The Hostess with the Ghostess (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #9) by E.J. Copperman

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Story Outline:

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. But Paul has left for parts unknown months ago. The only thing is, she doesn’t know how to find him. And 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 about 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. And if she doesn’t stop, she’ll be next in The Hostess with the Ghostess, the witty and delightful follow-up to national bestselling author E. J. Copperman’s Spouse on Haunted Hill.

 

My Review:

Reviewed for Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books

Being a fan of cozy mysteries and ghosts I was pleased to receive this book for review.
Unfortunately, it fell short of the mark for me. Whilst I did enjoy the idea of the story I just found myself unable to related to any of the characters and I struggled with the style the author used to write the story. I felt for me there was too much engagement toward the reader. Instead of just letting the characters tell the story it felt the author intentionally added bracketed to add humour. I honestly believe that without the little anecdotes the story would flow more freely and the story would have been more enjoyable.

As for the story itself, it had all the makings a great cozy mystery; the characters were interesting and likeable and there was enough action to hold my interest and to keep reading to the end. As with all cozy mysteries, it was a bit of a puzzle to work out who the killer was and that is one thing I can not fault about the book. I love a good mystery and that part definitely did not disappoint.
If you like cozy mysteries then you might enjoy this one as well, just because it was not the book for me does not mean that someone else will not enjoy it.

Conversations with God Book 2: An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch

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The conversation continues in book two only this time God has moved on to matters on a more global scale. He details his observations on how we as a planet could unify and make the world a much better place to live with the haves and the have-nots being brought closer together.

Whilst there are many themes explored that will make a lot of people scream NO in the loudest voice possible when you sit back and think on the ideas and observations made it does make a lot of sense. I have been thinking for years that we live in a “whats mine is mine” world for a very long time and God agrees. He won’t do anything to change it because it is up to us that have come here in this time to make the best of what we have so we can once again remember who we ultimately are.

Once again I have been left with a sense that there are many aspects of my life, not only my personal life but, my place in the world that I could change from how it currently is. God puts to us the big questions and it is ultimately up to us to answer them.

Great reading for those that want to look at the bigger picture and see a world outside of themselves. Looking forward to reading the third book.

The journey has started

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The following posts involves my thoughts on God so if that does not interest you then keep scrolling

As some of you may know this year I have made it my choice to come back to the person I was in the past. The one that did not let people and the way they looked at life get me down.

I decided one way to help me was to stay away from politics of any kind. 15 days into the new year and that is still working for me, I see political based posts, news stories etc and instead of reading them and getting involved just skip right past.

The second way was to find my faith again. Now when I mean faith I do not mean going back to church or anything like that. I mean reconnecting with God in my own way. I started out by reading Conversations with God Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch. I read two of his books in my twenties and they made sense to me. But like everyone in their twenties life happens and you put things as deep and confronting as your relationship with God on the back burner for another day. On re-reading the first one it all came back to me. His words made sense.

For someone who was born with a disability, I have had many different feeling about why am the way I am. I never blame anyone for my condition but I often think why me when the rest of my family can walk. The truth of it is I am the way I am because that is the way my soul wanted to live this life. Not because in a past life I was bad or anything remotely like that, my soul wanted it this way so it chose this way. My mind and my soul often battle with each other over a lot of things and this is another area I am working on.

Another aspect I found rather interesting in the book was relationships. We all have relationships whether they be family, romantic, friends, work. In the book, God states that we enter any relationship with an expectation that the other person will give us something. That is the incorrect motive for entering any relationship. We should enter a relationship not wanting something from someone else but instead find out what this relationship shows us about ourselves and how we grow whilst in these relationships.

It has been fascinating and thought provoking thus far. I debated whether to share this because that is a very personal thing for me to share but I thought even if one person gets something out of my thoughts then that can only be a good thing.

 

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue, Book 1 by Neale Donald Walsch

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My Review:

I first came to this book in my mid to late twenties. Having seemingly lost all faith in everything around me. I was at a period in my life asking all the big questions but never seeming to get the answers. Then this book suddenly appeared out of nowhere. I read it, took on board the messages within and then life happened again, lessons learned were soon less important than what was going on externally around me.

Fast forward 20 years or so later and life had come full circle and still, the same things were dragging me now more than ever. No surprise up popped this book again. This re-read for me was more of an easing of my soul than a revelation. There comes a point in everyone’s life when certain things just do not seem to sit well with you anymore and you need to find another way of looking at things. The lessons relearnt will hopefully stay with me and help me see things from a different perspective than what I do now about the world around me and ultimately myself.

I do honestly with all my heart and soul believe the dialogue between Neale and GOD to be genuine. Of course, there will be many that say this is just the workings of a great imagination to make a profit, like all those who have gone before him. That in itself may be true but if you read this book you get a sense of self and you know yourself what is true and what is false if you feel it within yourself.

People may think you have to be religious to read this and the other books in the series but that is not the case. I had lost my belief in GOD the first time I read the book, for me it was a case of GOD saying to me through the book, you may have lost your faith but I am right here…see here I am. I am far from a religious person as you can ever get but I believe in something bigger than myself.

If you have ever questioned what life is about and you have an open mind to the possibilities of what all this that we call life could possibly mean, then you may just enjoy and even learn something. If you check the book out after reading this review then I am glad, if you read this review and think it is a load of hogwash then I am also glad. We are all individuals and we all have to travel our own paths, either choice is the right one for you.

Coming Soon

Three Gold Coins

Josephine Moon’s fourth book Three Gold Coins is due to be published: April 1st, 2018

“One coin for love, one for marriage, one to return to Rome.

Two days ago, Lara Foxleigh tossed three gold euros into the Trevi Fountain. Now, she is caring for a cranky old man and living in a picturesque villa, …half a world away from her home and the concerns of her loving family.

Soon, it seems as if those wishes she made in Rome just might be coming true, and she may even be able to help heal a fifteen-year-old tragedy.

Until Lara’s past threatens to destroy everything she loves…

Three Gold Coins is a masterfully written celebration of food, family, triumph over adversity, and love – a deliciously imperfect life”.

 

Josephine Moon’s other books:

New Release…

A place to remember

Australian author Jenn J McLeod’s new book A Place to Remember will be released 19th March 2018

“A man loses five years of his life. Two women are desperate for him to remember.

Running away for the second time in her life, twenty-seven-year old Ava believes the cook’s job at a country B&B is perfect until she meets the owner’s son, John Tate. At twenty, the fifth generation grazier is a beguiling blend of both man, boy and a terrible flirt. With their connection immediate and intense, they begin a clandestine affair right under the noses of John’s formidable parents.

Thirty years later, Ava returns to Candlebark Creek with her daughter, Nina, who is determined to meet her mother’s lost love for herself. While struggling to find her own place in the world, Nina discovers an urban myth about a love-struck man, a forgotten engagement ring, and a dinner reservation back in the eighties. Now she must decide if revealing the truth will hurt more than it heals.”

 

Other Jenn J McLeod titles: