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Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman was a fun entry into the series. The characters are just fantastic!
Story Thoughts: Oh My! What do you do when you turn your house into a B&B and then someone ends up dead? Well if you are Alison you try not to investigate but with pesky ghosts bugging you too, you end up doing it anyway! The mystery was fun in An Uninvited Ghost. You could mostly tell who was responsible about half way though but watching the story play out was still entertaining. One of the things I love about this series is the police are involved. Alison does work with them and even tries to stay out of the way. Things never quite go that well for her but at least she tries. I think most cozy mystery lovers will like the mystery and how it plays out!
Character Thoughts: Let's talk ghosts! I don't think there is a better duo of ghosts than Paul and Maxie. They both bring such life to the series. Neither has been dead very long so you get some "growing" pains and adjustments that just make you laugh (and sometimes tear up). Ali is a kick butt leading lady. She is a single mother to a very smart kid and has a mother that is supportive (and yet a little off). Of course, all 3 can see ghosts so that plays into their personalities as well. The "Off The Shore" cast that was in this book was hilarious and the "Old Folks Vacationers" were delight too. EJ Cooperman just writes good characters!
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi /Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
I almost sound like a broken record where Amanda's narration is concerned but I have never heard her do a bad job--EVER! Seriously she just does quirky better than anyone. She has great pacing and just the right amount of "snark" in her voice. I adore her narration.
Final Thoughts: I am off to get the 3rd book in the series :)
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
this is a light whodunit with a dash of the paranormal and heroine who isn't--her coming to grips with sharing a home with ghosts as a single mother is an enjoyable listen. The narrator is wonderful and doesn't overplay the new jersey. There's little back story, it all unfolds in the present.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What did you like most about Old Haunts?
I liked the setting of this story, the return to the familiar guesthouse with its resident ghosts and the gentle detective story told as well.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I liked the way the difference threads tied up at the end, and the way that throw away information from early parts of the story, came to have significant meaning later on. Least interesting? Well some of it was a bit obvious and I did get to a conclusion on certain aspects of the detection before Ms Kirby did.
Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I've listened to a few of Ms Ronconi's performances and she always makes a good job of them. She is always clear and well paced and makes some distinction between the different characters.
Any additional comments?
This was just an easy listen, nothing too taxing but perfect for commuting or whilst doing other tasks. A well written story, with good narration. Have already bought the next in the series!
Any additional comments?
where an errant husband tries to get back in the family.
Alison finds herself looking for a murder as well as paul's girlfriend.
liking the series so far but still having some trouble with Amanda ronconi. can only listen to an hour at a time. used to listen to a lot of American stories but have gone on to british ones now.