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About the Author

Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery series―Odelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Rose―and also writes general fiction and short stories. She is widely sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

For the most up-to-date list of all Sue Ann's activities, visit the calendar page at www.sueannjaffarian.com.

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"Sue Ann Jaffarian never fails to make me chuckle with her three mystery series starring paralegal Odelia Grey, ghost Granny Apples, and now Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries

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Product Details

  • Series: A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink (February 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738713813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713816
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like her character Odelia Grey from the Odelia Grey mysteries, Sue Ann Jaffarian, is a middle-aged, plus size paralegal. She lives in Los Angeles with her two cats, B and Raffi. She writes mysteries and general fiction, as well as short stories.

Under the pen name of Meg Chambers, Sue Ann also writes the Winnie Wilde erotic romance series.

In addition to writing, Sue Ann is sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

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Once again Sue Ann thrills with Emma and Granny. The whole family plays more of a part in this story, which I liked. The adventure Emma and Granny go on actually was almost in my backyard. What's in the future for Emma and Phil? Sue Ann leaves you wanting more, and more soon! LOL This is a wonderful read, I didn't want to put it down once I started. It's another favorite!
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Emma is surprised to get a lunch invitation from Joanna Reid. The two had never been close and hadn't spoken since her husband died a few years before. Joanna is convinced that her late husband, Max, is haunting her and wants Emma to make him go away.

A few hours later, Emma learns that Joanna's daughter Lainey is in a mental health facility after three attempts to commit suicide. Lainey and Emma's own daughter are good friends, so Emma pays the young woman a visit. After the talk, Emma thinks that a ghost might be involved in Lainey's attempts on her own life. But is it Max or someone else? Can Emma figure out the cause in time to keep Lainey safe?

I've enjoyed the previous two books in this series, and this was the strongest yet. The characters, both living and ghostly, are vivid and pull you into the story. There were times some of the characters were doing some stupid things, but even then I usually felt sorry for them.

The plot moves forward on two levels involving the present and the past. Both mysteries are compelling, although I usually found myself more involved in the modern mystery. Yet the historic mystery packed a real emotional punch in the end.

There was a sub-plot I didn't like because Emma was being stupid and complicating her life. I'll be looking forward to seeing how that gets resolved in future books.

This is a compelling read with great characters that will keep you turning pages until you reach the end.
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By ibcynthy on February 6, 2012
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I have read all of the books written by this author, Sue Ann Jaffarian. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. The Granny Apples series gets better with each and every new book. You need to read all of her series. She has three, The Odelia Grey series, The Madison Rose series and of course Granny Apples. This author has a way of not only letting you enjoy the current book; but at the same time you want the next one to appear magically so you can continue to follow the lives of the characters.
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It is a good book,but not as good as the first two. Story line was ok but I didn't care for the jerky movements of the story. I also missed some of the main characters in the story, that were in the first two books,but noticeably silent in this book. Granny really should have played a more important part but I guess she was busy elsewhere. Spoiler !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also did not like the romantic turn for worse.
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Emma delves into the paranormal in a way that (if it had been any other author I doubt It would have held my interest)brought me, the reader, into a closer walk with her on this intriguing tale.
One of Kelly's (Emma's daughter) closest friends' since childhood,Lainey, is in serious trouble. Several suicide(?) attempts land her in a facility for the emotionally disturbed. Emma reaches out to her in an attempt to bring some comfort and support. Then she finds that this facility, Serenity Place, is run by a professional couple, Dr. Kitty & Dr. Michael Garvey.
Do these suicide attempts by Lainey have any connection to her Father's, Max Naiman, suicide? And what could that connection be? These are questions that Emma is compelled to get at the bottom of and find the answer(s).
Since the suicide of Max Naiman, JOanna Naiman (Emma's formerly close friend) remarries to Linwood Reid. What part does he play in this scenario..if any?

While Emma is delving deeper into this mystery in order to protect Lainey from any future danger - her T.V.how must go on. That's when she encounters one of her guests, an archeologist, who has information that leads her to a small town in Pa. That's when the games' afoot and we are taken on a journey into the mysterious realm of the paranormal. What else does this archeologist have to offer Emma?
Emma also encounters an interesting character in Isaac Sachman, the jeweler. What does Mr. Sackman and Emma have in common that may be another key element in this mystery?

There were many unravelings that beckoned me to read on in this latest of Sue Ann Jaffarian's Ghost series. One of which took me by surprise. Although this major turn of events in Emma's life may not be what I expected...
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Really enjoyed the first two books and loved this one until the end. Was very disappointed in the direction the author went with the main character Emma and her choices regarding her personal life. Not sure I will continue with this series.
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This is the last in a set of three granny apple ghost stories. Have really enjoyed all three and downloaded all three of them. Easy read which is enjoyable and not too heavey a read. If there was a fourth one in the series I would buy it
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I would have given this a four, maybe even a five if it weren't for the stupid things the author made Emma do. First she puts herself in danger (and breaks her promise) by putting on the ring. Then she cheats on Phil, her boyfriend of TWO YEARS. How do you just throw something like that away so easily! At least have the decency to break up with the poor guy first.
It has been bothering me since the first book how lightly infidelity is treated. Pretty much all the male and some of the female characters have had affairs/mistresses. I get that it's a Hollywood setting but still, there should be a few people with integrity. You'd think Emma would be the last one to cheat because she knows first hand how painful it is, but nope. We have to slog through lame "romantic" set up scenes like him checking the burn between her breasts because he's a "doctor". Emma's dad is a real Dr and she knew she'd be heading home soon, she could have waited to get it checked. And then that stupid scene at the end where she stops driving and runs back to him, yuck. I'm surprised it wasn't raining dramatically.
I'm a little reluctant to read the next book, I really loved Emma as a protagonist but it's going to be hard to read about her without feeling disgust.
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