The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (Haunted Bookshop Series #5)

The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (Haunted Bookshop Series #5)

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by Alice Kimberly
     
 

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When the local mailman inherits a haunted mansion and demands an exorcism, bookshop owner Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost? 1940s detective Jack Shepard?before it's too late.

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When the local mailman inherits a haunted mansion and demands an exorcism, bookshop owner Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost? 1940s detective Jack Shepard?before it's too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440658334
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Series:
Haunted Bookshop Mystery , #5
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
104,899
File size:
537 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (Haunted Bookshop Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
teapotlady More than 1 year ago
It is fun to explore the town and the people associated with the bookstore. I enjoy books that tell me about places I have never been -- in my case -- the Eastern US. While this is not a travel log, it does talk about an area and type of town I am not familier with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alice Kimberly has written another great book in her series. The interplay between her characters just gets better. The mixing of past and present mysteries, and the intertwining of the two is great. A great read for anyone,even hard-boiled fans. I like the relationship between Penelope and Jack.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining story. The ghost premise is an interesting spin on the traditional cozy mystery.
topunicorn1982 More than 1 year ago
Penelope is the usual type of person, in a usual type of town. There are a lot of writers doing amateur sleuths, even some who have professional help along the way. But how many have professional help from a man who's been dead for 50 years? This one in the series is different, because we have a ghost trying to find another ghost. Penelope is up to her usual tricks, trying to solve crimes on her own. She always has a vested interest in solving the crime even if she isn't the official target. It is fun to see the entire town try to help her out. This shows that small towns do butt into everyone's business. I did miss her kid not being in this one much though, because the comments Jack makes about Spenser is always fun to watch. The writing is well done as usual. The characters grow more each time a new book comes out. I am starting to feel like they are family to me. The setting descriptions are pretty pat, and I would like to see Penelope move out of her comfort zone a bit, especially now that Jack can leave the storefront with her. What I am waiting for is someone else to find out about Jack. That would be an interesting twist in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really fun series to read. Can't wait for a new one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Penelope McClure¿s husband committed suicide, she packed up their things and with their young son moved to Quindicott, Rhode island where she bought into Buy the Book bookstore. The building comes equipped with the ghost of Jack Shepard, who was murdered there in the 1940s and so can¿t leave the premises unless Pen takes his buffalo nickel with him; and then he can only go where Pen goes. From believing he was a hallucination, Pen realizes she has romantic feelings for him although they can only meet i+n her dreams.

Delivering books to the reclusive Miss Todd, Pen notices her letter carrier Seymour Tarnish hurrying from there with a red stain on his shirt. At the Todd mansion, Pen finds Miss Todd dead. Pen calls the police who suspect Seymour has something to do with the homicide as he had opportunity since he could enter her home with the mail; Seymour swears Miss Todd gave him permission; the red spot turns out to be ketchup to Pen¿s mixed feelings as she is happy that Seymour seems innocent and a bit mortified it was not blood. He remains the prime suspect so Pen and Jack who believe he is innocent investigate those who would inherit the estate.

Jack is molded from the Philip Marlow school of hard boiled sleuths while Pen is a proper lady similar to Mrs. Muir of the Ghost film fame. This off beat pairing turns into an electrifying chemical combo that leads to a stand out series whose latest entry like its predecessors ¿The Ghost and ¿¿ tales is a delightful paranormal cozy noir; an apt description of the lead couple as well. Alice Kimberly provides a haunting whodunit.

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Anonymous 8 months ago
Have not read it yet i wish
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
You have a body found as if scared in fright, Pen's friend Seymour inherits the mansion and from there, suspicions arise. One of the being the supernatural kind. This had a slow start but picked up in the middle. And so it changed from being a 4 to 4.5 to 5. Only complaint I had honestly was the character of Ciders. OMG! Seriously what was going on there? Did he forgot how much Pen has done with helping solve the cases? I mean seriously why was he so quick to judge? He didn't use his head there, not even confirming the conclusions but instead was just jumping. Anyway, at least there's Eddie. I like him. I like how the past cases of Jack are somehow relevant to the case Pen's currently trying to solve. Nice crime solving there. Also, not enough Jack in this one but you know what? There was a reason behind that and I agree with him. Near the end, though there's a quick moment, what one of the character's say and I wonder if it'll be brought up again later on in the series. If ever the next book comes out. Yeah I'll be a little impatient waiting for it. But at least I'm caught up with this series so far. From book one, I liked it. Even if there's some moments where you like seriously and you got to be kidding me and aww that was kind of sweet. The writing and character development helps as well. Good sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An engaging mix of noir and cozy with a very likeable central character and a cast of assorted crazies in a small town. Oh yeah -+ there's a ghost too. I love this series.
mamieve More than 1 year ago
Love the series. two different story that will connect, in different time. would recommend this series highly. cannot wait for book 6!!
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