Never meet your heroes - especially when they're dead....
Guesthouse owner, single mother, and reluctant ghost whisperer Alison Kerby is about to sit down to movie night with her family and friends when she's struck speechless. Floating before her is the ghost of her musical idol, 1960s English rock star Vance McTiernan. He's in desperate need of help from Alison and her resident ghostly gumshoe, Paul Harrison.
Reports claim that four months ago, Vance's daughter died from a drug overdose. Vance, however, thinks she was murdered. While Alison agrees to help, Paul is suspicious of Vance's motives. But after the body of the alleged killer is found in the movie room, Alison and Paul must act quickly before someone else finds a stairway to heaven....
Series: Haunted Guesthouse # 7 | Publisher: Audible Studios| Narrator: Amanda Ronconi | Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins | Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery | Source: Publisher | Ratings: 3.5 Cups
Alison’s always been a reluctant detective but she goes along with Paul, her resident private investigator ghost, in order for him to participate in their daily spook show. Although when her rock star idol Vance McTiernan appears floating before her wanting to find his daughter’s killer, Alison suddenly becomes one very eager P.I. even though Paul has voiced his suspicions of Vance. With Alison and Paul at odds Vance’s motives, she has no choice but to wing this investigation on her own. Yet when her prime suspect is murdered in her movie room, she and Paul mend fences in order to stop a killer.
So, I spent a great deal of this book not liking Alison. Because her new client is her music idol, her personality does a 180 and she ends up turning on everyone, including Paul, and she refuses to listen to anyone. I’m not fan of this type of behavior. Thankfully, she does redeem herself but it was almost too late.
The mystery was solid and it wasn’t as easy to figure out as some of them. I do enjoy a puzzling mystery. There’s some red herrings thrown in and I was actually pretty convinced one of them was the killer and a bit shocked when I was proved wrong. There’s also a small secondary mystery that plays out—it was obvious to me from the start, but it was still an interesting addition to the book.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi’s narration shines. If you haven’t checked her out, please do so.
Overall, while Alison wasn’t my favorite, the secondary characters were still amazing and the mystery was outstanding.
Haunted Guesthouse Series
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