The Ghost and the Femme Fatale

The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
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A film festival gone noir gives bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her ghostly companion a big screen caper to solve in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly.

The Movie Town Theater is holding its first ever Film Noir Festival, with Pen handling book sales for the guest speakers, including screen actress Hedda Geist. The legendary femme fatale has been out of the spotlight for decades. Unfortunately, the moment she steps back into it, she's nearly killed. Then other guests start to die, and Penelope wants to know why her little town's Film Noir weekend has taken a truly dark turn.

With local police on the wrong track, Penelope enlists the help of Jack Shepard, private investigator. Okay, so Jack hasn't had a heartbeat since 1949, when he was gunned down in what is now Pen's store. But the hard-boiled ghost actually remembers Hedda's dark past, and Penelope's sure he can help solve this case - even if he and his license did expire more than 50 years ago....

©2008 Cleo Coyle (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Very slow

Characters are ‘nice‘ but story development is soooo slow! And any cozy, personally engaging elements - son, aunt, cat - that cd be developed just never are. This book even fuller than previous ones.

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Really good

This is an incredibly entertaining series. I enjoy the way that Penelope and Jack interact with each other. The plot is interesting and well developed. I look forward to the next book.

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Imagine having a voice in your head that called you baby.

I read one page.and found the plot and the characters ridiculous. I was so irritated I skipped to the back to review. I have read another author who can get away with,the ghost as a side kick with some panache and charm.this book lacked replaced those positives with irrational and irritating.


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Just not as good

I really enjoyed the first 3 books but this one just doesn't make the mark for me. The narrator is the same but sounds shriller. Things seem to be mish mashed and all over the place. Not sure what it is but I just didn't like it. I may get the actual book as sometimes words are better than listening

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