Night of the Living Deed by E.J. Copperman is the first book in the new “Haunted Guesthouse” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin), June 2010

7 Bedrooms. 4 Baths. 2 Ghosts.

Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter, so she’s returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming—and profitable—guesthouse. But when a bump on the head leaves her seeing not only stars but spirits, Alison realizes the real challenge she’s facing is out of this world.

The two residing ghosts are Maxie Malone, the foul-tempered former owner of the house (who has definite opinions about Alison’s design plans), and Paul Harrison, a private eye who’d been working for Maxie—both died in the house on the same night. The official cause of death was suicide, but the ghosts insist they were murdered, and they need Alison to find out who killed them—or the next ghost in the guesthouse will be Alison herself.

What a good read that once I started, I couldn’t put the book down. Alison buys a home and encounters two ghosts who want her to investigate their murder. When her family is threatened, well, let’s just say a great team is created. My rating: 5 stars

E.J. Copperman is the pseudonym of Jeff Cohen.

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