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The first Haunted Bookshop mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly

Young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure and her old Aunt Sadie are making ends meet by managing a mystery book shop - a quaint Rhode Island landmark rumored to be haunted. Pen may not believe in ghosts, but she does believe in good publicity - like nabbing Timothy Brennan for a book signing. But soon after the bestselling thriller writer reveals a secret about the store's link to a 1940s murder, he keels over dead - and right in the middle of the store's new community events space.

Who gives Mrs. McClure the first clue that it was murder? The bookstore's full-time ghost - a PI murdered on the very spot more than fifty years ago. Is he a figment of Pen's overactive imagination? Or is the oddly likable fedora-wearing specter the only hope Pen has to solve the crime? You can bet your everlasting life on it.

©2004 The Berkley Publishing Group. (P)2018 Blackstone Publishing

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Excellent new concept

Cleo Coyle has crafted another great series with the Ghost and Mrs. McClure series. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Creative take of a ghost detective

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Cleo Coyle, Penelope Thornton-McClure, recently widowed when her husband jumped from their building, has returned to her hometown of Quindecot, Rhode Island to help her Aunt Sadie try to save the family bookstore, which they rename Buy the Book. Pen, as she is known, is thrilled to get famous author Timothy Brennan to come to their bookstore on his tour to promote his newest book, Shield of Justice, featuring Detective Jack Shield, based upon 1940s detective Jack Shepard, who disappeared 50 years earlier. As the abrasive, selfish author wreaks havoc in the store getting things set up in his own style, Pen starts to hear a voice heckle Brennan. But no one else hears the voice. This is because she is hearing Jack Shepherd, long- dead and last seen at the family bookstore.

Then during the author reading, Brennan takes a drink of water handed in a bottle to him by Pen. But upon drinking the water, Brennan starts to choke and soon dies. After being served hard liquor by her aunt to help her deal with the shock, Pen ends up drunk and having a shocking conversation with the dead Jack Shepherd, who can hear her thoughts and transmit his own thoughts to her, for the first time ever. However, he cannot leave the property where he was murdered, so as the case progresses and it becomes evident that the police suspect Pen of what they have come to realize was a murder, Jack gives her advice to do her own investigation. Together, they combine their gifts to solve the murder.

I have to confess that I started The Ghost and Mrs. McClure with only medium- level expectations, not having been deeply impressed by another book by the same author and not always liking paranormal mysteries. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this one. The plot had some creative points, and I liked the angle that Pen knows details about the case that she has learned from Jack, meaning that she can’t tell anyone about these clues. Thus, she has to find other ways to learn the same information.

I found myself connecting with the characters in this book, though Jack’s constant slang from the 40s eventually gets annoying, especially since he tends to repeat the same terms the whole time. I also appreciated the way mystery novels changed Pen’s grieving and sullen son, Spencer into a boy more eager about learning and his mother’s business at the bookstore.

Caroline Shaffer performs the chapters narrated by Pen, while Traber Burns performs the chapters written in 3rd person about the experiences of Jack. It feels a little strange and disjointed to use the two different narrators, whose voices don’t mesh well together. Individually, each does a good job, but I thought they didn’t fir well together.

I had a good time listening to The Ghost and Mrs. McClure. I appreciated the fun details found throughout this book and which kept me listening avidly. I definitely intend to listen to the next book in the series. I give this book five stars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Ghostly Fun

Truly enjoyable read, you can envision the hard nose detective, and discriptions of the main character and town people were very vivid. Will certainly read more books from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 11-02-18

Pretty good

I had my doubts about this book, but, I'm glad I took a chance on it. The characters and plot are well developed.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Lori
  • United States
  • 01-15-19

Great new series

I love Cleo Coyle’s coffeeehouse series and thought I would give this one a try. I want disappointed! I highly recommend this book if you like cozy mysteries. I just purchased the second and third book of the series.

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  • Dawn
  • 11-29-18

Excellent new concept

Cleo Coyle has crafted another great series with the Ghost and Mrs. McClure series. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • Los Angeles, CA United States
  • 12-05-18

Creative take of a ghost detective

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Cleo Coyle, Penelope Thornton-McClure, recently widowed when her husband jumped from their building, has returned to her hometown of Quindecot, Rhode Island to help her Aunt Sadie try to save the family bookstore, which they rename Buy the Book. Pen, as she is known, is thrilled to get famous author Timothy Brennan to come to their bookstore on his tour to promote his newest book, Shield of Justice, featuring Detective Jack Shield, based upon 1940s detective Jack Shepard, who disappeared 50 years earlier. As the abrasive, selfish author wreaks havoc in the store getting things set up in his own style, Pen starts to hear a voice heckle Brennan. But no one else hears the voice. This is because she is hearing Jack Shepherd, long- dead and last seen at the family bookstore.

Then during the author reading, Brennan takes a drink of water handed in a bottle to him by Pen. But upon drinking the water, Brennan starts to choke and soon dies. After being served hard liquor by her aunt to help her deal with the shock, Pen ends up drunk and having a shocking conversation with the dead Jack Shepherd, who can hear her thoughts and transmit his own thoughts to her, for the first time ever. However, he cannot leave the property where he was murdered, so as the case progresses and it becomes evident that the police suspect Pen of what they have come to realize was a murder, Jack gives her advice to do her own investigation. Together, they combine their gifts to solve the murder.

I have to confess that I started The Ghost and Mrs. McClure with only medium- level expectations, not having been deeply impressed by another book by the same author and not always liking paranormal mysteries. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this one. The plot had some creative points, and I liked the angle that Pen knows details about the case that she has learned from Jack, meaning that she can’t tell anyone about these clues. Thus, she has to find other ways to learn the same information.

I found myself connecting with the characters in this book, though Jack’s constant slang from the 40s eventually gets annoying, especially since he tends to repeat the same terms the whole time. I also appreciated the way mystery novels changed Pen’s grieving and sullen son, Spencer into a boy more eager about learning and his mother’s business at the bookstore.

Caroline Shaffer performs the chapters narrated by Pen, while Traber Burns performs the chapters written in 3rd person about the experiences of Jack. It feels a little strange and disjointed to use the two different narrators, whose voices don’t mesh well together. Individually, each does a good job, but I thought they didn’t fir well together.

I had a good time listening to The Ghost and Mrs. McClure. I appreciated the fun details found throughout this book and which kept me listening avidly. I definitely intend to listen to the next book in the series. I give this book five stars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Gale Di
  • 12-24-18

Ghostly Fun

Truly enjoyable read, you can envision the hard nose detective, and discriptions of the main character and town people were very vivid. Will certainly read more books from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 11-02-18

Pretty good

I had my doubts about this book, but, I'm glad I took a chance on it. The characters and plot are well developed.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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  • Lori
  • United States
  • 01-15-19

Great new series

I love Cleo Coyle’s coffeeehouse series and thought I would give this one a try. I want disappointed! I highly recommend this book if you like cozy mysteries. I just purchased the second and third book of the series.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
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  • Dawn
  • 11-29-18

Excellent new concept

Cleo Coyle has crafted another great series with the Ghost and Mrs. McClure series. I recommend this book to cozy mystery fans.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
  • Los Angeles, CA United States
  • 12-05-18

Creative take of a ghost detective

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure by Cleo Coyle, Penelope Thornton-McClure, recently widowed when her husband jumped from their building, has returned to her hometown of Quindecot, Rhode Island to help her Aunt Sadie try to save the family bookstore, which they rename Buy the Book. Pen, as she is known, is thrilled to get famous author Timothy Brennan to come to their bookstore on his tour to promote his newest book, Shield of Justice, featuring Detective Jack Shield, based upon 1940s detective Jack Shepard, who disappeared 50 years earlier. As the abrasive, selfish author wreaks havoc in the store getting things set up in his own style, Pen starts to hear a voice heckle Brennan. But no one else hears the voice. This is because she is hearing Jack Shepherd, long- dead and last seen at the family bookstore.

Then during the author reading, Brennan takes a drink of water handed in a bottle to him by Pen. But upon drinking the water, Brennan starts to choke and soon dies. After being served hard liquor by her aunt to help her deal with the shock, Pen ends up drunk and having a shocking conversation with the dead Jack Shepherd, who can hear her thoughts and transmit his own thoughts to her, for the first time ever. However, he cannot leave the property where he was murdered, so as the case progresses and it becomes evident that the police suspect Pen of what they have come to realize was a murder, Jack gives her advice to do her own investigation. Together, they combine their gifts to solve the murder.

I have to confess that I started The Ghost and Mrs. McClure with only medium- level expectations, not having been deeply impressed by another book by the same author and not always liking paranormal mysteries. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this one. The plot had some creative points, and I liked the angle that Pen knows details about the case that she has learned from Jack, meaning that she can’t tell anyone about these clues. Thus, she has to find other ways to learn the same information.

I found myself connecting with the characters in this book, though Jack’s constant slang from the 40s eventually gets annoying, especially since he tends to repeat the same terms the whole time. I also appreciated the way mystery novels changed Pen’s grieving and sullen son, Spencer into a boy more eager about learning and his mother’s business at the bookstore.

Caroline Shaffer performs the chapters narrated by Pen, while Traber Burns performs the chapters written in 3rd person about the experiences of Jack. It feels a little strange and disjointed to use the two different narrators, whose voices don’t mesh well together. Individually, each does a good job, but I thought they didn’t fir well together.

I had a good time listening to The Ghost and Mrs. McClure. I appreciated the fun details found throughout this book and which kept me listening avidly. I definitely intend to listen to the next book in the series. I give this book five stars.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gale Di
  • 12-24-18

Ghostly Fun

Truly enjoyable read, you can envision the hard nose detective, and discriptions of the main character and town people were very vivid. Will certainly read more books from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 11-02-18

Pretty good

I had my doubts about this book, but, I'm glad I took a chance on it. The characters and plot are well developed.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lori
  • United States
  • 01-15-19

Great new series

I love Cleo Coyle’s coffeeehouse series and thought I would give this one a try. I want disappointed! I highly recommend this book if you like cozy mysteries. I just purchased the second and third book of the series.