Monday 29 January 2018

The Hostess with the Ghostess (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #9) by E.J. Copperman

The Hostess with the Ghostess (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #9)
Things are never quiet for long at the Haunted Guesthouse. Right as Alison Kerby finally gets some peace, long-time deceased Paul Harrison’s recently murdered brother, Richard, shows up looking for the ghostly detective. But Paul has left for parts unknown months ago. The only thing is, she doesn’t know how to find him. And she’s going to need to because Richard’s isn’t the only murder still left unsolved.

As she searches for Paul, Alison discovers that Richard, who was a lawyer, was working a case about a woman accused of murdering her stepfather. It quickly becomes clear that Richard was getting too close to the truth, and was forcibly kept quiet. Now as Alison continues her investigation, she gets a creeping sensation that the murderer doesn’t appreciate her snooping around. And if she doesn’t stop, she’ll be next in The Hostess with the Ghostess, the witty and delightful follow-up to national bestselling author E. J. Copperman’s Spouse on Haunted Hill.  (Summary via Goodreads)

I'm on the fence when it comes to books with ghosts....not sure how I feel about them but after reading The Hostess with the Ghostess by E.J. Copperman I think I'm leaning over the fence now.   The Hostess with the Ghostess is the ninth book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series and although it is the first one that I have had the pleasure of reading I was thoroughly entertained from the first page to the last.  

It always amazes me the talent and imagination that authors have and Copperman is way off the charts with imagination !!!  

In this series you meet Alison Kerby and hang out in her big house on the Jersey shore.  She has turned the house into a haunted guesthouse where a few of her resident ghosts put shows on throughout the visit.  Alison lives there with her husband who can't see the ghosts and her teenage daughter, Melissa, who can see them.  There are 3 ghosts living there and Alison's mother and father (who is a ghost) visit regularly.  Alison's mom can also see and communicate with the ghosts.  One of the resident ghosts, Paul, encouraged Alison to get her private investigators license so that she can investigate murders with Paul's assistance.  

In The Hostess with the Ghostess Paul's brother is murdered while working on a case and shows up at the Haunted Guesthouse looking for Paul.  This leads you down a FUN road with the crew working the case.....  It is fun because you will not believe the things that the ghosts are capable of doing (may just be in this series but it's a hoot !!) and fun reading the interactions among the ghosts and the living individuals who can see them and those that cannot !!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am sorry it has taken this long to read a book in it.  I can assure you that I will be looking for more opportunities to go to the Haunted Guesthouse.....maybe stay for a spell (no, they don't do spells but you will be under a trance while reading them....)

Review by Missi S.

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