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Chance of a Ghost (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2013
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Or were they both crimes? Well, that is going to be up to the reader's personal opinion and values. One of the things I like about this series, and this book, is the use of 'mystery' to show not only murders but other situations. In this book, we have a murder case, or two, we have a missing persons case, or not...you get the idea.
Alison Kerby, the main character, and owner of the Guesthouse, has a great sense of humor, irony, and relationships. I was pleased by her character evolvement. Alison is also a Mother, but recognizes being a daughter as well. Alison's Mother is a joy also. We get to understand her a bit better in this book and I enjoyed the meeting.
Daughter, Melissa, is a wonderful girl. She is smart, humorous, accepting of her families ability to view, speak, and interact with departed spirits. Melissa handles most situations with a maturity that I do not know if I, personally, would manage.
Then there are the Winter Guests. We are treated to a surprise there and I hope they become semi-regular characters in upcoming books.
This was a great cozy murder mystery and more!
Chance of a Ghost finds our heroine waiting for a snow storm and caught up in a mystery (of course!). The main plot is solving the mystery of who murdered Lawrence Laurent, an emoting thespian. In exchange for finding out whodunnit, he will give PI Alison info on her missing father (also a ghost)-subplot 1. Other subplots are: Where is Alison's father? Why doesn't Alison's father visit her & his granddaughter? Who is Alison's mother secretly seeing? Who keeps leaving threatening messages for Alison? Will the retired police chief & his wife, staying at the guesthouse, discover the ghostly secret? Will they check out early? Will there be a blizzard? Will Jeanne ever be able to let go of her baby or will she smother him? Will Alison figure out what her nightmares starring her father mean? Does her new old friend have more than reminescing in mind? Can she realize her plans to let more light in the library by knocking out the wall...or is it load bearing? Will they solve the mystery before someone or something harms Alison or someone she loves? Will Alison actually cook? ALL THESE plots and subplots are dealt with...And MORE in Chance of a Ghost Chance of a Ghost (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery)
We are given greater insight into several characters & their relationships in this installment: Alison, her father, her mom, Jeanne & her infant son...Read more ›
I think there have been several others in this series before this one - but this was my first
Allison Kirby owns a guesthouse and is also a part-time (reluctant) private detective whose client in this story is someone who is dead looking to find out what or who made them that way
Allison is asked to investigate the possible murder of her mother's ghost visitor, a former "thespian," Lawrence Laurentz. Although the autopsy record states Lawrence died of "natural causes" (a heart problem), he insists he was electrocuted by an invisible assailant who chucked a toaster in his bathtub.
Yes, Allison, Allison's mother Loretta, and Allison's daughter Melissa - all see and talk to ghosts.
It seems there are 2 ghosts who live in Allison's house - Maxie the lady who lived in the house until she was murdered - and Paul, the private investigator who was also murdered along with Maxie. Paul encourages Allison in her private investigations.
This story is also connected to the death of Allison's father who died 5 years previously due to cancer. To say more would give away the story.
If you are looking for a fun ghost mystery - this is it :)
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Great series! Love the humor & complex mystery that really pulls you into the story.Published 6 days ago by Janet
Can't beat anything by E. J. Copperman. Love these mysteries.Published 3 months ago by Judy Levandoski
This was probably my least favorite of this series so far. That's not to say it wasn't great! Just fewer quirky characters and a dual mystery that was a little too close to home,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by j. martin
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Tugs at the heartstrings and keeps you guessing. Perfect lazy weekend read. Series improves with each installment.
It would be too easy to spoil E.J. Copperman’s fourth book to feature single mom Alison Kerby, single mom and owner of a Jersey Shore guesthouse, and the many ghosts in her life. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miss Ivonne