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If you could sum up The Thrill of the Haunt in three words, what would they be?
Books 1-4 Again.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Not really surprised. If you've read any of the previous books, the author loves to have the protagonist plod along while whining and throwing out childish quips, then suddenly have a revelation that makes all the convoluted pieces fall in place. No different here.
Which scene was your favorite?
Probably the very last. It wasn't unexpected, but it was still a nice scene.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I like this series. I do. But Amanda keeps writing the same book with different elements.
The outline is pretty much that Allison is presented with a case that she doesn't want to investigate. She whines and mopes and eventually does it based on some silly reason that could easily be gotten around. She plods through the investigation making glaring mistakes and oversights while relying mainly on her ghosts and daughter for true insight.
Throw in a bunch of "comedic" moments worthy of a 90's sitcom and then we get to the resolution where intuitive leaps are made and a seriously convoluted plot gets (somewhat_ unraveled. This book's intertwining and resolution are particularly confusing.
The sad thing is, there's a lot to enjoy here without the silly resolution to the mysteries. These stories would be just as enjoyable with a normal whodunnit resolution. I could also do with less of Allison's whining and 2nd grade sarcasm. For good or bad though, Ronconi's voice gets her personality across perfectly.
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I wish the author would rely on the strength of the story she is trying to tell. I love the story and the mystery involved, but after about 2 hours in the sarcastic wit, and constant one liners gets old. Especially because a lot of the lines make no sense and seem like they are only there for cheap laughs.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
I love the authors take on murder mystery and detecting. I am a lover of all things Agatha, and I like simple old fashion murder mystery, without too much suspense or gore.
What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?
I am not sure if it is her narration that makes it so snarky, or if it is the way it is written. I always love Amanda Ronconi's performance, but not sure if maybe her sarcastic way of reading is all together entertaining in this case.
Was The Thrill of the Haunt worth the listening time?
Yes and No, I loved the underlying story, but found some of the dialogue a little too much.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
It's no secret I love the world and the characters of the Haunted Guesthouse series, but in this one I found the detective cases particularly entertaining. E. J. Copperman offers well-written entertainment with a lack of self-importance I really appreciate in the current environment of lousy stories written pompously (and with typos and grammar mistakes). So there.
Any additional comments?
Alison finds herself juggling between two cases and it all comes together at the end, including her relationship with josh.
enjoying the series and looking forward to the next book.