When Alison Kerby bought a huge Victorian house in the New Jersey town of Harbor Haven, she didn't know that it already contained two permanent residents: eccentric ghosts named Paul and Maxie. So Alison only had one choice. She turned the house into a haunted bed and breakfast for senior citizens looking for a "unique vacation experience". In this second Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, E. J. Copperman's witty and accessible heroine helps solve a murder case - with the help of her paranormal colleagues.
Amanda Ronconi is an experienced comedic performer, and this audiobook is right up her alley. The dialogue, ghostly hijinks, and offbeat escapades are all enhanced by her excellent pacing and varied voices.
Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered - in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer before she sees reality from the other side.
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as enjoyable as the first in the series. there is a twist that I didn't see coming.
well written and performed. looking forward to the next book in the series.
This is the second book in the Haunted Guesthouse series. Our ghosts are back with their living counterparts, and let the mystery mayhem begin.
I don't like to comment on the story itself for fear of spoilers, especially as the story is outlined in the Audible summary. However, I do like to comment on the overall story and performance.
The author does a nice job of keeping this lighthearted fun, but with the mystery infused plot woven into the book. There is nothing taxing about the book, but it's great escapism if you want to wile away a few hours.
The narrator does a decent job, and compared to some out there is easy to listen to.
I have the complete series of Haunted Guesthouse mystery books in my Audible library, and have enjoyed them all. Indeed they're ones I will listen to more than once.
Top marks all round.
This is the second book in the haunted guesthouse series, and is every much as refreshing, quirky and enjoyable as the first. It provides a combination of tongue-in-cheek humour, wacky antics and a complicate murder involving living and dead characters. The confusion that prevails is what makes this book quirky and fun.
When Alison Kerby purchases an old property to convert into a guesthouse, she discovers that it comes with two resident ghosts, Paul Harrison (newly qualified P.I.) and Maxie Malone (his only client and previous owner of the house) – their murder was solved in the first book.
In exchange for the ghosts providing daily paranormal activities to please and encourage ghost-hunting guests, Alison agrees to get a private investigator's license to help Paul Harrison with investigative requests he receives from deceased clients. Scott McFarlane, one of those deceased clients, asks Paul to investigate a prank he was asked to play on a frail, old lady which he now fears caused her death. Who deceived him to murder and why?
The book is both an eccentric and traditional detective mystery, with a supernatural twist, that keeps you guessing right up to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I love reading, both in print and in audio. I'm not a native English speaker so please excuse any spelling/grammar mistakes.
It's a fresh take on the murder mystery genre, made very entertaining by the ghost factor, the woes of the guesthouse business and the very lovable family at the centre of the story. I'm halfway through the second book and loving it too.
So very old fashioned.
Not really. I became disenchanted with it so put it on while doing the house work just for some background noise.
Not for me but others may find it interesting. Recommend you try sample first.
"Great follow up"
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are very realistic and funny. I received many strange looks for laughing out loud. I'm glad I discovered this series.
"A positively funny book!"
Hilariously funny follow-up!
It builds on the series, while adding new mysteries to solve. The ending was definitely a surprise because the villain of the story isn't who you would assume it was.
She brings the characters to life with different voices for each character and in each book, the character's voice doesn't change. I like that in a narrator.
A guest house to run and I have a ghost who wants me to play Sherlock Holmes!
"A fun Listen"
Another great story in the cozy “Haunted Guesthouse Mystery” series which makes you feel right at home. The characters are fun and written to make them likable as well as interesting. The story keeps moving and has a bit of humor and to go with a bunch of plot twists. If you’re looking for something to keep you guessing and smiling I would highly recommend this series.
Mrs. Ranconi does a very good job with the accents and really helps to bring the characters to life!
"Life from the Dead's Perspective"
Yes and love it everytime I listen to it.
Nothing special stands out, as the book flows along smoothly. Thats not to say there were not memorable moments, there are, but no particular one out of many comes to mind.
A super narration by Amanda Ronconi, as are all of her readings.
There are so many laugh out loud scenes through out the story and none that might make you cry. I love this series. Wish I had a ghosternet. Very, clever indeed.
I was a little thrown off by the beginning of the book. I had a hard time reconciling it with the rest of the story. By the time we are back to Arlice Crosby from the first chapter I've forgotten about her. I usually start the book from Chapter 2.
"Fun amid the chaos."
It was fun. The ghost, the Down the Shore cast, ghost tours. The character H-Bomb, hmm sounds like a jersey shore.
A light listen. Nothing special, just a cute story. If you read the first of the series you should know what to expect.
"A Cute cozy mystery"
i adore the reader, which is why i got the first book in the series. the story didn't disappoint.
A very light read which for the most part kept my attention. I thought the murderer was interesting if not a little far fetched. As for the reality tv show part I was not that fond of it as I do not like that type of programming . I really like the development of the characters since the first book and hope it continues. I would recommend if you are looking for a light and fun read. As always love Amanda Ronconi as narrator.
"A Cozy, Light Mystery"
This is the second book in Copperman's series, which is a cozy, lighthearted storyline about a single mom returning to her hometown after a nasty divorce to run a B & B.
It features two ghosts, one a detective and the other a young woman. Together the three of them get involved with and solve local murder cases.
I love the Jersey shore accents. The characters are fun, simple enough, but entertaining.
I will read the remainder of the series, and recommend it to people looking for a break from the daily grind of life.
"Another amazing book in the Haunted Guesthouse Ser"
Story Rating: 3.5
Here’s what’s going on. Alison’s guesthouse is finally up and, thanks to Paul (one of her resident ghost), she now has her private investigators license. If Paul and Maxi agree to help Alison put on a show for the senior tour group Edward Rance has booked, she has agreed to help Paul on cases since neither he nor Maxie can leave the house.
Their first case comes in the form of Scott MacFarlane, a ghost who believes that he may have inadvertently murdered an elderly lady named Arlice Crosby. Luckily, Arlice is alive although she’s soon murdered during one of Alison’s séances that’s being put on for the tour group. Now Alison and her group of family and friends, both living and dead, must figure out who murdered Arlice.
And to make matters more confusing, her guests include contestants of a reality show that’s being filmed in her house.
So, this one was such an interesting cozy mystery and, like the first book in the series, this one pulled me in and it held my attention all the way through.
Alison is now running her guesthouse so she’s dealing with her resident ghosts as well as living guests. She’s also just received her P.I. license and has agreed to help Paul take on cases of other ghosts. To make matters trickier, Alison has also agreed to allow a reality show to film in her guesthouse. She’s not as frantic as she was in the first book and she’s more accepting of the ghosts, which I enjoyed.
In addition to the regular lovable cast of characters, Alison’s intuitive and charming daughter, her Pollyanna-type mother, her two best friends—one who amusingly refuses to acknowledge the ghosts, Paul and Maxie there is also a group of new characters. We have the senior tour group that Edward Rance has booked and the young, and somewhat annoying cast of the reality show Down the Shore. They really shake things up and make things interesting.
What I enjoyed most about this one was the mystery. Someone wanted Arlice dead. They were hoping that Scott, the ghost, would accomplish this but when he failed, they realized they had to have someone else do the job. I was never really sure who the murderer was until the end then it actually made sense.
Like in the previous book, Detective Macaloney allows Alison to work with her on the case and actually steers Alison in certain directions. It’s refreshing to find a detective in a cozy that’s actually interested in working with and not against the main character.
So, there’s an inkling of a romance between Trent, the producer of Down the Shore, and Alison. There’s a lot of flirting but it never really goes anywhere. And I was a bit disappointed that they never touched on what happened with Ned Barnes, Melissa’s history teacher and Alison’s love interest in book one.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi was brilliant. I especially loved the Scottish accent she used when reading Scott MacFarlane. And the book seemed to fly by.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. I never would have guessed the murderer and that nice. Although I never really felt onboard with the whole reality show thing thrown it. It wasn’t bad, and it did add to the show, but, at times, it just seemed annoying.
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