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Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure wants her resident sleuth-ghost, Jack, to stop haunting her customers. But when a pretty author is murdered, Jack can't rest in peace. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure wants her resident sleuth-ghost, Jack, to stop haunting her customers. But when a pretty author is murdered, Jack can't rest in peace.


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Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure wants her resident sleuth-ghost, Jack, to stop haunting her customers. But when a pretty author is murdered, Jack can't rest in peace. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure wants her resident sleuth-ghost, Jack, to stop haunting her customers. But when a pretty author is murdered, Jack can't rest in peace.

30 review for The Ghost and the Dead Deb (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Another cute, fun installment. I still find myself wanting Penelope to actually work on solving Jack's mystery, instead of using him to help her with all of her current quandaries. It feels very selfish. I liked the peek into the life of the rich and fabulous that this book gave. Another cute, fun installment. I still find myself wanting Penelope to actually work on solving Jack's mystery, instead of using him to help her with all of her current quandaries. It feels very selfish. I liked the peek into the life of the rich and fabulous that this book gave.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I really enjoyed this book. It's the second book in the series but the first one that I've read. It was easy to catch on to and I enjoyed the concept of the ghost and loved his 40's talk. I hope to read more in the series. #readforkimberly I really enjoyed this book. It's the second book in the series but the first one that I've read. It was easy to catch on to and I enjoyed the concept of the ghost and loved his 40's talk. I hope to read more in the series. #readforkimberly

  3. 5 out of 5

    C.

    Books differ from stories on film. A burst of curiosity accompanies our first visual glimpses. The novelty makes it difficult for a sequel to recapture that lustre. An author explains people, premise, setting, sentence by sentence. It is a while before they can turn to the main point of a first volume, with that job to do. Never fear, if your fascination with Penelope McClure & Jack Sheppard was gradual. "The Ghost And The Dead Deb" leaps into a cast of culprits. Remarkable in a second volume, ch Books differ from stories on film. A burst of curiosity accompanies our first visual glimpses. The novelty makes it difficult for a sequel to recapture that lustre. An author explains people, premise, setting, sentence by sentence. It is a while before they can turn to the main point of a first volume, with that job to do. Never fear, if your fascination with Penelope McClure & Jack Sheppard was gradual. "The Ghost And The Dead Deb" leaps into a cast of culprits. Remarkable in a second volume, character development is noticeable and satisfying. The mystery is exceptionally good and affects members of their town. Not sticking to the bookstore this time, events occur close enough to check. The height of fascination, even if this plot weren't well-layered, is that Jack teaches us very clearly how to solve it. If you didn't find enough etherealness woven into the first, this novel has Penelope gaining confidence via guided dreams much more. She and Jack study similar case files in a way that very much enables one-on-one experience. These suspenseful sequences turn the tone to historical fiction. The vibe exudes a black & white movie, sirens, and gritty streets. Mystery fans would find the step by step instruction compelling, as we urge on Penelope's success. Her son and aunt are sparse, which suits me. We focus on the bookstore very little. I've adamant a mystery and the paranormal should take precedence in such a novel and they do. Penelope co-owns the establishment and has help, therefore the heroine marches out to settle the issues that are the reason we turn those pages! Also special is the epistolary tone created by exploring Jack’s case files, which are now in her custody courtesy of a former character. We acquaint Jack exceptionally well along the way.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Krystn

    holy crap, boring. I felt compelled to finish it because I had read and liked the first book in the series. Took me two months to finally get this off my bedside table.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Candace Davidson

    My favorite part about reading these books is going back in the fourties with Jack Shepard. He makes me want to continue to finish the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia

    The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberley is the 2nd book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. Shortly after an appearance and promotion of her true crime book at Buy the Book, author Angel Stark is murdered and bookshop owner Penelope Thornton McClure together with her resident P.I. ghost Jack Shepherd investigate. An enjoyable mystery with interesting characters. I liked reading about Jack's old cases and how he uses them to help train Pen. The Quibblers make a fun team and their assist The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberley is the 2nd book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. Shortly after an appearance and promotion of her true crime book at Buy the Book, author Angel Stark is murdered and bookshop owner Penelope Thornton McClure together with her resident P.I. ghost Jack Shepherd investigate. An enjoyable mystery with interesting characters. I liked reading about Jack's old cases and how he uses them to help train Pen. The Quibblers make a fun team and their assistance is entertaining. A nice and engaging mystery.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bev

    Penelope Thornton-McClure, co-owener of the Buy the Book bookstore, has a ghost. Not just any ghost. Hers is a P.I. by the name of Jack Shepard who was murdered on the spot nearly fifty years ago. In The Ghost & the Dead Deb, the second in Alice Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop series, the Buy the Book bookstore is hosting an author reading and book-signing with Angel Stark. Angel has just written a true crime novel about a recent unsolved mystery among the young and upper-class. When Angel starts ta Penelope Thornton-McClure, co-owener of the Buy the Book bookstore, has a ghost. Not just any ghost. Hers is a P.I. by the name of Jack Shepard who was murdered on the spot nearly fifty years ago. In The Ghost & the Dead Deb, the second in Alice Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop series, the Buy the Book bookstore is hosting an author reading and book-signing with Angel Stark. Angel has just written a true crime novel about a recent unsolved mystery among the young and upper-class. When Angel starts taking questions after the reading, it becomes clear that not everyone in the audience is a fan. There is a particularly nasty confrontation with a young woman who claims the book is full of lies. And who knew there'd be so many connections to "cornpone" Quindicott, Rhode Island? But when Angel is killed and the sister of the "Dead Deb" featured in the book's murder case disappears, Penelope finds more connections than she is comfortable with--including a forgotten cousin in her deceased husband's family. Penelope and Jack are soon on the case looking to see if someone wanted to keep Angel from discovering the real killer of the Dead Deb or if there is another motive hidden the quiet Rhode Island town. Observations: --The initial attraction of the book was its interesting hook: the relationship between the ghostly Private Eye Jack Shepard and the amateur detective and bookstore owner Penelope Thornton-McClure (on purely the detective-duo portion of the relationship--see comments on "romance" below). It was also its weakness. After all, Jack was supposedly firmly attached to the bookstore, the site of his own murder. That idea was apparently sold in the first novel and continued to be to mode of operation through about half of this one. Then...I guess Kimberly figured out that there wasn't much scope for a detective partnership that couldn't roam far from the bookstore and we discover that Jack has some supernatural connection to a buffalo nickel and if Penelope carries that about with her she can also take Jack along for the ride. Mmmmkay. Way to dream up something to get yourself out of the corner you painted yourself into...instant magic carpet. --The "romance" which seems to be hinted at between Jack and Penelope is just plain weird. He's dead. It has no future unless all she wants is a mental/emotional turn-on. --Quite honestly, I was much more interested in Jack and what happened in the forties. I think I'd rather that Alice Kimberly wrote about his earthly life as a P.I. than his after-life. --If Penelope really pauses to have the internal dialogues with Jack while others are around as often and for as long as some of the conversations seem to last, why aren't her friends, neighbors, and/or customers noticing that she seems to be zoning out and wondering if she's okay? I mean, seriously. My husband occasionally has a tendency to go into "daydream mode" while I'm talking to him--some word or phrase or whatever will trigger a memory or another thought and he glazes over. It doesn't take me long to notice and say "Hey!" You can't tell me that those closest to her don't notice that Penelope is no longer in the real-life conversation. Final Analysis: Really had potential. Jack is an interesting character that I wish were featured in his own book about his own investigations. Except for the hints of romantic interest, I do like the exchanges between Jack and Penelope. It would be nice if they could just operate as friends and co-investigators and leave out the romantic tone. The mystery plot is so-so. I prefer it when all of the clues are readily available and the reader has a fair chance of figuring things out for themselves. ★★ and a half. (rounded to 3 here) First posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  8. 5 out of 5

    JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)

    When young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure moved her son and her life to a small town in Rhode Island, she knew things were going to be different. She just didn't realize how different, until the ghost of a 1940's gumshoe named Jack Shepard entered her life. Now Jack has helped Penelope realize that she's stronger than she thought and can face things she never thought possible - including the onslaught of her wealthy in-laws, who have been doing their best to run roughshod over her for years, an When young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure moved her son and her life to a small town in Rhode Island, she knew things were going to be different. She just didn't realize how different, until the ghost of a 1940's gumshoe named Jack Shepard entered her life. Now Jack has helped Penelope realize that she's stronger than she thought and can face things she never thought possible - including the onslaught of her wealthy in-laws, who have been doing their best to run roughshod over her for years, and she's finding a new world opening up... When a young author named Angel Stark arrives at Pen's bookstore for a promotion on her new book, Pen doesn't expect things to get heated. But she should have, considering the book is about a dead debutante named Bethany Banks whose murder is still unsolved. When Angel is attacked outside the store and local boy Johnny Napp arrives to help, Pen doesn't realize that when Johnny leaves with Angel it will unleash a slew of events that will bring Bethany's last night on earth back to the forefront; and that there's more story yet to be told, and Johnny might not only be who he says he is, but have a decidedly bigger role in it. But when Angel disappears, along with Bethany's sister Victoria, the past comes back to haunt everyone involved, and Pen may need Jack's help more than she thinks in order to keep an innocent man from being wrongfully put away forever... When Angel's book comes out there's obviously people who don't like it; namely, those that are participants in the story. All of them are from wealthy backgrounds and thus far have been able to protect themselves from the notoriety of murder. Yet the book promises to lay bare the details of the gruesome night Bethany was found strangled, and someone is obviously guilty. But when Angel herself first has run-ins with several people - the dead girl's sister, for one - and then is later found murdered in a similar manner, it's obvious someone wanted to make sure this was her first and last book. But since Johnny is the main suspect, Pen feels that she needs to find the truth, because he's been dating her clerk Mina she thinks someone has it all wrong. So she enlists Jack to help her seek the real killer since it seems the police are focusing only on one person. This is the second book in the Haunted Bookshop series, and I can honestly say that I loved it just as much as the first. Penelope is beginning to accept Jack's presence in her life, and even depend on him when the need arises. She's also becoming a stronger, more resilient person, and I really like that. I also love the dream sequences where Penelope is able to travel backward in time to Jack's world; it's always for a purpose - to help her figure out things in her own world. I'm not going to lie; I really love that period of time, being a huge classic film buff myself, and any time I find a book that can pull me into it, I'm loving every second of it. This series is able to do just that, and I relish it. When the ending comes and the murderer is revealed, it's more a sense of justice that is felt than any evildoing on the part of the murderer, and that's fine by me. The writing is taut, the words flow, the story is well-told and I marvel at the fact that the author(s) can take us to the past so easily and make it believable. My only hope would be that when this series does make its final episode that somehow, those 'higher ups' as it were, would find that Jack is worthy of being given a second chance in life. After all, miracles happen every day if you just look around, and this would be no different. Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    Exactly what I was hoping for--more mystery, less world-building. I liked this one even better than the first one.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Second in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series involving a private dick murdered in 1949 whose ghost now haunts Buy the Book in Quindicott, Rhode Island. The Story It's been a year since Timothy Brennan was murdered and another controversial author is making an appearance at Buy the Book. A tell-all, Angel is building on her first book on addictions and poor choices amongst the smart set and "revealing" the "truth" behind the murder of Bethany Banks. Only, we learn that the "tell-all" tells very lit Second in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series involving a private dick murdered in 1949 whose ghost now haunts Buy the Book in Quindicott, Rhode Island. The Story It's been a year since Timothy Brennan was murdered and another controversial author is making an appearance at Buy the Book. A tell-all, Angel is building on her first book on addictions and poor choices amongst the smart set and "revealing" the "truth" behind the murder of Bethany Banks. Only, we learn that the "tell-all" tells very little that is truth as two more victims are murdered and the lawyer-built wall protecting the elite of Bar Harbor falls in a cloud of dust. And Jack is teaching Pen the tricks of the investigating trade using his dreams and an old case file of his. The Characters Aunt Sadie is the original owner for the bookstore. When Pen found out that Aunt Sadie would have to shut down, she invested everything she had and the two have become partners. Spencer is Penelope's young son. Jack Shepherd is the private investigator murdered in Buy the Book back in 1949. His ghost continues to haunt the shop and Pen is determined to figure out why one of these days. Bud Napp owns the local hardware store and he's giving his nephew, Jimmy Napp, a.k.a., Giovanni Napoli, a helping hand. Some interesting mysteries surround these two..! Angel is the author using Bethany Banks' murder to stir up trouble for fellow socialites Victoria Banks, Kiki Laydon, Donald Eastlake, and Hal McConnell. Fiona Finch is one of the owners of the local hotel. Sparrow Tarnish is mailman, ice cream man, and Quindicott's local celebrity while Eddie Frazetti is a local cop who both worries about Pen and mistrusts her. Chief Ciders is the town's top cop. My Take As much as I enjoy Jack's interest in Penelope, I think Kimberly is moving too fast. It would be so much more enticing if Kimberly drew it out. I love that Jack is helping Pen find her spine. She stood up very well to the McClures at the reunion—certainly knocked Ashley back on her ass! And the language! Oh man, Kimberly is incredible with her mastery of 1940s slang! I almost feel as if Nick and Nora Charles will show up with some of their gangster friends. The Cover I suspect the floating fedora will be a constant in all the Haunted Bookshop covers. In this story, the fedora is floating down or in front of a grand, curving staircase—certainly suitable for The Ghost and the Deb. A title that applies equally to both cases in this story as Jack's teaching case also involved a deb wanting to put the arm on "family" just as Bethany's killer gleefully hurts "family".

  11. 5 out of 5

    bella

    Penelope Thornton-McClure, co-owner of Buy the Book, is back in action in her second adventure with her ghost sidekick, PI Jack Shepard. Penelope has arranged a book signing for a controversial new tell-all that Angel Stark has written surrounding the murder of her friend and rich debutante, Bethany Banks. However writing a tellall has it's risks and it seems someone is angry that Angel has told her version of the story. Riots ensue at the reading and Angel is almost run over. It turns out someo Penelope Thornton-McClure, co-owner of Buy the Book, is back in action in her second adventure with her ghost sidekick, PI Jack Shepard. Penelope has arranged a book signing for a controversial new tell-all that Angel Stark has written surrounding the murder of her friend and rich debutante, Bethany Banks. However writing a tellall has it's risks and it seems someone is angry that Angel has told her version of the story. Riots ensue at the reading and Angel is almost run over. It turns out someone is really angry at Angel as she is found strangled the next day. With help from Jack, Penelope tries to solve not just Angel's murder, but Bethany's as well. This is only the second book I've read in this paranormal cozy mystery series but it is fast becoming a favorite. I love the cozy mystery meets 1940's PI detective feel of the story. Penelope and Jack are such standout characters, that have a great chemistry together, both as friends and maybe more. A love story with a ghost? Well not yet, but who knows for the future! One of my favorite parts of this book (and the first one in the series) is the way the author switches it between modern day and one of Jack's old cases, when he was alive. Somehow the case is linked (either by persons or same circumstances) to the murder that Penelope is trying to solve and I really like the way the author does this seemlessly. It doesn't hurt that I love my vintage mysteries so I love the 1940's feel of a time when Jack was still alive. This murder was very much a case of low-middle class being set up by the rich and famous and was a tough one to solve. At the end of the mystery, I felt that satisfied sigh of a good story told, and I can't wait to read more. I'm particularly looking forward to finding out of Jack's back story in future books. If you like your mysteries with a paranormal ghostly feel I recommend picking this series up and starting with The Ghost and Mrs McClure.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    You have an author, a book that well, is not a hit with everyone, especially concerning the people in the book. And from there, Pen finds there's more to this than she and Jack thought. Especially if it brings a certain familiar someone that made me think, wait really? I find that a bit of a coincidence. A big on at that now that I think about it. I was going to give this a 4.5 but thought, I did like this one, a lot. Well, I just keep breezing through these books. Might as well get the rest of t You have an author, a book that well, is not a hit with everyone, especially concerning the people in the book. And from there, Pen finds there's more to this than she and Jack thought. Especially if it brings a certain familiar someone that made me think, wait really? I find that a bit of a coincidence. A big on at that now that I think about it. I was going to give this a 4.5 but thought, I did like this one, a lot. Well, I just keep breezing through these books. Might as well get the rest of the books in the series then. These are quick reads. The writing was even better in this. Of course I stayed up wanting to finish this. And the suspense was even better in this one. Especially when you have Jack's past cases somehow relevant to Pen's present day case. I liked the back and fourth with the two as they try to go over what they have so far and who the suspects are, etc. All the while, Pen becoming a PI like Jack in a way. Those two do make a good team. And a maybe perhaps potential couple? Maybe?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Second in the Haunted Bookshop series, featuring book store co-owner Penelope Thornton-McClure - a widow with a young son - and PI Jack Shepard - her shop's resident ghost. Hot young author Angel Stark offers a reading from her true crime book, an unsolved mystery about a debutante friend strangled to death at a party. Shortly after maliciously pointing her finger at a number of others in their high society circle, and a confrontation with the dead woman's sister, the author is found dead - stra Second in the Haunted Bookshop series, featuring book store co-owner Penelope Thornton-McClure - a widow with a young son - and PI Jack Shepard - her shop's resident ghost. Hot young author Angel Stark offers a reading from her true crime book, an unsolved mystery about a debutante friend strangled to death at a party. Shortly after maliciously pointing her finger at a number of others in their high society circle, and a confrontation with the dead woman's sister, the author is found dead - strangled in the same way as her friend. With Jack's coaching, Penelope sets out to find the truth and protect a young man who is the prime suspect. A quick read, adequate entertainment.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I liked the first book in this series enough to give book 2 a try hoping it would get better. Unfortunately, it went the other way and I did not finish this. I was bored by the pace of this story. Neither the present day mystery, nor the 40s one the ghost detective worked on back when he was alive that we hear about held my interest at all. There was also a lot of emotional stuff the characters were dealing with that was of no interest to me at all. There was just nothing here for me at all. Fortun I liked the first book in this series enough to give book 2 a try hoping it would get better. Unfortunately, it went the other way and I did not finish this. I was bored by the pace of this story. Neither the present day mystery, nor the 40s one the ghost detective worked on back when he was alive that we hear about held my interest at all. There was also a lot of emotional stuff the characters were dealing with that was of no interest to me at all. There was just nothing here for me at all. Fortunately I got the audiobook from the library and that's where it will be going back to.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Bryant

    Second book in The Haunted Bookshop series. This one wasn't bad, but I enjoyed the first one more. There's a slight hint of an attraction between Penelope and Jack, but seriously, where can it go? He's dead! As with the first book, I enjoy the banter between Penelope and Jack and his vernacular is quite entertaining. The author does a good job of making Jack believable with his vocabulary. I have the next two books in this series and am looking forward to reading them. Second book in The Haunted Bookshop series. This one wasn't bad, but I enjoyed the first one more. There's a slight hint of an attraction between Penelope and Jack, but seriously, where can it go? He's dead! As with the first book, I enjoy the banter between Penelope and Jack and his vernacular is quite entertaining. The author does a good job of making Jack believable with his vocabulary. I have the next two books in this series and am looking forward to reading them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    It took me a while to get into this one, but it had a good ending. I was glad to see a slight backing off of the hard boiled slang and a twist on how to involve the ghost was nice. Jessica Fletcher syndrome is going to effect this series unless it was/is a limited one. What really set me off is the fact that the author cannot keep her own details straight. In book one, Spencer had copper curls, but in this book, he had tow headed bangs. I wonder, will he be raven haired in the next one?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    Penelope gets caught up in murder again, this time when an author who was reading at her bookstore is killed at the Inn where she was staying. She, along with Jack are on the hunt for the killer. When another young lady who attended the book reading disappears the stakes are higher and Pen feels more pressure to help solve the mystery. This is a fun series and I can't wait to read the next one, which is hiding somewhere in my towering TBR pile. Penelope gets caught up in murder again, this time when an author who was reading at her bookstore is killed at the Inn where she was staying. She, along with Jack are on the hunt for the killer. When another young lady who attended the book reading disappears the stakes are higher and Pen feels more pressure to help solve the mystery. This is a fun series and I can't wait to read the next one, which is hiding somewhere in my towering TBR pile.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    This is such a good series! I love Jack the ghost.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Another good installment in this series. Lots of twists in this one with a surprise ending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    Another cute mystery. A little bit more action than the first.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ken Finlay

    Penelope Thornton-McClure shares her bookshop with her mother, son, and the ghost of dead P.I., Jack Shepherd – he's bound to the building where he met his end five decades before. Which, of course, is a problem as he can only witness things that occur in the shop - it's a handy thing that Penelope discovers a solution so that he can be with her all wherever she goes. Which is a bad thing in one way, Jack's dialogue is garbled almost beyond recognition: “There's a Chinese angle on these Houdini Ac Penelope Thornton-McClure shares her bookshop with her mother, son, and the ghost of dead P.I., Jack Shepherd – he's bound to the building where he met his end five decades before. Which, of course, is a problem as he can only witness things that occur in the shop - it's a handy thing that Penelope discovers a solution so that he can be with her all wherever she goes. Which is a bad thing in one way, Jack's dialogue is garbled almost beyond recognition: “There's a Chinese angle on these Houdini Acts, that's for square.” : “find out what the old geezer is bumping ivory about.” : “But keep things clammed until the pipes man Auntie is jawing with spits out more facts.” : “our loose-limbed Angel is pitching woo in some hot-sheets love-nest.” It gets annoying after a while though I am sure the author had a lot of fun writing it. As in the first in the series reference is made to solving Jack's murder, but little or nothing happens. Yet another author meets the Grim Reaper after giving a reading at “Buy the Book” - a shop that must be appearing top of the list of places not to give readings. The death of true-crime author of “The Dead Deb”, Angel Stark, brings Penelope into unwanted contact with the McClure family, her dead-by-his-own-hand husband was one of them. Many of the people who were on hand when the Dead Deb was murdered are in town, mostly for the reading. And the sister of the Dead Deb has also disappeared in very suspicious circumstances. It's an ok mystery but there is not a lot of suspense or drama. A good read for a sunny day, but not one to remember for very long. 2.5 Stars rounded up because I finished it just after getting my second Covid vaccination and was in high good humour.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sandie Herron

    While I enjoyed this second entry in the haunted bookshop mystery series, I found several things challenging. We are again visiting Buy the Book in Rhode Island owned by Penelope Thornton-McClure and her Aunt Rose. It’s been a year since they hosted their first signing, and they are hosting a controversial author of a true crime book who was friends with the victim of the murder about which she writes. This was where my confusion began. Each member of the “high society” group to which the author While I enjoyed this second entry in the haunted bookshop mystery series, I found several things challenging. We are again visiting Buy the Book in Rhode Island owned by Penelope Thornton-McClure and her Aunt Rose. It’s been a year since they hosted their first signing, and they are hosting a controversial author of a true crime book who was friends with the victim of the murder about which she writes. This was where my confusion began. Each member of the “high society” group to which the author and her friend belonged seemed to have a three-word name and a nickname. I quickly lost track of who was who. Even after listening to the first half of the book again, I was only slightly clearer. This book again had a dream sequence which started with Jack recounting a case and then Pen dreaming of herself in the story all night. I didn’t understand the connection between that case and the current one. It seemed as if Jack simply wanted Pen to dream of him in an intimate relationship. When Pen opened one of Jack’s physical file folders, a Buffalo nickel fell out. When she carried this in her pocket, Jack was with her, even if she left the bookstore where he’d been trapped for decades. A convenient device or clever plot twist? I did enjoy the return of many of the town residents who were in book one. I felt I knew them well enough from the first book to recall who they were and their occupations. The familiar settings also guided me to the discovery of a body and the identity of the murderer. Even with my confusion over the character names, I understood who was who by their place in the story. Sadly the ending was rather obvious and no surprise. This was a disappointment.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Phillips

    Penelope Thornton-McClure is a widowed mother of one who took her husband's life insurance and bought a half interest in a run down and failing bookshop owned by her aunt. She fixes the old place up and adds a community events room where among other things she plans to host author appearances. Unfortunately for Pen the first author who comes to her store drops dead right there on the stage and she is one of the chief suspects. Fortunately for Pen her bookshop is haunted by 1940s PI Jack Shepard Penelope Thornton-McClure is a widowed mother of one who took her husband's life insurance and bought a half interest in a run down and failing bookshop owned by her aunt. She fixes the old place up and adds a community events room where among other things she plans to host author appearances. Unfortunately for Pen the first author who comes to her store drops dead right there on the stage and she is one of the chief suspects. Fortunately for Pen her bookshop is haunted by 1940s PI Jack Shepard who was killed in that very building many years ago and with his help Pen clears her name. As with the first book in the series this one is very well written and the characters, while not being the wacky denizens often inhabiting the pages of this genre are still an interesting lot and are very believable. Pen has already learned a lot from Jack and is becoming quite the detective in her own right but she still leans on Jack when the times get tough. The elements of noir fiction that Jack brings to the story are also extremely enjoyable and somehow this author makes this blend work and work well. She even manages to throw in a little romance to liven up the plot at times. So far I have been very pleased with this series that I accidentally stumbled over one day and I look forward to reading the further adventures of the bookstore lady and the dead PI.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    The second book in this series didn't disappoint. It gets a little bogged down at times with world-building kinds of information about publishing, but overall it's a good read. The conceit of this mystery is again an author coming to town for a book tour, which I think works really well. The bookstore creates a good reason for high profile strangers to be rolling into this small town to be murdered so that the series isn't just constantly killing off townsfolk. The mystery in this story is super The second book in this series didn't disappoint. It gets a little bogged down at times with world-building kinds of information about publishing, but overall it's a good read. The conceit of this mystery is again an author coming to town for a book tour, which I think works really well. The bookstore creates a good reason for high profile strangers to be rolling into this small town to be murdered so that the series isn't just constantly killing off townsfolk. The mystery in this story is super mysterious and full of twists and turns. The ending was a huge surprise but still felt totally plausible. I also liked that people Penelope's rich family make cameo appearances, since that's one of the ongoing conflicts in this series that I find the most interesting. Her son gets a little more development in this book, and I think he's a likable character that works well in Pen's story without being too distracting from the mystery plots. A couple notes about the audiobook version that I'm listening to that I think is a bit unfortunate: I love that there are two readers, one for the main story and one who just reads the chapters from Jack's point of view. However, the female reader has one voice that she uses for every male character, so everyone in town except Spencer sounds exactly like the ghost of Jack Shepard, which can be momentarily confusing.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I enjoyed the first book of this series and decided to read a couple more. This one was very much like the first one, except that there are two stories involved - One of Jack's cases from the 1940s and the current murder connected to Penelope's bookstore. A woman invited to read some of her book at the bookstore is verbally attacked during the Q&A session afterwards, possibly physically attacked in the street afterwards, and then disappears. She has apparently gone off with the boyfriend of Mina I enjoyed the first book of this series and decided to read a couple more. This one was very much like the first one, except that there are two stories involved - One of Jack's cases from the 1940s and the current murder connected to Penelope's bookstore. A woman invited to read some of her book at the bookstore is verbally attacked during the Q&A session afterwards, possibly physically attacked in the street afterwards, and then disappears. She has apparently gone off with the boyfriend of Mina, Penelope's part-time help at the store. When her body is found, the boyfriend is the likeliest suspect, but Pen refuses to believe it. A couple more disappearances complicate the situation. It was a little awkward bouncing back and forth between the past (presented to Pen as dreams by the ghost) and the present, but it also made a certain amount of sense.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Penelope has another author in her store and guess what? She ends up dead, only this time not in the store. Penelope decides, along with Jack, that she needs to solve the murder so none of her friends are railroaded like she almost was last book. So she starts sleuthing again and getting in trouble. I like Penelope and Jack. There are some twists in her relationship with Jack that I really liked. He is training her and she is getting to understand his 1940's lingo. I like how Jack pushes Penelope Penelope has another author in her store and guess what? She ends up dead, only this time not in the store. Penelope decides, along with Jack, that she needs to solve the murder so none of her friends are railroaded like she almost was last book. So she starts sleuthing again and getting in trouble. I like Penelope and Jack. There are some twists in her relationship with Jack that I really liked. He is training her and she is getting to understand his 1940's lingo. I like how Jack pushes Penelope, not only with the sleuthing but also with loosening up with her son. I like the townspeople that Penelope has gathered around her. I also am enjoying some of the romances that are in the beginning stages. Her in-laws are jerks and I'm glad see stood up to them. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Like The Ghost and Mrs Muir, bookstore owner Penelope McClure is haunted by a long dead being, in this case a private detective, hard boiled and murdered in 1946. Her visiting author, a debut-tramp(thank you Walter Winchell) is reading a portion of her True Crime tell-all memoir of the murder of another Newport, RI debutant at Pen’s shop Buy the Book. It’s a contentious event. The author leaves with a handsome local bad boy. Both disappear. Author appears, dead. Another debutant disappears. Compl Like The Ghost and Mrs Muir, bookstore owner Penelope McClure is haunted by a long dead being, in this case a private detective, hard boiled and murdered in 1946. Her visiting author, a debut-tramp(thank you Walter Winchell) is reading a portion of her True Crime tell-all memoir of the murder of another Newport, RI debutant at Pen’s shop Buy the Book. It’s a contentious event. The author leaves with a handsome local bad boy. Both disappear. Author appears, dead. Another debutant disappears. Complexities. Quirky characters, domestic and family angst. It all makes sense. It is all resolved. Ghost sexiness, g rated. The author of this books shows her writer chops, with excerpts from an over-wrought tell all, writing of 1940s pulpy hard boiled detective stories, and likeable fun cozy. Enjoyable

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I like Cleo Coyle's books. But I had read the first in this series a while ago and really just didn't like the ghost part. We had this one at the book store, so I went ahead and tried the next one. I kind of felt the same about this one. I liked the mystery and the alive characters. But the dead guy annoys the hell outta me. I get that he's from a different time, so I can ignore the misogynistic behavior as it's not too horrible for his time period. But he's just annoying. And who calls someone I like Cleo Coyle's books. But I had read the first in this series a while ago and really just didn't like the ghost part. We had this one at the book store, so I went ahead and tried the next one. I kind of felt the same about this one. I liked the mystery and the alive characters. But the dead guy annoys the hell outta me. I get that he's from a different time, so I can ignore the misogynistic behavior as it's not too horrible for his time period. But he's just annoying. And who calls someone "baby" that much. Ug. The mystery here was decent, but the solution just seemed overly complicated. I might read the next if we get it at the store, but I'm not going out of my way or anything.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Book #2 in the series Penelope and her resident ghost P.I. who haunts her bookstore are embroiled in another murder. Angel Stark wrote a tell all book about a murdered debutante. Buy The Book, Penelope and her aunt's bookstore hosts her as a guest speaker. However, not everyone in the audience is there to support Angel. Some are downright hostile. When Angel ends up dead, fingers are pointed at a few people, including someone from the town. I really liked the interaction between Jack and Penelope Book #2 in the series Penelope and her resident ghost P.I. who haunts her bookstore are embroiled in another murder. Angel Stark wrote a tell all book about a murdered debutante. Buy The Book, Penelope and her aunt's bookstore hosts her as a guest speaker. However, not everyone in the audience is there to support Angel. Some are downright hostile. When Angel ends up dead, fingers are pointed at a few people, including someone from the town. I really liked the interaction between Jack and Penelope.... especially when he tells stories in her dreams. The townspeople are an eclectic group and are hilarious. I wonder though, when she's talking to Jack, does she just think to him in her head or actually talk to him out loud?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Penelope and her aunt own the Haunted Bookstore, which by the way, really IS haunted by Jack Shepherd, PI. The bookstore hosted an author for a book signing - Angel Stark. Angel has penned a tell-all book about the wealth and well heeled and the murder of one of her friends. During the book signing hecklers disrupt the event and even try to run over Angel in the street. Much to Penelope's dismay Angel is later found murdered and one of the local boys is thought the be the murderer. Can she and Ja Penelope and her aunt own the Haunted Bookstore, which by the way, really IS haunted by Jack Shepherd, PI. The bookstore hosted an author for a book signing - Angel Stark. Angel has penned a tell-all book about the wealth and well heeled and the murder of one of her friends. During the book signing hecklers disrupt the event and even try to run over Angel in the street. Much to Penelope's dismay Angel is later found murdered and one of the local boys is thought the be the murderer. Can she and Jack find the truth in time?

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