Night of the Living Deed
By: E.J. Copperman
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Book 1 in the Haunted Guesthouse series
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
Release date: 10-22-13
Publisher: Audible Studios
Genre: Cozy, Ghost, Supernatural, Woman Sleuth
My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.
Welcome to the first Haunted Guest House mystery - the getaway every reader can afford.
Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.
©2010 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Alison is a new divorcee who has returned to her hometown with her nine-year-old daughter, Melissa. Alison plans to turn a Victorian ‘estate’ home on the Jersey Shore into a guest house for vacationers. Shortly after beginning the remodeling of the house, she begins to experience unusual events, one of which knocks her out. When she comes to, she is surprised to have a man and a woman hovering over her. The problem is, they aren’t real people… they are ghosts. Alison learns that Maxi, the former owner of the house, and Paul, a private detective she hired, were murdered, and died in the house.
Alison doesn’t want her friends to think she is crazy, but she soon realizes that Melissa can see the ghosts too and she hasn’t been shy about sharing the sightings with her school friends. More disturbing is the fact that Alison receives threats to get out of the house. The local police detective doesn’t give the threats much credit, so Alison sets out to investigate with the insistence and guidance of Paul.
This is a fun listen with some tongue in cheek banter. Maxi is a bit of a pistol who is ready to take her frustrations and resentment out on Alison. The investigation leads Alison to interview various characters, several of whom had opportunity and possible money motives. Alison also finds a spark with Melissa’s history teacher who is eager to see the house and has a theory why someone may be pushing to get the owners out of the house. I like the deed and history connection.
I enjoyed the characters, living and deceased, and the mystery. There are a couple of fun twists as the story reaches resolution. I am glad that I have more books in the series which came free through the Audible Plus catalog. I recommend this to fans of cozy mysteries with ghostly ‘friends’.
Audio Notes: Amanda Ronconi is a fine narrator who delivers these characters with fitting voices and distinguishing quirks. The audio enhanced my enjoyment of the story.
Source: October 2020 Audible Plus Catalog. This qualifies for 2021Audiobook goal.