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The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 1)
The Ghost and Mrs McClure - Haunted Bookshop, Bk 1
Author: Alice Kimberly (Pen-name of Cleo Coyle)
This spirit is willing -- to catch a killer. — Young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure and her old Aunt Sadie are making ends meet by managing a mystery bookshop -- a quaint Rhode Island landmark rumored to be haunted. Pen may not believe in ghosts, but she does believe in good publicity -- like nabbing Timothy Brennan for a book signing. But soon ...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425194614
ISBN-10: 0425194612
Publication Date: 2/2004
Pages: 272
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 278 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 3
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reviewed The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 1) on + 99 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 23
I really liked this book. What could be better than a mystery set in a bookshop with a ghost to help solve it? I liked the heroine once she started standing up for herself, and while some of the 40's slang was a bit over the top at first, I found myself getting into it. As a native New Englander, I loved the descriptions of summer and autumn and small town life, and I really got a kick out of the heroine explaining that while she's telling us Fiona said "parking the car", she really said "pahkin the cah"! It was a book I could here in my head, and they all spoke like me! A quick entertaining read. I'll be looking for others by this author.
reviewed The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 1) on + 24 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
I really liked this book. It's the first in the series, and I've already bought the rest in the series. It's not your conventional characters that are included which really grabbed my attention. It's a book I'd recommend if you like cozies.
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Helpful Score: 9
A bookshop and a ghost?!?! Makes for a delightful read! Love the dialogue, too.
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Helpful Score: 6
A take-off on the Ghost and Mrs. Muir novel and movie. Widowed with a young son, Pen McClure moves to Maine to assist her Aunt Sadie with the family bookstore. Jack Shepard, hard-boiled private eye, has haunted the bookstore for 50 years since his unsolved murder. Only Pen can hear Jack, though son Spence occasionally drops 50's "lingo" suspiciously. Cozy, fun characters.
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Helpful Score: 6
A really cute cozy, it's fun, quick reading. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more in this series.
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reviewed The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 1) on + 239 more book reviews
This series is by the same author of the Coffeehouse Mysteries Cleo Coyle.

I say this book should have been better because it is obvious to me that the author has talent. I've never read any other work by Alice Kimberly or her books written as Cleo Coyle. I really liked the premise of the book and expected to sit back and enjoy watching the story unfold. I'm sorry, the unfolding didn't work very well for me.

I enjoy the ghost, Jack Shepard. I quickly tired of the overuse of the words "doll" and "gam" in his vocabulary. I can only hope that the more time Jack spends with Penelope, the less need for the gangster-style words.

I will think hard about going on to the next book in the series. The first is such a trial and gets all the mistakes and errors. Usually the author learns from these and the series gets better. I put this author in my reminder list to check back at a later date.
reviewed The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (Haunted Bookshop, Bk 1) on + 334 more book reviews
This was a fun cozy paranormal, a bit sketchy in places dialogue-wise, but once it got the ball rolling the story moved along nicely. Young widow Penelope Thornton-McClure has gone into a partnership with her Aunt Sadie running a bookshop in Rhode Island. For their first publicity promotion they have booked mystery writer Timothy Brennan for a book signing. The audience is surprised when he reveals that the bookstore is the site of the unsolved 1940s murder of PI Jack Shepard, on whom his thriller character is based, and who is rumored to haunt the place. They are even more shocked when the obnoxious author suddenly drops dead in the middle of his speech. Though it appears to be a natural death at first, the police suspect poisoning and there are many suspects - including Penelope herself, whose book sales have taken off with the sensational publicity. It will take some investigating of her own to clear her name, but Penny has some unexpected help in the ethereal form of the ghost of Jack Shepard, who it seems can only communicate with her.

It took some getting used to the noir-type language of the ghost, and the premise seemed a little corny in places at first, but once I settled into the story I found myself enjoying it. I will be looking for the second book, where Penny is determined to solve Jack's murder herself. It's a good start to a series which I hope will get better.
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1st in series, good, characters fun, especially the ghostly P.I. Enjoyed.

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