Gem of a Ghost (Ghost of Granny Apples Series #3)

Gem of a Ghost (Ghost of Granny Apples Series #3)

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by Sue Ann Jaffarian
     
 

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Emma Whitecastle would rather spend time with her boyfriend than help Joanna Reid get rid of her husband's ghost. But when she finds out Joanna's daughter has broken her engagement and attempted suicide, Emma and Granny Apples are compelled to investigate.

The multifaceted mystery unfolds in Hollywood, where a vengeful spirit strikes too close for comfort

Overview

Emma Whitecastle would rather spend time with her boyfriend than help Joanna Reid get rid of her husband's ghost. But when she finds out Joanna's daughter has broken her engagement and attempted suicide, Emma and Granny Apples are compelled to investigate.

The multifaceted mystery unfolds in Hollywood, where a vengeful spirit strikes too close for comfort as Emma and Granny unearth a clue hidden in a haunted diamond. When the case leads Emma and a suave stranger to the historic mining town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, Emma must call upon a ghostly group of Molly Maguires to ease the pain of a century-old marriage gone bad.

Praise:

"Jaffarian's welcome third entry in her paranormal series sparkles as brilliantly as the story's haunted diamond."—Library Journal (STARRED REVIEW)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the start of Jaffarian’s sweet and sassy third Granny Apples mystery (after 2011’s Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini), well-to-do Joanna Naiman Reid asks L.A. ghost-speaker Emma Whitecastle to get rid of the ghost of her previous husband, action film star Max Naiman, who died five years earlier and has begun to haunt her. Emma winds up looking into the case of Joanna and Max’s grown daughter, Lainey, who’s recovering from suicide attempts during which she felt compelled by an outside force. Emma gets on the trail of an antique ring housing an angry spirit that eventually leads to the ghosts at the Old Jail in Jim Thorpe, Pa., in scenes rendered credible by thorough historical research. A pleasant flirtation with archeologist Quinn Keenan, approved by Emma’s ghostly Granny Apples, lends interest to Emma’s personal story. Agent: Whitney Lee. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Emma may be just a regular TV host who acts as a ghost buster on the side, but her newest case is particularly troubling. She has just learned that old friends may have been haunted by a piece of jewelry, an heirloom diamond ring that causes people to attempt suicide. When the friends' daughter becomes the latest victim, Emma sees an angry ghost residing inside the gem. When she learns that the cursed ring came from the town of Jim Thorpe, PA, Emma must leave her familiar Southern California base to face the demons on their turf. VERDICT Jaffarian's welcome third entry in her paranormal series (Ghost à la Mode; Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini) sparkles as brilliantly as the story's haunted diamond. Incorporating historical interest with likable characters and steady suspense, she also makes paranormal activity seem plausible. One of the best cozy authors for light chatter and low-key humor, Jaffarian is currently juggling three series with aplomb! Victoria Laurie and Juliet Blackwell would be good read-alikes.
Kirkus Reviews
A diamond engagement ring brings misfortune to its owners. Joanna Reid believes her first husband, action hero Max Naiman, is haunting her years after he sent his car hurtling off a cliff in Malibu. So who better to ask for help than her old friend Emma Whitecastle, host of The Whitecastle Report, a popular cable TV show about the paranormal? But before Emma (Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini, 2011, etc.) can find out exactly what Max wants from his now-remarried widow, their daughter Lainey is hospitalized at a psychiatric facility following a series of attempts on her own life. Lainey blames her troubles either on her absent mother, now absorbed with her new hubby, business mogul Linwood Reid, or on her faltering engagement to pre-med student Keith Goldstein. Emma isn't so sure. A visit to Keith finds him in bed with Lainey's friend, Summer Perkins, who gets up and promptly plunges to her death from the condo's balcony. But Emma catches a glimpse of a supernatural being on Lainey's engagement ring, which Summer wore until just before her fall. And this spirit--unlike the ghost of Emma's own Granny Apples, who's generally helpful, although stubborn as a mule--seems bent on destruction. Tracing the ring's history sends Emma on a cross-country jaunt to the rural Pennsylvania town of Mauch Chunk, lately reborn as tourist destination Jim Thorpe. She's accompanied not only by the redoubtable Granny Apples, but by Quinn Keenan, adventurer and former guest on her TV show, whose Indiana Jones good looks and determined attentiveness spell trouble for Emma's romance with rancher Phil Bowers. Emma's third adventure takes the series from a quirky niche of its own right into the murky stew of mystery soaps.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738731247
Publisher:
Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date:
02/08/2012
Series:
A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
79,105
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery series—Odelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Rose—and also writes general fiction and short stories. She is widely sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

For the most up-to-date list of all Sue Ann's activities, visit the calendar page at www.sueannjaffarian.com.

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"Sue Ann Jaffarian never fails to make me chuckle with her three mystery series starring paralegal Odelia Grey, ghost Granny Apples, and now Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries


Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time paralegal who lives and works in Los Angeles. A member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters In Crime, Sue Ann is the author of three mystery series—Odelia Grey, Ghost of Granny Apples, and Madison Rose—and also writes general fiction and short stories. She is widely sought after as a motivational and humorous speaker.

For the most up-to-date list of all Sue Ann's activities, visit the calendar page at www.sueannjaffarian.com.

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"Sue Ann Jaffarian never fails to make me chuckle with her three mystery series starring paralegal Odelia Grey, ghost Granny Apples, and now Murder in Vein, starring friendly, and not-so-friendly, neighborhood vampires."
Joanne Fluke, New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen Mysteries

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Gem of a Ghost 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Ann's writing! There are always unexpected twists and turns and she is great at drawing the reader into the story. You feel that you are standing side-by-side with Emma solving the crimes and being amongst the ghosts. Enjoyed the historical references to the town in Pennsylvania and would like to visit the sights where the premise of the story takes place. I imagine a trip there would envsion your mind as if you were stepping back in time and making the story come alive. Maybe you'd even meet a few of the ghosts along the way! I am at the edge of my seat waiting for the fourth book in the series and anticipating how Emma's relationship with Phil and her new interest, Quinn will turn out. A bit of mystery, suspense, history, family, and love all wrapped up in each story. What else could you ask for?
Silverlocks67 More than 1 year ago
Sue Ann Jaffarian is one of my favorite authors. While reading her books, you feel as if you are right there with the characters. The Granny Apples series is such a fun read. Granny is hilarious and the type of Grandma we would all like to have. :-)
AllieKatMO More than 1 year ago
Better and better, nice spooky parts as well as believable characters. I look forward to more in this series.
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a really fun, light mystery series.
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If you enjoy light reading, this is the book for you. I rarely do not finish a book, even one I'm not enjoying a great deal. But, even after resorting to skimming, I still couldn't handle the cloying preciousness of the characters and the complete lack of any depth or imagination in the plot. Seriously, please tell me adults do not really enjoy and recommend this trash!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 3rd bood in the Granny Apple series is the best yet. I love the characters and the story line. Can't wait to read the next one!
Laced More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered this series and have read all that are published. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the books and cannot wait for the next book. Sit, read, laugh a little, and enjoy!
Lovemyprince More than 1 year ago
I already wrote a review for the first book & forgot to make it 5 stars :( It was fanstastic as weel as the second & this one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I joyed read the hole series of the ghost la mode books and its not just for kids . I hated to it down when i had too but came right to it. I think sue ann should write more of this series . It was really really great thank you for a great series sue ann
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyable read
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So much fun and entertaining. Love Granny and mystery/plot is very intriguing. Lots of openings in the story for new episodes..can't wait to see what will happen in the next book. Keep up the great writing.
NettAL More than 1 year ago
Love this author!! I highly recommend this series...
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This is the nursey where the kits play and the queens watch their kits!