Haunted Guest House # 2
Berkley Prime Crime
April 5, 2011 / ISBN 978-0425240588
by Linda Morelli
Alison Kerby returned to her Jersey Shore hometown with her ten-year-old
daughter to start a new life by transforming a Victorian fixer-upper
into a charming, profitable guesthouse. One small problem: the house
is haunted by two ghosts, Paul Harrison, a steadfast private eye,
and Maxine Malone, with whom he was working when they were killed.
Paul and a pouty Maxine have agreed to help Alison provide a “haunting”
experience for her houseguests. In return, Alison will work on an
occasional mystery for Paul of the “otherworldly” nature.
Paul asks her to help Scott McFarlane, a sightless ghost who fears
he may have killed 80-year-old Arlice Crosby during a prank. Then
TV producer Trent Avalon learns that her place is haunted and asks
for use of the guesthouse for his reality show. The senior guests
are thrilled by the “double-billing” and Alison can
use the money.
After the four cast members and a film crew arrives, Alison discovers
that Arlice is alive and would love to attend that evening’s
séance. When the old lady is killed at the guesthouse, her
attorney hires Alison to find the killer. Then one of the reality
show stars disappears and Trent asks for her help. Alison now has
two cases, a house full of suspects, and a killer on the loose.
E. J. Copperman’s humorous paranormal mystery hooked me from
the first page. An Uninvited Ghost has a tightly knit plot,
studded with funny situations and charming characters. Alison’s
wisecracking often made me laugh out loud, and though a ghost, Paul
has much to teach Alison. Alison’s daughter and mother are
wonderful additions, as is the determined female sheriff. Add to
this a group of elderly folks just dying to see ghostly spirits
and you have a thoroughly enjoyable read.
First in the
series is Night
of the Living Deed
of other titles in the series
Uninvited Ghost #2
of a Ghost
in the Wind #7
Hostess with the Ghostess #9