The Hostess With the Ghostess: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

The Hostess With the Ghostess: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

by E. J. Copperman


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ISBN-13: 9781683319177
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication date: 12/11/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 57,528
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

E. J. Copperman is the author of a number of mystery series, including the Mysterious Detective series ( Edited Out ), the Haunted Guesthouse series ( Spouse on Haunted Hill ) and with Jeff Cohen, the Asperger’s mystery series ( The Question of the Felonious Friend ). E. J.'s newest, the Agent to the Paws mystery series, began this year. It is exhausting for E. J. just to think about it.

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The Hostess With the Ghostess: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This latest installment to the series has it all: mysterious guests--both ethereal and corporeal; murder; humor; the return of a friend; chaos; and a host of suspects. Even if you're new to the series, this book is enjoyable. It is not a cliffhanger, either. However, it will have more meaning for those who have read the earlier books in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is awesome. Enjoyed every minute!
SunnyCarolinaGirl More than 1 year ago
E.J. Copperman writes a mystery that not only will keep you turning the pages until the conclusion, but also makes you laugh out loud! Alison, the innkeeper of the Haunted Guesthouse, can see and communicate with ghosts. Her inn is haunted and the guests that stay there see a "spook show" twice a day during their visit. In the meantime, Alison is busy helping Paul, a ghost that was a private investigator before he died, solve mysteries. This book has several new ghosts and characters that are involved with the current mystery to be solved. There are many suspects that will keep you guessing about who the killer is and why they did it. This book can be read as a stand alone for people that are just discovering this series, as the characters are thoroughly explained so you won't feel like you are missing part of the story. I look forward to catching up on other books in this series that I haven't read yet! I would like to thank E.J. Copperman and Crooked Lane Books for a copy of this book. This did not influence my review in any way.
Missisue4 More than 1 year ago
I'm on the fence when it comes to books with ghosts....not sure how I feel about them but after reading The Hostess with the Ghostess by E.J. Copperman I think I'm leaning over the fence now. The Hostess with the Ghostess is the ninth book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series and although it is the first one that I have had the pleasure of reading I was thoroughly entertained from the first page to the last. It always amazes me the talent and imagination that authors have and Copperman is way off the charts with imagination !!! In this series you meet Alison Kerby and hang out in her big house on the Jersey shore. She has turned the house into a haunted guesthouse where a few of her resident ghosts put shows on throughout the visit. Alison lives there with her husband who can't see the ghosts and her teenage daughter, Melissa, who can see them. There are 3 ghosts living there and Alison's mother and father (who is a ghost) visit regularly. Alison's mom can also see and communicate with the ghosts. One of the resident ghosts, Paul, encouraged Alison to get her private investigators license so that she can investigate murders with Paul's assistance. In The Hostess with the Ghostess Paul's brother is murdered while working on a case and shows up at the Haunted Guesthouse looking for Paul. This leads you down a FUN road with the crew working the case..... It is fun because you will not believe the things that the ghosts are capable of doing (may just be in this series but it's a hoot !!) and fun reading the interactions among the ghosts and the living individuals who can see them and those that cannot !!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am sorry it has taken this long to read a book in it. I can assure you that I will be looking for more opportunities to go to the Haunted Guesthouse.....maybe stay for a spell (no, they don't do spells but you will be under a trance while reading them....)
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Hostess with the Ghostess by E.J. Copperman is the ninth book in A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. Alison Kerby owns the Haunted Guesthouse in Harbor Haven, New Jersey. The spook shows have lost their luster since Paul Harrison departed to see the world, so Alison has assembled the group to see how to improve them. They are talking when a new ghost arrives and introduces himself as Richard Harrison, Paul’s brother. He is looking for his PI brother because he needs his assistance. Richard was a criminal defense attorney defending Cassidy Van Doren who was accused of murdering her stepfather. It seems that Richard had stumbled upon something that would clear Cassidy of the crime, and Richard was silenced before he could reveal it. Alison, with the help of her ghostly sidekicks, sets out to find Paul as well as who framed Cassidy and murdered Richard. Someone, though, is not happy with Alison’s inquiries and attempts to derail her investigation. Where is Paul and will Alison be able to find him? Can Alison find the murderer so Richard can move on or will she become the killer’s next victim? The Hostess with the Ghostess is the ninth book in the A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series, and I suggest reading the books in order. Otherwise, the numerous characters can be confusing (at least for the first several chapters). The author does provide the details on how Alison along with her mother and daughter came to see ghosts. Other details include her purchase of the guesthouse and her recent marriage (hubby has a minor role in book). The first half of the book felt very circular (like I was on a merry-go-round). The same details are gone over again and again (lots of speculation and reiteration). The plot failed to move forward (and my attention started wandering because I was bored). Several times I wanted to give up on the book (but I persevered). Progress is made in the second half of the story. The mystery plays out slowly with clues provided as Alison discovers them or someone remembers to impart an important detail. One little tidbit gives away the identity of the killer. I am glad that Alison is more open to detective work (finally), but she needs to work on her questioning technique. Alison alienates people with the way she asks questions. I like the relationship between Alison and her daughter. Melissa is my favorite character, and I hope she will have a bigger role in the future. There is humor in the story thanks to the ghosts and their various antics. The Hostess with the Ghostess is a light-hearted cozy mystery with quirky characters (alive and dead), a mystery and zany humor that will appeal to many readers.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
Alison Kerby returns in the 9th book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series by E.J. Copperman. Alison, a single mother in her late thirties, runs a guesthouse in her childhood hometown of Harbor Haven, on the Jersey Shore, inhabited by her and her precocious thirteen-year-old daughter, as well as Maxie Malone, Alison’s resident Internet expert, and Paul Harrison, an English/Canadian professor turned detective, both of whom have lived there since before their deaths, and her deceased father. It would seem that Alison, her daughter and her mother are the only ones who can see the ghosts. She now acknowledges the ghostly residents, and advertises the inn as a Haunted Guesthouse, specializing in Senior Plus Tours which include twice-daily ‘spook shows.’ From the publisher: Things are never quiet for long at the Haunted Guesthouse. Right as Alison Kerby finally gets some peace, long-time deceased Paul Harrison’s recently murdered brother, Richard, shows up looking for the ghostly detective. But Paul has left for parts unknown months ago - - and Alison doesn’t know how to find him. As she searches for Paul, Alison discovers that Richard, who was a lawyer, was working a case about a woman accused of murdering her stepfather. It quickly becomes clear that Richard was getting too close to the truth and was forcibly kept quiet. Now as Alison continues her investigation, she gets a creeping sensation that the murderer doesn’t appreciate her snooping around. And if she doesn’t stop, she’ll be next . . .I found it very helpful to have a “Cast of Characters” on the page before page 1 of the book. I also loved the first paragraph: “’Something’s missing.’ I was sitting on a barstool next to the center island in my kitchen, having a conversation with five other people, two of whom were alive.” But Alison, whose quote that is, quickly goes on to explain, and to introduce those with her, both living and otherwise. After getting divorced from her 1st husband, who she not-so-lovingly refers to as “the Swine,” she returns to her hometown of Harbor Haven, on the “deservedly famous Jersey Shore,” where she opens her guesthouse. Her euphemisms for the ghosts who reside there, after she introduces the “alive people in the room,” range from “non-living” to those who have been “deprived of life,” but they definitely come to life in this delightful, wholly entertaining book. There is also Maxie’s ghost husband, Everett, who still spends time at the local gas station, where he died. He thinks of it as standing guard at his post. When first meeting the aforementioned Richard, her “first thought was, “I wonder if he’d do some spook shows.” Alison et al agree to search for his missing dead brother, who she refers to as her “conscience. He was the Jiminy Cricket of ghosts.” Alison has now been remarried for four months, to one Josh Kaplan. Also added to the mix is her daughter Melissa’s little adopted ghost dog, destined to “always be a puppy,” of course. I loved the comment made when Melissa’s interactions with Alison prompts the latter to think that she couldn’t even be grumpy, which puts “something of a damper on my day. If you can’t be grumpy, what’s the point of being from New Jersey?” The plot moves nicely into the investigation into the murders, which is resolved with contributions from the ghosts, of course.trademark laugh-out-loud wit and intelligence, well-plotted mystery and very well-drawn characters, alive or otherwise.
dezzy33 More than 1 year ago
The Hostess with the Ghostess is the newest in The Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series. Admittedly, I have only read one of the series before - the first one. However it was memorable enough that when I saw the name of the series, I knew which it was. I was hopeful that I would enjoy this cozy, and I was not disappointed. Before we even get into the story, there is a long list of the Cast of Characters, including brief descriptions. I thought the author did a good job of not inundating the reader with all the characters right at the beginning, and confusing me, but it was nice to have the list as a reference since the list is quite lengthy. I love the treatment of ghosts in these books. They are complete characters, with emotions. Of course, I'm one of those people that would travel to stay at a Haunted Guesthouse, so perhaps I am biased. The plot is interesting with not one but two murders to solve. The characters are relatable, even the dead ones. Paul is concerned with his brother's problems, and desperate for his approval, just like a living person. After this one, I will definitely be putting this series on my "to-buy" list. The only thing I don't like is that Josh doesn't see the ghosts. Come on...can't he get conked on the head and see them too?!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
The Hostess with the Ghostess, book 9 in the series is sure to be a hot with paranormal cozy fans. Alison Kerby, her daughter Melissa and the rest of the gang are back in this para-cozy whodunit. This book carries on with Alison and her haunted guesthouse- but her best friend and local ghost Paul is out exploring the world. When she received a visit from the "other side" she couldn't be more shocked to find out who it is. Using the Ghoster-net, Alison needs to get Paul back and fast to help solve this unbelievable mystery. I have read all the books in this series and this one is just as enjoyable as the others. The author really tells a great story and her characters are absolutely believable. I read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.