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An Uninvited Ghost

(A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,037 ratings  ·  276 reviews
Alison and her resident gumshoe ghost are on their next case when the deceased Scott MacFarlane floats in worried that he accidentally killed a prominent local woman. Turns out she's still alive...that is, of course, until she's murdered-in Alison's house. Now, between the demands of her guests and the arrival of a reality television crew, Alison must find the killer befor ...more
Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Berkley
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This engaging woo-woo cozy mystery offers an offbeat cast of characters. I like the persistent sleuth who also runs a guesthouse with her unusual boarders. Paul is my favorite of the ghosts. If you're in the mood for reading something a little different, this fun title might fit the bill. ...more
When a recently divorced mother of one renovates an old home into a bed and breakfast, she may have bitten off a little more than she can chew. During construction she and her daughter start to experience spectral sightings and by the time of completion they have accepted and welcomed their friendly, paranormal inhabitants. While still trying to embrace that her first tenants are permanent and ghostly, there is an unexplainable murder that opens the floodgates for the press and local police of t ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy E.J. Copperman’s first novel in this series, Night of the Living Deed, but not nearly as much as its sequel, which was much, much better.

It’s the first week for single mom Alison Kerby’s guesthouse (which she readied in Night of the Living Deed), and a passel of seniors have come to see hijinks performed twice a day by Alison’s resident ghosts: private investigator Paul Harrison and over-the-top Maxie Malone. But once a private eye, always a private eye. Paul wants Alison to help inv
Audio book. Alison is back! This time she has her first set of guests staying at her guest house. Things don't go as smoothly as Alison hoped though. Paul, one of her resident spirits, asks her to take on another investigation now that she has her private investigator license and a tv crew shows up wanting to film at her house while her guests are there.
This is a fun series. I really like Alison and Maxi. I am sure I will read more in the series.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge, bingo
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this entry in the series. Alison really does have the best haunted guesthouse on the Jersey shore. There were some really good twists that I didn’t see coming (and neither did Alison). I really enjoy the authors writing style - very witty and sarcastic. Looking forward to the next book.
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I collected this series because I love this cover! Paranormal fans beg for literature with an ADULT PROTAGONIST. If the gorgeous cat is a family member, it’s sparse enough to evade recall even by me. Humour is lovely but we need a greater abundance of suspenseful, solidly atmospheric, ADULT ghostliness. When you laugh and argue with spectres and they are commonplace; the spine-tingling awe I’m forced to continue seeking, isn’t possible. If at least this house had secrets, beyond one story in the ...more
Julia Spencer-Fleming
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lovers of smartly written, intelligently plotted, laugh-out-loud cozies will recognize this as the latest series from terrific writer Jeffrey Cohen. I pick up one of his books whenever I myself need a pick-me-up. I simply double-dare you not to feel better about life after reading anything he writes! This series is a clever, updated homage to TOPPER, and does justice to the granddaddy of all today's ghostly comic capers. The perfect beach read. Now where did I put that chaise lounge? ...more
Terri Crossley
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries and I loved it just as much as the first one! With a charming guesthouse and a few ghosts Alison has her work cut out for her. When she promises Paul that she will help him solve some crimes if he helps scare the guests that stay at her guesthouse! She figured it would be maybe a once in a while thing but as soon as she agreed to their pact Paul gets them a case. Scott McFarlane got roped into a prank that turned deadly and he wants his named ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Uninvited Ghost by E. J. Copperman is the second book in The Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series. Alison has opened her guesthouse to her first guests when she is also hired to investigate a possible accidental homicide by a ghost.Finding the alleged victim, Arlice Crosby, alive and well, she invites her to a seance at the guesthouse, where unfortunately she is murdered for real. I enjoyed this book very much. It was unlike anything I had read before and hard to put down. I liked the role the g ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-cozy
An Uninvited Ghost
Author E.J. Copperman
Copyright April 2011
Publisher Berkeley Prime Crime

Alison Kerby ‘s guesthouse in the Jersey Shore town of Harbor Haven is open and ready for visitors. Now she just has to fill the rooms with paying guests. She decided to accept the offer from Edward Rance, who operates a unique tour group for seniors. The “unique” part of this, is that the groups visit haunted homes and are looking for spooks, spirits, ghosties even.

Alison has cut a deal with her two resid
T K Nelson
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozies, ghosts
Not as enjoyable as the first in the series, probably due to the author throwing way too much at the reader.

Paul is contacted to verify whether or not his blind ghost ‘client’ has accidentally killed someone while participating in a prank. Blind ghost communicates by “reading” magnetic letters on a child’s easel – that is some Grade-A Helen Keller level ability.

Alison agrees to let a Jersey Shore-esque cast and crew film at the guest house adding to the stress of her first week in business. It’s
Aղցela W.
This was book 2 in the "Haunted Guesthouse Mystery" Guesthouse Owner and new Private Investigator Alison tries to keep her house order in her first week of opening her dream guesthouse in New Jersey. She already has the support of her darling daughter Melissa and her Mother and e two resident ghosts with a house is filled with a Senior Plus tour-group whom are excited by the prospect of timed ghost encounters next a reality show group of 20-somethings that are known for their migraines and s ...more
Deanie Nelder
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Actually 3.5 stars

In the next novel in the Haunted Guesthouse Mystery series, it's a culture clash when a group of ghost-hunting senior citizens stays in the guesthouse, along with a group of foul-mouthed twenty-something reality stars filming a Jersey Shore -like reality show. When a local woman is killed at a seance at the Guesthouse, no one can leave town. But what out-of-town guest could have motive for killing a elderly town resident?

There's a twist in this book that you'll never see coming
Ashley W
Not as good as the first one. :(
So, at first I really liked the idea of the reality TV angle because it reminded me - obviously - of Jersey Shore right down to the characters. I knew right off who each of them was supposed to be. However, after a while, it got kind of old and just in the way of the mystery, though they were tied together.
I really liked the moments between Allison and Paul. I hate more and more that he's dead even if he wouldn't be her type and they probably wouldn't have even cr
Alyssa White
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I did NOT see that coming!
Such a great twist! So many interesting characters in this book it really left you wondering what was going to happen and what was going on. I really enjoyed picking up this book and learning more about the main character and her family/haunts.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Good continuation of the series - Alison now has her PI license, but she didn't really intend to actually use it... ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
Pros: "An Uninvited Ghost" is a light and entertaining cozy with a nice bunch of recurring characters and a cute premise. Alison Kerby has bought an old Victorian home on the Jersey Shore and converted it into a guesthouse. Her first guests are a senior citizen tour group and the cast and crew of a "Jersey Shore"-like reality show. The seniors insist on seeing ghosts if Alison is to keep the business of the tour company and luckily her home is haunted by former owner Maxie and fellow murder vict ...more
Alannah Davis
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Book #2 of the cozy mystery series about Alison Kerby and her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie. Alison is now welcoming her first guests to the guesthouse: a group of senior citizens who are there for the promise of a supernatural experience.

Alison also now has a private investigator's license because Paul-the-ghost thought they might solve a few cases together. Alison went to the trouble of studying for the exam and getting her license, but when Paul wants her to investigate a case for Scott, a
Anniken Haga
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
So I think these books may be kind of a guilty pleasure of mine.

I found, as I did when listening to the first one, that they aren't really that good. There are some holes in the mystery-part of the story, and some back and forth the story could do without, but the characters and settings are interesting, and the narrator of the audiobooks does an amazing job!

So, for rough weeks and slumps, these will be my go-to books, I think.

This one, though, had some problems I, as a diabetic, couldn't hel
Mar 07, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm getting a kick out of this series. Alison's inward snark keeps me grinning all the way through and, of course, crime solving with ghosts can be a bit...difficult. :-) Not to mention running a haunted guesthouse. There's absolutely nothing spooky about this series, it's all fun and mayhem and pretty good mysteries -- though I did spy a few teeny problems with that part of the plot in this second book. Still, I'm enjoying the Haunted Guesthouse cast very much -- great repeat secondary characte ...more
Aug 20, 2022 rated it really liked it
Alison Kerby’s guest house is open and some senior citizens are staying at the inn to witness the hijinks of the resident ghosts Maxine and Paul. Paul and Alison have a side agreement to investigate cases and he brings one to her, a ghost (Scott) that’s afraid he may have accidentally killed a woman. Alison, upon investigation, finds the woman alive, invites her to a seance where she dies.

Between the death at the inn, a television series ala Jersey Shore filming at her inn, Alison has a lot on
Aug 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
3.5 stars
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun listen. Would try more in this series.
None of this makes much sense but it is all hilarious. I really like Alison's snark, and her clarity about her (lack of) investigative skills. I'm continuing this series. ...more
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another cute installment of A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery. It gets a little goofy at times, but that's part of its charm. ...more
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! This is the second book in the Haunted Guesthouse series by E.J. Copperman. After the first book, Night of the Living Deed, I was hooked. After reading An Uninvited Ghost, I'm still hooked. When's the third book coming out?

An Uninvited Ghost is something classic with a modern twist... it reminded me of those old whodunnit books where someone is murdered and everyone in the room must stay until the detective solves it. Though, in this case, everyone had to stay in and around Alison Kerb
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the second of the Haunted Guesthouse mysteries, Alison Kerby welcomes the first paying guests to her home.

Alison is now a licensed private investigator, having agreed to help resident ghosts Paul Harrison (former P.I.) and Maxie Malone (former owner of the house) with the occasional investigation provided they'd appear for her lodgers twice a day. These particular guests are the first group (hopefully of many, if their experience is positive) from a company offering unique vacation experience
Pat Edgar
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the haunted guesthouse series, and is every much as refreshing, quirky and enjoyable as the first. It provides a combination of tongue-in-cheek humour, wacky antics and a mysterious murder involving living and dead characters. The confusion that prevails is what makes this book quirky and fun.

When Alison Kerby purchases an old property to convert into a guesthouse, she discovers that it comes with two resident ghosts, Paul Harrison (newly qualified P.I.) and Maxie Malo
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
E.J. Copperman has penned another page-turning, laugh filled, and excellent murder mystery. The Title of the book is "An Uninvited Ghost." The Title should be "The Uninvited Ghosts and Guests."

Resident Guesthouse Owner, new Private Investigator tries to keep order in her first week of opening her dream guesthouse in New Jersey. She already has the support of her darling daughter, Melissa. Her Mother, and Two resident ghosts. Now, the house is filled with a Senior Plus tour-group whom are excited
Mar 09, 2014 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
As I have already read two books beyond this one, as I was reading this there was a great deal of repitition obviously. So I have decided to go ahead with this series not backwards. I like this series so I will continue reading it.
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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 wil

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A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery (10 books)
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