The Ghost and the Dead Deb (Haunted Bookshop Series #2)

The Ghost and the Dead Deb (Haunted Bookshop Series #2)

by Alice Kimberly, Cleo Coyle
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Penelope Thornton-McClure is back solving another mystery. She has young author Angel Stark speak about her latest novel, true crime, in her bookstore Buy The Book that she owns with her Aunt Sadie. Angel¿s book is about the unsolved mystery surrounding a debutante found strangled to death. There are juicy details pointing fingers at a lot of people in the dead deb¿s circle of friends. Many of them are at this event and speak out about Angel¿s new book. Then when Angel ends up strangled to death, too, Penelope begins to investigate things. She is assisted by her bookstore¿s resident ghost, hard-boiled PI Jack Shephard. Fifty years ago, he was shot in the bookstore without knowing who shot him. He has been stuck there ever since. Can Penelope and Jack discover who the killer is without anyone else becoming a victim? I normally don¿t like mysteries with ghosts, but I love this series. It is such a great cozy and the ghost is so well written that I often forget he is a ghost. He always shows up at just the right time with just the right words. He often helps Penelope, but sometimes he flusters her with his words. This is the second book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series, and I hope there will be many, many more. I always enjoy reading them. I highly recommend this book and the series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Buy the Book Bookstore in Rhode Island, co-owned by genteel widow woman Penelope Thornton McClure and her Aunt Sadie, is haunted by the spirit of Jack Shepard, a private eye who was killed there fifty years ago while working a case. Pen is the only one who can communicate telepathically with the ghost in her dreams. --- She is excited that true crime writer Angel Stark is giving a reading at her store from a book she wrote about the death of her friend Bethany . At the reading, Bethany¿s sister Vicky makes a scene before being escorted out by friends and Angel flirts with Sadie¿s friend¿s nephew Johnny. The next day Angel¿s body is found in the water a rope around her neck. Pieces of the same rope were found in Johnny¿s truck. During the same time period Vicky goes missing. Johnny is the number one suspect especially since he disappeared but Pen doesn¿t believe he is a killer and with help from Jack, she sets out to prove it. --- Although it sounds paradoxical this is a hard boiled cozy Jack is a Philip Marlow type while Pen is act like Miss Marple. This is a beguiling and bewitching mystery that will enchant readers as an old fashioned protagonist partners with a gruff ghost amusingly trying to blunt his sharp opinions in order not to offend Penelope¿s sensibilities. Alice Kimberly is a talented storyteller who allows the reader the fantasy of believing a ghost can be confined to a bookstore and fall for the present owner. There are plenty of separate twists and turns and red herrings that will maintain reader interest in the who-done-it, but it is the ghost and the bookstore owner who make the tale. --- Harriet Klausner
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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?
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Groovgal More than 1 year ago
Super fun read! Buying #3 now
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