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Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received a rare collection of Poe's complete works. Rumor has it a secret code, trapped within the pages, leads to buried treasure. But it seems everyone who buys...dies. Now Pen will need resident ghost P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received a rare collection of Poe's complete works. Rumor has it a secret code, trapped within the pages, leads to buried treasure. But it seems everyone who buys...dies. Now Pen will need resident ghost P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case.


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Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received a rare collection of Poe's complete works. Rumor has it a secret code, trapped within the pages, leads to buried treasure. But it seems everyone who buys...dies. Now Pen will need resident ghost P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case. Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received a rare collection of Poe's complete works. Rumor has it a secret code, trapped within the pages, leads to buried treasure. But it seems everyone who buys...dies. Now Pen will need resident ghost P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case.

30 review for The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop Mystery, #3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    3.5 stars. I loved the Poe theme throughout, as I am quite the Poe fan. I never guess the culprit in these mysteries, but I certainly enjoy reading the characters figure it out. My one gripe is that they mentioned so many times Poe's lost love with his cousin and wife, Virginia, but he had a few other great loves, the most infamous being Annabel Lee. I found it hinting of not enough deep research to just go-to the wife and forgetting his other leading ladies. 3.5 stars. I loved the Poe theme throughout, as I am quite the Poe fan. I never guess the culprit in these mysteries, but I certainly enjoy reading the characters figure it out. My one gripe is that they mentioned so many times Poe's lost love with his cousin and wife, Virginia, but he had a few other great loves, the most infamous being Annabel Lee. I found it hinting of not enough deep research to just go-to the wife and forgetting his other leading ladies.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I can't really put my finger on what bothers me about this series. I did just read the first three books all in a row in a weekend, so it may just be overdose. The first one was best, but they all get three stars thanks to my rating system and the good old vague three stars. Maybe they go slightly downhill because there isn't too much new or developing throughout thus far, this woman in a small town has been connected with how many murders by now? Like six? And her husband's suicide? I would kee I can't really put my finger on what bothers me about this series. I did just read the first three books all in a row in a weekend, so it may just be overdose. The first one was best, but they all get three stars thanks to my rating system and the good old vague three stars. Maybe they go slightly downhill because there isn't too much new or developing throughout thus far, this woman in a small town has been connected with how many murders by now? Like six? And her husband's suicide? I would keep an eye on this lady. She's finally kind of begun to believe that Jack the ghost is real and not a figure of her imagination, but she still fights that she is attracted to him and keeps turning down any playing around in her dreams by saying she is married. I kept expecting this to become an actual discussion of if she is still considered married since death is clearly not the end. But it doesn't. Just another opportunity for 1940's noir detective slang. The slang is kind of fun, but it gets to be a lot. I also got sick of the "clever" skipping around book titles thing...she puts out the new Dan Brown (omg this book is about a code too! See what they did there?) and lots of the format things were like this, throwing me out of the book. Do we really need two or three breaks in each book so that Pen can tell us about their accent? Or that one character won on Jeopardy? Or that Pen's aunt has Shirley Maclaine highlights? Then, it may be nitpicky, but there is something so unfeminist about Pen's interactions with Jack. And it's not his 1940s views on women. It's how she always crumples when he is around and lets him take over, how she is useless when she is dreaming in his time, how she puts lights on when she breaks into a house, how she is always being attacked by large men with masks on, how she is only allowed to be something other than a delicate flower when Jack is telling her what to do/say or when she is being "mama bear" for her son. By the time she had been assaulted and arrested and rammed off the side of the road by another car, I was sick of it. I will probably pick up another one in the series at some point, just to see if anything goes anywhere, but the mystery parts don't interest me, and while it was an enjoyable read, there are better things out there. I just want to know if she's gonna bang that ghost.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Micky Cox

    This series is such an interesting twist to the paranormal/cozy cross over. You have the ghost of a PI killed in the late 1940's haunting a modern day bookshop and only one of the co-owner's, Penelope, can hear him and at times see him. Since she discovered that by carrying a buffalo nickel that once belonged to him in her pocket allows him to go where she goes, she doesn't leave home without it. In this book, Pen and her aunt go to collect some items to sell in the store from an old friend of t This series is such an interesting twist to the paranormal/cozy cross over. You have the ghost of a PI killed in the late 1940's haunting a modern day bookshop and only one of the co-owner's, Penelope, can hear him and at times see him. Since she discovered that by carrying a buffalo nickel that once belonged to him in her pocket allows him to go where she goes, she doesn't leave home without it. In this book, Pen and her aunt go to collect some items to sell in the store from an old friend of the Aunt's, but when they discover his body things start going awry and once again it looks like Pen is going to be on the hook for the crime if she doesn't solve it soon! Well done and very entertaining reading as the story switches from modern day to the 40's and back again. The characters are well developed, likeable and relatable so you can't help reading just one more chapter until you finish the book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Doward Wilson

    A ghostly gumshoe for a partner in a haunted bookstore and murder!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angelina

    I think it was the Poe connections that made this one just a little bit extra fun for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vintagebooklvr

    I have a weakness for stories about buried or hidden treasure. Especially if the code is hidden in books. So this one definitely was a hit with me. Overall, a good story with plenty of twists.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I still love Jack Shepard, although I’m glad that the use of “doll” and “baby” were toned down in his vocabulary. Not that it doesn’t fit his character, but in the last book it was so overused that it got a bit annoying. And that’s just my opinion. I do like getting to know Jack’s history by seeing it through Penelope’s dreams. That definitely seems like it could happen in a realistic fantasy world!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna Shackleton

    This is the second one of this series that I’ve read. I love the interactions between Pen and Jack!! The story is a bit thin though but I love the settling and like the people in it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Penelope and Sadie are given a complete set of Phelp's Poe books. As their employee is unpacking the box he finds something which point to a puzzle in the books. But is it true? Why all the deaths related to these books? Penelope is arrested and has to set out to clear her name and solve the mystery with the help of Jack and her friends. I enjoyed this book. I like that Jack had a case similar to this one and shows Penelope how to solve the mystery. I felt the mystery was well done. It kept me en Penelope and Sadie are given a complete set of Phelp's Poe books. As their employee is unpacking the box he finds something which point to a puzzle in the books. But is it true? Why all the deaths related to these books? Penelope is arrested and has to set out to clear her name and solve the mystery with the help of Jack and her friends. I enjoyed this book. I like that Jack had a case similar to this one and shows Penelope how to solve the mystery. I felt the mystery was well done. It kept me enthralled. I wanted to know if the puzzle existed and what was the solution. I also wanted to know who the murderer was. I am loving this series and cannot wait to read the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Third in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series set in Quindicott, Rhode Island revolving around the ghost of a private investigator, Jack Shepherd, murdered in the bookstore back in 1949 and Penelope McClure, a partner in today's bookstore. The Story An old boyfriend of Sadie's hands them a plum—the complete set of the Edgar Phelps editions of Edgar Allan Poe's works, an 1838 Audubon folio, Caritat's 1738 edition of Weiland. Their discussion about this "plum" takes place in very mysterious circumsta Third in the Haunted Bookshop mystery series set in Quindicott, Rhode Island revolving around the ghost of a private investigator, Jack Shepherd, murdered in the bookstore back in 1949 and Penelope McClure, a partner in today's bookstore. The Story An old boyfriend of Sadie's hands them a plum—the complete set of the Edgar Phelps editions of Edgar Allan Poe's works, an 1838 Audubon folio, Caritat's 1738 edition of Weiland. Their discussion about this "plum" takes place in very mysterious circumstances ending in an "accidental" death. Things only get more mysterious when Brainert reveals there is a Poe Code, a series of riddles that lead to a treasure. A treasure, which a number of increasingly vicious people want. My Take I do enjoy this series, for a combination of reasons. Kimberly's mastery of 1940s slang, the juxtapostion of the situations that Pen investigates versus Jack's own cases back in the day, and, of course, it's a bookstore. What more could a booklover like me want!! In this case, however, there were a few oddities. I mean, why doesn't Peter tell Sadie and Pen about his Poe consultant especially if Peter Chesley was worried about the person's intentions? Kimberly never came up with a reasonable excuse for this. I did love how the bullying situation was resolved and Pen's sudden understanding of her own situation was absolutely lovely. I did love her handling of the principal! And Pen keeps doing such stupid things! Every time she "breaks-and-enters", she doesn't pay attention! If you're gonna turn lights on, stuff something under the door! Lock the damn door so you'll have some warning! Duh…where is Jack when she's screwing up like this!?? I did love learning about Poe however. I've never really paid much attention as he's just too horrific and depressing for me but I do so love to learn. If you enjoy mysteries, books, detecting, and the 1940s, you will so enjoy this very homey and friendly series. The Cover The cover is perfect! The oval mirror and portrait, the raven above the roaring fire in the fireplace surrounded by the Haunted Bookshop signature frame of an art deco stained-glass border with Jack's signature fedora floating before the mirror. The title is certainly apt as, with ghostly assistance, Penelope solves the riddle of The Ghost and The Dead Man's Library.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C. (friends, please call me by name)

    This series fulfills the perspective of a forty year-old in a ghost environment and needs to continue! The ethereal is abundant, even if not spooky or unexpected. Jack is original; teaching detective instincts through dreams of solved, 1940s cases. They are informative to me, never mind Penelope and evoke an even plain, upon which these ghost and corporeal friends meet in the same form. The son, Spencer is kept to the background as I prefer it and mercifully, so is their Aunt. I don’t find mysel This series fulfills the perspective of a forty year-old in a ghost environment and needs to continue! The ethereal is abundant, even if not spooky or unexpected. Jack is original; teaching detective instincts through dreams of solved, 1940s cases. They are informative to me, never mind Penelope and evoke an even plain, upon which these ghost and corporeal friends meet in the same form. The son, Spencer is kept to the background as I prefer it and mercifully, so is their Aunt. I don’t find myself liking her nor the ice cream seller / mailman. Everything about these novels is orchestrated into a pleasurable journey that has enabled me to leave 5-star feedback. I didn’t know “The Ghost & The Dead Man’s Library” is about Edgar Allan Poe. His innate vibrancy exudes delicious drama! His poetry was eerie, speculation about his short life persists, and one of the world’s most valuable books is his. Whether or not ‘The Poe Code’ is a real cipher among his volumes, I loved the subject. The Aunt receives Edgar’s volumes from an infirm friend and Penelope’s professor friend knows the legend and itches to crack it. A criticism from me emerges here. You would keep quiet about having this collection. A stockroom boy wouldn’t unwrap it for you with the warehouse door open and you couldn’t be bullied by telephone into selling any of the volumes. Tell callers they were mistaken, or declare books sold. It struck me as stupid that the Aunt kept being strong-armed into selling. Unknown treasure by an eccentric author, is my idea of a riveting mystery! There’s crime in pursuit of it but for a change: here is a genuine, pure mystery! Concealing those responsible for the side action, is cleverly accomplished. This adventurous, atmospheric novel is woven skilfully.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kjsbreda

    A young widow, Penelope, who is a partner in a rare bookstore is given a unique 13 volume set of the works of Edgar Allan Poe to sell. Within minutes of picking up the set of books, the owner dies in a fall down his stairs. The trouble is that the man was very elderly, had trouble with stairs and lived only on the first floor of his home. It looks like murder to Penelope. It just do happens that Penelope is haunted by the benevolent ghost of Jack Shepard, a private investigator who died violentl A young widow, Penelope, who is a partner in a rare bookstore is given a unique 13 volume set of the works of Edgar Allan Poe to sell. Within minutes of picking up the set of books, the owner dies in a fall down his stairs. The trouble is that the man was very elderly, had trouble with stairs and lived only on the first floor of his home. It looks like murder to Penelope. It just do happens that Penelope is haunted by the benevolent ghost of Jack Shepard, a private investigator who died violently in the bookstore half a century ago. Jack the Ghost cares very much about Penelope, looks out for her and gives her advice. This is a good thing, because Penelope can use all of the help she can get. Someone wants the Poe colletion so badly that he is willing to kill to get it. First Penelope is attacked, then one of Penelope's friends, and then one of Penelope's customers is killed. This book is half Ghost and Mrs. Muir and half Da Vinci Code. A group of Poe scholars work together to help Penelope crack "the Poe Code" in order to find a hidden treasure. Unbeknownst to everyone but Penelope, Penelope is getting supernatural assistance to solve parallel mysteries of two oval portraits. This book is pure fun to read. The relationship between the ghost and Penelope is a little to sexually charged for my tastes and sometimes Penelope doesn't behave as maturely as I'd expect from a single mother raising a 10 year-old. But the book is undeniably interesting and has a lot of allusions to Poe and to the great detective novels of Raymond Chandler.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda Rawlins

    The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library is the third book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery - Penelope Thornton-McClure and her Aunt Sadie are given a rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe's works. Within an hour, the gentleman who donated the books is found dead. Quickly thereafter, some of the leather-bound books are purchased for high sums of money. Before long, one of the buyers is found dead and Penelope is arrested for a crime she didn't commit. It was rumored the books contained a secret code whi The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library is the third book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery - Penelope Thornton-McClure and her Aunt Sadie are given a rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe's works. Within an hour, the gentleman who donated the books is found dead. Quickly thereafter, some of the leather-bound books are purchased for high sums of money. Before long, one of the buyers is found dead and Penelope is arrested for a crime she didn't commit. It was rumored the books contained a secret code which would lead to treasure. With help from her friends in her Quibblers group, she tries to solve the mystery and clear her name. Fun, fast-paced mystery. I love the relationship between Penelope and the Ghost of Jack Shepard, the hard-boiled Private Investigator who died of lead poisoning in her shop years ago and was now bound to stay there. He helps her solve the mystery as well, 1940's gumshoe style. As the book evolves, we learn a little more about Jack and what his life was like before his death. I would say however, that some of the risks she takes, leaving her son and committing petty crimes, especially when being watched by police and being out on bail are a bit farfetched but lend to the overall plot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    I enjoyed the three novels published so far in this series. Securely planted in the cozy mystery tradition, there is no doubt that our heroine, Penelope Thornton-McClure will be perfectly fine as she blunders her way through solving cases she has stumbled upon. A twist however, intriguing but occasionally clunky--the adorable little failing book store she has sworn to make successful is home to a hard boiled detective ghost. PI Jack Shepard becomes her wise cracking sidekick who alternates betwe I enjoyed the three novels published so far in this series. Securely planted in the cozy mystery tradition, there is no doubt that our heroine, Penelope Thornton-McClure will be perfectly fine as she blunders her way through solving cases she has stumbled upon. A twist however, intriguing but occasionally clunky--the adorable little failing book store she has sworn to make successful is home to a hard boiled detective ghost. PI Jack Shepard becomes her wise cracking sidekick who alternates between ogling her and pointing her into the right investigative direction. I don't love this series, but I won't miss any of the new ones that come out either!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bekki Bedow

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Currently listening to The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library, by Cleo Coyle. I gotta say, while I adore Jack Shepard, the main character Mrs MCclure is annoying as hell. She literally couldn't use common sense if it hit her in the noggin. Selling the book and then discovering it could be part of a mystery that killed a man but STILL insisting on thinking of selling them off even though her instincts indicated there was something fishy, not-to- mention her stubborn refusal to listen to Jack's sugg Currently listening to The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library, by Cleo Coyle. I gotta say, while I adore Jack Shepard, the main character Mrs MCclure is annoying as hell. She literally couldn't use common sense if it hit her in the noggin. Selling the book and then discovering it could be part of a mystery that killed a man but STILL insisting on thinking of selling them off even though her instincts indicated there was something fishy, not-to- mention her stubborn refusal to listen to Jack's suggestions regarding her sons bullying might have made sense in book 1..but after solving 2 other murders with Jack and learning he was a sharp mind and observant detective with lots of experience not only as a detective, but as a guy..she doesn't seem to be realistic as time goes on with each new book. I find myself growling at her lack of common sense and refusal to listen to her intuition. Even with her past the character could really use some kicks to the backside. I reallllllyy hope they improve her personality on the next few books or I'm gonna have to quit reading. I can only take soo much stubborn refusal to listen to anyone else as each book progresses. She really needs to get a clue already or I'm gonna lose faith in her intelligence. Then there is the habit of the author making each character oblivious to subtext just to draw out the storyline. I really doubt that characters are THAT dumb to the underlying possibilities of each segment. I'm on chapter 10. My forecast is that even though they clearly know all sorts suddenly want these books (which is in and of itself enough to make a person suspicious) they will stupidly leave them unsecured and "someone" will break into their store to steal them and "possibly" get discovered by the clueless main characters mid-theft. It's terribly hard on readers to have an author portray characters as being completely oblivious to foreshadow thinking. Nobody is that clueless in real life. I'll let you know if my forecast comes true. Sigh* I usually love Cleo Coyle books. I loved the first 2 but...the character doesn't seem to be developing over time. Not-to-mention she goes from harshly ignoring Jack or telling him to shut up to desperately needing him when things get beyond her control..which is often. I really loved the beginning of this series...it just hasn't shown any character development. The characters are starting to come off as caricatures of people rather than real.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Agnesxnitt

    In the 3rd novel in this very enjoyable series, independent bookshop owner, Penelope Thornton-McClure, mother and widow, is summonsed by a very old friend of her aunt Sadie's to come and pick up some books on a one night only offer. The two women set out on a classic dark and stormy night to a dilapidated Newport mansion where they meet an old friend and suitor of Sadie's from over 30 years ago. Peter Chesney is elderly and crippled with arthritis, living alone in a former Belle Epoque mansion t In the 3rd novel in this very enjoyable series, independent bookshop owner, Penelope Thornton-McClure, mother and widow, is summonsed by a very old friend of her aunt Sadie's to come and pick up some books on a one night only offer. The two women set out on a classic dark and stormy night to a dilapidated Newport mansion where they meet an old friend and suitor of Sadie's from over 30 years ago. Peter Chesney is elderly and crippled with arthritis, living alone in a former Belle Epoque mansion that is literally falling apart around him. He insists that Sadie take the collection of Edgar Allen Poe novels that belonged to his forebears and sell them for him on a 50% deal - extremely generous and one the bookshop cannot afford to decline. Departing shortly after agreeing, Pen realises she has left her handbag including the vintage coin that allows her own personal spirit, Jack Shepherd, to come with her. Returning immediately, she finds the mansion door open and Peter Chesney lying dead at the bottom of the stairs he told the ladies only an hour earlier he could no longer manage. Sadie is heartbroken but before Pen can call 911, the police turn up in response to a distress call. Pen and Jack agree there is something odd going on, and when a buyer for one of the Poe books turns up shortly after purchase dead in another convenient accident, Pen recruits her childhood friend and scholar, Brainert Parker, to help investigate the books which are said to contain clues to a treasure. An enjoyable re-read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paula Ratcliffe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book follows Penelope and her aunt Sadie who are called out to an old friend of Sadie's whose interested in selling a collection of books written by Edgar Allan Poe. What could possibly go wrong? In this book everything. We are first brought to Jack Sheppard's world and a case he was working on. Which led him to a missing person's case. When Peter who gave the collection to Pen and her aunt winds up dead it's up to Pen to figure out what is going on and how it's connected to Poe. As more bod This book follows Penelope and her aunt Sadie who are called out to an old friend of Sadie's whose interested in selling a collection of books written by Edgar Allan Poe. What could possibly go wrong? In this book everything. We are first brought to Jack Sheppard's world and a case he was working on. Which led him to a missing person's case. When Peter who gave the collection to Pen and her aunt winds up dead it's up to Pen to figure out what is going on and how it's connected to Poe. As more bodies turn up This book leads to a whole world of people who are desperate for Edgar Allan Poe's works and then those who are interested in the Poe Code. This code leads to some sort of treasure now keep in mind not all treasures of the monetary value. This one led them everywhere. I love Jack and Pen they have such a unique relationship being that Jack is dead and Pen is quite alive and well. I love the lingo Jack uses which are pretty accurate to his time frame. Where trouble is Jack tends to help Pen out when he can. She is like a mini-Jack which is cute. This book we learn more about the private dick then we knew before. Can't wait to see where it leads to next!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I still have one more book to read in this series, and then I think I will be done. They are good, and also interesting, but all pretty much the same. Again, Jack the ghost takes Penelope in dreams back to one of his earlier cases which is supposed to help her deal with her current problem. She and her aunt Sadie are invited at short notice to come to the home of an old friend of Sadie's. He wants them to take a collection of E.A. Poe editions for their bookstore. While there, they hear strange I still have one more book to read in this series, and then I think I will be done. They are good, and also interesting, but all pretty much the same. Again, Jack the ghost takes Penelope in dreams back to one of his earlier cases which is supposed to help her deal with her current problem. She and her aunt Sadie are invited at short notice to come to the home of an old friend of Sadie's. He wants them to take a collection of E.A. Poe editions for their bookstore. While there, they hear strange noises upstairs. When Penelope returns for her forgotten purse, they find the old man dead. When they start selling individual books from the collections, the buyer ends up dead and the book disappears. With the help of their friends, they decide it has something to do with a coded message that Poe left in his books that should lead to a "treasure". Apparently lots of people are trying to get the books to discover the location of the treasure. Both Pen and her friend Seymour are attacked by someone apparently trying to get either the books or Seymour's notes solving the code. Things get pretty lively but with Jack's help, Pen manages to stand up to the bad guys.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I am really enjoying the Haunted Bookshop series by Cleo Coyle. There are 2 narrators in the audiobooks which was new to me but both are very good, work well together and bring the characters to life. Penelope Thornton McClure (Pen) co-owns a bookstore with her Aunt Sadie. The bookstore is haunted by a ghost, Jack Shepherd, who was killed in the store back in the 1940’s. Jack was a Private Investigator and helps Pen solve the crimes. His voice is in her head. The banter and comparisons between P I am really enjoying the Haunted Bookshop series by Cleo Coyle. There are 2 narrators in the audiobooks which was new to me but both are very good, work well together and bring the characters to life. Penelope Thornton McClure (Pen) co-owns a bookstore with her Aunt Sadie. The bookstore is haunted by a ghost, Jack Shepherd, who was killed in the store back in the 1940’s. Jack was a Private Investigator and helps Pen solve the crimes. His voice is in her head. The banter and comparisons between Pen and Jack are often funny. The story also parallels one of Jack’s cases. In The Ghost and the Deadman’s Library, an old boyfriend of Aunt Sadie’s calls and needs to see her after many years. He wants to give them some valuable books from his collection on consignment for them to sell. Later on, the man ends up dead, There are a few suspects and Pen and Jack,along with a few book club friends, work together to solve the mystery. This is an enjoyable cozy mystery with likable characters and an interesting mystery.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a fun, light read. The author does a fantastic job of grabbing the reader from the beginning. She does an awesome job in the first chapter describing the scenery—the rocky Atlantic coast on a rainy Fall evening, heading toward an old decrepit mansion. She even describes the car of the main character so you can envision yourself there. I love the details. This book has been on my to-read shelf for awhile and I found it funny that on the very night I decided to start reading it our power This was a fun, light read. The author does a fantastic job of grabbing the reader from the beginning. She does an awesome job in the first chapter describing the scenery—the rocky Atlantic coast on a rainy Fall evening, heading toward an old decrepit mansion. She even describes the car of the main character so you can envision yourself there. I love the details. This book has been on my to-read shelf for awhile and I found it funny that on the very night I decided to start reading it our power went off all over town. I found myself home alone in a 150 year old haunted house, completely in the dark reading about a ghost. One of the other things I like about this author is she describes the accent of the characters but she doesn’t get bogged down in writing that accent in every quote. She makes sure the reader knows about it so you can hear it as you read instead of trying to sound out the words. And of course one of the best things about the book is that it is about BOOKS.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I love Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse series and am now falling in love with the Haunted Bookshop series. Penelope and her Aunt are invited to meet an elderly gentleman who wants to sell a portion of his book collection. As it turns out the gentleman was a one time beau of her Aunt's. He gives them a rare and complete collection of Edgar Allan Poe's work. The leave the old man's house but Pen has forgotten her purse and they drive back to pick it up. When they get back they find the front door wide ope I love Cleo Coyle's Coffeehouse series and am now falling in love with the Haunted Bookshop series. Penelope and her Aunt are invited to meet an elderly gentleman who wants to sell a portion of his book collection. As it turns out the gentleman was a one time beau of her Aunt's. He gives them a rare and complete collection of Edgar Allan Poe's work. The leave the old man's house but Pen has forgotten her purse and they drive back to pick it up. When they get back they find the front door wide open and the old man dead on the floor. Is everything as it appears? Of course not. Pen and her ghostly gum shoe seek to find the truth surrounding the old man's death.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    These books are fun and I'm really enjoying them. This one really had me on the edge of my seat, I was so anxious about what would happen to all the rare old books. The mystery was thoroughly mysterious, with several likely suspects being investigated and a parallel mystery happening in Jack's time. I love the addition of the 1940s mysteries that Jack and Pen are working on in her dreams. He brings her along to relive old cases that he believes are relevant to her present sleuthing, and I am deli These books are fun and I'm really enjoying them. This one really had me on the edge of my seat, I was so anxious about what would happen to all the rare old books. The mystery was thoroughly mysterious, with several likely suspects being investigated and a parallel mystery happening in Jack's time. I love the addition of the 1940s mysteries that Jack and Pen are working on in her dreams. He brings her along to relive old cases that he believes are relevant to her present sleuthing, and I am delighted by these flashbacks. Sometimes Pen's a bit dense, and that can be obnoxious, but I love these period piece capers so much I don't even mind.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    The mystery part of this one was only somewhat engaging, although I did like the resolution. I enjoyed this one more for the developing relationship between Penelope and Jack. And I liked that Penelope not only had a personal revelation, she acted on it. If you like the first two books in the series, this one is a quick, light read. It was the palate cleanser I needed after finishing a book on the Borgias! But if you weren't sold on the other books in the series, this one isn't likely to change The mystery part of this one was only somewhat engaging, although I did like the resolution. I enjoyed this one more for the developing relationship between Penelope and Jack. And I liked that Penelope not only had a personal revelation, she acted on it. If you like the first two books in the series, this one is a quick, light read. It was the palate cleanser I needed after finishing a book on the Borgias! But if you weren't sold on the other books in the series, this one isn't likely to change your mind.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Mertens

    This 3rd adventure with Penelope McClure and the ghost in her bookstore, Jack Shepard moves quickly as Pen tries to determine who killed an old man with a valuable collection of Poe commentaries. From a house straight out of a Poe story to action and humor, this story has everything to make for a fun read. As Pen gets closer to her ghost and the killer, she learns more of Jack's past and sees more what sleuthing involves. A fun read with summer coming. This 3rd adventure with Penelope McClure and the ghost in her bookstore, Jack Shepard moves quickly as Pen tries to determine who killed an old man with a valuable collection of Poe commentaries. From a house straight out of a Poe story to action and humor, this story has everything to make for a fun read. As Pen gets closer to her ghost and the killer, she learns more of Jack's past and sees more what sleuthing involves. A fun read with summer coming.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Wilson

    A murder, a hidden treasure, and a ghost Detective all add up to one delicious read for those who love twists and turns. A collection of rare books based on Poe's writings lead to two murders and a search for treasure. With the help oh her ghost detective, can our heroine solve the case? I loved it! A murder, a hidden treasure, and a ghost Detective all add up to one delicious read for those who love twists and turns. A collection of rare books based on Poe's writings lead to two murders and a search for treasure. With the help oh her ghost detective, can our heroine solve the case? I loved it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Walter Ponath

    Another good one, this one moved more quickly than book #2 in the series, not so much repeat of backstory. Continuing story of young, single, bookstore-owning mom raising her son with a ghost of a detective only "she hears", and the incidents of murder and the mysteries that occur. This one involves murders and a treasure mystery of Edgar Allan Poe. Another good one, this one moved more quickly than book #2 in the series, not so much repeat of backstory. Continuing story of young, single, bookstore-owning mom raising her son with a ghost of a detective only "she hears", and the incidents of murder and the mysteries that occur. This one involves murders and a treasure mystery of Edgar Allan Poe.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I liked the imaginative idea of the tough gum-shoe detective ghost helping the sweet innocent woman. The leap from investigating, suggesting ideas to the police to repeated breaking and entering, alone (except for the ghost) and with not much of a plan weakened the story. I also would have liked a bit of an afterword about Poe and/or about rare books.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    The Ghost and the Dead man’s Library What a great read in these bookshop mysteries. A secret code in the Edger Allen Poe stories to find a treasure, enough for some to commit murder. Again that nice little insert at the beginning of each chapter. These mostly quotes by Poe himself.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lori Rector

    Just as good as all the others! Thoroughly enjoy these little mysteries. Pen and Jack's relationship is great & I love their interactions. None are as good as the first but all are good. This is probably my favorite since the first book. Great light reads that pass the day nicely. Probably my favorite reader of the audio books. Just as good as all the others! Thoroughly enjoy these little mysteries. Pen and Jack's relationship is great & I love their interactions. None are as good as the first but all are good. This is probably my favorite since the first book. Great light reads that pass the day nicely. Probably my favorite reader of the audio books.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Doris Pearson

    I got this from library and wasn't sure if I would like it. I loved it!!... Love the entire concept and how she works with help from a ghost to solve the mystery.. Try this series, you will be glad you did! I got this from library and wasn't sure if I would like it. I loved it!!... Love the entire concept and how she works with help from a ghost to solve the mystery.. Try this series, you will be glad you did!

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