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A ghost story told from the perspective of a ghost - one who’s a private investigator residing on the New Jersey shore - lends itself easily to comedy. This light and spooky mystery plays with the detective genre in a style that young adult listeners will relish. A Wild Ghost Chase is part of a series about ghost P.I. Paul Harrison and his spectral friend Maxie; the house they share with its mother and daughter owners and the ways they accommodate each other and solve mysteries together. It is the first in the series to be told from the P.I.’s perspective and James Patrick Cronin performs him as a fairly straightforward gumshoe bringing comedic elements in when he and Maxie, who’s somewhat of a troublemaker, interact with the living.

Summary

Phantom PI Paul Harrison from the national best-selling Haunted Guesthouse mysteries returns with a tale of his own in a house full of ghosts, secrets, and spectacular oceanside views.…

Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcée and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter, Melissa, have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way - or at least spook the guests (who love it). Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the 300-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case. The boy, named Eagle of the Sun, says he’s searching for his missing mother. Paul’s happy to help Eagle of the Sun find her, though something about the boy’s story doesn’t add up. But why would a lost little ghost lie?

Includes a preview of the next Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, Chance of a Ghost, available February 2013.

©2012 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Amazing book

Enjoyed this audio book very much
Hopefully they will be more books
Must read on your list

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Enjoyable bonus story from a brilliant series

I am a fan of the E. J. Copperman series and this short story has the same light tone, uncomplicated humour and charm of the ordinary as the novels I have read so far. Told from the point of view of a different character than usual.

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enjoyed this short story

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told by paul one of the ghosts haunting Allison's guest house.
there wasn't a murder this time but an investigation
trying to find a dead boy's mother.
so far this is the only book performed by a man, james partrick Cronin and I thought he did a good job of doing it.

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Escape your worries

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This series of books is clean, clear escapism from the terrible world we live in. Yes there are deaths and murders but each one gives you an enjoyable story about how the investigation gets sorted. The author is using a different name and when you find their reality it will blow your mind. How have they got enough time to do everything in their lives? Must be bi-polar like me!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The previous owner of the house. Cant say to much otherwise it gives to much away. The character is very amusing and I wish they were with me!

What about James Patrick Cronin’s performance did you like?

Voices in audible books are very important as they can make or break them. When you read a story you imagine their voices and when it is read to you you hope it does not jar. This series of books are just spot on. Thank you.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me happy and relaxed.

Any additional comments?

I am going to recommend this series to many.

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Narration spoilt

Prefer Amanda Ronconie as narrator, not used to hearing the stories through a male voice all the characters sounded wrong but overall a great little story that kept me spellbound for an afternoon of ironing.

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

The reader could at least have listened to some of the other books: he mispronounced many things, the pronunciation of which has been classified previously. He also mispronounces standard words calling 'decimated', 'disseminated'!!

Would you be willing to try another one of James Patrick Cronin’s performances?

No.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Ye-es

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Good story, excellent series, bad reader.

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  • Janie
  • 16-07-17

What happened?

I have really enjoyed this series, but this book was completely awful. What happened to Amanda Ranconi as narrator??? The guy who did this book was just awful. I tried to think if it was him that ruined the whole book for me, but NO, he just made it worse. When we find out the truth about the little boy, it's like, "...Seriously....? You're kidding, right?" The entire book was a travesty.

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  • Craig
  • 08-10-15

Good story, weak performance.

What made the experience of listening to A Wild Ghost Chase the most enjoyable?

It is another good E.J. Copperman story. Great for a short trip, and for a slight change of pace.

What other book might you compare A Wild Ghost Chase to and why?

The other four Haunted Guesthouse Mystery books (I got out of order on my listening). I am very much enjoying the story line and the characters, but mostly because I don't have to turn off the sound or yell "migraine" when children are around, great work E.J. Copperman, whoever you are.

What didn’t you like about James Patrick Cronin’s performance?

As he was portraying Paul, a tall (6 foot plus) +- 225 lbs Private Eye, he shouldn't sound like he is 5'5" and around 145 lbs. He totally missed the mark with Alison, way to curt in her mannerisms, no matter how busy the story had her. Maxie was almost unrecognizable. But the worst of all was the grandmother (Loretta?). The actor made her sound like she was over 90, shuffling around with a walker, this book was not written in or about the late 60's when people were old at 65. Stereo typing isn't cool.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A lot of things may change when you leave this life, but somethings don't.

Any additional comments?

If the powers to be decide to make another audible book with Paul as the narrator, please find an actor that will be true to the story line and not make it a stand alone piece.

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  • CF
  • 31-03-15

New-voice-for-Paul-please

The narrator sounded like he was reading-not like he was telling a story. (Very choppy speech. Hard to listen.)

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  • Marikka
  • 23-05-17

Don't waste your credits

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't think anyone into the series is going to enjoy it. The narrator does such a poor job, it is really unpleasant to listen to. I lasted 10 minutes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Another book in the series.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was changed, so I suppose everything is fixed. :D

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and anger. Listeners love audio books. It goes without saying a reader should be chosen carefuly.

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  • Morae
  • 07-11-20

Racist pile of garbage!

Wow this was such a disappointment after the first 3 that I enjoyed. This story, however, jumps straight into full blown racist garbage!

It appears the author couldn't be bothered to consult an actual living, breathing, still existing, Indigenous person before writing this garbage, but instead appears to have spent 2 seconds googeling stuff. As an actual, living, breathing , still existing Native American this is beyond disappointing, if not unexpected by a white author.

From declaring the boys mom is an "Indian Princess" not a thing!!!at all!!! to claiming the boy was behaving suspiciously because he wasn't playing with racist "Cowboys and Indians "toys, including an Indian Headdress. As if any Indigenous child would ever!!!

I am honestly so furious I can't even fully form words for what all is wrong with this hot mess!

Indigenous children are raised to respect regalia and would never carelessly play with it. The stereo typical racist toys he refers to would not have been traditional dress for the Indiginous people of that area, so stating he should recognize them is utter crap. And any Indigenous kid would avoid racist harmful toys like a pox infected blanket!

I just love how the author flat out states Canadians never harmed Indigenous people, flat out lie! From Boarding schools to current Mi'kmaq events, Canada's history with Indigenous peoples is just as brutally horrific as the United States.

Oh goodness and the crap about social structure and women being powerless, hah! I am Diné so of course our traditions differ, but most Indiginous cultures are matriarchal, so if women were left out of the history it was purely due to colonizers purposefully leaving women out, as well as idiots like this author perpetrating this crap.

And don't get me started on the horrifically racist names of the Indigenous charecters and the horrific "accent" the narrator uses for the Indigenous charecters that is flat out the most racist thing he must have been able to come up with. Come on! Could you even be any more stereo typically harmful???

I can't believe in this century this sort crap is still thought to be acceptable!

Two points.

For aurhors, Indigenous people still exist, consult the people you are writing about before you even think about writing about us!

Second, for Audible, get an actual Indigenous narrator to read Indigenous parts! Not that anyone would have taken on the job of reading this garbage!

What a horrible choice for me to attempt to listen to durring Native American Heritage Month (or any time!)

Please list more writen by actual Indigenous authors and less racist garbage like this. And can we please get a Featured month like other Minorities get? In the age of CNN calling us "Something Else" Audible is choosing to do further harm rather than do better.

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  • Captain Skurvy
  • 16-06-14

The choice of narator does nothing to aid this . .

The choice of narrator does nothing to aid this book, after the first two books being read by the wonderful Amanda Ronconi they change narrators in this book.

I understand the book is mainly from Paul's point of view, however the other main characters are still present and unfortunately this narrator's style & treatment not only presents them differently but the voices are a total disconnect from the previous books.

Aside from the fact that I believe Amanda Ronconi has captured the characters and presented this series in the tone the Author meant it to be conveyed better than this narrator and his style, this book really gives the reader very little extra insight into the lead or any other characters. Its only redeeming factor in my opinion is the twist at the end

It's not a bad book as such and if the narration is ignored could be of interest to lovers of this author or series

I would say give it a miss for now and read it later but I don't know if the events portrayed end up being referred to in future novels, and even if they did I think it world only be in a minor way.

Thankfully Amanda Ronconi make a welcome return in the next book .


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  • Georgiana Pierre-Louis
  • 03-03-21

Loved the new POV

I read other reviews that the “new” narrator was terrible, but I really enjoyed hearing one of my fave romance narrators take on the voice of Paul in this novella. I thought he did a great job with hitting the voices of Paul, Melissa, Allison and Maxie that had been set in tone in prior novels from Allison’s POV (though would have appreciated a toned down version of his Loretta). Having the male narrator reminded me that I was getting a story directly from Paul’s POV, which I also enjoyed as the different POV added some depth to his character for me in the other books from the series. I thought it was a nice addition to the series.

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  • Mary Elizabeth Reynolds
  • 09-03-14

Unexpected Ending

You don't have to listen to this one to get the series. The narrator's timing is off, and it is told from the perspective of the male ghost. I suspect this one would have been better just read. You don't learn enough about him to make it worthwhile, but the ending was interesting. I never really do figure out the end of her books.

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  • BRR
  • 21-06-21

Love the series!

I have enjoyed the Haunted Guesthouse Series very much. This very short one was a really good story. However, there was a different narrator on this one presumably because the story is told from Paul’s perspective. And that is fine. He has a nice voice for Paul. But everyone else’s voices were just wrong! Once a voice is fixed on a character it is very difficult to hear that character in a different voice with a different accent.

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  • RavenMoondrop
  • 21-05-21

Short & Sweet

Short and sweet, "A Wild Ghost Chase" is a light-hearted cozy murder mystery with an amusing cast of characters and a mediocre plot. Enjoyable, but not exceptional in any way. It was a pleasant way to pass the time on a short road trip.

James Patrick Cronin did a fine job depicting a variety of unique characters. As this is only the second book I've listened to in this series, I had no preconceived notions regarding how the characters should sound, but each character was read with a distinctive voice, and it was always clear which character was speaking. But I must admit this was not Mr. Cronin's best performance. The reading was halting and stilted at times, and the grandmother's voice was a bit overdone.

As long as it is available in the Audible Plus catalog, I will probably listen to other books in the "Haunted Guesthouse" series when I need a change of pace.