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Alison Kerby's guesthouse is haunted all year round. Surviving the dead of winter, though? That's a spooky proposition. Even with a blizzard bearing down on New Jersey, Alison can count on at least two guests-Paul and Maxie, the stubborn ghosts who share her shore town inn. Then there's her widowed mother, who hasn't just been seeing ghosts, she's been secretly dating one: Alison's father. But when he stands her up three times in a row, something's wrong. Is he a lost soul…or a missing apparition? Their only lead is an overdramatic spirit-stage name Lawrence Laurentz-who doesn't take direction well and won't talk until they find his killer. Alison will reluctantly play the part of PI, but when the clues take a sinister turn, the writing is on the wall: If Alison can't keep a level head, this will be her father's final act-and maybe her own.
E.J. Copperman is the pseudonym for an award-nominated mystery author and freelance writer who has written for The New York Times, Hollywood Scriptwriter, Writer's Digest, Entertainment Weekly and many other publications. A native New Jerseyan, Copperman has written for the screen and online, in addition to the journalism that pays the bills.