Chance of a GhostChance of A Ghost by E.J. Copperman is the fourth book in the “Haunted Guesthouse” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, February 2012

Alison Kerby’s guesthouse is haunted all year round. Surviving the dead of winter, though? That’s a spooky proposition.

Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests—Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there’s her widowed mother, who hasn’t just been seeing ghosts, she’s been secretly dating one: Alison’s father. But when he stands her up three times in a row, something’s wrong. Is he a lost soul…or a missing apparition?

Their only lead is an overdramatic spirit—stage name Lawrence Laurentz—who doesn’t take direction well and won’t talk until they find his killer. Alison will reluctantly play the part of PI, but when the clues take a sinister turn, the writing is on the wall: If Alison can’t keep a level head, this will be her father’s final act—and maybe her own.

The laughs keeps coming as I read all about Alison’s escapades in her hunt for a killer and the search for her missing father. What makes this book amazing is the relationship that exists between Alison, her family and her two *spirited* partners. I love that they are a more cohesive investigative team using all the resources available to them. The writing is excellent with non-stop humor and clever and witty dialogue. I got a laugh out of those sneaky snide comments on topical subject matters that were interwoven into the story. This is one of the best book in this delightfully charming series and I can’t wait to see what happens next in the adventures of Alison and her team.

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