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An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman
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An Uninvited Ghost (original 2011; edition 2011)

by E.J. Copperman

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Title:An Uninvited Ghost
Authors:E.J. Copperman
Info:Berkley (no date), Paperback, 304 pages
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An Uninvited Ghost by E. J. Copperman (2011)

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law-enforcement, cozy-mystery, murder-investigation, private-investigators, snark-fest, friendship, family

The guesthouse is finally renovated and it's time for the first guests, senior citizens who want a ghostly experience. But innkeeper Alison and family also are bombarded by the cast and crew of a so-called TV reality show. But then comes the murder. Lots of twists and red herrings, characters who are only too believable, and a real snarkfest. Enjoy!
Amanda Ronconi really nails the narration once again! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Aug 23, 2018 |
Loved this one! Second in the Haunted Guesthouse series and it starts out with a bang. We meet a new ghost in this one, Scott McFarlane, when he comes to Alison Kerby's house looking for help. He was hired to play a prank on a woman in exchange for passage to "the other side" and has a problem. He's afraid that his prank might have been a murder and has no idea who hired him. Alison will need the help of her own resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie, and their connection to the "Ghosternet" to figure out what happened. To make life more complicated, she has a house full of people to entertain, and they want the full supernatural experience. They get more than they bargained for when someone ends up murdered at the seance Alison decides to host. If only she hadn't taken that reality TV crew up on their offer to film at her house. There is never a dull moment in this book and plenty of suspects. Good, cozy fun! ( )
  mandolin | May 30, 2017 |
Alison Kerby’s haunted guesthouse on the New Jersey shore is full to the rafters – and beyond. She’s hosting a group of seniors and their tour leaders, who come for the ghostly appearances morning and afternoon. Plus, she’s allowing (for a hefty fee) the production company for a reality show Down the Shore to film in some of her rooms and keep their trailers on her property. The “stars” are a vapid crew of egotists with great bodies who are in their own reality.

Also visiting the resident ghosts Maxie and Paul is Scott McFarlane, a 140-year-old blind ghost, who hires Paul (and his earthly partner Alison) as private investigators. It seems that Scott was conned by someone into playing a practical joke on an elderly woman, Arlice Crosby. Scott believes he may have actually harmed Arlice. It turns out the old lady, a local philanthropist, is alive and well. She and Alison become friendly and Alison invites Arlice to a séance at the guesthouse. Unfortunately, Arlice winds up dead, murdered, at the event.

There’s almost too much going on in this cozy mystery, as if the author couldn’t help piling on plots and subplots to the point that I was almost ready to shout, “please, stop!” I’ve purchased the next two books in this series, and do plan to read them -- to see if they’re any better than An Uninvited Ghost. ( )
  NewsieQ | May 22, 2017 |
I really did like the story, but there was such an improbable ending and such a an unfathomable & unexplained occurrence (which I will explain in the 3rd paragraph) than I had to knock off 2 stars.

Alison runs a guesthouse on the South New Jersey Shore... The Victorian beachfront property that she has restored is now filled with senior guests on a ghost-tour.

Both of the ghosts, Paul & Maxie are in residence, but a new ghost, Scott (who is blind: ok watch for it [pun intended]) has asked Paul & Alison to help him investigate the outcome of a prank that he was asked to play on someone who might have died, however, Scott could not be certain of the outcome as he was unable to see what happened. Paul was contacted via those children's plastic magnetic letters by a person unknown and continued to communicate in said manner until the prank was completed.

So: What I want to know is: If Scott was BLIND, How Could he Possibly See & Read Messages Spelled Out in Plastic-Magnetic Letters? HUH? (Minus 1 Star)

So going smoothly along, Alison's guests are treated to two spook hauntings each day, obliged by Paul & Maxie. When Alison begins to investigate for Scott, she meets the recipient of the "prank" (a spry old woman who loves ghosts) and invites her to the seance that will take place as a part of the "ghost tour".

During the seance, the old woman is murdered, and Alison, Scott, Paul, & Maxie investigate.

Also in the story is the aside of a "Reality Show" being filmed at the same time as the Ghost T our.

I'm not going to "spoil" this review and tell you why the ending was improbable, but once you read it, it will be glaringly obvious, for which I deducted a 2nd Star. ( )
  Auntie-Nanuuq | Jan 8, 2017 |
Who goes to a dead private eye? Answer: Other ghosts. Alison thought she was safe when she told her resident dead private eye that she would help him with his cases. She soon found out that she was so wrong. The first of this series was rather soft and this one is just like it. The story was entertaining but it lacked the excitement that makes you want to read through the night. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
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"In exchange for help entertaining her guests on 'spooky' vacations, Alison Kerby told her resident gumshoe ghost that she'd help him on the occasional case. But she didn't think she'd have to go through with it--after all, who goes to a dead private eye? The answer: other ghosts. The deceased Scott McFarlane got roped into a prank that may have killed a prominent local resident. With some snooping, it turns out the woman is alive--that is, of course, until she's murdered...in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of the guests at her Jersey Shore guesthouse and the arrival of a reality TV crew, Alison must find the killer--before she sees reality from the other side."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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