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review 2019-01-14 06:11
Bird, Bath and Beyond (Paws to the Stars, #2)
Bird, Bath, and Beyond - E.J. Copperman

I think I liked the first one better, though this one was good.  The premise, and series name, sound more twee and cutesy than the stories themselves are, though it's definitely cozy fare.  Kay is an agent to animals used in the entertainment industry, mostly because she's from an acting family, loves animals and couldn't stomach being a vet.

 

The plot of this one was ... out there.  But here's the thing, and I don't know if I'm going to explain this correctly:  the premise was one that could have been believable, just.  

 

A famous TV actor hires a hitman to kill ... himself.  He's depressed, battling addictions, hates his job, his life, etc. but either doesn't have the courage to do the killing himself, or wants to go out making a statement about the need for gun control - the book never really cleared that up.

(spoiler show)

 

I mean, stranger things have happened.  But Copperman further complicated what was already a weird plot by adding layers of crimes and criminals.  It's my feeling that he took an already weird plot and twisted it up to make it weirder when it didn't need to be.

 

And now what will look like something of a non sequitur but will make sense in a second, when I was at Bouchercon, my sister and I sat in on a panel that E.J. Copperman was on, and he kept talking about how he writes humorous cozies, like Donna Andrews.  My sister and I were sitting at the back, so we could swap comments, sotto voce, and I said to her that I'd read most of his books and I didn't remember any of them being funny.  Not that the jokes fell flat, but that I didn't remember there being any attempt at all to make them.

 

This is the first of his books I've read since Bouchercon, and now I see what he's talking about, and now I can say they're there, they just (mostly) fall flat.  In fact, he seems to be going for a wiseass voice throughout most of the book, and it's either too heavy, or it's a NYC style of humor I fail to get, in a way that is similar to some people not getting British humor.  It didn't ruin the book at all, but it became cloying at times.

 

I wouldn't say 'no' to a third book - I like the parts of the story where Kay is interacting with clients and their owners, and the scenes at her office feel balanced and witty.  But I'm not sure if I'll rush out to get it - and it'll probably be in paperback.

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review 2018-09-09 21:23
(Audiobook) An Uninvited Ghost
An Uninvited Ghost - E.J. Copperman

This is the second in a charming mystery series that I discovered last year during Halloween Bingo. The books center around Alison Kerby, a divorced single mother who owns/runs a guest house converted from a large, old Victorian House on the Jersey Shore. The house is also inhabited by Paul Harrison and Maxie Malone, two ghosts who were murdered in the house not long before Alison bought it. Alison, her 10 year old daughter, Melissa, and her mother can all see and communicate with Paul and Maxie. The events of the first book--Night of the Living Deed--revolved around discovering who killed Paul and Maxie.

 

The second book finds Alison hosting her first tour group of senior citizens, folks who signed on to visit the guest house in order to see spooky happenings. In order for Paul and Maxie to agree to provide said spooky happenings at certain times of the day, Alison agrees to help Paul investigate cases, even going so far as to get a PI's license.

 

Paul comes to Alison to ask her to help him investigate a case in which another ghost, Scott, believe he has killed someone.

 

Oh, and did I mention that Alison has also agreed to let the tv show "Down the Shore" (Guess which show that's alluding to!) film at her house?

 

All of this, and Amanda Ronconi's excellent narration, combine to create a highly entertaining and hilarious read.

 

I used this for the following square:

 

 

It's a good thing the square's description is this:

 

"any book that relates to bad luck, superstitions, including (but not limited to) black cats, ravens or crows, or the unlucky number 13, either in the title, series, book cover or page count."

 

Because while there is a black cat on the cover (which makes it eligible for the square), the kitty is only in one single scene in the whole book. Which makes me wonder why it's on the cover to begin with.

 

Additional squares this book would also fit:

 

Amateur Sleuth

Ghost Stories

Cozy Mystery

Murder Most Foul

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-09 20:41
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
An Uninvited Ghost - E.J. Copperman

While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I'm disappointed that the cat was only in one scene.

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text 2018-09-09 00:16
Reading progress update: I've read 80%.
An Uninvited Ghost - E.J. Copperman
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text 2018-09-08 00:47
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
An Uninvited Ghost - E.J. Copperman
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