by E.J. Copperman
Series: Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries #9
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Genres: Cozy Mystery
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. The only thing is, she doesn’t know how to find him. And she’s going to need to because Richard’s isn’t the only murder still left unsolved.
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 in The Hostess with the Ghostess, the witty and delightful follow-up to national bestselling author E. J. Copperman’s Spouse on Haunted Hill.
Hello Everyone, we have Sophia Rose here today sharing her thoughts on The Hostess With the Ghostess by E.J. Copperman, a paranormal cozy. Grab a cuppa and enjoy.
Sophia Rose’s Review
I’ve seen a few dazzling reviews for earlier books in this series so when the opportunity came, I couldn’t say boo to the latest paranormal cozy from the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery. A ghostly detective and a reluctant human partner with a wry sense of humor led me on a fun chase down of clues to the culprit in The Hostess With the Ghostess.
The Hostess With the Ghostess is book nine in the Haunted Guesthouse series. I leaped in and did alright, but I have to admit that it would have been better getting this series in order from the beginning when Alison bought the guest house and began seeing ghosts including the one of private detective Paul.
This installment is a reunion of sorts when Paul returns from ghosting about the world to find that his own brother is the latest case for him and Alison to tackle. In Paul’s absence, Alison has grown less hostile toward the idea of detective work and voluntarily searches for Paul to come help solve the murders that have occurred.
Alison’s posse of friends, family, and ghosts are a fun and varied group. I liked the addition of her quirky guests as well. Alison has some Jersey Girl moxy that gets her through the situations seeing ghosts can land her in and, with the help of everyone, she makes it through the investigation slowly, but surely. She and Paul make a good team- he felt like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes to me with his lack of social skills and single-mindedness toward his case along with his clever skills.
I confess there were times that my mind drifted and things seemed to lag, but at others, I was right back in it and excited to see what came next. This has ghosts and murder in it, but it’s a lightweight in tone. The clues to the mystery are trickled out as they are discovered or a character remembers to say something (looking at you Richard’s ghost) so it was not one that I could have figured out early on.
The Hostess With the Ghostess was a fun one and I definitely want to go back for more of this engaging paranormal cozy mystery series. I think cozy mystery fans would get a kick out of these.Cozy mystery fans will get a kick out the Hostess with the Ghostess by E.J. Copperman Click To Tweet
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