Friday, 9 March 2012

Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman


Title: Night of the Living Deed (book 1 in a Haunted Guesthouse Mystery)
Author: E. J. Copperman
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Berkley Mass Market (Penguin Canada)
Format: Mass market paperback
Genre: Mystery

"Welcome to the first Haunted Guest House mystery-the getaway every reader can afford.

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She''s returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable-guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them." (

About the Author:
"E.J. Copperman is a mysterious figure, or has a mysterious figure, or writes figuratively in mysteries. In any event, a New Jersey native, E.J. has written for such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, American Baby and USA Weekend. Night of the Living Deed is the first E.J. Copperman novel. It will be followed in 2011 by An Uninvited Ghost, the second in the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series.
E.J., having worked as a newspaper reporter, teacher, magazine editor, and screenwriter, writes stories that combine humor and mystery with just the right amount of spooky supernatural happenings and a large does of Jersey attitude.
Sound like we’re being evasive? Well, the fact is that E.J. Copperman is the pseudonym of a well-known mystery novelist, now embarking on a new type of story that includes some elements of the supernatural as well as a fair number of laughs. And the Copperman novels will have a different attitude, a different setting and completely different characters than anything that has come before, so E.J. really is a new author.
In Night of the Living Deed, Alison Kerby buys a huge Victorian on the Jersey Shore to renovate into a guesthouse. Not long off a divorce, Alison is hoping she and her nine-year-old daughter Melissa can find a fresh start in the town where Alison grew up.
But she has a problem. Two problems. Their names are Paul and Maxie, and they’re ghosts. And they won’t let Alison’s renovations go on unless she helps them with a little problem: The ghosts want Alison to find out who murdered them. Doing so will speed up the home improvement project, but there’s a pretty serious catch: The killer seems to be intent on making Alison the next ghost to haunt her guesthouse." (

This was another random pick for me. If you follow my blog, you know by now that I am crazy about cozy mysteries! So, naturally, I had to find another series to start and I did, A Haunting Guesthouse Mystery series! I liked that this one was different from other cozy mysteries I have read because it has GHOSTS! One of them is a Canadian man (YAY!!!) and the other is a horribly tempered American female. I love the main character, I find her very likable. She is independent, her dad taught her to be "handy" (not many people are these days!), and she absolutely adores her daughter! There is a lovely family "trait" that seems to have been passed down (albeit to different degrees) and I was shocked to find out about it! This book made me laugh and it was an all-around fun read! I hope you will try this cozy mystery series! The next one, An Uninvited Ghost, is at home waiting for me to start! Can't wait to see what Alison is up to next! Happy Reading!

Related Links:
E.J. Copperman Website
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