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

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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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Yodamom
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
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Jenn
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
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Rachel Bussel
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
Marigold Dicer
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
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Quetzi Fernald
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
Drebbles
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
Nancy
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
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Laura Cushing
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
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Vickie
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 ghosts...it's all good and I cannot wait to read the next in the s
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Christina
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
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Theresahpir
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.

SPOILER ALERT!

Emma reluctantly helps
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
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
Kaye
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.
Lisa
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.
Linda Smatzny
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,CA.to 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
Sandra
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
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Bridgett
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
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Ellen



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.
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Tina
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
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Rhonda
5 STARS

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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Olga Godim
What can I say? I borrowed it from the library after I read Sharon’s review. I enjoyed reading this book. It’s a quirky mystery involving a spunky ghost of a Granny, several murders, one of them quite recent, an amateur sleuth Emma, and a grumpy attorney/landowner Phil. And a treasure of gold.
The ghost’s antics are amusing to read about. Emma’s new-found clairvoyance is diverting and utterly understandable after her nasty divorce, although her penchant to talk to the ghost in public seems a bit
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Annette
This is a cute paranormal story - a woman finds she can see ghosts everywhere she goes. I am not much for paranormal stories. This one held my attention and was entertaining.

Emma is in the midst of a divorce from her famous husband. He is not a nice man.

She attends a seance with a friend and as a result finds she is on the short list of people who can see and hear ghosts. The first ghosts are her ancestors and relatives. One of the ghosts is a woman called Granny Apples. Granny Apples was hung b
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VegasGal
I've never read any other books by Ms. Jaffarian, but I can confidently say that this first book in her new series is a refreshingly sweet, yet mysterious, and easy read. It's not just a mere mystery because it goes beyond the normal "who dun it?" and adds a splash of humorous paranormal entertainment and a bit of romance to the mix. The characters were solid, believable and likable, even the "bad" ones were well described and kept your attention, of course granny was a great character and it ev ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: "Mom went to a séance last night."

It's not been a good year for 44-year-old Emma Whitecastle. Her television celebrity jerk of a husband decided to trade her in for a newer model who's more compliant about plastic surgery, and now he's dragging out the divorce. Her beloved Aunt Kitty has died. To top it all off, Emma goes to a séance as a favor to her friend, and the psychic insists that there's a spirit trying to get in touch with her. Come to find out, the psychic is right. You see
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adlin
This was a plain out fun read. I was afraid it might be a little too Ghost Whispery, but it wasn’t. Emma is recently separated from her talk-show host husband and living with her parents in her childhood home. At the request of a friend, she attends a seance and discovers that she has the ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Well, at first, it’s the ghost of her great-great-great-grandmother. Later on she realizes she can see all ghosts.

Turns out Granny was murdered and has been waiting f
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Melissa the Shelf Stalker
This was a cute, fun introduction to the series. I really like all the characters that I'm supposed to like and dislike the ones that I shouldn't. More and more with series I have found I dislike the main character but Emma is a delight. Granny Apples is charming and there is just the right portion of paranormal to make extra it tasty. I loved the setting of Julian and how all the places she listed were real, and the people as well. Julian, CA is on my list of places to visit and this just added ...more
Mark Baker
Emma Whitecastle discovers she can see ghosts when her great-great grandmother appears to her demanding that Emma solve her century old murder. This was a fun debut that suffered just slightly from a weak ending. Keeping in mind I'm not normally a supernatural mystery guy, I am looking forward to the next one.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Sophie Duncan
Feb 08, 2012 Sophie Duncan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Chick lit readers who like a bit of paranormal shenanigans
I adored this book, it is witty, touching and just a damn good adventure mystery in the end.

I like ghosts and murder mysteries, so this book had two pluses for when I read the blurb. Add to that the style and engaging characters and I was in love. I was thinking this would take me four session on the exercise bike (my reading venue of a morning), but I was so into the book this morning, that I kept on reading until I had finished it!

A 40-something divorcee is not usually my idea of an engaging m
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Sheila Beaumont
I totally enjoyed this light, cozy, imaginative, paranormal mystery. The characters, both alive and ghostly, are likable and fascinating, especially the titular ghost, pie baker Granny Apples, who was hanged in the late 19th century by a lynch mob that accused her of murdering her husband. She wants her great-great-great-granddaughter, Emma Whitecastle, to prove her innocence.

The dialogue is natural-sounding and often quite funny. And there's a touch of romance. I especially liked the setting, i
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Lisa
I do NOT like ghost stories - not even a teensy-weensy little bitty bit. However, reassurance from the author (whose Odelia series is a favorite of mine) and members of her Facebook fan club prompted me to finally read this book today. And, I am so glad that I did. It was a quick, easy, very non-scary read filled with likeable characters (including the ghosts and animals) and settings. Soon-to-be-divorced Emma is surprised to learn that she can see and communicate with Granny Apples, an ancestor ...more
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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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A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery (5 books)
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  • Gem of a Ghost (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, #3)
  • Ghost of a Gamble
  • Ghost in the Guacamole
Too Big to Miss (An Odelia Grey Mystery, #1) Ghost in the Polka Dot Bikini (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, #2) The Curse of the Holy Pail (An Odelia Grey Mystery, #2) Thugs and Kisses (An Odelia Grey Mystery, #3) Gem of a Ghost (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery, #3)

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