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Chance of a Ghost
Haunted Guest House #4
E J Copperman

Berkley Prime Crime
Feb 2013/ 978-0-425-25168-3

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Alison Kerby and her daughter Liss, live among the dead. That’s not as bad as it sounds. They live in a guesthouse haunted by two friendly spirits, and both of them can see and talk to friendly ghosts Paul and Maxie. Alison is also a private investigator on the side. She doesn’t get many cases though.

Yet she now faces her most difficult case yet. Where has the ghost of her father gone? Although this is new information to Alison, her dad’s spirit had been visiting her mother on a regular basis since his death. Interacting with dead people is a talent of her mother’s too. Suddenly, he has stopped, but another spirit visits instead. He calls himself Lawrence Laurentz, soon to be revealed as a “stage name,” aka alias. Lawrence insists that he was murdered when someone invisible threw a toaster into his bath water. He claims that he needs Alison to solve his murder, and that in exchange he will get messages to her father, and bring back replies. Alison agrees to take the case, and will get by with a little help from her friends. Those friends being her living friend Jeannie and the ghosts in residence, Paul and Maxie.

I love the concept of this series. Ghosts helping the living solve crime. Especially this story, with the living and the dead working together to solve the murder of another ghost. Nothing about this ghost story is scary though. In fact, it’s downright hilarious. The characters, both of this world and the world beyond, are realistic, smart, and quirky.

You won’t want to miss this ghostly cozy mystery, full of enough wit, charm, and supernatural hijinks to keep you turning the pages well past midnight.

If you are a fan of Carolyn Hart’s “Baily Ruth Mystery Series,” you’ll love the Haunted Guest House series. E. J. Copperman also writes as Jeff Cohen.

Reviews of other titles in the series

An Uninvited Ghost #2
Chance of a Ghost
Ghost in the Wind #7
The Hostess with the Ghostess #9

Reviewed 2013