Behind the Wheel by
E. J. Copperman blends a mystery with plenty of humor. It
is a ghostly tale that will keep readers smiling throughout
Copperman noted, “Some people believe the dead continue
to exist in some way and others believe it is silly. Everyone
wishes they could experience the presence of those who have
passed away. Those that do believe in ghosts think that they
can communicate with their lost loved ones.”
In the first book of the series, Alison Kerby has purchased
an inn on the New Jersey shore, But she got more than she
bargained for after finding out it came with some ghosts.
This haunted guesthouse included Paul Harrison, her resident
ghost detective and Maxine Malone, a twenty-eight-year-old
budding interior designer until she was poisoned. The only
ones that seem to be able to communicate with the pair are
Alison, her mother, and her daughter.
"I based the ghosts on the old Topper series. They essentially
exist to irritate the main character and push her into areas
she does not want to go. I think Maxine is a bit self-centered
and not very mature. She pushes Alison's buttons more than
anybody else. Paul is the complete opposite since he is cerebral,
quiet, sensitive, and has high regard for people's feelings."
Because Alison wants to devote herself to bringing guests
to the Inn, she has no time for detective investigations.
She is thrown into it again after the exposure of a 1977 Lincoln
Continental buried in the sand, behind Alison's guesthouse,
with a skeleton still belted in behind the steering wheel.
The ghostly Paul is delighted he will have more investigative
work. Instead of Alison, he pairs up with her new husband,
Josh, who is most interested in the case. He might not be
able to see or hear the ghosts, but he's found a way to communicate
through texting. In probing, what happened with this Cold
Case murder everyone in the Inn becomes endangered and the
detectives must get to the bottom of it before someone else
"I love writing humor into the stories. This is why I
wanted to make sure I wrote Alison as a real Jersey girl who
grew up at the Shore. She has a lot of attitude and will tell
people the natural language of New Jersey is sarcasm. She
speaks it fluently. I had a conversation with an editor who
wanted me to write something serious. I do not have that muscle,
nor am I capable of writing something serious. This is partially
due to my own reading habits. It does not work for me to read
something completely sober. I think my stories are comedies
with a mystery surrounding it."
The author does a good job with the dialogue. Alison’s
sarcasm and quips will keep the readers spirits up. This character-driven
story features amusing, quirky ghosts and a strong family