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Ghost Ship (Port Chatham Mystery #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  721 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
RITA-nominated author P. J. Alderman’s delightful new mystery series blends haunting ghosts with hunting criminals as therapist Jordan Marsh dives deep into the past to solve a modern murder.
A recent transplant to Washington State’s charming seaside town of Port Chatham, Jordan is still getting used to sharing her slightly run-down but historic lodging with ghosts. As i
ebook, 368 pages
Published February 15th 2011 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 30, 2011 Ariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jordan was an okay character for me. I am rather neutral about her, she wasn't great and yet she wasn't terrible either. I thought it was interesting that Jordan has a hard time walking or driving because she doesn't want to hit the spirits she sees. Of course townspeople are known to dress in period clothing which doesn't help her distinguish the living from the dead. For a psychologist she did not come across as having much polish that I would have expected from such a serious and educated pro ...more
Feb 20, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alderman delivers another delicious mystery! Ghost Ship combines a contemporary romantic suspense with Victorian-era murder filled with surprisingly engaging characters (and ghosts). Things are never what they quite appear in Port Chatham, or so heroine Jordan Marsh has discovered. She's still fixing up her Queen Anne home, and she's still hoping to one day rid herself of the resident ghosts--two sisters who were both murdered over a hundred years ago. But when a local carpenter, womanizing cad ...more
Enjoyed this second outing better than the first. I think that is partially due to the fact that I got used to the story jumping from the present to the past. I didn't find that as irritating as I did in the first book.

I also enjoyed the interaction of the ghost with the heroine in the book. However, while I realize this is a story and the author has literary license, I am not sure I like how the ghost lives are evolving. One new ghost in this story threatens to harm and even kill the heroine's
Cathy Cole
May 16, 2011 Cathy Cole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: He was a damned fool.

Jordan Marsh, a recent transplant to Port Chatham on the coast of Washington State, is still renovating her marvelous old Victorian house... and still getting used to the ghosts with whom she must share it.

Talked into a hike out to the New Dungeness Lighthouse, Jordan finds the body of Holt Stillwell lying on the beach. Jordan hasn't even had a chance to calm down from this discovery before she stumbles over yet another dead body. This time, the body belongs to M
May 03, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jordan just wants to blend in and fit in, in the new home town of hers. That isn't as easy as it sounds though, especially since she has a special "gift" of seeing ghosts and finding dead bodies. Her historic house is enhabited not only by her, but also by some ghostly roomates. She maybe wouldn't mind, but they just seem to cause her grief lately. A new ghost is trying to serenade her ghost roomate, but that roommate already has a ghostly boyfriend. Now she is in the middle of a ghost love tria ...more
Dec 26, 2013 C. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved “Haunting Jordan”. The ghosts’ appearance was more clever than I’ve seen in some time. ‘Port Chatham’ is unique, when many wonderful books construct distinct settings. I conjured my image of its layout. I applaud a city policewoman, high scale lawyer, and distraught Los Angeles therapist choosing a scaled-down pace. I love a town of heritage homes. Not least, grownup readers are in drought of ghost novels. It’s disappointing that the scant handful of haunted house fiction for adults, spo ...more
Ghost Ship by P.J. Alderman is the second book of the Port Chatham mystery series set on the Pacific Northwest coast. Jordan Marsh is a psychologist relocated from Los Angeles. She fell in love with her Queen Anne Victorian at first sight, and now is struggling to restore it. Her biggest surprise on moving to Port Chatham was meeting ghosts inherited with Longren House: Hattie Longren and her sister Charlotte. The dog Malachi appeared at the house and adopted Jordan readily; now they go almost e ...more
This is the second in the Port Chatham mystery series. I find these books fun as light and fluffy escapist entertainment. They aren't great writing, and they certainly aren't challenging mysteries, but they do have fun, quirky characters and the ridiculous things that could ONLY happen in a small town.

Jordan has barely recovered from the last murder she got involved with unintentionally, when she and her friend, and local chief of police, Darcy, find the town's local ladies man dead on the beach
Jul 22, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
After Hatti died in Haunting Jordan, what happened to Charlotte and Michael Seavey? This is the main plot in this book and the answer deep inside the pages of this book will shock you. Other questions like who would lure the Henrietta Dale to run aground and who was the ship named after?

Jordan Marsh, LA psychologist. Recently cleared of the charge of murdering her cheating husband, she moved into the Longren House on a whim to renovate it. Oh, she shares the house with ghosts whom she can talk
Mar 28, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, ebooks
I read Ghost Ship, Book 2 of P.J. Alderman's Port Chatham series, right on the heels of Book 1. And was delighted that I did, because while both are standalone stories, the continuation of the relationship between lead characters Jordan and Jase flows beautifully right out of Book 1. It is, hands down, my favorite thing about the second book.

But that said, everything else about Ghost Ship is also a fun followup to Haunting Jordan. Jordan is once again called upon by Port Chatham's deceased resid
Oct 11, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Port Chatham is one of those towns so well-drawn in a book that I want to move there immediately. I want to live in Jordan's neighborhood. Heck, I want to live her ghosted-up house.

GHOST SHIP is the second in the Port Chatham Mystery series and set more in the present day than the first, HAUNTING JORDAN There are two mysteries going on, one in the past and one in the present, but the one set in the present seemed more predominant. Which meant more time
Let me start this by saying it probably would've been better if I had read this book after Haunting Jordan (that is, in the series order) as there are references to the previous book and plot. That being said it was okay for me. I wanted to like it more than I did. I suppose I just didn't warm up to the heroine, Jordan. I mean she was okay, not terribly outstanding but also not outstandingly terrible. I was more interested in the Ghost character's to be honest and will probably read the first s ...more
Tammy Thompson
The second in the series, and a very good read. From B&

"...As if living with the long-deceased isn’t enough of a challenge, she’s just found a corpse: The town’s notorious womanizer Holt Stillwell is lying on the beach with a bullet in his head. Before Jordan can reel in a suspect, another victim surfaces. And this one isn’t taking murder lying down. Holt’s ancestor Michael Seavey, the Pacific Northwest’s most infamous shanghaier..."

I enjoyed this book as much as the first one, both mur
I usually don't read many ghost or cozy mysteries, but here I am reviewing another one. This is the second one in the series, and because I liked the first one, I wanted to try another. I only gave this story 3* because the author had Jordan behaving like she did in the beginning of the first book with denial, etc. and that not only made no sense but it was irritating. Jordan once again finds herself trying to solve a murder mystery from the 1800's that is also connected to a recent murder. One ...more
Modista Mama
I'm beginning to like this series. The characters are starting to grow on me and Port Chatham sounds like a place I would love to visit.

I do find it funny how Jordan (lead character) who practiced Rational Therapy made a lot of impulsive decisions that at times almost killed her, if not hurt her. It was enjoyable to read her talk with her "spectral" friends, whom she reluctantly acknowledged. I liked seeing the huge difference between the way 18th century [in this case] ghosts communicated comp
Margo Brooks
Aug 12, 2012 Margo Brooks rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I actually liked this book about a woman trying to rennovate a Queen Ann house in a fictious Oregon town, despite the proliferation of past inhabitents she encounters. Since Jordan Marsh is the only one in town who can see ghosts, and unfortunately can't tell the difference between ghosts and flesh and blood people, both sides of the divide are asking her to help investigate murder. I enjoyed the historical research and the banter between characters, but I am marking it down because it is so int ...more
Debbie Heaton
Sep 19, 2011 Debbie Heaton rated it it was amazing
Jordan is still getting used to sharing her slightly rundown historic house with ghosts after making a recent move to Washington State's seaside town of Port Chtham. And now she's found a corpse, as if living with the deceased isn't enough to consume her time. The body belongs to a notorious womanizer by the name of Holt Stillwell and she found him lying on the beach with a bullet in his head.

Before Jordan can solve the crime, Holt's ancestor Michael Seavey, an infamous shanghaier, has materiali
Feb 28, 2011 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can not say enough good things about this book and its' author, P. J. Alderman. Alderman takes what is fast becoming an overused plot device and making it fresh and entertaining. While the supernatural itself is not new in mysteries, having a heroine speak to ghosts and have the ghosts help solve murders, past and present, is new. And in most cases this plot device is not working. But, where others have failed, Alderman succeeds. Her heroine, Jordan, is smart and funny and can hold her own no ...more
Feb 28, 2013 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jordan has recently moved to a small town in Washington after being accused and cleared of her ex-husband's murder. She possesses a unique ability to see ghosts. In fact, she often can't tell the difference until she has conversed with them for some time. Her ability is well known in the small town. She takes a hike out to a coastal lighthouse with her friend and the local police chief, Darcy. Jordan discovers a body and quickly recognizes him at a local well known womanizer. When she continues ...more
Mar 01, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
I really love this series! The ghosts are funny, bright and delightful. You really need to read this series in order since there are references in this book to things that happened in the first book.

Ghost Ship is a fun followup to Haunting Jordan. Jordan is once again called upon by Port Chatham's deceased residents to investigate one of their own murders, setting up another dual plotline that bounces back and forth between the past and the current timelines. This time the ghostly victim is Mich
Adrienne Testa
Dec 01, 2013 Adrienne Testa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the follow up to Haunting Jordan, Jordan Marsh while walking on the beach with Darcy finds the dead body of Holt Stillwell. What was he doing on the beach in a diving suit starts Jordan on the path of learning the truth of his death. She discovers that Holt is found near the sinking of the Henrietta Dale. Who intentionally sunk the ship and killed Michael Seavey, as Michael Seavey attempts to court Hattie. Jordan has her hands full with the ghosts and people breaking into her home. As she comes ...more
❂ Jennifer
Wow, I really love this series! I wasn't sure about it when I started reading the first book, because of the flashbacks and the foreshadowing. But honestly, halfway through the first, I was thoroughly hooked! I love the characters and the dialogue is great, witty and lively. This second book is a fantastic addition to the series - it didn't disappoint at all. The historical mystery and the current one we both well done and I didn't figure out the bad guy(s) until the very end. I really think thi ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
This was an enjoyable book, however, the one issue I had with it, was it started from where the previous book ended. Not to give the plot away, but in the first book there was a killer loose and trying to kill Jordan. now this book starts like a month later in the story and once again there is a killer loose trying to kill her. however one can overlook this minor flaw and enjoy the book, which moves back and forth from present to 1893. The ghost characters are funny and really make the book. I w ...more
Feb 21, 2011 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011, mystery
It was a quick read, likeable characters including some of the "bad guys", entertaining, and had you guessing til the end. Even though I usually don't read stories involving ghosts or otherwise, they really helped tie in the past and present through their interaction with people. They weren't gimmicks but a part of the story.

I would put it somewhere between 3 and 4 stars because sometimes an easy, entertaining book meets the times when you just want to relax or are in a place where you would l
Fast, east and good for a rainy day if you have nothing else to read. I was not compelled by the story, in fact, even up to about 50 pages from the end, I could have put it down and not wondered how it ended. It does grown on you a bit.
The annoying part though was that Jordan's ability to talk to ghosts was more believable than the actual murder which took place in the present-day.
It was a bit too "small-towny" and Jordan was a bit too dumb. Having two female characters with unisex names to sta
Oct 05, 2016 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a terrific romp through time, murder and mystery with a light touch and plenty of humor to leaven the darker moments. The frustrated psychologist who isn't sure she should believe in the ghosts she sees (and talks to!) is a terrific device for humor, relate-ability, and a quirky mystery that weaves modern murder with another a century old. I really enjoy the invented Western Washington town of Port Chatham -- I want to move there!
Jul 07, 2012 Jenifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This one was okay. It was pretty confusing at first since I can only assume there were books before this one that make it part of a series. I just grabbed it off the shelf thought it looked good. It was very hard to get into. Maybe it was the way the ghost were portrayed that I found odd or the main character Jordan and how maybe I just could not connect with her or understand her at all as an actual person. Not to mention that fact that I had solved the mystery at about 3 chapters in.
Oct 05, 2012 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fun fluff, generally. A bit of weak history thrown into the story. Yet, some things about this book bothered me - I felt like violence toward female characters in particular was not condemned strongly enough. Also, the therapist component (Jordan's occupation) seemed weak, mainly jargon thrown around. Ghosts were annoying and not arousing sympathy or even interest in me, and their relationships were just awkward and uninteresting in this book, unlike the prior one.
Feb 04, 2016 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decently written mystery with discovery being done not only in present day, but via the memoirs and letters left behind from the late 1800s. I would have given it 5 stars, but I feel the motivation of the killer was a little weak, and stretching it just a tad. The killer in the past...that one was predictable, but at least the motivation was spot on.
Angie Rhodes
Nov 24, 2013 Angie Rhodes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This was a light read, it did remind me of Scooby Doo meets Ghost Whisperer. Jordan,is renovating her house, while also seeing ghosts, On a run,with Darcy,the Sheriff, both women come across a body on the beach, now it's up to Jordan,and Darcy,with the help of a couple of feuding ghosts, to catch a killer,
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author P. J. Alderman has spent more than two decades in the Pacific Northwest port towns that inspire her romantic thrillers and mysteries. Her contemporary Columbia River thriller, A Killing Tide, was a RITA finalist and recently climbed the charts to stay on the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists for eight weeks.

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