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Editor reviews

In the third installment of Haunted Guesthouse, ghost host Alison Kerby takes on more unfinished business for her supernatural friends. The in-law ghosts at Alison’s guesthouse present her a pair of romantic riddles: Maxie is after her ex-husband’s killer, while Paul asks Alison to deliver a parting present to his near-fiancée, still among the living. Meanwhile, supernatural sleuth Alison has her own maudlin misadventure when her ex-husband, aka "The Swine", shows up in search of a second chance. Actress Amanda Ronconi captures the cozy quirkiness that informs author E. J. Copperman’s playful take on the paranormal. Ronconi reprises her role as haunted heroine Alison, an overworked, underappreciated mother - frequently fatigued, but nevertheless full of love, loyalty, and warmth for her family, both living and dead.

Summary

The ghosts haunting Alison Kerby's Jersey Shore guesthouse are sad. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, and Paul pines for his still-living almost-fiancee. The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison-because The Swine just arrived on her doorstep...

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

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Charming and funny.

I love the everyday humour in this series, most situations are comedy gold. Also, I've become very fond of the main characters.

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  • TK
  • 21-04-22

Does not disappoint

This is my third book in the series - I have been reading them since I discovered the author several days ago. Good story, lovable characters, funny, brilliantly narrated. Cannot recommend enough.

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Great read

once again I have thoroughly enjoyed this book cannot wait to see what the next book brings,

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Pity about narrator

It’s a sweet fantasy/ghost story, simple and a bit formulaic but a cosy read. However so slapstick comments are too snarky and I find the narrator’s voice to be quite grating. Spoiled it for me.

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Incredibly well thought out mysteries! New and very unexpected characters. These books just keep getting better and better. The narrator is fabulous!

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Good Book

Nice light ghostly story, well written & performed, with an interesting twist on whodunnit.

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  • 12-01-22

Very good performance

I like these series; they are different and they are light and easy to listen. I think the narrator is brilliant!

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A little depressing to start with, it did get more positive as the book continued. I guessed one outcome, but there was an unexpected twist too.
Will listen to the next one with interest.

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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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A gentle tale set in a haunted guesthouse

What did you like most about Old Haunts?

I liked the setting of this story, the return to the familiar guesthouse with its resident ghosts and the gentle detective story told as well.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the way the difference threads tied up at the end, and the way that throw away information from early parts of the story, came to have significant meaning later on. Least interesting? Well some of it was a bit obvious and I did get to a conclusion on certain aspects of the detection before Ms Kirby did.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to a few of Ms Ronconi's performances and she always makes a good job of them. She is always clear and well paced and makes some distinction between the different characters.

Any additional comments?

This was just an easy listen, nothing too taxing but perfect for commuting or whilst doing other tasks. A well written story, with good narration. Have already bought the next in the series!

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  • Tiffini
  • 16-12-14

More of the same.

I did enjoy the book and did move on to the fourth in the series, but overall I found the character's growth in this book a little lacking. Amanda Ronconi still delivers, but even she seemed tired in places. If you enjoyed the first two, I believe much like I did, you will overall enjoy this installment.

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  • Felicia The Geeky Blogger
  • 18-06-14

Fun!

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First Thought when Finished: An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman was a fun entry into the series. The characters are just fantastic!

Story Thoughts: Oh My! What do you do when you turn your house into a B&B and then someone ends up dead? Well if you are Alison you try not to investigate but with pesky ghosts bugging you too, you end up doing it anyway! The mystery was fun in An Uninvited Ghost. You could mostly tell who was responsible about half way though but watching the story play out was still entertaining. One of the things I love about this series is the police are involved. Alison does work with them and even tries to stay out of the way. Things never quite go that well for her but at least she tries. I think most cozy mystery lovers will like the mystery and how it plays out!

Character Thoughts: Let's talk ghosts! I don't think there is a better duo of ghosts than Paul and Maxie. They both bring such life to the series. Neither has been dead very long so you get some "growing" pains and adjustments that just make you laugh (and sometimes tear up). Ali is a kick butt leading lady. She is a single mother to a very smart kid and has a mother that is supportive (and yet a little off). Of course, all 3 can see ghosts so that plays into their personalities as well. The "Off The Shore" cast that was in this book was hilarious and the "Old Folks Vacationers" were delight too. EJ Cooperman just writes good characters!

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Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi /Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins


I almost sound like a broken record where Amanda's narration is concerned but I have never heard her do a bad job--EVER! Seriously she just does quirky better than anyone. She has great pacing and just the right amount of "snark" in her voice. I adore her narration.

Final Thoughts: I am off to get the 3rd book in the series :)

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  • Beatrice
  • 19-01-14

This is a great book

This might be the best in the series. I love the character development of the ghost and the rest of the characters. The story was well paced and funny. I can't wait to read the next book.

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  • Mary Elizabeth Reynolds
  • 09-03-14

great start to series

this is a light whodunit with a dash of the paranormal and heroine who isn't--her coming to grips with sharing a home with ghosts as a single mother is an enjoyable listen. The narrator is wonderful and doesn't overplay the new jersey. There's little back story, it all unfolds in the present.

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  • Rita
  • 15-06-14

Interesting concept

What did you love best about Old Haunts?

I listened to the 1st book in this series a few months ago and was pulled into the story line and so far have enjoyed this series. I listen to the books often on road trips and husband enjoyed listening to this one as well and when it completed asked do you have anymore of those stories? It captured his and my attention and had some "different concepts" of how someone may think about those who have passed on "miss" certain aspects...

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Love this series and enjoy listening with husband with this series.

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  • asassyvic
  • 01-07-15

Guest Houses with Ghost are the Best

If you could sum up Old Haunts in three words, what would they be?

Fun, funny, Funniest.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Absolutely, between the Paul and Maxie's constant interference and nagging of Alison Kerby, to trying to raise a preteen daughter, and a mother who smothers her in love, there is no end to the antics and situations to keep one interested.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Love all of the narrations by Amanda Ronconi,

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

A Haunted Guest House

Any additional comments?

Such a fun series, I promise you will not be disappointed.

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  • Farrell
  • 11-01-15

Cute

Nice little cozy. Kind of predictable but an OK listen. I'll probably continue with the series. Maybe it'll get better.

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  • Jan
  • 25-08-18

Fun!

supernatural, family-dynamics, ghosts, private-investigators, murder-investigation, law-enforcement, snarky

Alison can't get rid of her visiting ex husband, Maxie wants to know who killed her sort of ex husband, and Paul needs to know what has happened to the woman he loved. But everything goes sideways and twisty. Still a fun book.
Amanda Ronconi continues to be excellent as narrator!

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  • Rene Bellis
  • 30-10-14

Excellent book! I really enjoyed it.

Where does Old Haunts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's definitely at the top of my list.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the ghosts seemed so real as people and how they interact with Alison and her daughter.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

I really like her sarcastic, witty style of reading, as in the first book, "Night of the Living Deed." She brings a special theatrical theme to the book's story line.

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

It made me laugh because parts are so entertainingly funny.

Any additional comments?

I just ordered three more E.J. Copperman books!! I guess that speaks for itself.

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  • Berryjazzy
  • 29-01-21

Snarkylarious

Both the internal and external dialogue are funny funny! Not too much excess descriptive dialogue either!

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