Ghost of a Gamble

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Spiritual medium Emma Whitecastle knows a good ghost when she feels one—like her own sweet Granny Apples, long gone but still as famous for her apple pies as she is for helping her great-great-great-granddaughter get to the core of the most baffling mysteries...

When Emma gets word of a sticky spirit problem in Las Vegas, she and the ghost of Granny Apples hit the road for Sin City. The spooked one is Dolly, a former showgirl. Dolly is haunted by Lenny, a dead Vegas hood worried...

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Overview

Spiritual medium Emma Whitecastle knows a good ghost when she feels one—like her own sweet Granny Apples, long gone but still as famous for her apple pies as she is for helping her great-great-great-granddaughter get to the core of the most baffling mysteries...

When Emma gets word of a sticky spirit problem in Las Vegas, she and the ghost of Granny Apples hit the road for Sin City. The spooked one is Dolly, a former showgirl. Dolly is haunted by Lenny, a dead Vegas hood worried about an aging mobster named Nemo coming after the leggy old bombshell. Dolly’s playing dumb, but Emma’s making a blind bet that she knows more about Nemo than she admits.

When Nemo is found dead, Dolly goes missing—and lands herself on a short list of suspects. Emma, Granny, and their pals comb Las Vegas to find her, only to discover the truth behind a casino heist gone bad, a hidden stash of stolen loot, and a missing wise guy who’s not letting death come between him and setting things straight. And Emma and Granny Apples aren’t about to fold until they save Dolly’s neck and put her past to rest.

Praise for the Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries

“Officially proves the vivacious Jaffarian is the literary heir apparent to Lucille Ball!...A rollicking good time...refreshing, enthralling, and absolutely scrumptious! Jaffarian blends...an eclectic mix of laugh-out-loud fun, heart-touching moments, whimsy, and rapid-fire page turning...[Jaffarian]...deserves a standing ovation.” —The Book Resort

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Praise for the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series:

“Likable characters and steady suspense… [Sue Ann Jaffarian] makes paranormal activity seem plausible. One of the best cozy authors for light chatter and low-key humor.”—Library Journal

“A charming tale, as appealing as apple pie.” —Harley Jane Kozak

“Delectable…introduces Ish Reynolds (aka ‘Granny Apples’), a charming turn-of-the-20th-century spirit and pie maker.” —Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425262177
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Series: Ghost of Granny Apples Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 103,665
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Ann Jaffarian is the critically acclaimed author of three mystery series: the Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries, the Odelia Grey Mysteries, and the Madison Rose Vampire Mysteries. In addition to being a writer, Sue Ann is a full-time paralegal for a Los Angeles law firm and a sought-after motivational speaker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

    Love, love, love

    This Granny Apples series is so good! Following the characters as they do what they do to help others, and mature into their abilities is a lot of fun. I read her ebook short story as well. Will continue to get them for myself, parents and sister. We all enjoy them!

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

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    Road Trip to Vegas - With Ghosts Emma is surprised when her fri

    Road Trip to Vegas - With Ghosts

    Emma is surprised when her friend and mentor Milo asks for her help with a ghost in his mother Dolly's townhome.  After all, he is a talented medium in his own right.  But she would do anything for her friend, so she heads to Vegas.

    When she arrives, she learns that ghost seems to be staying near a light bulb in Dolly's kitchen.  What's even more surprising is that Emma is the first one to make contact with the spirit that Dolly has nicknamed Lenny the Lightbulb.  But all Emma is able to get out of the spirit is that &quot;Nemo's boys are coming for you&quot; before there is a suspicious death and a kidnapping.  Just what has Emma gotten herself into this time?

    What she's gotten into is lots of fun for us.  The book starts strongly and the pace never lags.  There were plenty of twists and turns as Emma and Granny pieced together the clues.  The climax was very suspenseful and kept me glued to the pages.

    The characters in this series are always strong, and this book is no exception.  And those worried about a long drawn out love triangle need not fear.  It is all resolved here, although how I'm not going to spoil.

    So set aside some time and enjoy a trip to the crime side of Vegas.  It will be well worth it for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Ghost Of A Gamble is the fourth book in the A Ghost Of Granny Ap

    Ghost Of A Gamble is the fourth book in the A Ghost Of Granny Apples Mystery series and the first published by Berkley. There are two e-book novellas also available.

    This is a really delightful series and this was a wonderful addition. I thought it was a little less light hearted than previous books.

    Milo, Emma's mentor and fellow psychic, has asked her to visit his mother, Dolly, at her home in Las Vegas. Dolly is a retired dancer on the strip and now does fortunetelling. When Emma arrives she doesn't sense the presence of any spirits, but does notice that the young infant that Dolly is sitting is fascinated by the light fixture in the ceiling. Dolly refers to it as Lenny the Lightbulb. Emma soon learns that Lenny is in fact Lenny is a deceased Vegas hood. Lenny and another hood, Nemo, had robbed a casino but Lenny had never given Nemo his share of the loot. Nemo has vowed that he will do whatever is necessary to get his share of the money. Just after Dolly visit Nemo, he dies and Dolly goes missing. They soon find out that Dolly is being held by some of Nemo's people until the spirit of Lenny lets them know where the stolen money is hidden So Emma and her friends are off to search for Dolly and to try and contact Lenny's spirit.

    All the main characters are back once again to help Emma get to the bottom of this mystery. Yes and the cantankerous Granny Apples is back to lend hand. Granny is such a wonderful character and her use of modern clichés will have you laughing.

    Will definitely be watching for the next book in the series.

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  • Posted April 1, 2014

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    Sue Ann Jaffarian brings readers the fourth book in her Ghost of

    Sue Ann Jaffarian brings readers the fourth book in her Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series, Ghost of a Gamble. Emma and Granny are off on another road trip in this book, this time to Sin City, Vegas will never be the same. This humorous mystery series featuring paranormal elements will have readers sitting on the edge of their collective seats. Jaffarian has an over the top writing style that is appealing and full of surprises. Readers never know what is going to happen next in a Granny Apples mystery and Ghost of a Gamble is no different. A great addition to the series.

    What I liked:

    Sue Ann Jaffarian is one of those writers that can give you a totally unbelievable idea and make you believe every word of it. Her stories are written with a flamboyant style that draws the reader in and has them giggling under their breath in no time. Jaffarian's use of humor is excellent and almost as entertaining as the mystery itself... almost!

    Emma is a great cozy heroine. She is a medium and is used to dealing with spirits and their issues. She has a humorous outlook on life that is contagious and she knows how to solve a mystery. I love the fact that her sidekick is the ghost of her great great great grandmother. It adds a great paranormal aspect to this mystery series that will draw in a whole different audience. Emma is a cross between The Ghost Whisperer and the Long Island Medium, serious at times and hilarious at others. A very versatile character.

    I loved the Los Vegas setting for this one. I have enjoyed the fact that the Granny Apples mysteries tend to take place in different areas and are not limited by a stagnant setting. Jaffarian does a fantastic job using the history of Vegas to add to the details of this mystery. It's obvious that she did her homework and the city really comes to life for the reader. I liked the whole mobster idea and how it played into the outcome of the mystery as well.

    Granny Apples once again steals the show in this mystery though. I love her character and how each time Emma finds herself in the middle of another mystery, it somehow involves Granny. I like the fact that Granny can move around and travel to different places, which gives each mystery more versatility. But the humor and comic relief that Granny adds to every book is the best part of all. I think Jaffarian has done a great job with this series and I look forward to seeing where Granny and Emma turn up next.

    What I didn't like:

    I thought this one was a fun romp in Las Vegas that happened to center around a murder. The mystery itself was a little long in coming to a head, but once readers get past that, it is a great read, that is original and full of surprises.

    Bottom Line:

    This is a great series with a lot of humor and it always features a great mystery that makes the reader do a little thinking to figure it out. I love the paranormal aspects of the book, featuring Granny Apples and the charismatic lead character, Emma.

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    Posted June 7, 2014

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