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Ghost in the Wind
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #7
E. J. Copperman

December 1, 2015 / ISBN 978-0425269275
Cozy Mystery/Supernatural/Ghosts

Reviewed by Linda Morelli


Alison Kerby runs a haunted guesthouse in Harbor Haven, New Jersey, which features resident ghosts who stage twice daily shows for Alison's paying guests who arrive from Senior Plus Tours. Alison is a single mother with an 11-year-old daughter, Melissa, who is quite intelligent, and a mother who does all the cooking - which is good because Alison doesn't cook. Josh, Alison's beau, provides romantic interest, and even though he doesn't see Alison's ghostly residents, he understands they exist. The ghosts include Alison's father, a gumshoe, Paul, who convinced Alison to obtain a private investigator's license to help ghosts that seek their assistance, and internet expert, Maxie, round up the inhabitants of Alison's Victorian home.

When ghostly ex-musician Vance McTiernan arrives to seek Alison's help in proving his daughter's death a few months before wasn't suicide but murder, Alison is awe-struck. Vance, the lead singer of the Jingles during the 1960s, was her idol. Alison's quick agreement to help Vance over Paul's objections provides added tension, and I wondered if their friendship would suffer. Alison takes on a second investigation when she agrees to help an elderly ghost find her Lester with only a scant description.

I loved the interaction between the ghosts, whose personalities and traits added charm and humor to an intriguing and fast-moving plot. The mystery is solid, packed with twists and turns, and totally engrossing. The ghostly characters have retained their human traits, and Maxie's computer savvy added intrigue to an already great plot.

Ghost in the Wind is my first foray into E. J. Copperman's Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series, and I found it thoroughly engaging and delightful. I laughed out loud too many times to count and enjoyed the surprising twist ending. I loved it and will definitely be reading more of this endearing and captivating series.

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

Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Fiery Surrender, Shadow of a Doubt, and Lani's Challenge.
Reviewed 2016