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Ghost a la Mode (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,941 Ratings  ·  279 Reviews
A new series debut from Odelia Grey mystery author Sue Ann Jaffarian! Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies-and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than one hundred years, Granny's spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Midnight Ink (first published 2009)
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Wonderful sweet cozy mystery.
Smart adults living realistic lives struggle to come to terms with a ghostly presence. The ghost had an agenda that she really wants taken care of and has been waiting for generations. Emma is the one to help her and help her she does. Granny Apples, the ghost, is a funny stubborn living challenged being who has a flare all her own that makes it hard not to like her. Her wit, timing and unfiltered comments are perfect. Phil the pig headed straight man who doubts plu
Ghost a la mode by Sue Ann Jaffarian is the first book in A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series. Emma Whitecastle is in the process of divorcing her talk show husband and attends a seance with her friend where she is contacted by the ghost of Granny Apples, a relative who was wrongly accused of murdering her husband. Emma finds that she can see and converse with ghosts and decides to help Granny Apples clear her name. An interesting and fun book. I loved the various characters and the story ke ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok
This is another one of those free offerings from Amazon. I picked it because it looked cute and was free. After I got it, I realized it was by the same author as another book on my to-read list. THAT one I read a few days ago and liked well enough, though I didn't love.

This one? It was pretty awful. First off, "Granny Apples?" Really? I'm quite a fan of supernatural books. I don't mind ghosts in my fiction. But there's a way to go about it and there's a way to suck at it. If it's presented as i
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Sep 01, 2009 Rachel Kramer Bussel rated it it was amazing
have to admit upfront that I'm not a big fan of ghosts or paranormal stories. They just aren't usually my thing, but I'm a huge Odelia Gray fan and would follow Sue Ann Jaffarian's writing anywhere. So I was pleasantly surprised to really like Emma Whitecastle. I like that she's a single mom who's middle-aged and trying to figure her life out. She's somewhat at the mercy of her parents and her famous ex-husband, but over the course of the book, starts to stand up for herself, with a little help ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Vickie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I had so much fun reading about Emma and her finding her ability to hear and see ghosts with the help of Granny Apples.

All the excellent ingredients that I love in a book, good history lesson, a weensy start at a possible romance for the main character who really isn't looking for any kind of entanglement due to the poopcranium ex-husband. And an excellent mystery to solve.

There's humor, danger, suspense, and's all good and I cannot wait to read the next in the s
Marigold Dicer
Jan 04, 2015 Marigold Dicer rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Upon starting this book I knew I’d picked up the right paranormal cozy mystery for my holiday reading. There’s just something about the tone, pace and style that feels right, you know? Ghost a la Mode has received variable reviews on Goodreads, but for me it really hit the spot. Then again, I’m willing to suspend a lot of disbelief in exchange for a good yarn and colourful characters, and that’s what I got!
With more than a little urging from ghost Granny Apples, Emma finds herself in her ancesto
Quetzi Fernald
May 04, 2015 Quetzi Fernald rated it it was amazing
I must be on a roll this year because every book that I've read has been a winner! I was thrilled when I won this book from Sue Ann Jaffarian! I read GHOST A LA MODE in two short sittings! It's funny & witty & totally entertaining! I was hooked by the quirky characters from page one. If life hadn't interfered I would have finished this book in one sitting. Granny Apples & her great-great-great granddaughter have me hooked! I can't wait to read the rest of this quirky Mystery series. ...more
3.5 stars. Very cute cozy mystery about reluctant Emma Whitecastle who can hear and see ghosts. I don't read many cozy mysteries, but since I enjoyed this, I may look at cozy paranormal mysteries.

* Haunted by smelling apple pie
* Clairvoyant - see spirits
* Clairaudient - hear ghosts
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Dec 02, 2010 Drebbles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
After a headline making separation and pending divorce from her philandering husband, Emma Whitecastle is looking for some distraction which is why she decides to attend a séance. She gets more than she bargained for when she discovers that her great great great grandmother was accused of murder - not only that but "Granny Apples" ghost appears to Emma, insisting that she was innocent and framed for murder and wants Emma to clear her name. So Emma finds herself knee-deep in ghosts, past murders, ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
With some books, you have to suspend reality a bit more than others. Ghost a la Mode is one of them. You, the reader, are asked to believe that 40ish Emma Whitecastle can suddenly see the ghost of her great-great-great grandmother when, at no time previously, has she had the ability. One trip to a psychic / séance and the woo-woo floodgates have been opened.

OK, it might be possible to work with that.

For more than a hundred years, Granny Apples has been waiting around for just the right relative
Mar 08, 2012 Sandra rated it liked it
Another two and half-er - because I wasn't overly tempted to abandon it. The writing style is pretty good, but I just didn't find the characters very believable.

The love interest is nasty and almost physically abusive to the main character, yet she finds him attractive? If someone manhandled me out of their home after I'd been invited in by another family member, I'd be tempted to call the police. What's with books that make violence (actual or hinted) a precursor to a relationship?

There were t
Laura Cushing
Feb 18, 2012 Laura Cushing rated it liked it
Ghost A La Mode is the first book in a mystery series that features Emma and the ghost of her ancestor, Ish Reynolds also known as 'Granny Apples.' The book starts off a bit slow - there were some tropes that made me groan-- having Emma look into the mirror and describe herself and all the exposition at a family dinner that seemed addressed to the reader. Lazy writing tsk tsk.

But after a while, the story picked up and the characters became interesting. The plot isn't bad - Emma Whitecastle is in
Mar 31, 2010 Christina rated it liked it
Shelves: novel
This is the sentence on the back of the book that sold me: "This spirited new mystery series features the amateur sleuth team of Emma Whitecastle and the spirit of her pie-baking great-great-great-grandmother, Granny Apples."

My reading this book is I think a good indication of the state of my mind right now. Incapable of heavy, and in desperate need of fluffy characters with unrealistically manageable and tidy conflict. Though the "clever" title makes me think of trying to eat wispy threads of d
Feb 13, 2014 Theresahpir rated it really liked it
The first book in the Ghost of Granny Apples Mysteries, Ghost a la Mode came to me as a free ebook several years ago...but I just now got around to reading it! It follows the adventures of a middle aged soon to be divorced woman named Emma who quite unexpectedly discovers her gift of being able to see and hear ghosts!

These newly discovered abilities result in helping the spirit of her long deceased ancestor, Granny Apples, solve a 100 year old family mystery.


Emma reluctantly helps
Dec 30, 2015 Roberta rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, ghost, fiction
Basically a ghost cozy. Interesting historical background with strong supporting characters. But I wondered why Emma didn't start seeing ghosts until she was in her 40's. If she inherited some kind of ability form her mother, it seems like she would have had some experiences since she was a child. Also, it was explained why some of the ghosts were in the places that they were haunting so it was contradictory for there to be such a super abundance of ghosts in the cemetery. The cemetery shouldn't ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
This book was actually not bad. It's about this lady (Emma) who discovers that she can see and hear ghosts. She gets called upon to solve the 100-year old mystery of the death of her ancestor, Granny Apples, and there's some romance thrown in along the way. It was actually a pretty good story. It was easy to follow, a light read, and a fun story. I only had a couple of problems with it: Why is she never able to see ghosts her whole life, and then suddenly in her 40's she sees them everywhere? An ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 03, 2015 Carla Johnson-Hicks rated it really liked it
I am relatively new to the Cozy Mystery Genre, so when this author was recommended to me I picked up the first book in the Granny Apples series. Granny Apples is a ghost who was hung over 100 years ago. She was supposedly hung by vigilantes for killing her husband. Not so, and she wants her name cleared. She has appeared to other descendants for help but did not get what she was looking for. In this series she has appeared to her great-great-great granddaughter Emma Whitecastle. Emma is going th ...more
Aug 30, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma's Ghosts

Ghost a la Mode was a funny book. I enjoyed the interaction with Emma's ghosts especially Granny Apples

The story was strange at first, but once you got used to the ghosts in the story it was very good. It had everything rolled into one book, romance, murder, gold, suspense, ghosts and real people seeing them and talking to them.

Emma and her love interest Phil met because she is trying to help Granny Apples clear her name after about 100 years being called a murderer for killing her
Apr 05, 2015 Juliana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pleasant Paranormal Romp

The perfect light-hearted ghost story to read on a Sunday afternoon or by the pool. Just the right mix of humor, mystery, and romance. If you aren't in the mood for "great literature" at the moment, this little story is perfect for you.
Feb 02, 2012 Kaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, fun cozy mystery ghost story. Couldn't put it down as I wanted to see how it turned out. Granny Apples is one heck of a character as a ghost. I think she must have been a real pistol when she was alive! I'd definitely read more in this series. Kindle freebie.
Jill Tool
Sep 20, 2015 Jill Tool rated it it was amazing
What a cute, fun, entertaining little read this book was! It really surprised me at how well written this book was. It wasn't all about a ghost trying to solve a murder. There was a story there, a plot well thought out, very little back story, and not a lot of people that you couldn't keep track of. The book moves on at a quick pace and is a delight to read. I gave it a five stars, because it grabs your attention from chapter 1 and keeps you guessing till the end.

This is the first book in the s
Mar 25, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-nook-books
I got this free on my nook and I actually really liked it. Not usually into too many cozy mysteries but I enjoyed this one enough to seek out the second one.
Suzanne Jacob
Feb 07, 2016 Suzanne Jacob rated it it was amazing
Sue Ann Jaffarian's departure from her Odelia Grey series is a rolicking success. This features Emma Whitecastle, divorcee of Grant Whitecastle - famous talk show host - encountering the ghost of her ancester "Granny Apples" Elizabeth Reynolds. Granny was hung, accused of murdering her husband. But there's gold in them thar hills, and a lot more to what happened and why. Emma has a hard time accepting the fact she is able to see and communicate with ghosts. This is an excellent cozy and totally ...more
Lindsay IL
Feb 19, 2016 Lindsay IL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery, namely because the premise of the ghosts Emma meets are truly fascinating. Phil (the male love interest of course) came off a little too jerky and strong for my tastes in the beginning, but at the very end he came through reasonably enough for me to forgive him. Of course, the heroine running off straight into the killer's domain by herself late at night was a stupid thing and turned me off a bit as well, and the very ending seemed a bit rushed for me....but o ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Johanna rated it really liked it
Very cute cozy! Loved it.
Linda Smatzny
Feb 18, 2015 Linda Smatzny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery Series. This is the story of Emma Whitecastle who can see and hear ghosts. Granny wants Emma to prove that she didn't kill her husband. This crime happened over a hundred years ago so of course Emma goes to the town of Julian, see what she can discover. She finds the evidence that clears Granny but becomes the target of someone wanting to kill her. The story just grabbed me and I had to finish it. The book was quick and easy to re ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Bridgett rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
I got this book as a free Friday offer from B&N. It was nice to get it for free, as I don't have the money to buy books these days.

At first the book was a bit slow going, but it is the first in the series and characters have to be intorduced, so that will take a bit of time. The author does a great job in making her characters rather likable

I like ghost stories and I like mystery books. Ghost a la mode combines my two favourites. How could this not be fun to read? As a matter of fact, I pu
Apr 08, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing

I finished reading ghost a la Mode last night by Sue Ann Jaffarian. To be truthful-I just couldn't put it down. This book and this author in particular welcomed into this cozy from the first page. The realistic characters and situations I could accept as reality...and then came the ghosts.

I have about 2 other cozy mystery series with ghosts that has been able to hold my attention. Now I have the third. Beautifully written with a slow introduction to the world of those who have passed before us.
Aug 16, 2012 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite some spelling/grammar errors, this was a pretty good book. I loved the humorous elements and wished there had been more. And I especially loved the romance element between Phil and Emma! Again, I wanted more! The mystery part of this cozy did take a bit too long to get started (20-25% into the book) in my opinion, but once it did it was great.

There was some issues with pacing in the beginning and a little during the middle, but the end was edge-of-my-seat exciting. I couldn't put the boo
Aug 03, 2013 Rhonda rated it it was amazing

I had read one of Sue Ann Jaffarian's book Secondhand Stiff and I had liked it. Well I found that I actually had another of her books on my kindle for over a year. So I thought I would give it a try today. I did not put the book down. I also went and got the next book in this series.

I liked the characters! Especially the dead ones. Granny Apple is a hoot. She is not a old ghost either.

Emma's going through a hard time right now. Her husband left her for a younger woman and got her pregnant
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Sue Ann Jaffarian is the author of the popular Odelia Grey mystery series, the Ghost of Granny Apples mystery series and the Madison Rose vampire mysteries, as well as short stories.

Sue Ann also writes the Winnie Wilde erotic romance novellas under the pen name of Meg Chambers.

Like the character Odelia Grey, Sue Ann Jaffarian is a middle-aged, plus-sized paralegal. She lives in Los Angeles with he
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