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Ghost a la Mode

A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Sandra Murphy
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min

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Summary

Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies - and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than 100 years, Granny's spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is served - and she hits pay dirt when she pops in to a séance attended by her great-great-great-granddaughter, modern-day divorced mom Emma Whitecastle. Together, Emma and Granny Apples solve mysteries of the past and the present - starting with Granny's own unjust murder rap in the final days of the California Gold Rush. 

Along with a sprinkling of history, this spirited new mystery series features the amateur sleuth team of Emma Whitecastle and the spirit of her pie-baking great-great-great-grandmother, Granny Apples. 

"Emma handles her 'gift' of seeing the dead with aplomb, and class. I'll look forward to seeing where the sequel will take Emma and Granny." (Deadly Pleasures

"A charming tale, as appealing as apple pie. I predict a long life (and afterlife) for Sue Ann's latest series." (Harley Jane Kozak, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning author of Dating Dead Men)

"Take colorful characters in a charming setting, mix in a dash of romance, add a pinch of the paranormal, and serve it up like one of Granny's famous pies. I guarantee you'll be back for seconds." (Deborah Sharp, author of Mama Rides Shotgun)

©2011 Sue Ann Jaffarian (P)2019 Sue Ann Jaffarian

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  • Susan Crowe
  • 10-05-19

I'm sorry

***I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
I tried listening to this book but i didn't get far at all. The narrator sounded like she was reading to a room of 5 year olds. I restarted five times but finally gave up. I am so sorry, but i was asked to give an honest review. I have no idea if the book is good or not. I didn't get far enough to tell. i gave 3 stars to the story portion because i didn't want to bring the overall rating of this book too far down.

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  • jennifer l mariani
  • 08-06-19

I was Fully engaged

I loved that this story had every element. Mystery, family,relationships. I appreciated the bad guy was able to redeem himself.

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  • Jan M
  • 02-06-19

Apple Pie a la mode

Ghost a la mode is a fun cozy mystery that kept me engaged. I loved how the storyline was original and full of unexpected twists. Sue Ann Jaffarian did a great job creating the unique characters. I loved how the past and present were meshed. Sandra Murphy was perfect performing this book. She brings the characters to life. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Hudson the Basset
  • 30-05-19

Ghosts and Apple Pie

This is a fun cozy ghost mystery. Emma tries to clear up an old murder and exonerate "Granny Apples". There is a pompous talk show host and a crusty rancher to add spice to the story. The only thing that does not ring true is the "romance" between Emma and the rancher. The rancher is very obnoxious at times.
Sandra Murphy does an excellent job as narrator.
I was given this book at my request for an unbiased review.

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  • vanita Thornton
  • 29-05-19

this book was given to me at my request for review

the narrator was really good. enjoyed listening about how Emma could talk and see ghosts., trying to find out who killed her grandmother. and the gold from the land that was owned by the grandparents years ago.

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  • Wanda
  • 28-05-19

Ghosts a plenty

I wasn't sure about this at first but than I got into it.
Granny apples died over 100 years ago and has been looking for someone to prove her innocence for the murder of her husband. When she discovers her great great great granddaughter who see and speak to her. She convinces Emma to help prove she is innocent. Than when she went to the grave yard and there are ghosts everywhere, at least none of them tried to harm her as i have seen in other stories. You have to ask very specific questions if you want an answer from a ghost almost like asking a child a question you get yes or no.. and she has conversations with the ghosts and no one can see them but her so the town folks thinks she wacky.. I enjoyed this book mostly for the humor
I received this free from the author or narrator..

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 26-05-19

a great mystery

a great great mystery it was very enjoyable and kind of fun it was a very good book to listen to I liked it a lot the narrator was very good as well and overall it was a very very good book a wonderful cozy mystery to listen to

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Katie
  • 24-05-19

A ghost of a good time............

Ghost a la Mode is the first in a new paranormal cozy mystery, but the paranormal is only related to ghosts, so I think it could be enjoyed by any mystery lover. Emma is a 44 year-old woman going through a contentious divorce from her philandering husband and her only child is leaving for college, so she is definitely at loose ends. While attending a seance with her best friend Tracy, she realizes that she can see and hear ghosts for the first time in her life. The clairvoyant leading the seance tells her that one of her ancestors, a woman nicknamed Granny Apples for her apple pie baking expertise, was hanged for the murder of her husband. Granny has been waiting 100+ years to prove her innocence, so she attaches herself to Emma, and they travel to a Julian, a small town in Southern California, to see where the crime took place. Thus begins an exciting adventure for Emma and a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end.

Although the mystery and suspense part of the book were excellent, I think I enjoyed the main and secondary characters even more. I loved that Emma was a middle aged woman dealing with the not so nice effects of gravity and time on her body, and that she was struggling to find her place in a new world without a husband and child to ground her. Emma is very nice, but she has a bit of spunk and a definite backbone if you mess with her. I loved her back and forth with both Granny Apples, a highly cantankerous spirit, and with the current owner of her ancestor's homestead, a highly suspicious and combative man. Luckily, Emma's wit and determination win over both in the end, and they lead her to discovering what really happened 100 year ago and what really happened in the present. I highly recommend this mystery for anybody enjoying a good whodunit and an even better character-driven cozy.

Starting with an already excellent story, Sandra Murphy's narration makes Ghost a la Mode even more enjoyable as an audiobook. As always, her performance is flawless, and she differentiates very well between characters. I loved her portrayal of Granny Apples and Emma, of course, but I really enjoyed her portrayal of the male characters as well. I would listen to and recommend anything narrated by Murphy, and this book is an excellent example of why I appreciate her talent as a narrator.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Christina
  • 24-05-19

A charming & fun cozy with a twist!

If you love cozy mysteries with a twist or quirk, then you’ll love this! Emma is a middle aged woman who attends a seance and happens to stumble upon some past family secrets. That’s when she meets the ghost of Granny, her great great great grandmother who was framed for the murder of her husband.
There’s a fun cast of characters in the book, from Granny and the other ghosts, to Emma and her family, to the local townsfolk. The narration is well done, it’s performed in a way that makes the story immersive & Sandra does a great job of differentiating the different voices.

Emma and her mother can both hear “Granny” the ghost while the others can’t, so that’s sets up an interesting dynamic between those who can see them & those who can’t. What begins as a decades old mystery turns into a story about so much more: family dynamics, new murders, love, and adventure.
Don’t worry, it’s not too paranormal, it’s really quite charming and fun!
I was gifted a review copy for my honest review.

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  • Susan Patterson
  • 23-05-19

Well-written!

The audiobook held my attention throughout with all its twists and turns.
I've been to all the places mentioned so I related to the story.

I enjoy cozy mysteries because they don't have foul language and gratuitous sex and violence.

The narrator, Sandra Murphy, did a great job bringing the characters to life.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.