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Old Haunts (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  720 ratings  ·  72 reviews
The ghosts haunting Alison Kerby's Jersey Shore guesthouse are sad. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, and Paul pines for his still-living almost-fiancee. The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison-because The Swine just arrived on her doorstep...
ebook, 304 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Berkley (Penguin Group USA)
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 19, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of funny cozies
Recommended to Ivonne by: Bill Wolfe
Poor Alison Kerby! She just can’t seem to catch a break!

Alison’s been running her guesthouse relying heavily on Senior Plus Tours, which promises their clients a ghostly experience at the guesthouse on the Jersey Shore. That experience is provided at twice a day by Alison’s resident ghosts: private investigator Paul Harrison and over-the-top Maxie Malone.

But Alison’s life is turned upside down when she’s beset by exes: a request by Paul to find the love of his life (when he had one), a request
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Reading 'Old Haunts' was like sitting down and enjoying a chat with a good friend. If you have read the other novels in the series, as I have, you are already comfy with Sleuth Alison, her daughter, Melissa, and resident Haunts, Maxie and Paul. They are managing to live together in a lovely large home that is being remodeled into a guest house that specializes in ghost hauntings. This story is located on the Jersey Shore.

Maxie has a terrible shock, her former husband (short duration,) has been d
I've read all books in this series in order. Old Haunts has a lot of similarities to Murder Most Maine (Gray Whale Inn Mystery, #3) by Karen MacInerney which I just read right before this one: both owners are running a guesthouse and their ex-s show up and proceed to room in at the same time the main characters are "working a case", which may be why I couldn't immerse myself as easily in this one as the previous two.

*Alison has a lot to "investigate" this time, and spends most of the time floundering around about what she should do next. I would t
Read/Listened for Fun (Kindle/Audible)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00

Audio Rating: 4.50 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: An Uninvited Ghost by E.J. Copperman was a fun entry into the series. The characters are just fantastic!

Story Thoughts: Oh My! What do you do when you turn your house into a B&B and then someone ends up dead? Well if you are Alison you try not to investigate but with pesky ghosts bugging you too, you end up doing it
Elisabeth Cole
I really enjoy the "Haunted Guesthouse" mysteries. The writing is really tight and Alison's character is a hoot. I actually read some parts more than once because they're so funny they make me laugh out loud. The only reason I'm giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 is because some of the things Alison does make me scratch my head. (Like in this book she needs to find someone. She looks in the phone book but when she doesn't find the person she goes to the university the person attended, asking ...more
First of all, I would like to praise the artists who do the covers for the cozy mysteries! Dominick Finelle gives the covers a ghostly essence that fits the ghost client's character and I find myself drawn back to the cover when I read the book (no, not in a spooky way!). Old Haunts combines the ghosts and a returning human in an entertaining story that shows off the ghosts' developing energies and Alison's improving private eye skills. Alison's family and human friends definitely add to the rea ...more
Old Haunts by E. J. Copperman is the third book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. While it is not particularly well written and does not entirely manage to transcend its formulaic nature, this is an entertaining cozy mystery worthy of a lazy Saturday afternoon. Old Haunts won't change your life, but it will provide a worthy diversion.
The Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series features the adventures of newly divorced Alison Kerby, who began seeing ghosts after hitting her head while renovatin
Ahh... another fantastic installment of the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. It's summer now at the Jersey Shore, and Alison has a new set of a guests and a new set of problems... her ex-husband, a.k.a. The Swine, has just showed up on her front steps claiming he wants to be reunited with her and their daughter, Melissa. On top of that resident ghost Maxie just discovered her ex-husband has been found murdered and she wants Alison to do some sleuthing to find out who did it. Resident ghost Pau ...more
Gloria Feit
Alison Kerby returns in the third in what is billed as the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series by E.J. Copperman. Alison, a single mother of a precocious ten-year-old daughter, after her divorce from the man she not-so-lovingly refers to as “The Swine” returned to the town where she grew up, Harbor Haven on the Jersey Shore, purchased a house over a century old, hoping to live out her dream of running a guest house. Those plans changed somewhat after Alison discovered that the previous owner of th ...more
This is the third in the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries that I've read, so needless to say, I'm a fan of them, and I think this may be my favorite one yet. In this one, Alison Kerby will have to put her detective skills to work on behalf of her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie. Paul would like Alison to locate Julia MacKenzie, the young woman he had planned to propose to before his untimely demise, and Maxie is distraught over learning that the body of her ex-husband has just been discovered and wo ...more
Review from Backchatting Books

Alison Kerby is once again drawn away from her guesthouse duties to investigate mysteries for her resident ghosts. The remains of Maxie’s ex-husband Big Bob have been discovered and it looks like murder. Paul on the other hand wants Alison to track down the woman he was going to propose. If that wasn’t enough, Alison’s cheating ex-husband is back in town and he wants to reconcile.

Just like the other books in this series, I found myself drawn more to the ghost Paul
P. Kirby
The only problem with "cozy mysteries" is that sometimes they're a little too cozy, too comfortable and absent much of a sense of danger.

Old Haunts is a charming novel, but I found my interest flagging at times.

Alison Kerby owns a guesthouse, a kind of bed and breakfast, absent the breakfast, because Alison, by her own admission, is a terrible cook. Instead of homecooked meals, however, Alison's guests get ghosts. Yep, ghosts. Her Jersey Shore guesthouse is haunted by two ghosts, Maxie and Paul.
Cathy Cole
First Lines: "Careful!" I said. All right, shouted. "We can't afford to drop this."

Alison Kerby is busy turning the attic of her Jersey Shore guesthouse into a bedroom for her daughter. Not only would it give her daughter her own space away from guests, it would free up a room to create more of that all-important cash flow. It's a good idea, but those around her have other plans.

Alison doesn't even have time to climb down from the ladder before she finds herself in the middle of "Revisit Your Fa
Allison's worst nightmare comes true. Her ex-husband, AKA "The Swine" shows up and wants Allison and daughter Melissa back.

This is just what Allison needs what with a full-house of guests who are there for the twice daily "ghost shows", a construction problem that is miking the dream of Melissa's new attic bedroom much more difficult, and then there is the two-year-old murder.

Ghosts Paul and Maxie both have "cases" for Allison to solve. Maxie wants to know who killed her ex-husband, more than t
Dharia Scarab

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
The book started well, with two ghosts helping the woman who owns a small inn to sheetrock the attic, and then the woman got involved in a murder mystery, at the same her disreputable ex-husband waltzed back into her life. I soon got bogged down though, as the woman tried to conduct an investigation without any idea of what to do except pester police officers and march up to likely people to ask them questions without thinking she might be in any danger. And, now that I've read the book, I still ...more
Third in this paranormal cozy mystery series and it's even better than the one and two. I got to see more of the main characters' (living and not-so-much) pasts. Loved meeting The Swine after hearing so much about him in books one and two. I can see why Alison pitched him, though it should have been sooner. He's so smarmy!

The various stories going on through the book are intriguing and highly page-turn-faster-able. Seeing Maxie show vulnerability almost makes me willing to put up with her ghost
Sandie Laughner
This was another fun cozy mystery. Filled with twists and turns, ghosts, a murder, and a few missing people.
Alison Kirby is a single mom with a darling 10 yr old daughter, owns a guest house on the Jersey shore, is a newby private investigator, and has two permanent guests who are ghosts.
Maxine's (one of the ghosts) biker ex husband has been found dead. Alison is hired by another biker to find the killer. In the meantime, the other ghost, Paul, wants Alison to find his former girlfriend. Alison
Debbie Heaton
In Copperman’s mystery novel, Alison Kerby’s guesthouse has two resident ghosts—two gloomy resident ghosts named Maxie and Paul. Maxie has just learned that her ex-husband was murdered and wants Alison to solve the case. Paul, still longing for his still-living almost-fiancée, wants Alison to find her and confirm that she’s doing fine. As if that’s not enough, Alison’s ex-husband, The Swine, has taken a room at her guesthouse in hopes of winning back his family. The only question she has for tha ...more
Ally's life gets a whole new set of challenges when:

1) her ex-husband shows up and insists on taking a room
2) the ghost PI Paul insists she look for his former fiancee
3) the other resident ghost, Maxie, finds out her ex-husband (he was only her hubby for a few days) has been found murdered
4) A biker pal of said ex-husband insists that Alison investigate the case
5)The doubters in the latest group of guests threaten her gig just as her ghost friends are at their least cooperative

Yep, its just as c
What could be an engaging series is let down by a cast of less that likeable characters. I want to like Alison more than I do. I can't put my finger on exactly why but I just can't warm to her. And we are repeatedly told how wonderful and mature 10 yr old Melissa is but there is nothing in her behaviour to evidence this. And don't get me started on Maxie the ghost - I think she is supposed to be fiesty and "spirited" but honestly she just comes across as a kind of angry and mean and selfish. She ...more
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I love these stories. Not just because they are situated down the shore, in the state I used to inhabit, but the writer has a great way of telling the story. I found a few places where it was a dead give-away on what was next or what the main character should have guessed also. But it certainly didn't take anything from the story line. The Guest house Alison and her daughter Melissa run is a good setting. The fact that the house comes with resident ghosts makes it better. I can't wait to get the ...more
Good story. Great characters.
I enjoyed the previous two books in this series and was looking forward to reading this when I received it. Unfortunately, I just didn't care for it near as much. It took me several days trying to read it to reach pg 100. The story just didn't draw me in and I decided to give up on it. I skipped to the end and saw who the killer was. That had enough detail to satisfy me. That doesn't mean I will give up on the series though. Will forward to the next one when it comes out.
❂ Jennifer (reviews on BookLikes)
This is a great series, and I enjoyed the way the author chose this book to wrap up all the main characters' pasts. The main murder plot was cleverly done with a very nice twist at the end. The secondary plot of finding Paul's former girlfriend was a bit weak, but didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story overall. Allison's character is coming into her own, and I love the snark she shows in the dialog. I hope there will be more books in this series to look forward to.
John Kilgallon
Been waiting for this one.... I was not disappointed! In this third edition we learn more about Allison's ex-husband who drops by to "rekindle" their relationship. We learn more about Maxie and Paul as Allison becomes involved in dual investigations regarding a former loved one for each ghost. All while carrying out her secret paranormal shows for the Senior tours! We also get to know Maxie's mother a little more in this fantastic and fun story.
Innkeeper Alison has two cases to solve! She must find resident ghost Paul's old flame and find out if she is ok and the other resident ghost, Maxie, has just found out that her ex-husband was murdered and buried under the boardwalk. Easy, right? Enter Alison's ex-husband, aka the swine, it isn't easy to keep the ghostly activities a secret from him! To add more fuel to the fire, it seems Maxie and her ex rode with a motorcycle gang.
Book 3 of this series and I have found it to contain wonderful main characters, ghosts and mystery story lines. And best of all (for me) is that since I live "down the shore", the places mentioned (such as Asbury Park, Eatontown, Seaside, etc.) are very familiar and thus easier to picture. I also like that the author is fleshing out Maxie and Paul, and well as adding more depth to the other main characters.
Karen Hufman
This was okay - the main character was a little too sarcastic but I didn't mind in too much. Alison runs a bed-and-breakfast (which is actually a misnomer since she goes out of the way to talk about how she doesn't cook) and lives with her daughter and 2 resident ghosts. She ends up being embroiled in 2 mysteries - both are because of her spectral roommates.
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E.J. Copperman is a mysterious figure, or has a mysterious figure, or writes figuratively in mysteries. In any event, a New Jersey native, E.J. has written for such publications as The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, American Baby and USA Weekend. Night of the Living Deed is the first E.J. Copperman novel. It will be followed in 2011 by An Uninvited Ghost, the second in the Haunted Guesthous ...more
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Other Books in the Series

A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery (6 books)
  • Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #1)
  • An Uninvited Ghost (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #2)
  • Chance of a Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #4)
  • The Thrill of the Haunt (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #5)
  • Inspector Specter (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #6)
Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #1) An Uninvited Ghost (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #2) Chance of a Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #4) The Thrill of the Haunt (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #5) A Wild Ghost Chase (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #3.5)

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