Night of the Living Deed (Haunted Guesthouse Series #1)

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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.

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425235232
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Haunted Guesthouse Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 193,726
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    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 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

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2010

    History, Intrigue, and Ghosts, Oh, My!

    This book had it all - from the picturesque Jersey Shore setting to an historical home, desperately in need of an overall and perhaps, an exorcism, to a group of feisty females banding together in search of a killer. This dialogue is witty, the writing crisp, and the reveal will surprise even the most eagle-eyed readers. Mr. Copperman has scored a home run!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2010

    "The Night of the Living Deed" by E. J. Copperman. A single mom, cranky ghosts, home renovation, what could possibly go wrong?

    The first of the "A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery" series. Alison Kerby, newly divorced buys a house on the New Jersey shore with 7 bedrooms, 4 baths, and needing lots of repairs. When strange things happen, tools tossed around, a hole in a plaster wall, and spooky noises Alison tries to explain them rationally. However, when a tool is knocked out of her hand and a bucket of compound hits her on the head, she wakes up seeing ghosts. Paul Harrison and Maxie Malone, they claim they were murdered, the official report states suicide. No wonder Paul and Maxie are a little cranky. Maxie is the former homeowner and Paul, a private investigator, was working for her when they died together in the house. They ask Alison to do some investigating to find out who killed them.

    I enjoyed every page, I laughed all the way through it. Alison and her daughter Melissa were realistic. Her mother, the incurable optimist, was a scream. Paul and Maxie certainly had personality. A very cozy mystery and worth curling up with.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

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    Must read!

    Good story. Great character development. This going to be a great series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    loved this book

    could not put it down. very detailed and did not confuse you. would tell people to read if they like some comedy and mystery twised in a crazy way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!

    Loved It! Loved the humor, the ghosts and the main character! Can't wait for the next one in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    Superb!

    I loved this first book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. What's not to like: a haunted house, home renovation, a savvy single mom with a great kid, and a wonderful story that kept me up until 4 a.m. reading.

    Having been to the Jersey shore, I could picture everything in the book, and the description really brought not only the setting to life, but the characters as well. Alison Kerby is a terrific character, and I can't wait to read her further adventures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2010

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    Thoroughly Enjoyable

    Night of the Living Deed is a super, ghostly mystery. The central character, Alison, is strong, sassy and independent. I loved the way she talked and handled her problems with a liberal dose of sarcasm. It's a fun story with lots of surprises along the way. I'm looking forward to the next entry in this series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

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    Enjoyable Read

    Mystery, ghosts and the Jersey shore...what more can you ask for? This first book in A Haunted Guest House Mysery Series provides the reader with an enjoyable mystery and wonderful new female characters. Alison is a strong, independent single mother who is raising her daughter, renovating her new guesthouse, and coping with two ghosts who are pestering her to find their killers. And during the course of her investigation, in between retiling bathrooms and fixing plaster walls, she becomes the killer's target.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    a ghostly good read

    This is a great read in a new ghostly series. The characters are great and the dialogue is witty and it has a feel-good charm that will make you want to read the next book in this delightful series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Awful

    Oh please, not another jumpedup self-righteous twit heroine. Are we supposed to believe she sued her boss "on principle"when she thought she and her brat should be able to live on the settlement for a very minor infraction. She used that guy to fund her divorce, that's all. Pretty sleazy behavior from someone so self-righteous.

    And the book is a cozy to boot. I hate cozies under the best of circumstances, and this is by no means the best.

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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 February 5, 2013

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    Very good! The story kept my attention and I didn't want to put

    Very good! The story kept my attention and I didn't want to put it down! The characters were cute and funny and I felt like I was right there with them. I can't wait to read the next in the series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Love the characters!!

    What a wonderful book!! The characters are so awesome and have so much personality. It is just such a fun story. Must read!! Can't wait for the next book in the series to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    You will enjoy this!

    Easy read. I laughed and cried. Can'twait to read book2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This series starting with "Night of the Living Deed" is well written and full of fun. The author's writing style makes the book entertaining and easy to read. I didn't want to put it down.
    The main characters include two "friendly" ghosts, Paul and Maxie, Alison Kerby, who always dreamed of owning a guesthouse, her daughter, Melissa, and their friends, Tony and Jeannie. Alison is more or less forced to obtain a private investigator's license to learn who killed Paul and Maxie. The cast also includes a group of senior citizens who anxiously want to meet the ghosts.
    There are currently three books in the series. I have read all three of them, and I am hoping that there will be a fourth book.
    I consider the entire series a "MUST READ".

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  • Posted May 28, 2012

    Probably would not recommend

    I was disappointed that I had bought it. While the plot could have been interesting and often funny, in my opinion the humor was lacking and the author seemed bored with her own writing. I felt that the author could not make up her mind as to whether she liked her heroine or did not like her. The heroine did not appear to have many endearing qualities. I found myself liking the other characters while losing interest in the main character. I understand that this type of book is known as 'light reading' but that is exactly the type of book I like to read on a dark rainy day or a vacation afternoon.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Great new series

    Looking firward to continued adventures of Alison Kerby and the resident ghosts of her guesthouse

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    A Fantastic New Mystery Series!!

    I was looking for a really interesting new mystery to read and came across this title. I love haunted houses so I purchased the book. I loved it. The story is well written and brings the reader into the action. The characters are all very interesting and I especially like the ghost Maxie. This is definitely a series I willl be following for a long time.

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