By E.J. Copperman
Berkley Prime Crime, paperback $7.99
Dec. 1, 2015
By Denise Fleischer
It’s not every day that a ghost seeks the assistance of a ghost whisperer to solve a crime, but that’s the premise in E.J. Copperman’s latest Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, “Ghost in the Wind.” Add celebrity musician to the totally unusual list of characters temporarily inhabiting the house and you have one interesting, often chaotic, day, night, and unusual case.
The fourth book in the series has guesthouse owner/ghost whisperer Alison Kerby; ghostly investigator Paul Harrison; the ghost of Maxie Malone; Alison’s daughter, Melissa; her mom and ghost dad, trying to solve the case of “who killed Vance McTiernan’s, daughter, Vanessa.” McTiernan was the 1960 lead singer and songwriter of the Jingles. Vanessa was a talented musician who allegedly died of an allergic reaction. She was the love child in a fan and musician fling which ended when the sun came up. Alison, who still has a school-girl crush on Vance, accepts the case, while Paul wants no part of it. He doesn’t trust Vance.
Without Vanessa responding to Paul’s ghosternet message, they are going to have to do it the old fashion way: ask a lot of questions, assemble the clues, and come up with the guilty party. The logical suspects are those she had a personal or working relationship with so that’s where Alison starts.
E.J. Copperman entertained me from page one to 289. That’s quite an imagination to have half of the team of detectives as ghosts. They feel comfortable staying with Alison and her family, and Alison’s family accepts them and interacts naturally with them, makes this book unique. The storyline kept me guessing who the real killer was. There were more than a few possibilities. I was also interested in the investigation on the side with a ghost dragging a wagon searching for a lost friend. I had a feeling I knew the answer, but wasn’t sure until the end. Loved this book and interested in learning what other cases this savvy team of detectives gets next. Other books in the series include: book 1 – An Open Spook, book 2 – The Thrill of the Haunt, book 3 – Inspector Specter.
Four ghostly musicians out of five
March 3, 2016