Ghost a la Mode (Ghost of Granny Apples Series #1)

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A new series debut from Odelia Grey mystery author Sue Ann Jaffarian!

Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies-and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than one hundred years, Granny's spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is served—and she hits pay dirt when she pops in to a séance attended by her great-great-great-granddaughter, ...

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Overview

A new series debut from Odelia Grey mystery author Sue Ann Jaffarian!

Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies-and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than one hundred years, Granny's spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is served—and she hits pay dirt when she pops in to a séance attended by her great-great-great-granddaughter, modern-day divorced mom Emma Whitecastle. Together, Emma and Granny Apples solve mysteries of the past—starting with Granny's own unjust murder rap in the final days of the California Gold Rush.

Along with a sprinkling of history, this spirited new mystery series features the amateur sleuth team of Emma Whitecastle and the spirit of her pie-baking great-great-great-grandmother, Granny Apples.

"A charming tale, as appealing as apple pie. I predict a long life (and afterlife) for Sue Ann's latest series."—Harley Jane Kozak,
Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-winning author of Dating Dead Men

"Take colorful characters in a charming setting, mix in a dash of romance, add a pinch of the paranormal, and serve it up like one of Granny's famous pies.
I guarantee you'll be back for seconds."
Deborah Sharp, author of Mama Rides Shotgun

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This delectable first in a new paranormal cozy series from Jaffarian (Booby Trap) introduces Ish Reynolds (aka “Granny Apples”), a charming turn-of-the-20th-century spirit and pie maker, who asks Emma Whitecastle, her great-great-great-granddaughter, to prove her innocent of murdering her husband, Jacob Reynolds. Strung up by vigilantes in retribution for the crime, Granny Apples first tried haunting Emma's mother, Elizabeth, who couldn't handle her visitations. Emma, who's in the midst of divorcing her obnoxious TV talk show husband, is ripe for a diversion. After getting advice about her new clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities from psychic Milo Ravenscroft, Emma goes to Julian, a former mining town near San Diego, Calif., to research Ish's story. Emma's fluttery feelings for Phil Bower, a crusty rancher and lawyer who owns Granny's old property, add zest to this appealing ghost story. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
The creator of plus-sized paralegal Odelia Grey (Booby Trap, 2008, etc.) launches a new series featuring a California clairvoyant. Emma Whitecastle sees dead people. Her first ghost is her recently deceased Aunt Kitty, who shows up while Emma's still recovering from seeing her self-involved ex Grant, soon-to-be trophy wife and adorable new baby in tow, at her daughter Kelly's graduation party. But Kitty's just an appetizer. The main course is Emma's several-times-great-grandmother Ish Reynolds, who really should be dessert, since she was known in her day as Granny Apples for her fabulous pies. Despite her oldster nickname, Ish died in her early 40s when she was lynched for the murder of her husband Jacob. Now the feisty phantom wants Emma to clear the family name by finding out who really killed Jacob. Since Emma has been camping at her parents' house while she waits for Grant to offer a settlement she can live with, she's only too willing to drive out to the Reynolds' former homestead in Julian, now a quaint tourist destination east of San Diego. In popular room ten of the Julian Hotel, she meets resident ghost Albert Robinson, who gives her a quick tutorial in local history, and Billy Winslow, whose spirit doesn't want to leave his burial site. But it's the live folks, especially charming, irascible Phil Bowers, current owner of the old Reynolds property, who provide the greatest challenge and the most promise. A half-baked franchise debut most likely to appeal to paranormal-mystery buffs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738713809
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/8/2009
  • Series: Ghost of Granny Apples Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 220,285
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Waiting for the next book.

    I have read other books by the Author and this one was no disapointment, it has a different kind of story, and lets you wander what is going to happen next. I thought I had it all figured out and I was off a little, so I had to go back and reread to see where I had missed stuff.

    Like I said I am waiting for the next book.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 22, 2011

    highly recommended

    from the storyline to the creative way this author writes. i loved this book and her second story also. I felt I was in the story and didn't get much done when I was reading both. Enjoy.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Very fun, light-hearted novel!

    If you like mixed genres,this book has a few for you! I'd have to call this a humorous paranormal mystery with a touch of romance. I look forward to reading more books by this author. Jaffarian has a fun sense of humor and weaves an interesting tale. A good, light read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

    Light reading, but well done

    Enjoyed this murder mystery done with a bit of a ghost twist

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Wonderful read

    Kept me guessing until the very end. Very well written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    This is an excellent read - light but surprising. Yes, there are ghosts but it's done in "not in your face" way. There's some romance - but done with subtly. I have to confess the manner in which the book is written is soft and there's a tear jerker moment at the end. I enjoyed this book and am looking for others by this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Great read & free!

    This book is proof that a good book can be written without sex and profanity. An interesting story that keeps you reading right up to the end. This one was free, but I will be buying the next two in the series!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Loved it

    Cute, entertaining, well written, funny in places, no sex, violence or cursing, what more can you ask for? I would recommend this highly!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed!

    I had never read anything by this author, but loved this book. I will think twice about what my dog barks at that I cannot see!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Thoroughly delightful!

    Ghost, spirits, mystery and a little romance all wrapped up in one story. It reminded me a little to "Topper". Spirits that have passed on being able to communicate with the living and helping each other solve the problem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    OUTSTANDING

    I love ghost stories. I have never read a story by Sue Ann Jaffarian. When I saw this one for free, I thought what have I got to lose. It was fantastic. A really enjoyable story with some twists and turns along the way. Highly, highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended!

    Read this book in one day! Enjoyed it immensely!!! Totally wish I could sit and have coffee with my Granny! What a wonderful way to start the day! Just a thought!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    Light & Fun Crazy Read

    Totally silly concept with good characters and a great side step from my usual mysteries...will read more of this series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Hey

    Is this ok for a 13 yearold

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Reading Now

    I'm about 30 percent thru this book so far its been great and I'm loving that I can laugh with the characters in the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Ghost ala Mode

    A nice read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Greedy author.

    One of those books that isn't discounted at all even though there isn't any paper to print on or book to be shippped out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    This was the first book I have read by the author.  Her writing

    This was the first book I have read by the author.  Her writing is entertaining, and I will be looking for other books by her to read. It is easy to stop reading and then pick up where you left off, with no need to go back and reread  some to refresh your  memory.

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

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    Fun series

    I loved the characters of this book, along with the ghost concept. A great first book to an interesting series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    What a fun read

    This was really fun to read

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