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The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, No. 4) Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2008
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The only problem with Pen's new life is that there are just too many mysteries to solve and often times she is forced to do her sleuthing because it is the only way for her to prove her own innocence to the bumbling local police chief. In this instance she is not only trying to prove that a death was not an accident but is also working against time to prevent more murders. It all starts when a friend of hers refurbishes the old movie theater in town and has a grand opening that features old noir films. As part of the festivities several old actors from the films are putting in appearances, as are several people who have written books on the subject and many of those people are going to do signings at Pen's shop. When one of those authors is killed in what at first glance seems to be an accident Pen and Jack are suspicious and before long the body count starts to rise.Read more ›
The Movie Town Theater has finally opened its doors to the public, and has people from all walks of life flooding into Cranberry to be present at the first ever Film Noir Festival. But movies aren't the only thing people are vying to see. Much of their interest lies within the special guests who are appearing for the big event; including legendary screen actress, Hedda Geist. With Pen's pal Brainert doing what he can to keep things in order at the theater, Pen and Aunt Sadie have been left in charge of handling the countless book discussions that will be held at Buy the Book over the busy weekend. But busy isn't necessarily the word to describe the big event. Deadly is more like it. Hedda has been a virtual recluse for decades, and the moment she makes her first appearance, she nearly loses her life. But Hedda isn't the only target. Over the course of mere hours and days, other Festival guests begin to turn up dead.Read more ›
"The Ghost and the Femme Fatale" is the fourth book in Alice Kimberly's Haunted Bookshop Mystery series, a series that gets better with each book. I love the concept of a ghost helping to solve mysteries and Kimberly does a good job of pushing boundaries. At this point, Jack can not only "talk" to Pen when she's in the bookstore (where he was murdered), but with the help of a buffalo nickel, he can communicate with her anywhere as long as she carries the nickel. He also has the ability to have Pen dream of his past cases that relate to the current one. This is an intriguing, if at times odd premise - Pen is an active part of his past in the dreams and the romantic chemistry between the two during the dream sequences is sizzling. The Film Noir setting is perfect and sets up a great murder mystery plot line, in both the past and the present. There are a number of murders and a number of suspects and readers will have a hard time figuring out who the murderer is.
"The Ghost and The Femme Fatale" is a nicely done cozy mystery.
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Love the characters, also the setting, and love Jack Shepard.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The characters are sparkling, the mystery is puzzling and the answers are surprising. Pen and Jack take on "Hollywood" (actually New York) actors and an an old scandal to find out... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Joan Heelan Hadac