07 February 2013

Histrionic Haunts

Chance of a Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse #4) by E.J. Copperman (Berkley Prime Crime mass market, 5 February 2013).

Alison Kerby is pretty close to her mother, so when Loretta shares with her daughter that she's been seeing the ghost of Alison's father on the sly, Alison is surprised and hurt.  Alison was very close to her dad, so the thought that he wouldn't want to see her again is painful. 

Loretta doesn't know why Jack Kerby is avoiding his daughter, but is unable to ask him because he hasn't appeared for their Tuesday date in a few weeks.  She's been approached by the recently deceased Lawrence Laurentz, a former neighbor, telling her that Jack is being held against his will.  He offers to help them find him if they will figure out who killed him, claiming he couldn't see who electrocuted him.

When Alison hears this, she's immediately suspicious, and even more so when she meets the pompous and melodramatic former actor.  With the help of guesthouse ghosts Maxie and former P.I. Paul,  Alison, Loretta, and Alison's daughter Melissa, they attempt to discern whether Laurentz actually was killed, and if so by whom.

Copperman deftly manages to blend paranormal elements into a humorous, light mystery that's interesting and enjoyable.   The charming characters and  well-constructed story are reminiscent of black-and-white films and early television comedies.

FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes. 


  1. E.J. would make a great stand up comic. He sense of timing is impeccable. His way with words could bring down the house. I love this series and can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this latest book.

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Nora. I completely agree with you about Copperman's way with words!

  2. E.J. can write circles around anyone I know. I swear he could engage readers (and live a audience, too, Nora) by describing his most recent visit to the supermarket. Nice to see a real talent with a hot series.

    1. And he's such a nice guy, too!
      Thanks for dropping by, Jack.


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