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review 2019-10-27 21:30
Ghost a la Mode (A Granny Apples Mystery #1) by Sue Ann Jafferian
Ghost a la Mode - Sue Ann Jaffarian

Date Published: September 8, 2009

Format: Kindle

Source: Library

Date Read: September 26th-October 1, 2019


Read for Halloween Bingo Grave/Graveyard square



Granny was famous for her award-winning apple pies-and notorious for murdering her husband Jacob at their homestead in Julian, California. The only trouble is, Granny was framed, then murdered. For more than one hundred years, Granny's spirit has been searching for someone to help her see that justice is served--and she hits pay dirt when she pops in to a seance attended by her great-great-great-granddaughter, modern-day divorced mom Emma Whitecastle. Together, Emma and Granny Apples solve mysteries of the past--starting with Granny's own unjust murder rap in the final days of the California Gold Rush.


Emma was a great character when she wasn't focusing on her ex-husband. I liked that she was pro-active in getting clues and figuring out the mystery instead of waiting on info-dumps from other characters. The chemistry between Emma and her new lover was great from the less than cute meet-cute to the end. I really like the historical parts of the mystery.


It was a bit twee for me though and since it is book one there is a lot of her ex-husband and his new family and repetitive mentions about the divorce settlement. It sucked a lot of the oxygen out of the first quarter or so of the book. If my library has more of this series, I would read another one.

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text 2019-09-27 03:12
Friday Reads and Weekend Reading Plans
Ghost a la Mode - Sue Ann Jaffarian
Connections in Death - J.D. Robb
Sleepless, Vol. 2 - Sarah Vaughn,Alissa Sallah,Leila del Duca,Deron Bennett

How is it already the last weekend in September? The weather here in Kansas is still very much summer but we are promised a cool down next week. I dropped one of my two classes tonight because one is more than I can do at this point - I feel better about my decision after talking with the husband (who, admittedly, thought I was out of my damn mind for trying to take more than one to begin with). I'm picking my sister in law up from Tinker AFB (OK City - she is on a TDY) so that we get one more weekend together before the winter sets in and she hibernates at her base in Utah for the next six months. 


Friday reads: Ghost a la Mode (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #1) by Sue Ann Jaffarian for the Graveyard square. So far so good and a quick read. 


Saturday reads: Son has an away soccer game, so I am hoping to read in the car while my husband and his sister chat in the front seat. I've got Sleepless Volume 2 on the Kindle for the Raven square.


Sunday reads: nothing but homework. I bit the bullet and spent money to buy a Kindle version of the textbook.  After that, it's on to Connections in Death - I bought the paperback so I didn't have to keep going back on the library wait list for the ebook. 


Happy reading and may autumn's weather be heading your way.

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review 2016-05-02 05:57
Ghostly investigation
Gem of a Ghost - Sue Ann Jaffarian

This novel is a cozy mystery with a ghostly twist. The protagonist Emma can see and hear ghosts. She can also talk to them, although she refrains from paranormal conversations if she can help it. In the mundane world, she has her own TV show and a nice boyfriend. Her daughter is safely ensconced in Harvard. Life is good. Even the ghost of her Granny, Emma’s faithful sidekick throughout several books of this series, doesn’t trouble her much. Then one of Emma’s distant acquaintances, Joanna Reid (not ever a friend), asks her to exorcise the ghost of her late husband, Max, and the story starts rolling.

Emma’s communications with Max’s ghost are complicated by the problems of Joanna and Max’s daughter Lainey. Lainey recently broke her engagement to a nice man, tried to commit suicide, and ended up in a ‘special’ clinic. Max’s ghost begs Emma to help his daughter.

When Emma sticks her nose into this tangle of calamities, a new and malevolent ghost rears its phantasmal head. Emma has to speed up her investigation if she hopes to help the new ghost, prevent more disasters, and save Lainey’s life.

The writing is serviceable, and the plot is kind-of inane but with pretensions of depth. The characters are a little silly as well, without the above pretensions. While they rushed about almost at random, overcoming obstacles and simultaneously creating new ones, I smiled indulgently and enjoyed the book, rather to my surprise. Of the few cozy mysteries I have read recently, it was probably one of the best.

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review 2015-05-05 00:53
Ghost in the Guacamole (Ghost of Granny Apples, #5)
Ghost in the Guacamole - Sue Ann Jaffarian

Not as good as previous books.  Slow to get going for me, and the 3rd person POV felt clunky, although that might just be me and my issues: 3rd present tense POV almost never works for me.


About halfway through the book, when the author stopped trying to summarise the first 4 books for the series-dippers, things finally started to pick up and I forgot about POV and became interested.  There are a lot of players in this plot and you either love 'em or hate 'em.  The mystery isn't a straight line from A to B, and that made the reading more interesting too.


There's a massive editing error in a later chapter (don't have the book with me) where a super-important text message with an Important Clue is received by Emma... and then received again by Emma a few pages later.  It completely screws up the whole chapter if you catch it - and frankly, I don't know how anyone could have missed it: it's even the exact same sentence.  This is Berkley though, so I've gotten used to their blatant editing mistakes.


Generally, this is a strong, well-written series with likeable characters and good plots, so I'll keep an eye out for #6.

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review 2015-03-04 22:11
Ghost of a Gamble
Ghost of a Gamble - Sue Ann Jaffarian

Another Ghost of Granny Apples book. It's a fun paranormal mystery series I picked up years ago when the first one was free and I keep going back to it.


This book, takes Emma Whitecastle, who can communicate with ghosts to Vegas where she meets the mother of her mentor (and fellow ghost communicator), Milo. His mother is connected to the seedier side of Vegas's past and Emma soon finds herself embroiled in a new mystery. Another fun book and I will be continuing the series.

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