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Bones Behind the Wheel: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery

(A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #10)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  114 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Barry Award-winning author E. J. Copperman is back with the tenth hilarious installment in his national bestselling Haunted Guesthouse mysteries.

Haunted Guesthouse proprietress Alison Kerby and her ghostly guest detective, Paul, “auto” know better than to dig into the case of a long-buried sedan and its now-skeletal driver.

Innkeeper Alison Kerby is determined to keep her
Kindle Edition, 334 pages
Published January 8th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books
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Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series never fails to make me smile and even laugh out loud. E.J. Copperman does a great job of mixing mystery and humor. Bones Behind the Wheel, the tenth book in this series, is no exception. I loved every word of this new book in the Haunted Guesthouse series!

Alison's life is going great...she's remarried, running her guesthouse, loving life...she doesn't have time for murder investigations and dead ghostly detectives. But her resident spirit, Paul Harrison, is having none of that. When
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
E.J. Copperman has a new book out in a series I love, this one is called Bones Behind the Wheel. I love this haunted guest house series, by far one of the best paranormal series out there and written in such an endearing way. The characters both living and not, are so relatable and feel so real. The mysteries surrounding this magical haunted guest house are enough to make me want to book a week there just to experience the goings on of the crew at Alison's guest house. Even if you don't believe ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who know The Jersey Shore, enjoy ghosts, and like Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries.
‘ “Does this area (Jersey Shore) have any history with organized crime?” Paul asked. This was New Jersey, so it was a silly question, but Paul (a ghost) is from Canada and born in London, so we allow him some lack of knowledge on the history of our home state.’ With writing such as this, how can one not enjoy The Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries. E. J. Cooperman’s Bones Behind the Wheel (Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #10) writes some fabulous lines about The Jersey Shore and the State of New Jersey. Th ...more
I like E.J. Copperman's Haunted Guesthouse mysteries. In the latest, Bones Behind the Wheel, innkeeper Alison Kerby comments that "The National Language of New Jersey is Sarcasm." That's why I return to this series, for the humor. Bones Behind the Wheel wouldn't be the tenth in a series if others didn't enjoy the humor, the mysteries, or the ghosts.

Alison Kerby owns the Haunted Guesthouse, and, even in November people come to stay, maybe to experience the ghosts, maybe to walk on the Jersey Shor
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read only a couple of the previous books in this series and I had a problem keeping the characters apart at first. They are well developed and the wording moves quickly along. The 10th book of the Haunted Guesthouse did not disappoint there are amusing scenes in the book.
Alison Kerby is returning to the guesthouse from a walk on the beach and is surprised to find that workers had uncovered had dug a huge hole on the beach. In the pit, there is a 1977 Lincoln Continental with a skeleton in
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I'd ever read in this series, and now I want to start at the beginning! This one was so funny in places, and I just love the author's style of the narration by Alison, the main character. Her sarcasm and quips were cracking me up!

When a body was found inside a Lincoln Continental on the grounds of Alison's guesthouse, her resident PI ghost Paul was excited that they now had another case to work on. For the longest time, Alison refused to have anything to do with the case
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
It is hard to believe that BONES BEHIND THE WHEEL is the tenth book in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series, the writing and characters are as fresh as ever. Tough I recommend reading the entire series (they really are a treat), this can be read a standalone book. Copperman does a god job of catching new readers up without becoming tedious for long term fans.

This time around, we find guesthouse owner and ghost see-er Alison get caught up in a cold case when a 1970’s era Lincoln Continental, al
Missi Stockwell
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series by E.J. Copperman is a very interesting series. You have Alison Kerby running an inn on the Jersey shore which you would think is completely normal until you learn that ghosts live there and people actually go there to partake in that experience......

Alison has the fortunate (or unfortunate at times) ability to see and communicate with ghosts. And along with herself, her new husband Josh, and her daughter, Melissa, who are all living, she also has three ghosts
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lincoln continental is difficult to ignore, particularly when it is buried in your backyard along with a skeleton- but that doesn’t mean Alison Kerby doesn’t try, despite her family’s and her resident ghostly investigator’s ardent interest in the very cold case.  Adding to the fun is the car’s mysterious disappearance and reappearance. The mystery underlying Bones Behind the Wheel is fascinating - I was captivated from the start.

It is nice to see how Alison’s family interacts and works togethe
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Luckily, it's the slow season for Alison Kerby's seaside guest house, because New Jersey is improving the shore--that is, moving piles of sand around, as far as she can tell--and it's time for her contractor friends to fix the beam in her kitchen. Then the guys outside her house dig up a 1977 Lincoln Continental (who buries a car?) and it has a skeleton inside it. Naturally, that brings the first of many visits from the local police, and a lot of interest from one of Alison's resident ghosts, Pa ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bones Behind the Wheel by E. J. Copperman is the 10th book in A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series, and another enjoyable book. I really enjoy this series, innkeeper Alison Kerby and her ghostly friends, keep the action hopping. While smoothing out her beach front property, they discover a 1977 Lincoln Continental buried in the sand. As they dig the car out, they find a skeleton strapped into the car. This book/ series is a fun paranormal cozy series that does not disappoint. I recommended this b ...more
Lisa Morin
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been reading the book in this series and they are all good. This one fell a bit flat for me, it didn't have the normal captivating storyline of the other books.
While I enjoyed the mystery itself, some of the characters need to shine a bit more.

I volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Melinda Anders
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alison runs a bed and breakfast that is also her home with her husband and daughter. She has other residents that cannot be seen because they are ghosts. When a car is found in her back yard with a skeleton inside the car she is stuck with a case to solve. She doesn't want to work this one so she leaves it to her husband and Peter a ghost.
This was a very fun read. The Author is so clever with his descriptions and jokes included in the story. I laughed throughout the book.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Book number ten and this series is still going strong. Alison, her husband and her daughter share their life in their B&B with a pair of ghosts. Paul was/is a private detective and Maxine is now into decorating. When Alison is having work done on her beach she is not prepared for what is found. Instead of the usual detritus one expects to uncover with a metal detector, they uncover a 1977 Lincoln Continental with something extra - a skeleton. Can't very well call this one an accident so the ...more
Kimberly Ann
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

Me thinks the author is running out of ideas: The premise of the book was good, but how it all unfolds was lackluster

Allison Runs a "Haunted guest-house" on the Jersey Shore. Due to a cosh on the head she is able to see, hear, & communicate w/ ghosts (as does her mother & 11 yr. old daughter Melissa). There are three ghosts that happen to be living in her guest-house: Maxie, who was murdered; Paul, a Private Detective, hired by Maxie, who was also murdered; & Everett, Maxie'
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Ebook/ARC/Mystery: So I had gotten the first Haunted Guesthouse book at a used book store several years ago because I liked the cover. However, it got put on the long list, for years. Then I got picked to read this book which is book 10 on NetGalley in lieu of an honest review. If a book is good, you can read it out of order. I went ahead and started reading book one to get the set up of the Guesthouse, not B&B and got a third of the way through. Then Hurricane Michael came to town and the l ...more
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Loved this book. E. J. Copperman is one of my favorite authors, and Alison Kirby and her Haunted Guesthouse is my favorite series!
In this installment Alison is putting up with having her portion of Harbor Haven's beach torn up by New Jersey as they try to repair some of the damage left behind by Superstorm Sandy. That's bad enough, but when the excavator driver just happens to be a fortune hunter looking for some pirate's emeralds, and instead of gems he locates a Lincoln Continental buried in
Cozy Cat Reviews
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a very enjoyable humorous cozy series that i always am thrilled to revisit. In this 10th in series the author has another winning story with lots of charming charcters, funny antics and ghost. I loved this book and highly recommend it. I received a ARC for my honest opinion. I recommend this entire series however this book can be read as a stand alone.

Allison Kerby runs a guesthouse that is haunted by detective Paul Harrison. When a A 1977 Lincoln is found on her jersey beach property w
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this series!
Off season on the Jersey shore is generally quiet but no such luck at Alison Kerby’s Haunted Guesthouse. With just three guests checked in and some construction going on along the shoreline, Alison is trying to enjoy a little quiet time…until the crew uncovers a 1977 Lincoln Continental buried in her back yard…and there’s a dead body behind the wheel!

Alison, who can see and interact with her resident ghosts, does not want to get involved with the case, but her husband, who can’t
Janet Graham
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Buried treasure on the Jersey Shore
This book is the eighth in a series and the first that I have read. The author's style is to write in the 1st person while constantly making comments to the reader. This took a lot of getting used to and I did not find it amusing at all. In fact, it took away from my reading enjoyment and made it difficult to keep with the flow of the story. Much like listening to a comic who is so busy laughing at his joke that he can't tell the joke (Get on with it already!)
Take one New Jerseyite guesthouse keeper who interacts with resident ghosts, her hardworking husband who would like to interact with them, guests, family and friends. Then add in an apparent sinkhole in their private beach, a skeleton in a 35 year old car, a compulsive private investigator ghost, a living dedicated police detective, an ever increasing suspect list, stir with plot twists and garnish liberally with snarks and situational humor. The book forced me to read it all in one day! The mys ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 10th installment of the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. Allison Kerby runs a guesthouse which just happens to be haunted by detective Paul Harrison. This is the first of this series that I have read and it can be read as a stand alone, however, I think it would be beneficial to have the background story from the first books. A 1977 Lincoln is found behind with a skeleton inside and her resident ghost is ready to jump on the case, however, Allison is reluctant to get involved in so ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. It is funny and has a fun heartwarming family at its core. Alison Kerby sees ghosts and has three living in her guesthouse along with her new husband and her 13 year- old daughter. She has a deal with one ghost where she “investigates” mysteries- not that she is happy about that. By the 10th book in the series, Alison says no to investigations but her new husband is interested and helps.
The investigation is about a 1978 Lincoln Continental buried in her backyard with a person
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's always a fun visit to the Jersey shore in E.J. Copperman's Haunted Guesthouse series and this is the 10th story. I always laugh aloud with B&B owner Allison and her husband as they interact with their resident ghosts. It's winter and the community is doing a big beach replenishment project when they unearth a car with a skeleton in the driver's seat right by Allison's back door. With ghost gumshoe Paul and husband Josh taking on this investigation Allison has problems with ghost Maxine ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this series set on the Jersey Shore and centered around main character Alison, guesthouse owner and friend to ghosts Maxine and Paul who are the resident ghosts . In this , book 10 in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery Series Alison is having construction work done to the rear of her home when an absolute huge unusual item is found buried there . I loved this story , from the unusual find to the bizarre circumstances surrounding it and it’s discovery , that , along with the ghostly happenings ...more
Gabrielle David
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good to the Bone

Alison really doesn’t want to know more about the body in a car dug up in her backyard. She just wants her yard and her kitchen (currently having a bullet-broken beam replace) back in useable form. However the ghosts, her husband, and her daughter have different ideas and want to investigate, except for Maxie whose ethereal head is full kitchen design proposals. I doubt it can be called a spoiler to reveal Alison does get drug into the case.

E.J. Copperman, much like Jeff Cohen,
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the 10th book in the series by my first. I did not have any problems enjoying this book as a stand-alone mystery, although, I may have understood the backstory better if I read previous books in the series. This was a well-plotted mystery with several twists and turns along the way. I never suspected the person who was the actual killer. The characters were wonderfully quirky especially the ghost of the house. I love how the ghosts were still able to contribute to solving the crime. This ...more
Teri Griffis
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is full of ghosts and laughs for all. Well written but I feel there are some areas where it is too wordy with some repeating of the same info. The characters are charming and make the story interesting and funny. If you enjoy ghosts and laughs along with a mystery this book is for you. Enjoy! 📚
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Guesthouse owner has a problem, the sand behind her home is eroding because of Superstorm Sandy, but now suddenly there is a 1977 Lincoln Continental, complete with a skeleton, in the hole. Not one to sit idly by, Alison Kirby and her resident ghosts try to solve the mystery.

Lot of hilarity ensues.
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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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