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Haunting Jordan (Port Chatham Mystery #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,019 ratings  ·  136 reviews
RITA-nominated author P. J. Alderman weaves present-day supernatural sleuthery with nineteenth-century intrigue in the first book of an enchanting new mystery series set in picturesque Port Chatham, Washington.

Jordan Marsh left L.A. for the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Port Chatham in pursuit of some much-needed R & R. As the prime suspect in her cheating husband’s
Paperback, 432 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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I really enjoyed this cosy mystery. Lively characterisation, lovely descriptive writing plus I loved the sense of place that the author managed to convey.

I know that some other reviewers have muttered crossly about the plot (not the book's strongest point, but not terrible either) & about the jumps between time. I feel that the time jumps were important in helping to heighten the sense of drama in the novel -- by seeing through Hattie's eyes we are doubly motivated to solve the mystery of he
I enjoyed this first in a series, about a therapist who moves to the Pacific Northwest, following the death of her husband. Realizing that the detective who is investigating her husband's murder is focused only on her as a suspect, Jordan realizes that she is going to have to find her husband's killer herself. At the same time, Jordan is asked by two of the ghosts who inhabit her new home to help solve the century old murder of one of them, a woman who lived in this same house when it was first ...more
Very interesting concept to this series -- Haunting Jordan is the first novel and I look forward to more with Jordan and her friends.

I admit to feeling it was a bit slow-going at first; that's the reason for 3 stars instead of 4. Being the first book there are all the characters to introduce and "flesh out", plus a couple of very...ummm..."active" ghosts tossed into the mix. The author also alternates between present time and the 1800's but you soon get used to that as P. J. Alderman weaves her
Jennifer Black
First and worst problem for a mystery book- It was completely transparent. I knew who the murderers were from the very beginning. I hate that. Mysteries should be mysterious. And in case I couldn't pick up on all the subtle clues (I'm not sure there were any), we got whoppers like making sure that we knew the phone Jordan was using to talk about sensitive information was a business phone of the type that has multiple extensions, therefore allowing the murderer who is in the building to listen in ...more
The short statement is that I like “Haunting Jordan” and hope P.J. Alderman releases her delayed third novel. I haven’t found enough adult ghost stories since the 1980s. It is a beef of mine that the few authors indulging the subject, ruin it by over-modernizing the atmosphere. Jokes are cracked about being haunted and this ‘Jordan Marsh’ character in particular is the worst for sarcasm, eye-rolling, and her reaction to a paranormal experience is nonsense.

It’s cliché that characters immediately
HAUNTING JORDAN could be a paranormal amateur sleuth, but there is a grit to it that moves it to paranormal suspense. Jordan has been accused of the murder of her soon-to-be ex and there's a cop on her who won't believe she's innocent. All she wants is peace and quiet and thinks that life will be different and, hopefully, better, in Port Chatham.

That's not about to happen with ghosts in the house, the chief of police who already knows too much about her, a handyman/pub owner too charming for Jo
After being accused of murdering her ex-husband, psychologist Jordan Marsh leaves L.A. and goes to the Pacific Northwest to the small town of Port Chatham. Still the center of a major murder investigation, she buys an old house in Port Chatham with the intention of restoring the historical home. Along the way she meets up with a crazy dog who decides to stick by her side as well as a couple of ghosts who seek her help in solving their own murders dating back to the 19th century.

As the murder of
This sounded better than it turned out to be. Two murder mysteries, one in the past, one in the present. The heroine, Jordan, suspected in her estranged husband's death become involved in trying to solve the murder of the woman who once lived in the house she has just purchased. She an see this woman's ghost and talk to her, but for reasons I really don't understand, the ghost does not have any idea of who killed her.

I really didn't care for the story hopping from the present to the past and ba
Adrienne Testa
this is not your typical mystery or ghost story. And damn does the author keep you turning those pages. Jordan Marsh relocates after her husband is murdered to a small coastal town in Washington. Jordan buys a run down Queen Anne home to renovate while she takes time to reassess her life. Jordan becomes involved with the past owner of the home, Hattie Longren and her sister, Charlotte. Who killed Hattie and why, not only can Jordan see them but she can communicate with them as well. As Jordan un ...more
Janet McCord
I really wanted to like this book--interesting premise, marvelous setting in the Pacific Northwest and a mystery from the past to solve to help two ghosts haunting an old house but I feel let down by the tale. First the heroine/main character was beyond annoying and acted in an entirely unbelievable manner. Yes, it must be difficult to be accused of the murder of your husband and as a reaction, want to flee to a lovely place to escape by renovating an old house you fell in love with. Yes, it mig ...more
This is a nice cozy mystery that takes place in a fictional town in the Northwest. Its an easy read with fun characters and a decent plot, maybe a little easy to figure out but sometimes that's ok. Sometimes books are meant to be pure entertainment.
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An excellent book! I was instantly drawn to the characters and Port Chatham, where the story takes place. The ghosts were likeable and the plot was great! I'm going to give it 4 stars only because the flashbacks were hard to read - I dreaded reading about the events that led up to the ghost's death. But in spite of that I seriously enjoyed this book and I've just pre-ordered the follow up, GHOST SHIP.
I'm not always a huge mystery novel fan. So often they seem more set on playing "gotcha" on the reader than they do in having a good story. This book was surprising, so much so that I wanted to reread it almost immediately to see what I missed the first time, but it had a wonderful story too.

The setting is wonderful. I'd love to move to a Northwest town myself and live in an old house, hopefully not haunted though, lol. The characters were full of life (even the dead ones). It was a little disco
This started out with some promise, and there were some cute moments, but overall it was disappointing. The characters were inconsistent and events didn't always make sense. The main character buys an old Victorian house and after she moves in she finds she has some resident ghosts who ask her to solve a murder from the past, which she does by using old diaries. What the author forgot was that diaries aren't written in a narrative manner that disclose events in third person, or typically record ...more
A wonderful book for those who enjoy a cosy mystery. You will not be disapointed in this gem. Haunting Jordan is the first book in this series and what a great start. I cannot wait to read the next books.
Mary Bird
This was certainly an ambitious idea for a mystery, and in terms of telling the two different stories, I think the author handled it well. However, when the two intersected, I just kept getting thrown. Hattie's story was remarkably tragic, and Jordan's was difficult and frustrating (as it was meant to be - that's not a criticism). However, the jump then to the ghosts, and everyone's reactions to the ghosts, felt so cutesy and strange compared to the two main stories, and ultimately I just person ...more
Kristy Trauzzi
I want 3.5

This book was kinda dumb. But, cute. lol. I don't believe in the ghosts. They reminded me a lot of Sleeping Beautys fairies. Not very life - like. I got a better impression of Fred (please forgive me if I'm thinking of the wrong name, I don't have the book with me). He seemed more real.

I really really enjoy novels that have a present day story and a past story. When written correctly of course. And this book seemed to get that right. The past story had some interesting moments (a lit
Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman is the first book of the Port Chatham mystery series set in Washington state in the present as well as 1890. Fictitious Port Chatham seems to be modeled after Port Townsend, WA.

“Port Chatham sat on a bluff on the northernmost tip of the Olympic Peninsula, surrounded by the glistening waters of Puget Sound. The town’s historic waterfront faced Port Chatham Bay on a narrow strip of low-lying land only a few blocks wide. The rest of the town – the majority of its re
I really enjoyed this book - I read it in a single day and simply didn't want to put it down.

When Jordan Marsh leaves L.A. for the small Pacific Northwest town of Port Chatham, she hopes for a quieter life. She's purchased an historic Victorian home that she plans to restore and just wants some peace, which she could use, since she's the prime suspect in the murder of her cheating "almost-ex" husband, with a bulldog of a detective convince she did it and determined to lock her up.

When Jordan arr
When I first saw this book sitting on Barnes and Noble's bookshelf, I wanted to read it so bad it hurt, but no library around my area had it. When I got it as a Christmas present I was so excited but I had the new author jitters. I am not much for ghosts and the paranormal, but this is not your typical ghost story. This is something way better.

"Welcome to Port Chatham--a town with a lot of spirit...and a dark past." is an understatement, but it is printed on the front of the book. Jordan Marsh,
I'm delighted to report that Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman was one of the most charming cozy mysteries I've read in some time. (And, happily, its Book 2 was equally engaging--but more on that in that book's review.)

The Jordan of the title is our heroine Jordan Marsh, a therapist who's fled L.A. to avoid the storm of controversy surrounding her philandering husband's murder. She's been a suspect, and indeed is still considered a suspect by a particularly determined detective even though she's
Tammy Thompson
A bit of a departure from my normal paranormal or cozy mystery. This from B&
"...Jordan Marsh left L.A. for the quaint Pacific Northwest town of Port Chatham in pursuit of some much-needed R & R. As the prime suspect in her cheating husband’s murder, she had been hoping to immerse herself in the restoration of the charming Victorian she’d just bought—and put all talk of homicide investigations behind her. But as she soon discovers, the coldest of cases cry out to be solved, too."

This is a paranormal cozy and the paranormal definitely takes front and center stage so you need to be prepared for that to be the focus.

The characters are interesting including Jordan Marsh, the protagonist therapist turned home renovator turned sleuth. A good looking contractor type is thrown in for fun and then of course, the ghosts.

Jordan is actually dealing with more than one mystery. The death of her ex-husband, an open case in she is the main suspect and the murder of Hattie, one of the g
Margo Brooks
Entertaining cosy mystery about a psychologist who flees the LA paparazzi after her almost ex-husband's death and finds that the small Washington town she hopes to settle in has its own sort of voyerism in the form of ghosts. As she tries to settle into the Victorian fixer-upper, she simultaneously solves her husband's murder as well as a 100-year-old mystery of who murdered the young widow who once lived in the house. In doing so, she becomes, the talk of Port Chatham, as the only one among the ...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this well written cozy. Jordan is an uptight somewhat obnoxious modern female...a therapist who drives a Prius (pious) lol and is accused of murdering her ex husband. She moves to the seaport town of Port Chatham, where she uses inheritance funds to purchase a gorgeous historical home which turns out to be a ghost who was murdered. The book goes back and forth from past to present. I must say that I found Hattie's storyline the more interesting. Parts o ...more
Linda Quinton-Burr
It started slow -- skipping back and forth between the present and the 1890's with two murder mysteries, more than a few psychopaths, a couple of shrinks, and ghosts. I bought it at the airport a few weeks ago and just couldn't get into it. Then this week I decided to either finish or throw out all the books on my reading table -- and ended up not being able to put this one down. It's set in the Olympic Peninsula -- Pt. Townsend was probably the model for the fictional town -- and was a great re ...more
I wanted to like this one much more than I did. By page 250..I just don't care much anymore. The story stories were certainly related, but I only slightly cared about the morgen story and did care about the 1890 story at all. I skimmed to the end and moved on. Life is too short to read books that don't grab ya. However....since it is a cozy set I g the PNW, I will look at the second book to see if it is more enjoyable for me.
Debbie Heaton
In pursuit of some much needed R&R, Jordan Marsh left L.A. in exchange for Port Chatham. As the prime suspect in her unfaithful husband's murder, she had been hoping to immerse herself in the restoration of the Victorian mansion she'd bought--and put all the talk of homicide investigations in her rear view mirror. But she soon discovers, the coldest of cases cry out to be solved.

This old house she purchased came fully furnished with two ghosts who have a century-old murder of their own they'
Suspense Magazine
Therapist, Jordan Marsh is seeking solace and a major change of scenery when she purchases a quaint Victorian in the small town of Port Chatham, Washington leaving her long-time home in LA. Not fully recognizing the challenges she has created for herself in her haste to change her life, she is shaken to find that she is not the only resident of this beautiful home. As her already crazy life takes an unusual turn, readers begin to meet the quirky cast of characters – both living and dead – with a ...more
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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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