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Gem of a Ghost (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery) Paperback – February 8, 2012
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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.
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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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Under the pen name of Meg Chambers, Sue Ann also writes the Winnie Wilde erotic romance series.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I also did not like the romantic turn for worse.
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...Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoying these books and am really getting into this series.There was a lot going on in this story. I really like the main character, Emma, and her ancestor ghost. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Patryssa
The characters are great as usual but with an evil ghost it takes a little to get to the meat of the story.Published 6 months ago by Sharon J. Twentier
this was just a very nice read,that I just enjoyed reading ,Jaffarian is a fun living writerPublished 12 months ago by mary wolford