Reviewer: Wendy Rucci
Title: Night of the Living Deed - 1st in the Haunted Guest House Mystery series
Author: E.J. Copperman
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: June 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day, New Jersey
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
E.J.'s Website/Blog: www.ejcopperman.com
Night of the Living Deed is the first book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series, and what a great debut! Written under a different name (he’s Jeffrey Cohen) this book was a pleasant surprise since I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s other series.
Alison Kerby and her nine year old daughter returns home to New Jersey and where Alison decides to fix up an old home and turn it into a guesthouse. Little did Alison know what a monumental task lie in front of her. The large home is in major disrepair and the two “ghostly” inhabitants want Alison to find out who killed them (the police insisted it was a suicide).
Night of the Living Deed is a fun romp through all the trials of turning an old house on the shore into a guest house, a guest house complete with resident ghosts. Along for the ride is Alison’s daughter and mother two people who share Allison’s ability to see these ghosts. Alison is introduced to the cute Ned, her daughter’s history teacher and there is a glimpse of romance, possibly to come. As with all heroines, there is an occasional antagonist, and the same is true here, one being the local female police officer.
Night of the Living Deed is a fun cozy mystery with a little bit of history thrown in. It is an enjoyable, amusing book with well defined characters, a hint of romance and just enough mystery to keep it light. A great summer read.
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