Inspector SpecterInspector Specter by E.J. Copperman is the sixth book in the “Haunted Guesthouse” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2014

Just when she thought she’d seen everything. . .

Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven’s finest. She’s also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby’s Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it’s hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison promises to help in any way she can—even asking her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie, for help with the case.

As Paul’s spirit source reveals some troubling information about the deceased detective, Alison wrestles with what to tell McElone. First, though, she has to find her. . .because the lieutenant has suddenly disappeared.

I enjoy the camaraderie between the living and the ghosts and if it wasn’t for the ghost-like behavior, sometimes the ghosts feel like the living, especially in their actions. This was an enjoyable read and I liked in this light drama we had more insight into the person Lt. McElone is out of uniform. But best of all is the outcome of their association that is a bonus in this fast-paced whodunit. The plot of this mystery kept me engaged in all that was happening and the suspenseful nature propelled me towards a conclusion befitting all the characters. Boasting a great cast of characters, witty repartee and the backdrop of the NJ shore, this is a delightfully wonderful read and I look forward to more adventures with Alison and the gang.

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