn't unexpected, but it was still a nice scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not particularly.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Good story, tired dialogue.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

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.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

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.

Was The Thrill of the Haunt worth the listening time?

Yes and No, I loved the underlying story, but found some of the dialogue a little too much.

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Witty series

The narrator is wonderful as the characters in this series start to grow and mature.

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Another fun romp

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.

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The Thrill of the Read

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.

Great author

Great narrator

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Just okay

I've listened to a bunch of these books. They're not great literature, but they are entertaining light reads. However, I found this book difficult to listen to because of the main character character's snarky bad attitude and constant complaining. I don't think I'll be listening to anymore of these. Also the mechanics of the ending were a bit clunky even though they mystery was fairly decent.

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Really good

I love the Haunted Guesthouse series
Really good with a bit of funny to go with the mystery

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Best one of the series!

Any additional comments?

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.

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A Nice Story

‘The Thrill of the Haunt’ is a great addition to the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. The same cast of characters are back with an intriguing plot line, a few twists that I didn’t see coming as well as a few humorous moments mixed in, but there wasn’t must to make it stand out from the others in the series. If you’re looking for a light-hearted mystery then give this book a shot.

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One of the better ones

Throughly enjoyable. More mystery in this audiobook. Ghosts are all over the place, helping, hindering and mixing it up.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 06-13-20

Very good

I am really enjoying this series, a touch of humour, a mystery, and great characters. This keeps up to the standard and I enjoyed it very much

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  • Teddy
  • 02-03-15

Yet another excellent book in this series.

Would you listen to The Thrill of the Haunt again? Why?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thrill of the Haunt?

Jeannie's continued refusal to believe in ghosts despite all that happens around her.

What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her narration is excellent - timing and inflection are natural and flowing, so she brings the characters to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

It's like revisiting an old friend, listening to the latest book in this series.

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  • Caprice
  • 05-03-22

Another good mystery.

Another good story from E J Copperman with the usual quirky humour thrown in. keeps you guessing to the end.

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  • Catsonthebed
  • 02-12-22

Loved it!

Another full blown brilliant book! Many new characters, wishes and new ¡ more of! This kko

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-29-22

Loved it.

Unusual story. Loved it. Going to listen to other books by this author. Great narrator.

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  • de
  • 01-22-22

Very interesting

Great audio. good story love the author and narrator. Great series. worth reading all.

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  • Claire Kendall-Price
  • 12-31-21

Best One So Far

A really good story. Very clever and no annoying side stories. Liked this book the best so far.

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  • Ace g.
  • 11-14-21

wicked

I thought it was quite clever and well read .cool stuff. descriptive imaginative and funny

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  • Lou
  • 10-21-21

Great

Another great instalment of the haunted guesthouse series.
These stories are really easy to listen to and keep you engaged from start to finish, you really do need to read/listen to them in order though, to follow along with the characters as they flow and we learn more about them.

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  • EGM
  • 02-15-17

Same beloved characters, good detective story.

It's no secret I love the world and the characters of the Haunted Guesthouse series, but in this one I found the detective cases particularly entertaining. E. J. Copperman offers well-written entertainment with a lack of self-importance I really appreciate in the current environment of lousy stories written pompously (and with typos and grammar mistakes). So there.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-22

Enjoyable

Another enjoyable instalment in this series. Easy to listen to and able to stand alone if you haven’t read the others.