Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Night of the Living Deed: Book Review and Giveaway

Night of the Living Deed
By E.J. Copperman

Berkley Publishing, Copyright 2010
336 pages, ISBN 978-0425235232

Rob's Rating: 4/5

Reading Challenge: 2010 Cozy Mystery Challenge

Quote From Book: "It's disconcerting to date a man more interested in your house's architecture than your own."

Rob's Review if the AP Comes Calling:

Here's a new mystery series from the Jersey Shore featuring ghosts, a fixer-upper and guest house in the making. This well crafted cozy delivers a hauntingly good time. It won't haunt you late at night but will leave a smile on your face with its strong characters and memorable lines. If Hollywood is listening this story would be a fun sitcom; in the style of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir from the 1960's.

Rumor has it that author E.J. Copperman may be a ghost himself and channeled through acclaimed mystery writer (the very alive) Jeffrey Cohen.

My Synopsis:

Private Investigator Paul Harrison and his client Maxie Malone have two things in common; they are dead and not happy haunting Maxie's 100 year old home at 123 Seafront. 

The authorities listed their deaths as suicide but they know it was murder. How do two ghosts, with endless time on their hands, launch an investigation? Paul has the know-how but needs someone with a pulse to help.

When new owner Alison Kerby arrives, and she's able to see our two ghosts, their luck may be changing. Alison only wants to fix up Maxie's former home and reopen it as a guest house. A murder investigation is the least of her concern until she starts getting death threats too.

There are secrets about 123 Seafront that have murderous consequences. Will Alison live to perform more good deeds or will she join the ghostly duo of Paul and Maxie? Either way this trio is on a roll and I see more haunted mysteries in their future.
Giveaway: Win a New Copy of The Night of the Living Deed

Leave a comment on this post by midnight, June 18, and you're automatically entered. Winner will be selected by random draw. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you.

I'll accept entries from outside the USA/Canada if you have a book blog.

This giveaway is for a new paperback copy which will be sent from Barnes and Noble at my expense.

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FTC Advisory

The author had a contest for an autographed Advanced Reader's Copy. All I had to do was count the birds on the cover. I came the closest and won.


  1. Sounds like another great recommendation from you. Will have to add it to my wish list. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks Rob.

  2. Sounds like a great read count me in on the giveaway. Brenda

  3. Hello, thanks for stopping by courtesy of Book Blogger Hop!
    I envy you living near the beach, I loved the sound of the ocean!

  4. Saw you comment on another book blogs post and decided to come for a visit!

    Wow!! You are a book reviewer AND a coffee roaster PLUS you live in Hawaii!!!!!! My husband would LOVE to roast beans! He has become quite the coffee snob LOL
    I'm so J.E.A.L.O.U.S.!!!

    What a blessed life :)

    Joined to follow and look forward to reading your reviews.

    Happy Reading

  5. Hi Rob, thanks for stopping by for a visit. Yes! I am from Hawaii, I grew up in Aina Koa in Waialae Kahala area and we still have a home there. I've been living in San Diego since 2000 and though I enjoy it, I do find myself missing home more and more.

    You have a great blog and I'm going to start following. Night of the Living Deed sounds like a fun read and I'm excited to enter the contest!

    Have a fun weekend.

    Aloha, Bonnie

  6. Aloha Rob!

    I posted this for you on

    No need to enter me!

  7. Great review, this sounds like a very intriguing book. Please count me in.

    Thoughts in Progress

  8. Stopping by on the blog hop. My hop is here:

    Hope you're having a great blog hop weekend.


  9. Hello, I stopped by on the blog hop and became a follower. I look forward to reading your posts.

  10. Sounds like a fun read. Count me in!



  11. Looks like a good read! Please sign me up :)


  12. If this is like the movie The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, it's got to be a fun read. I love that movie!


  13. I'd love to enter your contest! Thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  14. Hi, I'm Koey from Malaysia. I'd like to read this book. I have a book blog here:

    My e-mail is >>
    the.bookaholics at hotmail dot com

  15. I'm always looking for new authors to read, sounds good!

  16. I've been thinking about this book and would really love to read it. Thanks for your kind offer.


  17. This book sounds interesting. Count me in the giveaway. juliecookies(at)

  18. Hi! First time on your blog. found it through the hop. I am actually starting a new book club and would love to have you join us if you can at Have a great Sunday!

  19. This book is one I've been wanting to read! Thanks for the chance to win! Great giveaway!

  20. I like the cover of this book. It's the birds circling above the house - not a detail I've seen on other haunted-house covers. Thanks for the giveaway!


    mdperera at hotmail dot com

  21. This sounds like a great story. Would love to read it. Count me in, please! :0)

    librarygrinch at gmail dot com

  22. Sounds like an interesting book. I'd love to enter!

    i am also your newest follower:)

  23. I love mystery, and this one sounds really good. I would really enjoy reading it. Please enter me. Thanks!

  24. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy! Please enter me. Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  25. **CONTEST IS CLOSED** but comments are still welcome.

    My thanks to everyone for making this a fun event. I just posted the winners. That's right, I'm giving away two books.

    RandomORG picked commenter 1 and 15: Heather and Tetewa.

    Congrats to both!

    Aloha from Rob


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