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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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"Pen and Jack are such likeable characters."

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Writing under the pen name Alice Kimberly, author Cleo Coyle delivers a fourth "spirited" mystery in her Haunted Bookshop series.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425218384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425218389
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dennis Phillips on May 15, 2008
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Penelope Thornton-McClure (Pen to her friends) owns a bookshop along with her aunt Sadie and although Pen hasn't had an easy life things seem to have turned around for her since she went into the book business. When she bought into her aunt's business the shop was rather drab but with a lot of work Pen has created a very nice shop that includes an events space for lectures, book signings and such. Since moving back to her hometown she has renewed old friendships and has made a lot of new friends and her son has begun to do the same. She has even made the acquaintance of the ghost of a 1940's private detective who was killed in the building that now houses her shop. The ghost, Jack Shepard is now her constant companion and even works through her dreams to show her some of his old cases. He also helps her to solve a few new mysteries along the way.

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.
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When Penelope "Pen" Thornton-McClure's husband committed suicide, instead of scooping up money from her wealthy, affluent in-laws, and remaining trapped in an unhappy family life, she swept her eleven-year-old depressed son off to her hometown of Cranberry, Rhode Island. Enlisting the assistance of her deceased husband's life insurance check, she went into business with her Aunt Sadie via Buy the Book. The one thing Pen never imagined was the presence of Jack Shepard, PI. A ghost who bit the dust back in 1949, and has been haunting the location ever since. He may have seemed like a nuisance at first, but with all of the dead bodies that seem to pop up around Cranberry, Pen has come to the realization that it's better to have the deceased PI on her side, helping to solve the local mysteries springing up at every turn. Like the one that began in 1948.

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.
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When her local movie theater holds a Film Noir Festival, Penelope Thornton-McClure agrees to hold several signings at her bookstore. While she is looking forward to the festival, Pen didn't think it would be quite as exciting as it turns out to be - legendary screen actress Hedda Geist is almost killed during a surprise appearance at the theater. The near miss is considered an accident, but Pen isn't sure and when others start to die, she is convinced that there is a murderer on the loose. The police don't believe Pen and she sets out to prove she's right. It won't be an easy task, but luckily she has the ghost of PI Jack Shepard to help her.

"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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