Monday, March 19, 2018

Spouse on Haunted Hill by E. J. Copperman

Where Alison Kerby's ex-husband goes, trouble follows. This time, unfortunately, he's brought that trouble right to her doorstep. On the run from a business deal gone bad, Steven, aka "the Swine", owes some scary people a staggering sum of money. No need to panic, though. He has a plan: sell Alison's Jersey Shore guesthouse to pay them off. Before Alison has a chance to read Steven the riot act, he disappears - after a mysterious man trailing him ends up full of bullet holes. Now the police are next to darken her doorway. For all his faults, Steven is still the father of Alison's daughter, so with the help of ghosts Maxie and Paul, Alison sets out to find her ex and clear him of the murder. But if the bad guys get to him first, he may not have a ghost of a chance....

Series: Haunted Guesthouse, Book 8 | Publisher: Audible Studios | Narrator: Amanda Ronconi | Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins | Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Cozy Mystery| Source: Publisher | Ratings: 3.5
I’m a bit on the fence about this one. While I felt it was leaps and bounds better than the last few books in the series, it still doesn’t measure up to the first few books. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t one of my favorites.
Here’s what’s happening. When Steven, Alison’s ex-husband, shows up at Alison’s guesthouse looking for a place to hide out until trouble blows over, she’s not exactly thrilled. She’s even less thrilled when she finds herself trying to clear him of a murder charge but he is the father of her daughter. Although the more she starts uncovering, the closer danger gets to her family and she soon starts to realize that Steven might not be innocent after all.
I feel like the characters have changed too much. I’m not talking about character growth, I’m talking about a complete change to their personalities. They’re starting to seem annoying, selfish, and unlikable. It’s like the original characters have been swapped out for ones that I don’t really recognize anymore.
The mystery was decent and held my attention but it lost some of the uniqueness of the others and started feeling more like a normal cozy mystery rather than a paranormal. Normally the mystery involves some dealings with ghosts other than Paul and Maxi who are either witnesses or the actual clients but in this one they were dealing with a living client.
Overall, it was just okay. I don’t know if I’m just getting tired of the series and need a break before starting the next one or if the series is just getting stale.

Haunted Guesthouse Series



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