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The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Is there a secret code hidden in the books?

    Penelope Thornton-McClure and her aunt Sadie own the Buy The Book bookstore. They head out on a stormy night to look at some old books of Peter Chesley, an old friend of Sadie¿s. Turns out to be an extremely rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe¿s complete works. There is a rumor that there is a secret code hidden within the books¿ leather-bound pages, and that it leads to buried treasure. Bad thing is that as Pen sells off various valuable volumes, everyone who has bought one is murdered. PI Jack Shepard, the resident ghost of the bookstore that only Pen can hear helps her work on solving the case. The police believe most of the deaths were accidents, but Pen and Jack are certain that isn¿t the case. Can they discover the identity of the killer without putting Pen in harm¿s way? Plus what about the secret code and buried treasure. Is there anything to the rumor? I love this series. Pen and Jack are such likeable characters. Usually I have trouble with mysteries with a ghost, but this series is so well written that it doesn¿t bother me in the least. The bookstore setting is so natural and so is the fact that Pen gets involved in unraveling the mystery. The additional people in the story are well written and add to the story. I highly recommend this book and the complete series.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Rhode Island book store owner Penelope Thornton-McClure obtained a rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe works however she learns that the seller died just after their deal was consumated. Not long afterward she sells her first volume only to learn the buyer died in a car crash soon after the sale.------------ When someone attacks Penelope, her store¿s ghost Jack Shepard, a private investigator before he was murdered at that location in 1949, takes exception. He believes that someone thinks that the tomes contain a code that will lead to a hidden treasure. Unable to stay out of it, Jack decides Penelope needs his help to uncover an apparent killer whose motive is ownership of the Poe books, but also cleverly disguises homicides as accidents with the book store owner on the list for elimination.-------------- Though a paranormal cozy, the story line like the rest of the Ghost and ¿ series (see THE GHOST AND THE DEAD DEB and THE GHOST AND MRS. MCCLURE) feels more like a time travel tale because of Jack¿s vernacular is out of the classic 1940s pulp detective stories. The Poe mystery is cleverly devised so readers know the crimes (murder, assault, and robbery) and the motive, but will have no idea who the felon is. THE GHOST AND THE DEAD MAN¿S LIBRARY is a terrific supernatural who¿s doing it starring an offbeat combo of a mortal amteuer sleuth and a spectral professional sleuth.------------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    fun fast read

    more please

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

    gus stuff

    Love her imagination. There is just enough suspense and possible suspects to keep you guessing without too much gore. Also the story within the story is fun.

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  • Posted January 17, 2009

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    This series has yet to let me down. The classic detective story with a twist, weaved around a Poe mystery, it was a perfect match! It was very hard to put down and makes me want to dust off my Poe collection!

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