Monday, October 8, 2018


The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by Cleo Coyle

About the Book

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery 6th in Series
Berkley (September 25, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0425237451
ISBN-13: 978-0425237458
Digital ASIN: B078VX9SNF

Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop's ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful...
After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it--literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.

Does art imitate life or is it the other way around? Does anyone ever really write a book by themselves? This book gives us so much to question and ponder.
When a harried older woman seems to have a melt-down in the middle of Pen's bookstore, rushing off with the latest bestseller, of an erotic nature, Pen and best ghost sidekick are tossed into an otherworldy investigation to what the heck is happening!

Starting off very noir, in 1947, in Jack Shepherd's time and world, most of the book takes place in present day, with modern technology. However, when necessary, and when reflection seems to draw upon a similar case from the past, Jack is able to take Pen back with him to when he was a P.I. full time. The language differences were fun to bounce around.

While the action moves at a quick pace and there are plot twists aplenty, the tension rises the closer you get to the end. You will find yourself flying through the pages.
This book also motivated me to rummage around and reorganize my own library.  You will never get the same opportunities and emotions from digital books.

I also really enjoyed all the literary references at the beginning of each chapter and throughout the story.

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 nearly fifteen years in print. They also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which were originally published under their second pseudonym, Alice Kimberly (The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, The Ghost and the Dead Deb, The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library, The Ghost and the Femme Fatale, The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion).
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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  1. Thank you for your review on "The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller" by Cleo Coyle and for being part of the book tour. Really like this cover and how they subtly make the ghost presence known. Can't wait for the opportunity to read the book.
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  2. Greetings, Laura - Thank you so much for the lovely review. Marc and I enjoyed reading your insights on our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery. We appreciate the time you took to read the book, share your thoughts, and join us in welcoming Jack and Pen back to sleuthing.

    Have a Happy Halloween season!
    ~ Cleo Coyle


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