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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Friday, April 22, 2011

An Uninvited Ghost by E J Copperman

An Uninvited Ghost is the second book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries by E J Copperman. In this second book, Alison Kerby and her precocious 10 year old daughter Melissa are welcoming the first paying customers to their guesthouse on the New Jersey Shore. This first group is mostly made up of seniors, who are excited to be staying in a haunted house.

Alison's guesthouse has two resident ghosts, former PI Paul, and his former client and also former home owner Maxie. Paul and Maxie's murders were the impetus of Night of the Living Deed, the first book in the series.

Along with having her first paying guests, Alison is also playing host to the filming of a Jersey Shore-type reality show. To add to the madness, as part of her agreement to get Paul and Maxie to perform ghostly tricks for the guests, Alison must help Paul with PI work. Paul has already found their first dearly departed client. The case appears to be an easy one, see if anyone was grievously hurt or killed by a "prank" the ghost, Scott, had been involved in.

At least it should have been easy, but after Alison hit it off with the target of the prank during a visit to determine her well being, the elderly woman comes to a seance at the guesthouse. Of course, this being a murder mystery, the old woman ends up dead, and Alison feels the need to investigate to keep her guesthouse's reputation from being damaged.

This series is a lot of fun. I like Alison, I love her daughter Melissa, and there's a cast full of great supporting characters to help Alison discover the killer. I will definitely read the next book in this great cozy series. I could hardly put it down, even while on a Caribbean vacation!

I'm going to give An Uninvited Ghost by E J Copperman, 1 bookmark.

Next up, The Hangman's Daughter. Just a little over a week until the next Sookie Stackhouse book!