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Just when she thought she'd seen everything... Detective Lieutenant Anita McElone is one of Harbor Haven's finest. She's also a hard-boiled ghost skeptic. So when she shows up on the doorstep of Alison Kerby's Haunted Guesthouse to ask for supernatural help in solving the murder of her former partner, it's hard to tell which woman is more flabbergasted. But McElone is dead serious, so Alison promises to help in any way she can - even asking her resident ghosts, Paul and Maxie, for help with the case. As Paul's spirit source reveals some troubling information about the deceased detective, Alison wrestles with what to tell McElone. First, though, she has to find her... because the lieutenant has suddenly disappeared.

©2014 Jeffrey Cohen (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • Paige Matthews
  • 27-12-2014

Wish there were more in the series!

What made the experience of listening to Inspector Specter the most enjoyable?

The narrator. She is absolutely fantastic.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters of Paul and Maxie.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was at the end when Lt. McElone showed gratitude to the main character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

All of these books in the series are excellent.

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  • Reading Addict
  • 06-03-2019

Fun Little Mystery with Ghosts

The story revolves around a B&B that has two resident ghosts. This are not dangerous/vicious ghosts but do have unique personalities. One ghost is an ex-private eye who pesters the owner of the B&B to assist him in his sleuthing. The beginning third of the story is a bit slow but gets moving quickly as the story develops. Its a cute story.

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  • Rene Bellis
  • 23-01-2015

Hilariously entertaining!

What made the experience of listening to Inspector Specter the most enjoyable?

It was great to finally see Anita involved in a paranormal situation.

What did you like best about this story?

That Anita and Allison became closer afterward.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have listened to them all and I have a hard time choosing a favorite. I'm waiting for more!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I really enjoyed it, all the more because I've listened to the rest and feel "at home" with the characters. It's kind of a comforting feeling.

Any additional comments?

I'd highly recommend anyone who likes a haunting story, but more on the "light" side, to listen to these books.

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  • Beatrice
  • 27-05-2015

I love this series

The books in this series are so good that I am sad when I come to the end. The characters are well developed and funny. Their are enough personality quirks that make the characters come and alive. and seem real. The plot is rich with many twists and turns so it never becomes stagnant. This is one of my favorite series and I can't wait until the next book is available.

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  • Marcus
  • 02-01-2015

The series is getting very formulaic

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's a decent listen to pass the time, but there's nothing really earth-shattering here.

Would you be willing to try another book from E.J. Copperman? Why or why not?

Yes. I like the series, and it seems to be progressing toward something very interesting, but it's doing so slowly with a lot of the mundane and annoying as filler.

What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

Amanda is the perfect voice for Allisen. She has the exasperated and snarky tone down perfectly. Unfortunately, she can also come across a bit whiny as well.

Any additional comments?

We get a few peeks into more of the dynamics of the ghost world in this book, and Paul seems to be progressing along nicely.

Unfortunately, outside of that we have the typical formula. A case is reluctantly taken on by our "heroin", she stumbles through it, and constantly missing obvious clues to her case and to the side story that is going on. The author is also very lazy in how she allows this to drag on as well ("I was about to make the phone call that would end all this silly, drawn-out drama, but oh something else came up... for the third time), which makes it even more frustrating.

I wish Allisen were a smarter, less annoying character, but I do love the supernatural aspect of the series.

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  • Heather
  • 26-12-2014

Great book

loved it! great twists. kept me listening. look forward to more! keep them coming E.J.

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  • Ellen
  • 02-06-2015

Clever and Amusing

I thought the story cleverly done. Light hearted mystery. Reader seemed to fit the character well.

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  • CHRISTINE
  • 20-05-2015

Excellent

I love this book. I have listened to all The Haunted Guest House stories one after the other and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I laughed out loud on many occasions.
The narration was so good, I was sad when I got to the end. Amanda Ronconi is a joy to listen to.

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  • Hellen
  • 21-03-2021

Mobsters and detectives oh my!

I adore McElone, and I like how she totally seems like she’s super annoyed by Allison, but I don’t think that’s really the case. Olly, sorry Oliver, is adorable and I’m glad the Geannie is more herself after taking a vacay. The story was fun, and I knew all along what Maxie’s surprise would be, I just didn’t know who. Ronconi does amazingly as usual.

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  • Sandra R. Merrill
  • 14-03-2021

Another funny addition to the series.

Talking to ghosts can get you into a lot of trouble and strange situations. Allison and her live in ghosts, get into all sorts of situations, with both the living and not living.
Ghosts and the living can make a funny group, especially when detecting together.
That’s how it goes at the Haunted Guest House.
The series is great and I always enjoy Amanda Ronconi’s narration.

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  • EGM
  • 29-05-2019

Another lovely installment

As entertaining and comforting as previous novels in the saga, McElone's plunge into the ghost world is hilarious, and all the other characters we know and love are in top form too.

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  • bettyandjohn
  • 09-03-2015

A truly good read, light humorous and fun.

If you could sum up Inspector Specter in three words, what would they be?

fun, witty, enjoyable

Who was your favorite character and why?

very much the mother, she was just a loveable character.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

again, I find this question so difficult because the story, was so enjoyable and just a pleasure to read.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes in places I certainly laughed, but did not really cry.

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A great read, try investigating the work also of Chris Fieldwater, he has written some great works, and I understand not everyone would enjoy his work, but in my eyes most enjoyable, much like Km woods as well and John Ringo,

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  • Mer Supergirl
  • 11-08-2017

Great cozy mystery as usual!

I love this series! great humour and interesting mystery going on all read with great charisma

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  • Mrs. K. I. Richards
  • 19-07-2016

another good story.

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love this series.
another well written story from e j Cooperman and performed by Amanda ronconi.
easy listening with a nice ending.
looking forward to the next one.


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  • Jenni
  • 27-10-2015

Another brilliant story with a ghostly touch.

I have found these stories easy listening and entertaining. I am glad I found them.

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  • S. Phipps
  • 23-07-2015

Good story nothing taxing

Would you listen to Inspector Specter again? Why?

I would listen again (I do with most of audible purchases) Good characters and a great story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Inspector Specter?

Macelone, giving up makes lap top

Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favourite?

Maxine definately

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