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.
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.