Bones Behind the Wheel–review

This was the tenth book in the Haunted Guesthouse series by E.J. Copperman. I know a lot of people who love this series, and I’ve been anxious to start it. When I was able to get an ARC of this book through NetGalley, I jumped at the chance. I do want to start reading the first book and learn all about Alison and her ghosts from the beginning, but this book worked fine as a standalone. There were no spoilers to worry about, which was good. I fell in love with her three, well technically it’s five, resident ghosts. Lester is a puppy ghost that we never got to see, since Alison is allergic to dogs, even in ghost form. Lester was adopted by her daughter, Melissa. I thought it was kind of cool that her deceased dad still lived in his house with her mom like always.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

My Goodreads review:

Bones Behind the Wheel: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery (Haunted Guesthouse Mysteries)Bones Behind the Wheel: A Haunted Guesthouse Mystery by E.J. Copperman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the first book I’d ever read in this series, and now I want to start at the beginning! This one was so funny in places, and I just love the author’s style of the narration by Alison, the main character. Her sarcasm and quips were cracking me up!

When a body was found inside a Lincoln Continental on the grounds of Alison’s guesthouse, her resident PI ghost Paul was excited that they now had another case to work on. For the longest time, Alison refused to have anything to do with the case, but surprisingly her husband Josh was anxious to work on it. He and Paul worked out a texting way of communicating, since Alison, her daughter Melissa and Alison’s mom were the only ones able to see the ghosts. The other ghost, Maxie was a hoot! She could be moody and snarky, but in this book she was more interested in decorating Alison’s kitchen which was being put back together from a bullet in the kitchen beam.

This was really interesting because there wasn’t a current day murder to solve, just the cold case of the guy buried in the car that was in the hole in the yard. I loved how Melissa helped with cases even though she was 13, she was more like the maturity of a much older teen. Since I hadn’t read any of the other books, I really had no idea what Josh was like before he started helping out with this case, but apparently he was never interested, so it was pretty cool that Paul thought he would make a good operative, lol. I had definitely not guessed how the man had been killed, what a twist! I thought that the detective in charge was as accommodating as she could be. I got a kick out of Paul going into her office and observing how she worked–along with picking up tidbits about the case. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do before another book ever comes out.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher via NetGalley, and my opinions are my own.

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Hummus and Homicide–review

This is the first book in the Kebab Kitchen series by Tina Kashian and also her first cozy mystery. I think she hit one right out of the park with this book! It has everything a cozy needs, including a happy ending but just enough uncertainty to keep readers coming back for the next book. I have already ordered the next two books. Stabbed in the Baklava is coming out at the end of August and One Feta in the Grave will be out in late February. Great job, Tina!

My Goodreads review:

Hummus and Homicide (Kebab Kitchen Mystery #1)Hummus and Homicide by Tina Kashian

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lucy Berberian had quit her job as a patent attorney in Philadelphia when she didn’t make partner. She came home to Ocean Crest, NJ and her parents’ Mediterranean restaurant, Kebab Kitchen and started filling in as a waitress while living with her best friend Katie and Katie’s husband, Bill, who happened to be on the police force. Of course, no trip home is ever complete without a run-in with a high school nemesis. Lucy and Heather Banks had an argument, then Heather showed up as the new health inspector who promptly found numerous things in violation. Imagine Lucy’s surprise when later, going out to the trash can, she found Heather’s dead body out back of the restaurant. Lucy just knew that the police would suspect her since she not only had been last to see her alive, she’d done the serving of her food and drink.

Katie, being the awesome best friend she was, wasn’t going to let Lucy sleuth alone, and the two of them set off to find out some very interesting things, one of which, the police didn’t even know. There was a good twist towards the end, so I won’t go into anything that happened, except everything worked out for the best and people were happy. Now I’m really anxious to see what comes next–good thing I’ve pre-ordered the next two books!

I loved this author’s first cozy mystery! I’m not sure what she wrote under her other name but this book was very well written, great plot and some fun and interesting, as well as likable, characters. When I can feel right at home with characters after only a few chapters, I know the author has done their job well. If you read the acknowledgements in the back and the author’s Amazon bio, you’ll see that Lucy’s life mirrors the author’s life somewhat. Great job, Tina Kashian, I can’t wait to visit Ocean Crest in the next book!

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