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Chance of a Ghost (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #4)

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Alison Kerby’s guesthouse is haunted all year round. Surviving the dead of winter, though? That’s a spooky proposition.

Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests—Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there’s her widowed mother, who hasn’t just been seeing ghosts, she’s been secretly dating one:
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Berkley
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Ivonne Rovira
Jun 23, 2015 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it
It would be too easy to spoil E.J. Copperman’s fourth book to feature single mom Alison Kerby, single mom and owner of a Jersey Shore guesthouse, and the many ghosts in her life. So I will tread gently here. Allison’s mother, Loretta Kerby, who also sees ghosts, gets a request from a deceased pal who believes that his death, attributed to natural causes, was actually a murder. The ghost, the supercilious and shifty Lawrence Lawrence, believes a toaster in his bath did him in.

At the same time, Al
Gloria Feit
Feb 05, 2013 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing
Alison Kerby returns in the fourth Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series by E.J. Copperman. Alison, a single mother in her late thirties, runs a guesthouse in her childhood hometown of Harbor Haven, on the Jersey Shore, inhabited by her and her precocious ten-year-old daughter, as well as Maxie Malone, Alison’s resident Internet expert, and Paul, an English/Canadian professor turned detective, both of whom have lived there since before their deaths. It would seem that Alison and her daughter, as wel ...more
I didn't enjoy this installment as much as I did the first three, but I still liked it.

I feel there were too many secondary characters in this one, and at times I had trouble keeping who's who straight. I was a little dissapointed in the ending as it was a little off kilter and just didn't seem to flow together very well. Also, Maxie is just starting to annoy me, as she really is starting to come across as rude and juvenile. Okay, maybe I'm being picky here but...... Paul is such a likable guy,
Mar 03, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it
"Chance of a Ghost" is the fourth book in author E.J. Cooperman's Haunted Guesthouse series. Guesthouse owner Alison Kerby is faced with a ghostly client in the form of a man stage-named Lawrence Laurentz who claims he did not die of a cardiac arrhythmia as it claims on his death certificate. In fact, Lawrence claims he was murdered by an invisible attacker who dropped a toaster into the bathtub with him while he was bathing. Not a lot for Alison to go on, but with the tantalizing bait of saving ...more
Starr Gardinier
Feb 18, 2013 Starr Gardinier rated it really liked it
Chance of a Ghost
By E.J. Cooperman
E.J. Cooperman is yet again entertaining readers with a tale of ghostly investigations. Alison Kerby is an owner of a guesthouse. But not all her guests are alive or even guests. She has two resident ghosts, Maxie and Paul, who mostly annoy her.

Besides running a guesthouse, Alison also acts as a private investigator. Maxie—who’s great with research—and Paul—an investigator when he was alive—jump in and aid with her cases.

Alison has two guests this time around, a
Wendy Cantu

Chance of a Ghost, the fourth book in E.J. Copperman’s Haunted Guest House Mystery series, has been rated number one on the list of “Best Books to Read While You’re Snowed in and Curled up Next to a Fire.” Of course, that list was compiled entirely by me and only includes this one book (not to mention I was neither by a fireplace nor snowed in when I read it), but still, I know what I’m talking about.

You, sush!

I’ve been a fan of the series and couldn’t wait for this book to come out (except I f
Debbie Heaton
Feb 11, 2013 Debbie Heaton rated it it was amazing
In Copperman’s paranormal mystery novel, Alison, her mother, and her daughter all see ghosts—it runs in the family. But her widowed mother has been secretly dating one: Alison’s deceased father. But when he stops coming by it leads to the question: Is he a lost soul now or just MIA?

The only lead comes in the form of the dramatic deceased spirit of a stage actor who wants Alison to find her murderer in return for him finding her father. Alison reluctantly pulls out her P.I. license and starts nos
Adrienne Testa
Feb 12, 2013 Adrienne Testa rated it really liked it
Allison Kerby is surprised and hurt to learn her dead father is visiting her mother, but not her daughter or herself. her case in this story is to learn who and why a man was killed in bath tub by being electrocuted. Allison enlists the help of her two resident ghosts, her guests and her daughter to solve the mystery and reveal the killer before any one gets hurt. Allison is quite funny in this story, making you laugh out loud with her sarcasm. Her new love interest, from her childhood makes his ...more
Feb 16, 2013 Mary rated it liked it
I'm giving the latest Haunted Guesthouse mystery 3 stars. Good suspense and storytelling kept me interested for most of the book but when Alison took off for the final showdown I just shook my head with disappointment. I also found the author's habit of interrupting her sentences with Alison's comments very distracting. While I liked Alison and her irreverent comments on everything, better sentence construction would have gone a long way toward producing a more satisfying story.
Lisa Hall
Aug 18, 2015 Lisa Hall rated it really liked it
Allison Kerby sees ghosts, as does her mother and her daughter. The one ghost Allison would love to see is her father, but not all deaths leave a spirit on this side. She believes her father is one of those that didn't, until she overhears her mother speaking to someone, in her bedroom. Could her mother see her father? And if so, why hadn't he come to see her?

Turns out the man in the bedroom isn't her father, but the ghost of a man who believes he was murdered, and is holding Allison's father ho
Sue Ross
Feb 07, 2013 Sue Ross rated it it was amazing
E.J Copperman's book Chance of a Ghost is about a haunted guesthouse. Allison already knew she had two ghosts, but when one starts haunting her mother to get help proving he was murdered, she is up to her eyeballs in ghosts. If you enjoy ghosts, and senior citizens, you'll enjoy this one.
Mar 02, 2014 Becky rated it it was amazing
Book 3: Old Haunts was dedicated to Cosmo, Marion and George who were the characters in the Topper TV series. If you loved watching Topper, any of the Haunted Guesthouse books will please you! Chance of a Ghost is going to keep me visiting the Haunted Guesthouse! The travels to the mystery's solution are filled with unexpected detours that all lead to the excellent ending! I love visiting this guesthouse and reading what Alison and her family, her guests, new and returning human characters, the ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Really like this series! It has a great seaside setting, fun characters, great plots and some resident ghosts with attitude. This outing lets us know alot more about the back stories and promises some satisfying future developments.
Aug 03, 2013 Snap rated it liked it
Alison Kerby is back in the fourth Haunted Guesthouse Mystery. It is winter and another ghost has requested Alison's help. He wants to know who killed him. Fun if you are into paranormal/cozy reads.
Lynn Demsky
Dec 20, 2013 Lynn Demsky rated it it was amazing
"Alison Kerby’s guesthouse is haunted all year round. Surviving the dead of winter, though? That’s a spooky proposition.

Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests—Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there’s her widowed mother, who hasn’t just been seeing ghosts, she’s been secretly dating one: Alison’s father. But when he stands her up three times in a row, something’s wrong. Is he a lost soul…or a missing apparitio
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Mar 31, 2013 Linda Branham Greenwell rated it really liked it
Fun ghost mystery - I needed that ... school starts back tomorrow :(
I think there have been several others in this series before this one - but this was my first

Allison Kirby owns a guesthouse and is also a part-time (reluctant) private detective whose client in this story is someone who is dead looking to find out what or who made them that way
Allison is asked to investigate the possible murder of her mother's ghost visitor, a former "thespian," Lawrence Laurentz. Although the autopsy record st
❂ Jennifer
Feb 25, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it really liked it
Excellent book with a great mystery and lots of ghosts, although these ghosts are not really the cliche'd ghosts of books, as the author treats them as corporeal people, not at all scary.

There are two mysteries here: one concerning a living person and one about the fate of the protag's father after death. The living mystery was well done, first with the question of whether the death was natural or murder, then with the murder suspects (if indeed it's a murder - Alison investigates for most of th
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Feb 26, 2013 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This mystery novel continues the series known as "A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery" in good standing! The characters are realistic, and humorous. We are carefully taken step by step (or page by page) through the double mystery, until we are shown the solution of both crimes.

Or were they both crimes? Well, that is going to be up to the reader's personal opinion and values. One of the things I like about this series, and this book, is the use of 'mystery' to show not only murders but other situations.
Apr 05, 2013 Sallee rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the 4th in the Guesthouse mystery series. Alison lives in a Victorian house that she has opeened up as a guesthouse. She does not provide meals so it is not a B&B. It is occupied by former tennants, Maxie and Paul who are there in spirit form. Alison, her daughter, Melissa, a 12 yr. old and Alison's mother are able to see spirits so there is interaction between them.
In this story, A spirit,Lawrence Laurentz comes to Alsison"s mother who lives in a senior condo complex. Larry, who a
Jun 03, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
As those who've read other reviews of mine know, I love a bit of paranormal in my mysteries, so this series is right up my alley.

Alison is having strange dreams about her father, and it just ramps up her disappointment that her dad hasn't visited her since she's been able to see spirits. Her mother and daughter have seen him so Alison's a bit hurt since she was so close to her dad. Then through her mother, she meets a very interesting ghost Lawrence Laurentz, who wants Alison to solve his murde
Aug 28, 2015 Namiko rated it really liked it
I feel like I'm watching a tv series of detective fiction on Saturday night. This is a book 4 of 7 "A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery". The more I read the more I know about the characters. In this book I learned Alison's father.

I like a new character Morgan. Because of him Lieutenant McElone didn't help at all in this book.
Mar 06, 2013 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, 2013-read
I really enjoy this series, partly because the characters and plots are fun, and partly because like the characters, I live close to the Jersey Shore. So when the author talks about Asbury Park and driving down Route 33, or the recent unexpected snow storm, I can picture it all clearly in my mind. In the latest adventure, Alison's mom is upset because she hasn't seen her husband's ghost in a few weeks...evidently unbeknown to Alison, they have a standing date each week. Then along comes an elder ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Alison Kerby's guesthouse came with two guests who can't leave, because Paul and Maxie are ghosts. With a blizzard coming to New Jersey and two real guests who are not really enjoying their vacation, it doesn't help that Alison's mother has been dating a ghost: Alison's father. However, when he stands up her mother three times in a row, it's obvious something has happened. The bearer of bad tidings is an overly dramatic, and sometimes unhelpful spirit with the stage name of Lawrence Laurentz who ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Sherrie rated it it was ok
This is a good series with a mom owning a haunted house with 2 ghosts. Unfortunately this particular book was a bit slow and not as interesting as her other books. It is a good series. Hoping the next book is more interesting with different characters and moves at a faster pace.
Dharia Scarab
Sep 15, 2014 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

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
Apr 22, 2015 Phillis rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading it. Its a fun series to read and I like the characters, especially the ghosts. Alison Kerby and her daughter Melissa have a couple of house guests that are ghosts. Its a quiet winters time in Harbor Haven and the only living guests visiting are a husband and wife. So while Alison thinks she'll have a quiet winter to catch up before the summer crowds her mother calls to say her father is missing. That sort of confuses Alison as her father has been dead for 5 years. But leave up ...more
Robin Green
Oct 26, 2015 Robin Green rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked this installment because Alison finally sees her dad's ghost. The senior citizens drama group was funny. And after all the clues were laid out, I still didn't guess who did it. I just didn't see her doing what we found out she did. But the main thing was Alison now sees her dad's ghost. And I'm liking Josh. Please don't let him turn out to be a bad guy in future books!

Theresa Patterson
Jan 08, 2015 Theresa Patterson rated it really liked it
I really enjoy E.J.'s books. I've read several in the Haunted Guesthouse series. I like the author's sense of humor, the characters and the way the interact.

I highly recommend this book!!
Oct 29, 2014 Kilgallen rated it really liked it
A great little mystery! I understand that this is part of a series, but I read it as a stand alone and did not feel that anything was "left out". Interesting approach to ghosts in this one...Not scary by any means.
Kitty Tomlinson
May 18, 2014 Kitty Tomlinson rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
The murder of hammy actor, Lawrence Laurentz, which Alison and her entourage are investigating, leads to questions about Alison's father's death. Good read.
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Librarian note: E.J. Copperman is the pen name for author Jeff Cohen

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 fol
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