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Subject: Alice Kimberly "Haunted Bookshop" mysteries?
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 2:21 PM ET
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These are very wish listed and I wondered if it was a series of cozy mysteries that I should just go ahead and buy from amazon.com's used  book dealers? I know they would be passed along here for credits so I am not worry about the monitary investment, I just wondered if they would be worth my time to read.

If you have read this series, can you share your thoughts on the characters and the cozy appeal of the series?



Date Posted: 6/4/2008 4:38 PM ET
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Leslie ~ I've never heard of this series, but I think I will go check them out.  They sound like something I might like!

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 5:37 PM ET
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I have the books in the series and plan on starting them soon.  They (she) also writes the Coffeehouse Series as Cleo Coyle.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 5:43 PM ET
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I've got the first three in the series, but haven't started reading them yet. I put them on my wishlist here and it wasn't long before they became available.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:13 PM ET
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My wife has read the first three and has enjoyed them. It's a different take on things. Woman owns a bookstore that happens to be where a 1940s private eye was killed. He (ghost) helps her solve mysteries. There are some constraints upon his ability to move around that my wife found interesting. The protagonist did not irritate the living daylights out of her, wasn't excessively whiney or Mary Sue. The stories are complete within themselves but there is a continuing story line about his murder. She did not consider them keepers and we traded them away here.

She said they were fine in the - can't get to sleep / waiting at the dentist office / waiting for the plumber - time filling way. They're cute, they're a little different, there were no howling errors of grammar. A nice, light read, nothing memorable. If you have enjoyed Victoria Laurie's series, or the coffeehouse series or any of the other light cozy series so popular now, you probably will enjoy this series.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:15 PM ET
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I've read the first three and they are pretty good. Somewhat standard cozy fare with the addition of a ghost who helps solve the mysteries. The fourth was released May 6th and the fifth is coming out in 2009.

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Date Posted: 6/4/2008 9:38 PM ET
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  I've read the first 2 books and really enjoyed them.  I like the premise, it's a little different than other cozies. The main character is likeable and the stories are well done, too.

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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 4:57 PM ET
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They (she) also writes the Coffeehouse Series as Cleo Coyle.

I so didn't know that!  LOL 

I have them (Alice Kimberly books) in my TBR pile.  I just saw them today when I was digging out books for the cozy boxes.  I REALLY need to start working on Mt. TBR instead of WL books.

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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:00 PM ET
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Mendy, I have only read the first one in the "Cleo Coyle" Coffeehouse series, but really liked it. I am so anxious to read the Alice Kimberly books now!



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Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:02 PM ET
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Well, I should rephrase... I've actually read all of the Cleo Coyle books and sent them on already but I have the Alice Kimberly books in Mt. TBR.  :O)

I enjoy the Coffeehouse books so I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy these too.

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Date Posted: 6/10/2008 8:36 PM ET
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I've read the first 2 of the Ghost ones, and really enjoyed them. They are keepers !!!

However I did not like the first Coffeeehouse one at all. I gave up partway through and posted it.

I didn't realise they were by the same author. The styles are so different.


Date Posted: 6/11/2008 2:07 PM ET
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I've read the first three Haunted Bookshop books and the first coffee house book.  They are very different in style.  I much prefer the Bookshop ones - they're part "hard-boiled" 50s detective story and part cozy.  I definitely recommend them and they are certainly worth paying for.

The coffee book was a bit over the top for me on coffee info/details.  I'll probably try another one and see if it lightens up! 

The authors are actually a husband and wife team.  They do manage a somewhat different style between the two series.  It would be interesting to find out how they divide up the writing responsibilities.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 11:35 PM ET
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I'm reading the 1st one, The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, now.  When you read "The shop's bell tinkled like a bad girl's giggle" or "a doll willing to do the dirty deed," you know it's a fun, entertaining read.

Date Posted: 6/16/2008 7:11 PM ET
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I thought for sure I was going to love these--ghosts, mystery, a book store...what more could I want?

I gave up without finishing, skimmed the end to see what happened and gave it to a friend. *shrug*

Date Posted: 6/17/2008 8:54 AM ET
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I have the first one on my WL. I read the first three coffee house mysteries but had to give up. All the coffee details and the descriptions of the main character's b@@bs got to me! LOL. I'm looking forward to receiving this one.
Date Posted: 6/17/2008 10:08 AM ET
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I think I must be fairly forgiving of the lead character in the Cleo Coyle books because although I do wonder why she continues to wear low cut blouses if shes going to squirm every time they have the desired effect on a gentleman shes interested in, and I see no reason that  the mention of her breasts size is relevant to the books, I like the interaction of the staff of the coffee house and I think the charatcers are all likeable... plus, I love the flavor of coffee, and the ritual of both brewing and drinking it. Very comforting pasttimes for me (although I take decaf which they mock viciously in the book).

Warning though- I am not finding the sexual depictions or the murder depictions in the second book- "Through the Grinder" to be cozy. I was reading the book at a coffeehouse on Sunday (ha) and when they described the crime scene where Inga's body was found, I gasped and shuddered. I didn't expect it at all to be as gruesome as it was, especially since the first books only murder didn't take place until the end of the book, and the depiction was rather "cozy". That might turn some people off of the series.




Date Posted: 6/24/2008 6:57 PM ET
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I have the first one on my WL and have been waiting patiently.

Date Posted: 6/26/2008 4:08 PM ET
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I guess a lot of us added this first one to our WL after this discussion.

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 12:19 AM ET
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I own the first 3 books, though I've only read the first so far. It was VERY enjoyable, a well-crafted mystery with very likable characters. If you enjoy "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", noir detectives and cozy mysteries then this is perfect for you. :)