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How to Survive a Killer Séance

(Party Planning #3)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  28 reviews
As party planner Presley Parker investigates a murder during a séance party at San Francisco's famous Winchester Mystery House, she doesn't need a Ouija board to tell her someone's trying to scare her to death...
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by NAL (first published January 4th 2011)
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 This is the third in the Party Planning series and it's better with each addition. Presley is putting on an event for Jonathan Ellington. He is going to reveal his new holographics. The location will be the Winchester Mystery House and Jonathan will bring back Sarah Winchester (the heiress to Winchester rifles and is said to be guided by spirits) in full living detail. As Sarah's image appears, things go horribly wrong and someone is dead. Presley goes into full investigative mode to find th ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozies, mystery
This third book in the Party Planner series features a seance set in the legendary Winchester Mystery House. A local special effects company is debuting their new holographic technology at the event.

The hologram accuses the owner of the company of infidelity, and techie running the device is murdered. Presley tries to get to the bottom of things, but finds a lot of creepiness in store. What is real and what is not?
Janet Robel
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Super cute! Presley Parker is always in the thick of things.
Feb 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Presley Parker is back and finds herself evicted from her Treasure Island barracks office as the building has been condemned. Luckily Brad, the crime clean-up specialist, uses his connections to find new office space for all the evicted businesses.

Presley has no time to waste dealing with building matters as she plans a Séance Party at San Jose's Winchester Mystery House for Jonathon Ellington. He plans to unveil some really cool holographic technology developed by his company. Some real A-leve
Sarah Sammis
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've lived in the Bay Area now for 12 years. The one place I want to go and haven't yet is The Winchester Mystery House. It is the setting for the third of the Party Planner books, How to Survive a Killer Seance by Penny Warner.

Presley Parker's latest client is the CEO of a tech company with a new 4D technology, something like a fully realized hologram. To launch the new product, he wants Presley to put on a seance where Sarah Winchester will materialize (and thus show off the new technology). O
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How to Survive a Killer Seance is the third book of this series, and I was dying to read it. This time, Presley is almost obligated to plan a party for Jonathan Ellington at the Winchester Mystery House, but of course, nothing goes as planned.

Dead and infidelity are the protagonists in this story, and Presley is going to be in the middle of it. As always, she starts to investigate who is the possible murderer, which was one of the party attendees
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Warner was a new author to me, and I enjoyed this mystery. Presley Parker is a party planner, and was asked to plan a seance party to take place in the Winchester Mystery House. That made it worth reading to me because of TV shows dealing with the location, but Presley was interesting, too, because she has ADHD, with which I'm too familiar, as I have a daughter with it. My only complaint is that the plot seems a little forced to me. The police have a suspect arrested for the murder, yet the dete ...more
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
these stories just keep getting better and better.
3rd in series, Presley the "Event Planner" is called upon by her mothers' boyfriend to throw a seance party for his son Johnatans' company.. to launch a new 4-D product that will change the world. The catch? They want it held at the Winchester Mystery House!

During the party, the guy operating the 4-D projector ends up dead, and Johnathans fingerprints all over the murder weapon. With the guest list a mile long there are many many suspects and P
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Presley Parker is back as an event planner/crime solver. This time she is pressured into planning a Seance for wealthy, cocky and pushy Jonathan, a big wig with a big idea. Fending off his advances in between trying to plan everything he wants is stressing Presley out. Then at the Seance, the 4D hologram accuses Jonathan of all his numerous affairs and then the computer guy is found dead - by a candlestick Jonathan himself carried out of the room. Presley's mom begs her to solve the crime and he ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Penny Warner's "How to Survive a Killer Seance" is a winner for interesting murder mysteries set in unique situations. This time it was the famous "Winchester Mystery House" in San Jose, CA.

If you like strong sleuths, Presley Parker, interesting jobs-Event Planner, and laughing out loud humor, well this book is for you. Oh, and I forgot...high technology concepts- 4D?

Every character is special and sharply defined. Each book leads you through a maze so that you feel you helped Presley solve the
This book was cute. It's a good easy read mystery that you can finish on a plane ride or just a night when you've got some time to kill. It's not as spooky as it sounds, the main character, Presley Parker, throws a "haunted" party to show off a company's new 4D contraption that makes the image look like an actual person standing in the room with you. Of course things go wrong, people start dying, and she's on the case to find the killer. Not the literary sensation of the century, but definitely ...more
Mark Baker
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, mystery
Event planner Presley Parker is hired for a seance themed party at the Winchester Mystery House. But part way through, the "ghost" goes off script. Next thing she knows, the host is missing and a body has turned up. I really like the characters, but plot could have used a bit more polish. It dragged in a few places, and the ending felt rushed.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers
Elizabeth D.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as strong as other books in this series, but I loved the seance setting for the party. Very creative. That's a party that sounds like it would be really cool to attend. However I did not like the characters in this story as well and some of the recurring characters just felt off. Still, overall enjoyable reading and a great light mystery for summer reading.
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This is just plain fun. I will definitely read more of Warner's mysteries. Not only is it a blast to read about settings, like the Winchester Mystery House, that I have visited but her characters are quirky and very likeable.
Jun 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Presley Parker is used to planning parties--but a seance at the famed, possibly haunted Winchester Mystery House? When someone dies during the party, and the host, a suspect, disappears, Presley finds herself trying to uncover someone using a ghost as cover.
Mary Ann
Aug 26, 2016 rated it liked it
I do enjoy the settings of this series. I had hoped for a few more glimpses and history on the Winchester House where this murder was set. I enjoy the main cast of characters but am not infatuated with them as some series. Still, a solid read.
Oct 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who wants to host parties
Shelves: mystery
I love the party planning tips in the beginning of each chapter but the mystery part is not enough to satisfy the inner detective in me. The mystery is very quickly solved by our dear Presley Parker; event planner/amateur detective extraordinaire that I couldn't help but wonder where the action is.
Gaynor Baker
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not my normal genre but I enjoyed it. It had humor and mystery with a sprinkling of romance in there. Enjoyed it and hope to read some of her other books
Karen Desmond
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Not the best in the series so far but the use of the Winchester house makes this an intriguing story.
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this series! And she's prompted me to go to the Winchester Mystery house this Halloween.
Laurie Bok
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-lite
Good. Light mystery with fun characters & a little romance
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Presley! The party planning details are really fun. More of her budding romance in this one and less of her other office mates. A quick satisfying read.
Hilary Appel
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Once again, I enjoyed the authors use of real historic locations in her stories. I have been the Winchester Mystery House and that made the story even more enjoyable!
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Slightly better than average cozy with your usual cast of characters. I enjoyed the mystery, I just wish that most cozies didn't have such interchangeable characters.
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
3rd in the series and the best so far. Looking forward to the next one!
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
This third installment in the party planning novels was very good! I am totally in love with Brad! I would love for Presley to learn more about him so we readers can learn about him as well!
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
so much fun already and I'm only on page 29 - love how she uses her relative's names as characters - a really fun read and surprise ending
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Penny Warner is an award-winning author of over sixty books, including DEAD BODY LANGUAGE mystery series (Macavity winner), HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY series, and the upcoming Food Festival series. Her middle-grade mystery, THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB, won the Agatha Award for Best Children's Mystery.

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