The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (Haunted Bookshop Series #4)

The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (Haunted Bookshop Series #4)

by Alice Kimberly, Cleo Coyle

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ISBN-13: 9780425218389
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/06/2008
Series: Haunted Bookshop Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 108,507
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cleo Coyle is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse Mysteries—now celebrating more than ten years in print. As Alice Kimberly, they also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together.

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Ghost and the Femme Fatale (Haunted Bookshop Series #4) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This is a series about Pen who runs a bookstore with her Aunt Sadie. Pen realizes they are not alone in this bookstore, they have a ghost. His name is Detective Jack Shepard. He died in her bookstore back in his time in the early 1900¿s. He proceeds to help Pen solve murder mysteries in her town. In this one an old actress is brought to town to show off their new theater they refurbished. Someone from her past is trying to kill her or are they trying to prove she killed a producer back in her day? You will have to read to find out. This is the 4th book in her series. I love this series and never want to put one of the books down.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing 29 days ago
One of the cozy-mystery world¿s most unusual sleuthing duos is back in The Ghost and the Femme Fatale. The ghost, of course, is Jack Shepard, a 1940s private eye who died in a building that now houses Buy the Book in fictional Quindicott, Rhode Island. The bookstore is co-owned by Penelope Thornton McClure, widow, single mom amateur sleuth extraordinaire ¿ and Jack¿s sometime partner. Quindicott is home to a newly renovated movie theater that¿s hosting a Film Noir Festival. Two of the honored guests are former B-movie stars, Hedda Geist-Middleton and Pierce Armstrong. Sixty years ago the two starred in the real-life murder, in Manhattan, of Irving Vreen, head of Gotham Studios. Armstrong did time for manslaughter. As it turns out, the then very much alive Jack was a witness to the event, having been there spying on Vreen, an unfaithful husband with a penchant for underage girls. Jack has the ability to insinuate himself into and guide Penelope¿s dreams and in that ¿time-travel¿ mode, he takes Pen back to 1948, when the Vreen murder occurred. In the present day, Pen is working on proving that the ¿accidental¿ death of a non-fiction author writing about `40s film noir was actually murdered while the film festival was going on. It¿s an uphill battle against an inept police chief and a race against time ¿ as both Pen and Jack believe there could be more murder on the horizon. I know when I pick up one of Alice Kimberly¿s haunted bookshop mysteries that I¿m in for a fun ride and an entertaining read. The Ghost and the Femme Fatale met my expectations -- and then some. Ms. Kimberly has conjured up a terrific cast of characters ¿ main and secondary ¿ and used her storytelling magic to create a super-fun read. With lots of mystery, a little time travel and a dollop of romance ¿ what more can readers ask for? By Diana. First published in the Cozy Library April 30, 2008.
NemesisClaws on LibraryThing 29 days ago
Loved it! Absolutely cannot wait for more in this series! It's definitely innovative with a ghost for a backup, plus boyfriend!!! Highly recommend this mystery book to others!
Romonko on LibraryThing 29 days ago
This Haunted Bookshop series is a winner. This book is the fourth in the series, and I think that they are only getting better. I love the mix of cozy with noir detective story, and this one really plays on that as all the happenings occur around a "film noir festival" that is being held in Penelope's small town. And a lot of murder and mayhem is happening there too. As Penelope tries to make sense of it with the aid of her ghost companion Jack, she realizes that the motives for the murders may go back a long time (sixty years, and during the time when Jack was a practicing PI in New York City). We slip back and forth from one time to the next as the story progresses, and Ms. Kimberly keeps us interested and lots of stuff keeps happening. It's really unbelievable how really believable these stories are. The mix of paranormal with present day detection is a winning one, and it is highly addicting.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I was going to give this a 4 maybe a 5. But thought a 4.5 would be okay. Nah, this is a 5 all the way. You got Dr. Lilly coming out with a new book about a once famous actress involving a scandal, another book about said actress and an old but newly opened theater. Add to that some interesting suspects this time around. I liked this one. You got a murder, an old murder, some Jack flashbacks with Pen learning more about being a PI and getting tips from Jack and of course, the ever so fast paced suspense. When the mystery gets going with the duo team of Jack and Pen then the writing gets especially with the back and forth, going over the clues, the info they learned so far, etc. Only complain I have is the frustration concerning the character of Ciders. How many books/mysteries has it been now that Pen has helped solve? You'd think dude be thankful or I don't know grateful and not dismiss Pen's suspicions or clues and what not. Still, it makes up for it near the end so I guess book, you get a pass on that one. So thanks for that. I did like some of the old movie theme this one had going. Kind of interesting. And of course there's more moments with the ghost and the bookshop owner mystery sleuthing this time around and I love it. Good sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read that's light hearted and fun
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An easy read and a very good story. Keeps your attention!
Headhuntersix More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read in this series, and I was very impressed by the way the ghost was handled. First, the ghost stays in the character of a hard-boiled 1940s private investigator no matter what happens, which is fun. The ghost speaks into the mind of the main character, Penelope Thornton-McClure, a device that has the potential to be downright annoying, but it's not overdone and the ghost adds a lot to the story. Second, the ghost can only travel with Penelope if a certain lucky coin is on her person. That leads to some interesting plot twists, such as the instance where the coin was left behind and so Penelope had to fill in the ghost on what she'd learned while they were apart. Finally (and I liked this the best) the ghost can come alive by taking Penelope back to his own time while she is dreaming. This allows them to interact physically, provides an entirely different world from the quiet Rhode Island town where Penelope lives, and literally brings the ghost to life. I greatly enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading others in the series.
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Veggiechiliqueen More than 1 year ago
Ever felt like there's a nagging voice in your head? Well, if you're Penelope Thornton-McClure, that "voice" is the very dead private dick Jack Shepard, who hasn't had a body since getting iced in 1949. Jack haunts Pen's bookstore Buy the Book and aids her in solving mysteries; in The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, the small town of Quindicott has its hands full with its first-ever Film Noir festival. Leading lady Hedda Geist, out of the limelight for decades after the grisly death of her studio boss Irving Vreen, is scheduled to make an appearance, but her first return to the stage is nearly her last. Penelope, her aunt, and Jack are hot on the trail when festival guests turn up dead, leading them to uncover a decades-old tale of steamy affairs and cold-blooded murder. Snappy pacing, humor, and even a touch of romance between the hard-boiled Jack with his "iron jaw" and Penelope (the two "time travel" through dreams in order to investigate). Jack's language is pure pulp fiction / noir, and the touches from the 1940s were nice. This is the same author who pens the Coffeehouse Mysteries, and I loved the take-charge Pen, the sexy Jack, and the quirky cast of supporting characters. The mystery included enough twists and turns that I didn't even suspect the real villain until the shocking (and appropriately noirish) finale. This was the first book in the series that I read (it's number four), and I can't wait to devour the further adventures of Jack and Pen (I'd like to see their romance heat up!).
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An interesting case for Penelope and Jack. Lots of movie triva, and a case Jack actually knows something about. He and Penelope move between the past and the present to hunt a killer, or two. Great fun, and a very good series.
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karategrl More than 1 year ago
A fun read that has you guessing until the end. Jack and Pen make a great team. I enjoyed the tie in with Jack's case from the past and Pen's latest mystery. A fun little cozy that will make you feel good.
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