Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Reading E.J. Copperman's An Uninvited Ghost was like eating the frosting and leaving the cake.  It tastes good, but it doesn't have a lot of substance.

Now That's not necessarily bad.  If you are looking for a quick, quick read about a couple of ghosts who live in a bed and breakfast which doesn't serve breakfast, this is just the book for you.

When a rich old lady, a local, is killed during a seance at the B&B, the murder part of the story begins. 

There are two groups at the tourist boarding house, a group of senior citizens, and a group of off-the-wall "teenagers" (some of whom are acutally 20- or maybe even thirty-something actors) with a TV crew filming their exploits for a reality show.

At one point, it comes down to which person the protagonist Alison Kerby trusts the most--a strange ghost wearing a red bandanna on his head or a lawyer.

I'm not kidding!

Alison's ten-year-old-daughter has insights which contribute mightily to the solution of the crime, and the whole thing comes to a roaring climax in a room full of ghosts.

This book has humor, an intriguing puzzle, and fairly high entertainment value.  For many people, I suspect the book has a high entertainment value.

I read An Uninvited Ghost because I've heard that ghosts and vampires are big in all kinds of writing right now.  I wondered what a book like that would be like.

I'm sure not all of them are like this.  This is sort of Janet Evanovich among the ghosts.  I suspect there are others which are Mary Shelley among the ghosts.

In any case, this book was fun.  I'd recommend it to folks who are looking for pure entertainment of a ghostly sort.

This is another book with a strange cover.  The guest house is on the cover.  The house has a black cat prominently featured in front. I read the book quickly, so I could be wrong, but I don't think there was black cat in the whole book.

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