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Old Haunts (A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #3)

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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...
Mass Market Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Berkley
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Ivonne Rovira
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Connie
Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really do enjoy reading the books in this series. Light, clean, easy reads with some sarcastic humor thrown in! The mysterie are very entertaining and have you second guessing "who done it". :)
Gloria Feit
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Vilia
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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Crystal
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghost-stories
Fun, clean read. I love the sarcastic humor. I had the mystery figured out fairly quickly (well the who, but not the why) so I still enjoyed the read.

Sexual content: mild – a few innocent kisses
Language: none (at least that I remember)
Violence: mild
Drugs/Alcohol: mild – adults drink
Robin Green
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm surprised on how much I'm enjoying this series. And just when you figure you know who did it, the author twists the ending to something else.
Amanda
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by E.J. Copperman! This is a great series and I love a chance to visit with Alison, Melissa, Paul, and Maxie. There's a lot going on in this book, and it wasn't too hard to figure out who the "bad guy" was in the main mystery, but there were a lot of interesting little mysteries that get solves along the way with many twists and turns. We finally get to meet Alison's ex, The Swine, who doesn't seem so bad at first but whose flaws became apparent early on. I really like how dev ...more
Maetta
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Maxie's ex-husband regarding a marriage of very short duration has been discovered dead after two years. One of Big Bob's biker buddies hires Alison to solve the case giving the excuse that cops do not look kindly upon biker types and would little effort into the case. Maxie pleads so of course Alison caves. Once again, Alison's life is in danger with lots of intrigue.
Von
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I liked the characters but each book seemed the same. Did not go past this book in the series.
Ellen Thielen
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third installment of this series is a light-hearted caper set in a haunted bed-but-not breakfast.
Cathy Cole
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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TheGeekyBlogger
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
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Sandra
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
P. Kirby
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, ghosts
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.
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Annie
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I appreciate how I can't always figure out what's going to happen in these books.
Elizabeth
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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Joanne
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Vickie
Well, leave it to me to really enjoy an audiobook and then find out that it is the 3rd book in a series. I don't think I am going to go back and read Books 1 and 2, but I will continue this series.

Old Haunts by E.J. Copperman is about Alison Kerby and her attempt to run a guest house at the Jersey shore. Along with her daughter Melissa, Alison shares the house with two ghosts, Paul and Maxie. In this installment, Alison is trying to uncover who murdered Maxie's ex-husband, Big Bob. She is also a
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Kimberly Ann
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm saying this is a nice series, the characters with the exception of Maxie (the ghost) are all rather likable....

Alison runs a guesthouse on the South New Jersey Shore (which now has an address)... She has booked her 2nd group of Senior Ghost Tour guests when her ex husband shows up, having left California and his 2nd wife & child. While trying to worm his way back into Allison's life via their daughter.

While in the midst of converting the attic into a bedroom for her daughter & Maxie,
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Moondance
"Careful!"

Alison is back in her haunted guesthouse. Resident ghosts, Maxie and Paul both have requests for her. Maxie's ex-husband's bones are discovered and she wants Alison to find his murderer. Paul reveals that he was planning to ask his girlfriend to marry him and needs Alison to track her down to see how she is doing. Oh, and Alison's ex-husband shows up.

Alison has developed a program for residents to "see" the ghosts and has tours that revolve around Maxie and Paul. She and Melissa try to
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Patty
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Kellene
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this series, and the third book definitely didn't let me down. Allison and her family (including the resident haunts) are my kind of people: sarcastic, funny, warm and homey. The stories move quickly, and keep my attention easily. Throwing in the challenges of keeping guests happy, spirits co-operative and the local police from throwing her out on her butt are definitely tasks that Allison some how manages with only minor ineptitude. Raising her precocious daughter is just icing on the ch ...more
Vickie
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Dharia Scarab
Mar 13, 2014 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
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Sandie Laughner
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Loralee
Apr 13, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sandra
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Susan
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
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Elisabeth Cole
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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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A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery (8 books)
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