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Thursday, January 17, 2013

7) A Wild Ghost Chase by E.J. Copperman

The Blurb :

Phantom PI Paul Harrison from the national bestselling Haunted Guesthouse mysteries returns with a tale of his own in a house full of ghosts, secrets, and spectacular oceanside views…

Three years ago in a large Victorian house on the Jersey Shore in the town of Harbor Haven, fledgling private investigator Paul and his client, Maxie Malone, were murdered. Since then, recent divorcee and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby and her 10-year-old daughter Melissa have moved in and converted the place to a guesthouse, where Maxie and Paul are now checked in for an eternity and ready to solve any case that comes their way—or at least spook the guests (who love it).

Alison’s got a lot on her plate at the moment, however, so when Paul discovers the three-hundred-year-old ghost of a small boy in the house, he decides not to involve her in the case. The boy, named Eagle of the Sun, says he’s searching for his missing mother. Paul’s happy to help Eagle of the Sun find her, though something about the boy’s story doesn’t add up. But why would a lost little ghost lie?

My Thoughts :

I really like this series and I couldn't resist this novella when I saw it pop up on my Amazon recommendations. First I was a little upset that it wasn't a full length mystery but then when I saw that the fourth book comes out next month I was happy to get a little fix in before the next release.

Ghosts make for great cozy mystery subjects and a Haunted Guesthouse is a super location for a series. This has been proven three times already however this short story only shows little proof of how good this series really is. Still a great read I think the thing that put me off about this novella was the change of perspective. Suddenly I was reading from Paul, one of the ghosts, view and it was weird and unfamiliar. By the time I finally got used to it the book was over and I felt a little dazed and confused.

Despite me having to stop at times to remind myself that Paul was in charge, I did like the mystery. It was nice to see Allison getting a break but to have her daughter involved. The plot wasn't too difficult to follow and I was surprised that the story stretched out as long as it did. Maybe the author needs more experience writing short stories?

I am really looking forward to the next book in the series. I think this novella would be a nice way to introduce someone to the characters and Guesthouse mysteries. It would definitely get you curious about what happens in a full length book! Worth a try if you like friendly ghosts and a good mystery!

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Aurian said...

Great review, I have this series on my wishlist, like so many others. But it will be read one day.

Becky said...

Great review! This is another series to added to my list to get read. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Nancy said...

Oooh, I love this series, but didn't know about the novella! Thanks for the heads up, and your review!!

Happy weekend!

Nancy Haddock