Monday, March 5, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Old Haunts

Old Haunts (Haunted Guest House - Book 3) by E.J. Copperman

Publication Date: February 7, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Genre: cozy Mystery
Pages: Paperback, 290pp
ISBN-13: 978-0425246207
ISBN: 0425246205

(Received for an honest review from Berkley Prime Crime)

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Books in the series: Night of the Living Deed (2010), An Uninvited Ghost (2011), Old Haunts (2012)

CoverArt: Click on the picture for a larger, clearer image of the covers in this series.

Excerpt from Old Haunts


Alison Kerby's guesthouse already has two resident ghosts. 

But now, the past is coming to visit. Make your reservation early.

There's nothing quite as mournful as a gloomy ghost - and Alison has a pair of sad spirits, Maxie and Paul, haunting her Jersey Shore guesthouse. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, a biker named Big Bob, whose remains have just been discovered two years later. Paul, pining for his still-living almost-fiancee, wants Alison to track her down and make sure she's okay.

The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison - because The Swine has waltzed back into her life, specifically into her guesthouse, and is trying to win back their ten-year-old daughter, Melissa. He says he wants to get back together, but Alison knows him too well. The only question is: What is he really up to?


E.J. Copperman brings readers the third book in the "Haunted Guesthouse" mystery series. Old Haunts is a cozy mystery with a paranormal slant, that will appeal to both types of readers. This series follows the adventures of amateur sleuth Alison Kerby and her two sidekicks, a couple of ghosts named Maxie and Paul. Copperman's attention to detail and dry humor make this a fun, light read that just happens to be about murder.

This was my first experience with E.J. Copperman and I'll have to say, I was impressed with this book. As many of you know, I enjoy a book that has a touch of the supernatural in it. I didn't think I was that big a fan of "ghost whisperer" type books, but this one might make me change my mind. Copperman seems to have a good sense of what makes a paranormal book just real enough to make it entertaining. A writer has to have characters, ghost or otherwise that appeal to the reader and ones who they can somehow connect with. Copperman does a good job with that here.

I liked Alison a lot. She is one of those characters that readers can just understand. She's a divorced, single mom, with a real peach of an ex-husband. She's raising a daughter on her own and trying to fulfill her dream of owning and operating her own business, in this case, a guesthouse. She's determined. She's smart and she's very empathetic. Having two resident ghosts in the house doesn't seem to phase her. She's more worried about the nefarious plans her ex may have for re-entering her life. Copperman gives readers the kind of character that they can root for with Alison.

The ghosts themselves are a lot of fun and in this particular mystery, they are the center of the plot. One ghost, Maxie is trying to figure out who murdered her husband of 4 days. Alison's mom ends up being accused giving Alison two reasons to want to figure out who really did it. Maxie is kind of the whiney type. But not in the extreme. She is just kind of sad and forlorn, as you might expect from a ghost. Paul on the other hand is an former private eye and he is constantly giving Alison a different perspective on things, which is good. He had a fiancee he was supposed to marry when he died and now he wants Alison to find her make sure she's ok. Not too much to ask for a dead guy. I liked both ghosts and thought Copperman wrote them both very realistically.

The mystery aspect of the story was well written and the pacing was good. The revelations came at the right time and it was unpredictable enough to keep me guessing. Copperman's attention to detail was great. His descriptions were spot on and he seemed very connected to his story. I liked that.

Old Haunts is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

E.J. Copperman is a mysterious figure, or has a mysterious figure, or writes figuratively in mysteries. In any event, a New Jersey native, E.J. has written for such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, American Baby and USA Weekend. Night of the Living Deed is the first E.J. Copperman novel. It will be followed in 2011 by An Uninvited Ghost, the second in the Haunted Guesthouse mystery series.

E.J., having worked as a newspaper reporter, teacher, magazine editor, and screenwriter, writes stories that combine humor and mystery with just the right amount of spooky supernatural happenings and a large does of Jersey attitude.
Sound like we’re being evasive? Well, the fact is that E.J. Copperman is the pseudonym of a well-known mystery novelist, now embarking on a new type of story that includes some elements of the supernatural as well as a fair number of laughs. And the Copperman novels will have a different attitude, a different setting and completely different characters than anything that has come before, so E.J. really is a new author.


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Booklady said...

I loved Night of the Living Deed. An Uninvited Ghost is in my to be read pile and Old Haunts is on my wishlist. Great series. Spring break is just a few weeks away and I'm hoping to get caught up.

KMichelleC87 said...

I'd love a chance to win this book
Thanks for the giveaway

Linda Kish said...

This story sounds great. His ghosts sound so appealing. I need to go find his other books.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

lag123 said...

I have heard such good things about this book that it is on my wishlist.

lag110 at mchsi dot com

Carol L. said...

This is the first I've heard of this book and the others before it. I definitely liked what I read and it makes it cozier that I'm born and raised New Jersey. Thanks for this introduction into a new Author and new books for me to check out.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Angela - Bookaunt said...

I love having a few ghosts in my cozies. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I have the first one in the series and would love to add this one to my collection

Peggy Ann said...

Sounds like a wonderful series! Thanks for the chance to win a book in it!

Karen B said...
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Sue Farrell said...

Ghosts seem to add that little extra to a cozy. Thanks for the giveaway.

bn100 said...

The book sounds interesting, especially with the paranormal element.

Stacie said...

Paul & Maxie are a fun addition to this series. I absolutely LOVED the first book & I am anxious to read the remaining two. EJ/Jeff is a very humorous author that always makes me laugh. Thanks for the giveaway :)


In Julie's Opinion said...

I can't figure out how I've missed this series because I love both cozies AND paranormal books! This series is perfect for me! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention and for the awesome review and giveaway:)

cyn209 said...

OldHaunts has been on my WishList for a long time now!! hope i win!!!!!

thank you for the giveaway!!!

cyn209 at juno dot com

mamabunny13 said...

This one is on my wish lists!

Carol M said...

I really enjoy ghost stories! This sounds good!

I follow on GFC.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I can't wait to read this book. Sounds very good.

catslady said...

This sounds like it's just scary enough lol. Sounds good!