Unfinished Business… an Angela Panther Novel

Unfinished Business  by  Carolyn Ridder Aspenson  description:

When Angela Panther’s mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother’s got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother’s body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she’s the one that’s nuttier than a fruitcake?

But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home—crazy or not—Angela’s grateful for her mother’s presence.

It’s the other ghosts Angela can do without.

Seems Fran’s return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead.

unfinishedBOOK 1: Unfinished Business   3 STARS

This was a rather humorous novel. Fran, Angela’s mom, is actually the best part with how she’s treating being a part of the afterlife, and trying to help out Angela with all that’s going on. However, this story is told from Angela’s point of view and I think that might have been a mistake on the part of the author. It definitely didn’t add anything to the story, and might have actually hurt the plot being caught up with her constantly thinking not too flattering thoughts about her kids, and some kind of off-putting thoughts about her husband. I mean you would almost hope a book like this would be romantic and maybe a bit sexxy, but her talks of sex (which was plenty) was not enticing at all even when she seemed happy about it. While this story did perhaps approach the idea of a woman suddenly being able to see and help ghost in a rather realistic way, it also made it sort of drag at times. Because it would get sidetracked on her everyday activities that made it hard to figure out where this novel was trying to take us.  And there are plenty of little events that may be funny, sad, or intense, but not to the degree that keeps you turning pages in the middle of the night. And of all the wacked out things I’ve read I never would’ve expected to feel that uncomfortable about 2 women discussing food-gasms. Not that it’s just so unheard of, but to the amount of times it was brought up and discussed at length it was kind of disturbing, like a joke that’s been way over told that wasn’t even funny the first time. And that was perhaps the problem with this book, though it does have its’ good points that made it fun, too much of it felt repetitive and a bit childish for a mom of 2 who just lost her mom and is suddenly seeing ghost. I also must say this book needed to be edited better, especially when it came to quotations mark placement, and no one says a person’s name that many times in a conversation with that person.

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