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The Hostess with the Ghostess

The Hostess with the Ghostess, January 2018
Haunted Guesthouse #9
by E.J. Copperman

Crooked Lane Books
336 pages
ISBN: 1683314506
EAN: 9781683314509
Kindle: B072J7YJCK
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"A Perry Mason-like tale of legal intrigues and murder but with a paranormal twist!"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Hostess with the Ghostess
E.J. Copperman

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted January 31, 2018

Mystery Woman Sleuth | Mystery Paranormal | Mystery Cozy

THE HOSTESS WITH THE GHOSTESS is the ninth book in E.J. Copperman's Haunted Guesthouse cozy mystery series. Like with the previous Haunted Guesthouse mystery, "family" is a major theme in THE HOSTESS WITH THE GHOSTESS. Innkeeper Alison Kerby has two ghostly Harrison brothers to deal with when her friend Paul returns from his recent travels and his brother Richard shows up to beg a favor. Having his brother around lets readers see another side to Paul, and I like the new dynamic of having Paul able to accompany Alison on her sleuthing.

One of the things that makes THE HOSTESS WITH THE GHOSTESS such a treat for mystery fans is that there are several different mysteries in this book for readers to puzzle out. For Alison, figuring out who killed Richard is high on her priority list. Ironically, his is not the murder that Richard wants Alison to concentrate on solving. While he was alive, Richard was a little sweet on his client Cassidy Van Doren. Richard wants Alison and her crew to prove Cassidy's innocence. The problem with that is that Richard is the only one who is absolutely certain that Cassidy is not a murderess. With all the morally ambiguous characters, blatant lies, evasions, and half-truths, Alison has a hard time trying to decipher the truth and pinpoint the culprit. Disguises and false alibis leave the reader and the main characters with the difficult task of trying to connect any possible financial crimes to motives for murders.

THE HOSTESS WITH THE GHOSTESS is like a Perry Mason tale of legal intrigues and murder but with a paranormal twist. The humor in THE HOSTESS WITH THE GHOSTESS acts as a nice counterpoint to some of the grisly murders. The small story involving a possible romance between two of Alison's guests is cute and provides an amusing respite from murder. I'm excited to see what is next in store for Alison & her ghost crew in the next Haunted Guesthouse mystery.

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SUMMARY

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.


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