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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Witty, charming and magical describe the entertaining first Haunted Guest House mystery

After her divorce from Steven AKA as the Swine, Alison Kirby wants to start over with her nine years old daughter Melissa. She buys a seven bedroom four bath fixer upper beach house and does her own repairs. Her plan is to open up a guest house; sans breakfast. Her p...
After her divorce from Steven AKA as the Swine, Alison Kirby wants to start over with her nine years old daughter Melissa. She buys a seven bedroom four bath fixer upper beach house and does her own repairs. Her plan is to open up a guest house; sans breakfast. Her project is coming along nicely until a bucket of compound falls on her head; knocking Alison out cold. When she awakens she sees the ghost of Maxie Moline and her bodyguard private detective Paul Harrison.

They both died in the house with the official verdict being a double suicide. Paul insists they never took the sleeping pills that caused their deaths; instead he claims to Alison someone poisoned them. They plead with Alison to look into their contention, but she says no until Maxie's antics drive her crazy so feeling like a victim of emotional erosion she agrees. Alison soon receives threatening emails and phone calls in which she is told they want "it" as she investigates what happened to the ghosts and links that to the threats to her. She finds a suspect, but to prove her belief requires her to employ extraordinary measures as deadlines leave her in a cemetery on Halloween night.

Witty, charming and magical describe the entertaining first Haunted Guest House mystery. The spirits interact with Alison, her daughter and mother as if they are alive; especially moxie Maxie with her antics to blackmail the heroine into investigating her demise. In between home repairs, a very frightened Alison tries to determine who is terrifying her and if the threat is tied to the deaths of her ghostly houseguests. Her trepidation and her relationship with her daughter make for an enjoyable paranormal amateur sleuth tale.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on April 9, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not The Jersey Shore You Think It Is

I read NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED by EJ Copperman as an exercise in supporting local writers. You see I am from New Jersey and EJ Copperman is as well. His ghost/mystery story NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED (referred to as NotLD from here on) is a story based in New Jersey. Tho...
I read NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED by EJ Copperman as an exercise in supporting local writers. You see I am from New Jersey and EJ Copperman is as well. His ghost/mystery story NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED (referred to as NotLD from here on) is a story based in New Jersey. Though mysteries are outside my normal scope of reading, I still thoroughly enjoyed this one.

The story is set in a fictional town along the Jersey Shore. Though the town is fictional all other locals mentioned are very real places in New Jersey. This gave a very authentic feel to both the story and the characters that inhabit it. That sense of authenticity bleed through every part of this book. At it's heart this story is an every mystery but to really function it needs to identify with it's Jersey short roots.

Geography aside, NothLD presents very strong and well developed characters. Every personal presented is believable and likable (or dislikeable) based on the traits and actions presented. The writing is seamless and easy going. Though the theme of murder and deciete is prevalent throughout the story, it does not weigh heavily on the psyche.

The ghost aspect of the story is played up in the synopsis. To be certain there are ghosts but make no mistake this is a mystery at it's heart. There ghosts are characters the same as the living. That does not mean they are forgettable either. They functioned and felt just like the ghosts of Gena Davis and Baldwin in Beetlejuice. As real as anyone else just they are dead.

All in all this is a straight forward mystery. The ending is not too much of a shocker. Though the book serves as book one of a series it works well as a stand alone story. There are no cliffhangars. This book sets up a series on the strength of it's characters and not a continuation of it's plot.

posted by NJMetal on January 28, 2013

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  • Posted January 28, 2013

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    Not The Jersey Shore You Think It Is

    I read NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED by EJ Copperman as an exercise in supporting local writers. You see I am from New Jersey and EJ Copperman is as well. His ghost/mystery story NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEED (referred to as NotLD from here on) is a story based in New Jersey. Though mysteries are outside my normal scope of reading, I still thoroughly enjoyed this one.

    The story is set in a fictional town along the Jersey Shore. Though the town is fictional all other locals mentioned are very real places in New Jersey. This gave a very authentic feel to both the story and the characters that inhabit it. That sense of authenticity bleed through every part of this book. At it's heart this story is an every mystery but to really function it needs to identify with it's Jersey short roots.

    Geography aside, NothLD presents very strong and well developed characters. Every personal presented is believable and likable (or dislikeable) based on the traits and actions presented. The writing is seamless and easy going. Though the theme of murder and deciete is prevalent throughout the story, it does not weigh heavily on the psyche.

    The ghost aspect of the story is played up in the synopsis. To be certain there are ghosts but make no mistake this is a mystery at it's heart. There ghosts are characters the same as the living. That does not mean they are forgettable either. They functioned and felt just like the ghosts of Gena Davis and Baldwin in Beetlejuice. As real as anyone else just they are dead.

    All in all this is a straight forward mystery. The ending is not too much of a shocker. Though the book serves as book one of a series it works well as a stand alone story. There are no cliffhangars. This book sets up a series on the strength of it's characters and not a continuation of it's plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Humorous Mystery

    This is a combination mystery, ghost story with a little romantic possibility thrown in.
    Plus it is funny. It is a good change for those of us who like mysteries but not ones
    with a lot of gore and hard boiled police work. The characters are likable and there's enough of a mystery to keep you guessing.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    LOttsa fun

    Another series that has to be added to my library. What a fun way to pass a rainy afternoon! A quick and enjoyable read.

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