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 Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Haunted Guesthouse Series, #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 137,373
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • 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

    I Also Recommend:

    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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  • Posted March 23, 2015

    ┬┐Night of the Living Deed┬┐ is a well written, fun story for thos

    ‘Night of the Living Deed” is a well written, fun story for those looking for a little getaway.  The story is well crafted and intriguing (I guessed the killer wrong a couple of times) winding its way around and through this sleepy little coastal town.  With some great characters and smart quips this book is a fun trip!

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Highly recommended!

    I loved this book! The characters were well written. The mystery was really good. And I laughed out loud! Just started the second book in this series & it is proving to be just as good.

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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    A Grand Opening

    This Book (the first of seven "haunted Guesthouse "books)
    Takes place in a small jersey shore Village, where newly Divorced
    Allison Kerby has Just moved back to And had bought An old house in the town which she is Con verting into a guesthouse.

    What Allison Dodn't Know is it is Haunted by the spirits of The last Occupant (a actress) and the P.I. she had hired to protect her.
    but The two of them had been murdered But the Culprit Was never Found.

    Allison has to split her time between solving the murder & the renovations . not helped by the Actressess petulant attitude.

    It seems Allison is the only one who can see or hear the ghosts
    (or is she?).
    m
    I Happen to Know And have read Mr. Copperman's Earlier Novels
    (published under his Real name) and am anxious to read the rest of the books Including Two Stand-alones.

    My Only problem Is the next one,("An Open Spook") Is only Available Via E- book as I REALLY want a hard copy for my Collection .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2014

    Surprising

    Really enjoyable. The characters are human. Lots of humor. Maxie ads adds a nice touch of human pain. Great read

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Fun Read - you will definitely enjoy

    This was a fun read. It's a mystery with some great humor. I love the characters of the ghosts. Check it out and see if you can figure out who did it.

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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.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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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