The Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series by E.J. Copperman is brill.
I would recommend starting with book one and working your way through the series. Our heroine is Alison Kerby, reluctant ghost whisperer, divorced with one eleven-year-old daughter, Melissa. Alison spends all her money bringing a dilapidated Victorian house up to date. It will become her income as she will use the property as her home and a guesthouse. It is, of course, haunted. There are two resident ghosts, Paul, a Canadian private detective and Maxie, a twenty-something interior designer.
The series is funny because the writing is terrific. Each book is delightful, fresh and original. The characters are absorbing and lovable. There is always a new character in each book. If you want to laugh and you enjoy cosy mysteries, or you enjoy the paranormal, you have nothing to lose. This book plays to each element so well that you should enjoy it if just one element appeals to you.
In this book, Alison meets her music idol, Vance McTiernan and he wants her to investigate his daughter’s death. Sometimes it is best not to meet your hero. I speak from personal experience! This book underlines that statement. I loved when the deceased superstars appeared for a jam at Alison’s home.
Here is my only criticism of the book and it is not anything to do with the writing. Alison is excited by the band.
Musicians: Clarence Clemons, Phil Ochs, Harry Chapin, Sid Vicious, Danny Federici , Rick Danko and Levon Helm. I can live with that but not with John Lennon on lead vocal with Luther Vandross on backing vocals!! No, No No. Luther on lead with Phoebe Snow and Tammi Terrell on backing vocals. Waste of Tammi’s talent, though!
Do yourself a favour and read the series; it is all good.
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Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Will a read the next? Absolutely
My rating system (* = star)
0* Could not finish this book
1* Finished the book but didn’t like it
2* Finished the book it was okay
3* A good read worth your time
4* A very good read often with a novel concept or unusual plot
5* Exceptionally good read, a prominent example of the genre