Night of the Living Deed Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 4 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 22, 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #161,976 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#504 in Ghost Horror Fiction
#2,195 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,914 in Ghost Mysteries
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"Night of the Living Deed" is the nicely done first book in E.J. Copperman's new Haunted Guest House cozy mystery series. While the idea of ghosts in a cozy mystery is hardly a new one (the book reminds me a bit of Alice Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop series), Copperman adds some nice twists and touches to keep the book interesting and fresh. What really makes this book stand out are the ghosts - especially Maxie who might be the sassiest character (dead or alive) that I've come across in a book. Alison is also a good character - not as Sassy as Maxie but a bit snarky and prone to saying things without thinking them through. Outside of the ghosts (and who can see them), one of the most interesting parts of the book is reading about the repairs Alison is doing on the house. While the book is a cozy mystery and the paranormal aspects are benign (and humorous at times), there are some scary moments, particularly towards the end of the book. The mystery aspects are pretty well done as Copperman deftly mixes in the murders of Maxie and Paul with a more recent murder and death threats against Alison but the book could have used a few more suspects as it was obvious early on who the killer was.
"Night of the Living Deed" is a good cozy mystery and I look forward to reading more books in the series.
The premise of the book is simply. A divorcee, Alison Kerby, returns to her hometown, Harbor Haven, which is on the Jersey Shore, with her nine year old daughter, Melissa. There she buys a rundown, beach front, fixer upper, which she is renovating herself, with the hope of turning it into a year round guest house.
The only fly in her ointment is that her house is occupied by the ghosts of the previous owner, Maxie, and that of Paul, the private investigator she had hired just before she died. Both are insistent that the official declaration of their deaths as suicides is wrong, and that they were, in fact, murdered. The only thing is that being that they are ghosts, they need Alison's help in finding out just who their murderer is.
This book is simply hilarious at times with some engaging, quirky characters, and a wacky, intriguing plot with no shortage of potential suspects. This fast paced, highly entertaining book is the first in a series of haunted guest house mysteries, and I look forward to reading each and every one of them. I am hooked!
The main characters (Alison and Liss) were likable, but the ghosts (Paul and Maxie) were so annoying, especially Maxie. The supporting characters were not very well developed and lacked depth. I wanted Paul to have more experience as a PI. It would have made for a more interesting relationship with Alison; especially if he is going to be featured in the rest of the series.
I think what irritated me the most about this book were all the "witty asides" Alison made to the reader. At first it was cute and yes, amusing; but after a while it got tiresome, distracting, slowed down the plot, and they weren’t all that amusing. The story needs serious editing in that regard. I felt like I was reading a book by another popular (unnamed) author, about an amateur skip-tracer and her quirky family from New Jersey; but with ghosts. Jersey gal never evolved: the witty dialogue and recapping of the main character’s flaws and relationships from book to book was over-done. I lost interest in the series. I doubt Alison will evolve either. However-much I may dislike a book; I hate not finishing it, so I’m glad I finished reading this one. There was a nice little twist at the end of the story which I liked. I teared up...a little. I’m very glad that others liked it…for me it was meh...just so-so. Guess I’m going to go back to the heart-stopping, gut-wrenching, nightmare-causing horror genre.
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I picked up this last summer as I love paranormal mysteries and this sounded like a unique premise. This book does suffer from 'first-book-in-a-series-itis' which dented my enjoyment slightly. There's nothing wrong with the book, but the detailed and meticulous way in which the world and characters are created means that the story takes quite a while (probably half to two thirds of the book) to really get going. This level of world building usually indicates a series that has the potential to run for a long time, and means that subsequent books need very little set up.
The plot is packed full of twists and turns, most set up in incredibly subtle ways that don't show until you're thinking back with hindsight. I love when a mystery follows a path I didn't expect, and this one definitely did that with several 'what?!' moments scattered throughout the book.
In terms of characters, the author has done a great job of collecting the usual cozy mystery cast - the cop, the journalist, the sleuth, the slightly nutty family member, the cute kid, the love interest etc. However the depth and detail of each character presented means that these aren't your cookie cutter characters. I like Alison, especially her snarky sense of humour, but my favourite characters are definitely the ghosts and I'm hoping they stick around for future books. I love how Alison has a dead PI helping her investigate, especially as I've not seen this before.
All in all this was a great mystery to curl up with and I'm looking forward to An Uninvited Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse Mystery) out in April 2011.