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My Musing ~ Spouse on Haunted Hill by E.J. Copperman

Spouse on Haunted Hill by E.J. Copperman is the 8th book in the “Haunted Guesthouse” mystery series. Publisher: Penguin Random House, December 2016

spouse-on-haunted-hillAlison’s shady ex needs to use her haunted guesthouse as a hideout in the latest from the national bestselling author of Ghost in the Wind.

Where Alison Kerby’s ex-husband goes, trouble follows. This time, unfortunately, he’s brought that trouble right to her doorstep. On the run from a business deal gone bad, Steven, aka “the Swine,” owes some scary people a staggering sum of money. No need to panic, though. He has a plan: Sell Alison’s Jersey Shore guesthouse to pay them off.

Before Alison has a chance to read Steven the riot act, he disappears—after a mysterious man trailing him ends up full of bullet holes. Now the police are next to darken her doorway. For all his faults, Steven is still the father of Alison’s daughter, so with the help of ghosts Maxie and Paul, Alison sets out to find her ex and clear him of the murder. But if the bad guys get to him first, he may not have a ghost of a chance…

This is the best book in this delightfully endearing series. Nothing good happens when The Swine arrives at the airport with Melissa and what follows is an adventure populated with gangsters that darkens the doorstop of Alison’s guesthouse. The author did a great job in setting this well-written mystery with multiple plot that cascaded into a series of escapades that brings out the best in all the characters, especially our heroine. The suspect list was small, but I love that surprising twist that the author put in place and that truly enhance the telling of the story. Everyone played a pivotal role in the narrative and I liked how this book ended with new adventures awaiting the gang. I’m so happy there will be at least two more books in this excellent series.

A Day in the “Life” of Paul Harrison by E.J. Copperman

spouse-on-haunted-hillLately the days have been getting a little tedious if the truth be known.

Even a pleasant routine is a routine, and when you are facing eternity—as I am—that idea becomes even more disturbing. I am fond of my hostess Alison Kerby and I have a comfortable existence in her guesthouse on the New Jersey Shore, but I am, after all, dead, and unable to leave the boundaries of Alison’s property. That means I’ll be here doing the same thing, day after day, for the foreseeable future. And perhaps after that.

When I first regained a state of conscious thought after my companion in the house Maxie Malone and I were poisoned a few years ago, it took a great deal of adjustment to understand our situation. I had been hired by Maxie as something of a bodyguard and was trying to get my private investigation agency off the ground. Maxie was a budding interior designer being threatened, threats that turned out to be all too real for both of us.

But that was years ago now, and I have agreed with Alison on a bargain: I want to keep investigating for people like myself who have left the mortal life but have not yet moved on to whatever plane of existence comes next. Since I am unable to move outside the property, I asked Alison to be my “eyes, ears and legs” in the living world. She reports to me and we solve cases together.

Her end of the bargain, being a woman running a guesthouse that caters to those who wish to have a “value-added experience,” was that Maxie and I participate in what she refers to as “spook shows” twice a day, giving her guests that contact with us they seem to desire, although it is somewhat demeaning to us and difficult for me to understand. But the guests seem to enjoy it, for their own reasons.

So, a typical day begins with some preparation for the morning spook show. We rattle some furniture, throw fruit back and forth to each other and Maxie, who has something of a vicious streak, will sometimes try to frighten the guests by spreading rubber cement on the walls or ruffling someone’s hair. Maxie is not receiving any part of the bargain and often reminds both Alison and me of that.

After the morning show we are left to our pursuits. When we have a case to investigate Maxie often is involved in Internet research, something she has show a remarkable aptitude for, and I try to make sense of any interviews or information Alison manages to gather.

When there is no case, I am left to contemplate an eternity that offers little variety of experience, and that is not a pleasant thought. So, I amuse myself with experiments and exploration of the realm in which I now exist.

Lately I have been working on a theory that people like Maxie and myself are composed purely of energy. This leaves open many possibilities for progress, including the slightest chance we might be able to move on to the next level of existence if my current experiment is a success. It will require some time and effort, and a large number of electronic devices from Alison’s basement.

All that might be sidetracked, however, when Alison’s ex-husband Steven Rendell (a man she calls “The Swine” when her daughter Melissa is not present) wakes up this morning. He flew in with Melissa from his home in California last night and has been acting in a suspicious manner. Alison is concerned, and I believe she might have some reason to worry. There are unsavory characters meeting with Steven and talk of violence. There could be trouble here soon.

Is it wrong for me to hope I can alleviate the boredom with an investigation involving Alison’s ex-husband? I will have to give that some thought. After all, I have nothing but time on my hands.


Spouse On Haunted Hill is the eighth book in the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, December 2016.

Alison’s shady ex needs to use her haunted guesthouse as a hideout in the latest from the national bestselling author of Ghost in the Wind.

Where Alison Kerby’s ex-husband goes, trouble follows. This time, unfortunately, he’s brought that trouble right to her doorstep. On the run from a business deal gone bad, Steven, aka “the Swine,” owes some scary people a staggering sum of money. No need to panic, though. He has a plan: Sell Alison’s Jersey Shore guesthouse to pay them off.

Before Alison has a chance to read Steven the riot act, he disappears—after a mysterious man trailing him ends up full of bullet holes. Now the police are next to darken her doorway. For all his faults, Steven is still the father of Alison’s daughter, so with the help of ghosts Maxie and Paul, Alison sets out to find her ex and clear him of the murder. But if the bad guys get to him first, he may not have a ghost of a chance. . .

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About the author
Paul Harrison and the full cast of characters from the Haunted Guesthouse series returned in Spouse On Haunted Hill December 6. E.J. Copperman is the author of the Haunted Guesthouse series and the Mysterious Detective series (Written Out), and with Jeff Cohen, the Asperger’s Mystery series (The Question Of The Felonious Friend). You can find E.J. at www.ejcopperman.com.

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My Musing ~ Written Off by E.J. Copperman

Written Off by E.J. Copperman is the first book in the NEW “Mysterious Detective” mystery series. Publisher: Crooked Lane Books, June 2016

Written OffRachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy working on her next book, when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing persons case. The caller’s name? Duffy Madison.

Is this real or has she lost her mind? She doesn’t have much time to find out because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.

Full of uncanny intrigue and witty humor, E.J. Copperman’s imaginative series debut Written Off is sure to be a new fan favorite for readers of Donna Andrews.

Imagine a character coming to life as a human? Can you? That is what faces Rachel when she meets her protagonist and immediately gets pulled into his investigation which starts this new series that is downright enjoyable. What a great concept that kept me involved in all facets of this narrative that I could not put down until I knew who was after whom. The set-up was brilliantly done and the tone and flow is so comfortable, it felt like I was part of the action. I especially love that while in the throes of trying to solve this mystery, the heroine took time out to talk to me, the reader. Okay, it was her inner voice, but yes, that part was engagingly fun. This was a terrific read and the author did a great job in presenting this mystery kept me intrigued throughout and when I figured out who was behind this, I applaud the author because it was that good. I’m so looking forward to the next book in this fantastic debut series.

FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) book from the author.

Rachel Goldman’s Character by E.J. Copperman

Written OffThe thing about writing crime fiction is that your mind never really turns off. You (the author) think about interesting ways to kill people with whom you have no particular argument and then how to conceal the deed in a way that seems impenetrable but has one fatal flaw, because the sleuth you send to catch the dastardly villain has to outsmart him/her in the end.

It’s exhausting.

I’m Rachel Goldman and I write the Duffy Madison series. Duffy, as you’re aware if you’ve been following the four books in the series, is a special consultant to the Morris County (NJ) Prosecutor’s Office whose expertise is in missing person cases. If you misplace a loved one in Morris County, Duffy is the guy you want on the case.

My days as a mid-list author are fairly normal most of the time, and chronicled in some detail in Written Off, a new “novel” (for legal reasons) by E.J. Copperman that depicts my new dilemma: a man claiming to be the real Duffy Madison (as if there were such a person) shows up at a book signing of mine and asks—pleads, if you want to be honest—for me to help him in his current case. It seems someone is abducting, and eventually killing, women of a certain profession.

That’s right—crime fiction authors.

So when Duffy showed up in my life (and I call him “Duffy” because he refuses to answer to any other name) I did what any intelligent, considering human being would do: I freaked out. I mean, it’s one thing to have devoted fans but this was taking it to a disturbing new extreme, don’t you think?

So my routine has become somewhat less normal these days. In addition to revising the fictional Duffy Madison book I have on my hard drive, I’m dealing with the flesh-and-blood “Duffy Madison,” who has the character down so perfectly he’s sort of becoming the man in my head. And he’s leading me into places only a TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) character in a crime fiction novel—the kind I try scrupulously to avoid—would go.

I’m not going into detail because this Copperman person has the rights to the story, but for the sake of clarity let’s assume I am not a completely willing participant in the proceedings, and when the maniac who’s going after crime fiction authors gets wind of my involvement. . . Well, you’ve no doubt read the back cover of a mystery novel before, so you can insert the proper cliché. One that ends with “might be next on the killer’s reading list” or some such hyperbole.

And I can’t count on Duffy Madison to help me out of a jam because, well, who knows if he’s real or a figment of my imagination?

It’s going to be a long week.


Written Off is the first book in the NEW Mysterious Detective mystery series, published by Crooked Lane Books, June 2016.

Rachel Goldman writes mysteries in which Duffy Madison, consultant to the county prosecutor’s office, helps find missing persons. Rachel is busy working on her next book, when a man calls out of the blue asking for help in a missing persons case. The caller’s name? Duffy Madison.

Is this real or has she lost her mind? She doesn’t have much time to find out because a serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping and murdering mystery authors. And Rachel may just be the next target.

Full of uncanny intrigue and witty humor, E.J. Copperman’s imaginative series debut Written Off is sure to be a new fan favorite for readers of Donna Andrews.

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About the author
E.J. Copperman is the author of Written Off, the first in the Mysterious Detective Mystery series, as well as the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series (Ghost In The Wind) and the co-author with Jeff Cohen of the Asperger’s Mystery series (The Question Of The Unfamiliar Husband). But don’t worry—next year Copperman will add another series to fill the time.

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My Musing ~ Ghost in the Wind by E.J. Copperman

Ghost in the WindGhost in the Wind by E.J. Copperman is the seventh book in the “Haunted Guesthouse” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2015

Never meet your heroes—especially when they’re dead.

Guesthouse owner, single mother, and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby is about to sit down to movie night with her family and friends when she’s struck speechless. Floating before her is the ghost of her musical idol, 1960s English rock star Vance McTiernan. He’s in desperate need of help from Alison and her resident ghostly gumshoe, Paul Harrison.

Reports claim that four months ago, Vance’s daughter died from a drug overdose. Vance, however, thinks she was murdered. While Alison agrees to help, Paul is suspicious of Vance’s motives. But after the body of the alleged killer is found in the movie room, Alison and Paul must act quickly before someone else finds a stairway to heaven.

This is one of my favorite series that I eagerly await each year and every time I read a book in the series, it brings me laughter and excitement. Alison sees the ghost of a childhood idol and takes his case against the wishes of her ghostie partner. The author does a wonderful job in setting up this fast-paced, action-filled drama that had me devouring every word on the page. The growth of these beloved characters and the bond they share keeps me coming back to Harbor Haven because I know an adventure awaits me that will put me smack dab in the middle of all the fun. The mystery was well-executed and I love how the author played it out keeping me guessing on other factors, especially that little twist at the end. Good job! I love the internal quips from Alison that keeps me laughing and in this book, the author put together a jam session that OMG, if only I was there, I would be in heaven. This book was both engaging and entertaining and I look forward to the next book in this delightfully charming series.