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Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2010
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The premise isn't reassuring... divorcee with young child moves back home to Start Over, acquiring an old fixer-upper mansion that turns out to have two resident ghosts. It's kinda been done.
However, this author is just a treat. The prose is solid and laugh-out-loud funny. The story advances nicely and you don't even hardly mind the nosiness that is required of every amateur sleuth because it's well-written and downright entertaining. The author also manages to do something with which many uber-successful authors struggle, and that is to create some tension, some dissent among characters (the stuff that gives characters character) without making them seem like absolutely unlikeable people. Or ghosts, for that matter. The reader is able to develop empathy for everyone in the story, which I think is just magic.
This is a beautiful first mystery and I look forward to many more!
Ooooh.... checking the author's website, I see that "E.J. Copperman is the pseudonym of a well-known mystery novelist, now embarking on a new type of story that includes some elements of the supernatural as well as a fair number of laughs. And the Copperman novels will have a different attitude, a different setting and completely different characters than anything that has come before, so E.J. really is a new author." Well, that explains a lot as this doesn't read like a first novel! Turns out our author is Jeff Cohen, whose books I haven't read but maybe will give a try on the strength of this one. And I have to say that Mr. Cohen totally convinced me he was a woman author, writing so convincingly about this female protagonist!
They both died in the house with the official verdict being a double suicide. Paul insists they never took the sleeping pills that caused their deaths; instead he claims to Alison someone poisoned them. They plead with Alison to look into their contention, but she says no until Maxie's antics drive her crazy so feeling like a victim of emotional erosion she agrees. Alison soon receives threatening emails and phone calls in which she is told they want "it" as she investigates what happened to the ghosts and links that to the threats to her. She finds a suspect, but to prove her belief requires her to employ extraordinary measures as deadlines leave her in a cemetery on Halloween night.
Witty, charming and magical describe the entertaining first Haunted Guest House mystery. The spirits interact with Alison, her daughter and mother as if they are alive; especially moxie Maxie with her antics to blackmail the heroine into investigating her demise. In between home repairs, a very frightened Alison tries to determine who is terrifying her and if the threat is tied to the deaths of her ghostly houseguests. Her trepidation and her relationship with her daughter make for an enjoyable paranormal amateur sleuth tale.
E. J. Copperman's "Night of the Living Deed" is a fine example of a cozy mystery. Humorous and heart-warming, it is a wonderful respite from the gritty, hard-boiled crime drama that I normally read. "Night of the Living Deed" is devoid of gratuitous sex and violence and, most importantly, the foul language that often grates on my nerves such as blasphemies. Allison, who is the narrator, made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions. Most importantly, the mystery itself is very intricate, complex and intriguing; it reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel, especially the ones where characters are poisoned such as "Sparkling Cyanide." Determined to learn who murdered Maxie and Paul, I had a difficult time laying aside this novel. The more I read, the fonder I became of Allison and her circle of family and friends, which included the beloved ghosts.
The setting for "Night of the Living Deed" is superb. For both young and young at heart, it is a fantasy come to life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed the book immensely ... It kept my brain in gear and I liked the cast of characters ... Please keep the series going.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent story. I now have all of the series and recently re-read them.Published 27 days ago by P. Dowsett
What more could you want? A good mystery, a great heroine, & laugh out loud moments.Published 1 month ago by Janet
Well written story, with great characters. Love the three generations of this whodunit. Highly recommend this story. Look forward to the next bookPublished 2 months ago by drwoz
These are nice characters, well drawn. A fun take on a paranormal mystery. Good light reading for time spent on the Jersey shore.Published 2 months ago by Harlan R. Ribnik
Absolutely love E. J. Copperman's series. She's smart, witty, full of fun and just makes my day. Wonderful plots, great characters, just can't say enough about her books. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheri L
Wow. I love this book. The writer is phenomenal. He created a kick-ass female protagonist, who has a super-realistic relationship with her daughter and a really fun relationship... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sophie
I was ready for an entertaining read and am happy to say it more than met my expectations. I am going to buy the second book in the series as soon as I finish my review.Published 4 months ago by Michele H