• The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

  • The Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, Book 5
  • By: Cleo Coyle
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer, Traber Burns
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,192 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the local mailman inherits a haunted house and demands an exorcism, Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from New York Times best-selling author Cleo Coyle.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts - until she met the spirit of hard-boiled 1940s detective Jack Shepard. And when Pen's friend and mailman, Seymour Tarnish, gets into deep trouble, Pen not only believes in her ghost - she also thinks he can help....

An elderly lady of leisure has been found dead on posh Larchmont Avenue, her will recently, and suspiciously, revised to name Seymour as heir to her mansion. Just as eyes turn to him as the murderer - and Seymour gets busy settling into his ritzy digs - the mansion's ghosts begin plaguing him. So he hires a team of parapsychologists to exorcise all the spirits from the town of Quindicott - and that includes Jack Shepard. Now Pen must act fast - because losing Jack scares Pen more than rattling chains and cold spots....

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

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Very Entertaining

This series has become one of my favorites. I enjoy the relationship between Penelope and Jack. The supporting characters aren't too quirky. The story is fast paced with a little humor and light romance. Each book in this series is well developed with engaging characters. I look forward to the next book.

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Politically pointed, but decent

The story itself is a fairly well written cozy mystery if you just want a comfortable book to listen too (though not all parts are safe for young ears). What disturbs me, or at least strikes me, is that slowly this series is becoming more and more steeped in an undercurrent or loathing and distrust of people who are well educated or in positions of authority. There is this idea of people with a good education or in a position of authority being inherently off, wrong, or even straight up evil. And it’s getting worse as the series goes on. Since this is reflected in our popular culture these days I cannot say it is altogether surprising, but I find it disturbing just the same. Other than that, the characters are normal and like-able if they are not the bad guy. Even bad guys can be likable in the series.

I am giving the story and performance four stars because if you are just looking or a well performed book that is easy to listen to but not all that deep... this serves that function very well. Unfortunately the way the book looks down it’s nose at education and promotes the idea that people who are not educated at an advanced level are inherently more honorable, good, and knowledgeable than anyone who is an expert is disturbing enough I am not sure if I can continue to support the series.

It’s not merely an amateur detective outdoing the police chief — that is to be 110% expected. It’s all the rest.

The doctor who is described as being one of the Ivy League types who never listens and looks down on others. The otherwise good professor who is unable to listen to facts or reason and is part of the “mud pile” of academic types with a strong hint that academics are piles of poo. The city council that is evil/hypocritical for introducing a carbon tax but then using a lodge with fireplaces and flying to seminars. It goes on and on and feels both heavy handed and grimy.

When the book is not vilifying anyone who is either well educated or in a position of power, it is quite good.

Once again. Definitely a product of the times and I probably should not be surprised. But it still gives a pretty yucky overall feeling like I’ve just stepped in dog poo whenever it comes up.

I would not have this reaction if there were characters who were educated and/or in positions of main authority (either through education or position) who were not either evil, looking down their nose at other people in the story, or otherwise being made out to be bad precisely because of their education or authority. But it’s literally all of them. Even the ones that are meant to be part of the good guys.

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Haunted To Death

A fun cozy ghost story. A modern woman, her sidekick the ghost of a private detective killed in 1949, and the inheritance of a haunted mansion have all the ingredients to entertain you till the very last word.

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The best so far

I enjoy these light easy stories, they are full of great characters and I enjoy the narrator. I never guess the ending and I like the way the flashbacks are relevant to the story. some people complain that the stories wrap up neat and tidy but I prefer that to a cliff hanger for the next book

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Mischief afoot!

ghosts, mystery, bookseller, amateur-sleuth, private-investigators, law-enforcement, lawyers, murder, murder-investigation, small-business, small-town, family, family-dynamics, friendship, widow, chicanery, situational-humor, verbal-humor*****

It took a bit to get into it because I had not read any earlier books in the series, but then I really enjoyed this tale. Jack was a private eye who died in 1949 NYC but is now a ghost who solves murder problems with bookseller Pen McClure in a small town in Rhode Island. This case involves a favorite customer and the local letter carrier as well as an inheritance and some unfriendly ghosts. Well done whodunit complete with humor.
The audio is exceptionally well done by Caroline Shaffer and Traber Burns

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performance ok

the narration wasnt really at fault for this one, the story was just silly & the word choices were odd. someone needs to take away the authors thesaurus. thankfully, it was free with Audible, so it was my time wasted & not money.

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The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

The narration in this series is very, very good; excellent in this 6th book. I have never rated any audio book 5 stars across the board but this one deserves all of them. Cozy mystery series with enough complications to keep it interesting to the end, and Caroline Shaffer puts the correct inflections in all the dialogues throughout. I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy the genre.

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Great series! Lots of fun!

Easy to read or listen to. Narrators are great. I hope it continues on for a long time.

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Obsessed

I love these books. This book was not a disappointment. Most definitely will be recommending this series to everyone.

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Really, really good

Loved it. We couldn't put it down or stop it. The only sad part was that it ended. Now, on to the next one.

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