Things are never quiet for long at the Haunted Guesthouse. Right as Alison Kerby finally gets some peace, long-time deceased Paul Harrison’s recently murdered brother, Richard, shows up looking for the ghostly detective. Paul left for parts unknown months ago, and she doesn’t know how to find him. She’s going to need to because Richard’s isn’t the only murder still left unsolved.
As she searches for Paul, Alison discovers that Richard, who was a lawyer, was working a case for a woman accused of murdering her stepfather. It quickly becomes clear that Richard was getting too close to the truth and was forcibly kept quiet. Now as Alison continues her investigation, she gets a creeping sensation that the murderer doesn’t appreciate her snooping around. If she doesn’t stop, she’ll be next victim.
The Hostess With the Ghostess is an unusual mystery. Many of the main characters are dead, and most of those that are living cannot only see ghosts but can talk to them as well. Even the characters that can’t see or talk to the ghost have a valuable part to play in solving not one, but two murders.
Alison is a great detective, but a reluctant one. She doesn’t want to admit that she actually enjoys solving crimes with the dead detective, Paul. When Paul’s older brother, Richard shows up unannounced and dead, she finds herself once again jumping into a murder investigation and in desperate need of Paul coming to her rescue. With the help of several ghosts, her teenage daughter, mother, and father and her husband, she sets out to solve Richards murder and the one that got him killed.
Mr. Copperman has created a fast-paced story with original characters and a wonderful plot. The story has many twists and turns, none bigger than the ending. A cast of characters who are dead is unusual and keeps the reader on edge throughout the pages. Book nine in the “A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery” is a great addition to the series and will keep readers entertained for hours.
The Hostess With the Ghostess is a fun story. However, this is not a standalone book, and it will be helpful for readers to read the previous books in the series to get a good idea of who each character is and the part they play overall. This book and series are highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good who-done-it and likes their characters dead and alive, and their stories with twists they didn’t expect.