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This delectable first in a new paranormal cozy series from Jaffarian (Booby Trap) introduces Ish Reynolds (aka Granny Apples), a charming turn-of-the-20th-century spirit and pie maker, who asks Emma Whitecastle, her great-great-great-granddaughter, to prove her innocent of murdering her husband, Jacob Reynolds. Strung up by vigilantes in retribution for the crime, Granny Apples first tried haunting Emma's mother, Elizabeth, who couldn't handle her visitations. Emma, who's in the midst of divorcing her obnoxious TV talk show husband, is ripe for a diversion. After getting advice about her new clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities from psychic Milo Ravenscroft, Emma goes to Julian, a former mining town near San Diego, Calif., to research Ish's story. Emma's fluttery feelings for Phil Bower, a crusty rancher and lawyer who owns Granny's old property, add zest to this appealing ghost story. (Sept.)
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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 1)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Midnight Ink; Original edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738713805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738713809
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,037 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.

Want to receive HOT FLASHES, Sue Ann's newsletter? To subscribe, just send an e-mail to sue@sueannjaffarian.com with "Add Me" in the subject line. HOT FLASHES is distributed 3-5 times a year via e-mail. And rest assured, your e-mail information is never sold to or shared with anyone.

You can visit Sue Ann at her website: www.sueannjaffarian.com and follow her on both Facebook and Twitter.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Kramer Bussel VINE VOICE on August 31, 2009
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I have to admit upfront that I'm not a big fan of ghosts or paranormal stories. They just aren't usually my thing, but I'm a huge Odelia Gray fan and would follow Sue Ann Jaffarian's writing anywhere. So I was pleasantly surprised to really like Emma Whitecastle. I like that she's a single mom who's middle-aged and trying to figure her life out. She's somewhat at the mercy of her parents and her famous ex-husband, but over the course of the book, starts to stand up for herself, with a little help from her many years dead great-great-great grandmother Granny Apples, aka Ish Reynolds, who she barely knows anything about at the beginning of the book. When Emma finds herself craving apple pie (what Granny Apples is known for) and feeling a chill in the air, she comes to realize, albeit reluctantly, that her ancestor needs her help, and, more importantly, deserves it, having gone down in history for murdering her husband, which she insists she didn't do.

Jaffarian weaves history and mystery together beautifully as Emma first gets accustomed to seeing ghosts, then has to figure out which are friendly and which aren't. Combine that with a spooky cemetery and some determined gold-diggers, and Emma's in danger, though she keeps poking and poking. She befriends a man who at first is wary of her, and Jaffarian weaves their budding romance into this historical whodunit. Once again, Jaffarian takes characters who aren't always heard from in our society (even though Granny Apples is actually fairly young, I couldn't help picturing her as elderly since she's been dead over a hundred years), such as those getting divorced, and turns them into intriguing characters I look forward to reading more about.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Houchin on September 26, 2009
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After four successful Odelia Grey mysteries, Sue Ann Jaffarian has turned from the paralegal to the paranormal in her new Ghost of Granny Apples series. And while her characters are fresh and unusual, they are every bit as fascinating and likable.
With her divorce nearly final and her daughter about to leave for college, forty-something Emma Whitecastle is at loose ends. So when an old girlfriend begs Emma to join her at a séance, as part of a research project, she accepts.
At the séance, Clairvoyant Milo Ravenscroft tells Emma that a ghost from her family's past needs her help - a woman who was hanged for murder. At first Emma laughs at the idea, wondering what kind of scam the man is running. But when she suddenly starts craving apple pie and her father admits that her three-times-great grandmother - executed for killing her husband - once lived in the apple-growing town of Julian, Emma is unnerved.
But it's a visit from Granny Apples' ghost - insisting that she's innocent - that convinces Emma to investigate the murder. What she discovers as she digs into Julian's history stirs up a hornet's nest of ghosts and villains who want Emma dead and gone.
Jaffarian's talent for writing intriguing plots and cliffhanger chapters excels in the new series, and her vivid scenes of ghostly appearances and conversations are imaginative and often hilarious. There's even a touch of romance. Granny Apples is just what the doctor ordered.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Burglund on September 4, 2009
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I bought the book because I love Odelia and wanted to see how a "new" character and book would be. After the first chapter I was hooked! I even finished reading the last few pages at work. I knew it would bother me to wait until lunch to finish it! The characters in the book become real - I love this as much (or more) than her other books!
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Emma Whitecastle is attempting to get on with her life after a divorce. She joins her friend at a seance one night only to be followed home by a ghost. It's through this strange event that Emma learns she is a clairvoyant. And the ghost is her great-great-great grandmother.

Ish Reynolds, affectionately known as Granny Apples because of her pies, was accused of murder and lynched back in the late 1800's. But she was innocent and has been waiting for someone to prove it. At first reluctantly, Emma heads down to Julian to do some poking around. What she finds makes her think that Granny was telling the truth. But can Emma prove it after all these years?

I almost passed on this book because I try to avoid supernatural themed mysteries. That would have been a mistake. This cross of fantasy and mystery is fun. The historic and modern characters were all real. And the story was entertaining from start to finish. I had a hard time putting it down. I enjoy history, so even though this has a modern setting and is more focused on the modern characters, I still enjoyed the bits of history thrown into the story.

Unfortunately, the book did have two of my pet peeves. The ending was weaker than I would have liked. And the point of view shifted a few times within the same scene. Both of these were minor irritants in the course of the book, however.

I fairly flew through this book, not wanting to put it down when other things came up. It looks like the author has another hit series on her hands.
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