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The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 3)
The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library - Haunted Bookshop, Bk 3
Author: Alice Kimberly
Sleuth, Nevermore...? — Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure has just received an extremely rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe's complete works. Rumor has it a secret code, trapped within the books' leather-bound pages, leads to buried treasure. Well, it looks like they got the buried part right, because as Pen sells off the valuable ...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425212653
ISBN-10: 0425212653
Publication Date: 9/5/2006
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 173 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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reviewed The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 3) on + 122 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Third installment in this series featuring Penelope MClure, single mother and bookstore owner who solves cases with the aid of the ghost of a detective earthbound in her book store. This one involves a mystery attached to Edgar Allan Poe's works. A unique and different approach to cozy mysteries.
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Helpful Score: 4
Newest in the series. Very nice Poe homage/connection. A fun, "Hammett talking" ghost PI also adds spice to the mix. Recommended!
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Helpful Score: 4
Im really enjoying this series. In this installment, Penelope and her Aunt Sadie travel to Newport to acquire a collection of published works by Edgar Allan Poe from a man Sadie used to be romantically involved with. One of the things I enjoyed about this book is the story doesnt drag and meander. It gets right to the meat and potatoes of the story when just mere minutes after leaving Newport with the books, the previous owner dies under mysterious circumstances. Then before I had time to process that, Penelope sells one of the volumes for $8,000 and the new owner is found dead. Penelope gets arrested and charged with theft, Spencer is being bullied at school, and we learn a little more about Jack and one of the cases he was working on. These side plots keep the story from becoming stagnant and hold my interest in the book.

I also like that, through her dreams, Penelope is able to go with Jack to his time and observe and even participate in what hes doing. This seems to be the only way she can actually see him. In her time, she can only hear him, but carrying Jacks buffalo nickel on her person, he can travel outside the store with her. I just wish she could see him in the present and that Sadie and Spencer could too. Jacks vocabulary is very entertaining as well.

Pops is laying track, baby. Hes taking you for a rube.

Make like the proverbial shepherd, sweetheart, and get the flock out.

All that yammering is giving me a headache where I dont have one --- a head, that is

That scam was old when I was in knee pants.

Im hoping that Penelope will learn more about Jack; maybe find his descendants or learn the truth about his murder. In the meantime, Jacks presence in Penelopes head brings her confidence and, at times, comfort.

Overall, The Ghost and the Dead Mans Library is a good installment of the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. It enlightened me to some unknown facts about Edgar Allan Poe and entertained me with Jacks gruff personality and quips.
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Helpful Score: 3
My favorite book, so far, in this series. It combines Jack, the ghost of the Private Investigator who lives in the book store owned by Penelope Thornton-McClure and her aunt, Sadie Thornton with all of the previous characters along with one of my all time favorite authors, Edgar Allan Poe. Who doesn't love a whodunit involving rare books and a mysterious code in a series of books that lead to a treasure? Penelope and Jack, along with the members of the Quindicott Business Owners Association, are out to solve the murders of people who owned or bought a series of books about Edgar Allan Poe. The only problem is no one else believes that anyone was murdered! You'll really enjoy this one!
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Helpful Score: 2
Third in a series about two women (an older aunt and her younger niece) who own a bookshop that's haunted by a ghost. This one isn't ancient -- and in real life he was a hard-boiled detective. He -- and his previous cases -- help Penelope McClure solve current mysteries that pop up. Fun series and this was a nice addition.
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reviewed The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 3) on + 334 more book reviews
Bookshop owners Penelope McClure and her aunt Sadie have just been given an extremely rare collection of Edgar Allen Poe's works. There are rumors that the books contain a secret code that leads to a hidden treasure, a rumor that someone obviously believes, as every buyer of a book from the collection is killed. The police think these are accidents, but the antagonistic police chief seems intent on pinning the theft of the missing book on Pen, and she's going to need her ghost friend PI Jack Shepard to get her out of this mess and solve the Poe mystery before more people die.

As usual, Alice Kimberly produces an intriguing and entertaining story. The series is interesting enough to make me want to continue it, although nothing about it really grabs me and holds on. Good for a light, cozy read, and in this volume the facts about Poe make it fascinating despite the lukewarm solution to the mystery.
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Fabulous story, mysteries all over the place. Cozy as usual and didn't truly guess the ending. Suspicious yes, truly know, no.
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This very hard-to-find series of mysteries are delightful and well-written. Each book shows Penelope Thornton-McClure's transformation from beaten-down widow to triumphed bookshop owner who can handle anything from her former in-laws to the local councilwoman bent on preventing the town from reinventing itself. With her resident ghost P.I. Jack Shepard, she solves murders that have roots in Jack's past cases, which shows what New York was like in the 1940's. I am constantly on the lookout for the next in the series as each book brings one closer to solving the ultimate mystery, who killed Jack and why. I highly recommend this series who like a good mystery that leaves you begging for more.

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