In Copperman’s lively 10th Haunted Guesthouse mystery (after 2018’s The Hostess with the Ghostess), Alison Kerby—who has no problem with otherworldly investigators haunting her inn at the Jersey Shore—is disturbed when a Lincoln Continental containing a skeleton is unearthed in her backyard by crews working to fix erosion after Hurricane Sandy. The 30-year-old remains turn out to be those of local car dealer Herman Fitzsimmons, who had rivalries with other car dealers and a history of extramarital affairs. The upheaval of renovations at the inn; the disappearance of the Lincoln Continental in the middle of the night; and the hostility of a police lieutenant who dislikes amateur sleuths and paranormal phenomena complicate Alison’s life. With the help of husband Josh, ghost private detective Paul Harrison, and others both of this world and beyond, Alison zeroes in on the answers to the cold case. Copperman provides a ton of spirited fun for the reader. Agent: Josh Getzler, Hannigan Salky Getzler Agency. (Jan.)
Praise for Bones Behind the Wheel:
“Fans of Cleo Coyle’s “Haunted Bookshop” series and Juliet Blackwell’s “Haunted Home Renovation” mysteries will relish the amusing tone and sarcasm."
"Lively...Copperman provides a ton of spirited fun for the reader."
"Alison’s humorous first-person account, featuring remarkably easy-to-believe ghosts, will appeal to fans of Kate Kingsbury’s Merry Ghost Inn mysteries."
"A very clever, well-crafted mystery...plus enough laughs on virtually every page to keep you chuckling from start to finish...it will mystify and amuse readers right to the end."
—Manhattan Book Review
"A mystery series that delights...Just when readers think they have the puzzle solved, the unexpected occurs, which should delight even the most jaded and experienced mystery fans.”
—Kings River Life
“The living and the dead are an equal mix of friends and foes with an entertaining story...E. J. Copperman has me coming back to this series every time.”
"An original and humor laced novel that offers a unique roller coaster ride with its unexpected plot twists and turns...one of his best mysteries to date!"
—Midwest Book Review
"Plenty of humor...This character-driven story features amusing, quirky ghosts and a strong family connection."
Praise for The Hostess With the Ghostess:
“Enjoyable [and] amusing.”
“This is the new fast-paced Haunted Guesthouse Mystery that fans of the series will absolutely love...Charm, suspense, humor, and characters you will not soon forget.”
“The writing is wonderful, with the author’s s trademark laugh-out-loud wit and intelligence, well-plotted mystery and very well-drawn characters, alive or otherwise...Thoroughly delightful, and highly recommended.”
—Midwest Book Review
"The writing is wonderful, with the author’s trademark laugh-out-loud wit and intelligence, well-plotted mystery and very well-drawn characters, alive or otherwise...Thoroughly delightful, and highly recommended."
—Gloria Feit, Spinetingler Magazine
Praise for the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries:
“Wonderful...a laugh-out-loud, fast-paced and charming tale.”
—Kate Carlisle, New York Times bestselling author of the Bibliophile mysteries on Inspector Specter
“Fans of Charlaine Harris and Sarah Graves will relish this original, laugh-laden paranormal mystery featuring reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby, a Topper for the twenty-first century.”
—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Through the Evil Days on Inspector Specter
“A couple of demanding ghosts, a quick-witted heroine, a creaky old house and a delightful cast of characters...What a fun and enjoyable story!”
—Leann Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of the Cats in Trouble mysteries on Inspector Specter
“Copperman, as per usual, blends comedy and drama and weaves a clever plot...[A] perfect cozy mystery read. I can’t say enough about this series, except to say if you haven’t picked one up by now, you are missing a sensational read.”
—Night Owl Reviews Top Pick on The Thrill of the Haunt
“When combined with the author’s trademark humor and keen writing, readers will be wishing that the novel and the series never end.”
—Kings River Life Magazine on The Thrill of the Haunt
“Alison has a wry sense of humor and is written so well it is easy to imagine her as your sardonic sister or friend...With an outstanding cast of characters, a well-plotted mystery and some sentimental reunions, this is a standout series.”
—The Mystery Reader on Chance of a Ghost
“[An] entertaining mystery full of humor with absolutely charming and likable characters and a plot that flies at full speed. Copperman writes dialogue that bites with sharp wit but never sacrifices its heart.”
—Kings River Life Magazine on Chance of a Ghost
"An entertaining and spellbinding tale in which the ghosts come across as real, as each brings melancholy and humor."
—The Mystery Gazette on Old Haunts
“Great fun with a tinge of salt air.”
—The Mystery Reader on Old Haunts
“An entertaining read that never disappoints.”
—Night Owl Reviews on Old Haunts
“E.J. Copperman serves readers a cocktail of haunted humor and a killer mystery ...Not only is Alison’s dry sense of humor and hilarious commentary on other characters enough to give this book ten stars, but even the ghosts and their former lives are written to perfection.”
—Fresh Fiction on Old Haunts
“Funny and charming, with a mystery which has a satisfying resolution, and an engaging protagonist who is not easily daunted...Highly recommended.”
—Spinetingler Magazine on An Uninvited Ghost
“Witty, charming, and magical.”
—The Mystery Gazette on Night of the Living Deed
“A fast-paced, enjoyable mystery with a wise-cracking, but no-nonsense, sensible heroine...Readers can expect good fun from start to finish.”
—The Mystery Reader on Night of the Living Deed
"If you love classic caper comedies, as I do, you’ll have a real affinity for the tart-tongued Alison Kerby and her lively entourage."
—Claudia Bishop, author of the Hemlock Falls mysteries
An innkeeper calls on some friendly ghosts to discover who buried a corpse in a car that a crew of workmen doing beach replenishment has dug up on her property.
Alison Kerby isn't the only human who can see Paul Harrison and Maxie Malone, the two free-spirited spirits who haunt her Jersey Shore guesthouse. Her mom and her daughter can also see and communicate with the pair. But so far, none of the guests sent by Senior Plus Tours have had the power the Kerby ladies share, so Alison can include two daily "spook shows" among the amenities she offers her guests. Unfortunately, the shows are about the only amenities on offer, since contractors Tony and Vic Mandorisi have put her kitchen out of commission in the course of fixing a beam that sustained damage from a bullet hole in her last adventure (The Hostess with the Ghostess, 2018). Meanwhile, heavy equipment operator Bill Harrelson has dug up most of her beach. The state had sent him out to shore up the dune line eroded in Superstorm Sandy, but Bill, hearing a tale of some pirate treasure that just might be buried on Alison's property, digs a wee hole to investigate. That little hole becomes a really big hole when Bill's shovel hits metal that's not part of a treasure chest but the roof of a vintage Lincoln Continental, complete with decomposed body in the front seat. From that point on, the detective work should really be left to Detective Lt. Anita McElone of the Harbor Haven police force, but gleeful Maxie and Paul couldn't be more excited by the prospect of another hot case. They drag Alison into the chase with results as tumultuous as they are predictable.
Who says global warming has no effects on the little guy—or, in this case, gal? What begins as a simple hole in the ground ends up a three-ring circus, with a solution so convoluted only the most devoted fan can begin to appreciate.