“The Hostess with the Ghostess” By E.J. Copperman: Review/Giveaway

by Cynthia Chow

Details on how to win a copy of this book at the end of the review & links to purchase it.

In the four years since her divorce, single mother Alison Kerby purchased, renovated, and established a successful Inn in her hometown of Harbor Haven, New Jersey. That success stems in no small part to it being marketed as a Haunted Guesthouse, with regularly scheduled ghost appearances by the residing specters. Much of the “life,” so to speak, has gone out of the hauntings ever since the departed private detective Paul Harrison departed once again, his newly freed spirit no longer anchored to the property. Paul’s ex-client and similarly deceased Maxie Malone does what she can to make up for his absence in her ghostly performances, but being a newlywed to yet another ghost has her a bit distracted. Alison could use a replacement for Paul’s focused presence, but she never expected that it would come in the form of his brother, Richard. Especially considering since the last anyone had heard, he was very much alive.

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It seems that the formerly living attorney Richard Harrison had been in the middle of a vital case, and he demands that Paul help him with a client. Cassidy Van Doren may have been the first person to discover the drowned body of her stepfather in his bathtub, but Richard is certain that not only is she innocent, she is in danger of being murder herself. When Paul does return from his walkabout, he feels obligated to assist his older brother along with the help of his private investigator apprentice, a very reluctant Alison. As she and her precocious teenaged daughter begin eliminating suspects and tracking down alibis and motives, Alison worries that Paul’s regression into a submissive younger brother relationship may cause him to ignore his instincts and miss vital clues.

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This continues to be a delightful and extraordinarily fun series that is difficult to summarize but so easy to enjoy. A newlywed herself, Alison has learned to manipulate Maxie into doing what the eternal young spirit might otherwise balk at, considering her self-involvement and dramatic tendencies. The family bond between the Kerby women, including Alison’s similarly ghost-aware mother, is as relatable and as it is enviable to behold. It shouldn’t be too surprising that a Haunted Guesthouse attracts its share of eccentric guests, which leads to Alison essentially passing “do you like me” notes between senior singles.

Author E.J. Copperman continues to showcase his sharp and wry humor, blending them with moments of true emotion and sentiments. A multitude of unexpected turns will surprise even the most jaded of mystery readers, concluding with a finale as satisfying as it is just. The Haunted Guesthouse series is one that continues to entertain, with every new entry guaranteed to deliver its share of laughs of gasps.

To enter to win a copy of The Hostess with the Ghostess, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “hostess,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen February 3, 2018. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please included your mailing address. If entering via comment please be sure to include your email address.

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Cynthia Chow is the branch manager of Kaneohe Public Library on the island of Oahu. She balances a librarian lifestyle of cardigans and hair buns with a passion for motorcycle riding and regrettable tattoos (sorry, Mom).

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  2. Thanks for introducing me to both “The Hostess with the Ghostess” and author E.J. Copperman. I'd very much love to read this book and appreciate the chance to win a copy.
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  4. I would love to win and review this book. I have a few from this series. Thank you for the chance.rosep(at)bayland(dot)net

  5. This sounds wonderful--I'd love to read it. legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

  6. This looks like a fun series and I love Copperman's Mysterious Detective series. Thanks for the giveaway! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Love the Cover and the Title looks very good.
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  9. I haven't read any of these yet but they look exciting!!! Maryh_happygirl@yahoo.com

  10. This book is on my TBR list. Really looking forward to reading it.


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