Review: The Ghost and The Bogus Bookseller by: Cleo Coyle & Giveaway

by - Monday, October 01, 2018

Title: The Ghost and The Bogus Bookseller
Author: Cleo Coyle
Publisher: Berkley
Series: Haunted Bookshop #6
Pages: 304
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley


Penelope Thornton-McClure and her bookshop's ghost-in-residence Jack Shepard are back on a new case in this delightful paranormal mystery from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure didn't believe in ghosts, until she was haunted by the hard-boiled spirit of 1940s private investigator Jack Shepard. Now Jack is back on the job, and Pen is eternally grateful... 

After an elegant new customer has a breakdown in her shop, Penelope suspects there is something bogus behind the biggest bestseller of the year. This popular potboiler is so hot that folks in her tiny Rhode Island town are dying to read it--literally. First one customer turns up dead, followed by another mysterious fatality connected to the book, which Pen discovers is more than just fiction. Now, with the help of her gumshoe ghost, Pen must solve the real-life cold case behind the bogus bestseller before the killer closes the book on her.

My Thoughts: 

In this book Jack is working on another one of his cases.  In this one a dame wants helping finding her dog.  In present time Penelope is helping a woman with some books at her store when she gets a look at the author of the latest book is adamant it is herself and runs out with the book.  When Penelope tracks her down she finds the woman is dead.  What happened to Emma Hudson?  Who killed her and why?  Or did she just commit suicide!

As Pen delves into this latest adventure Jack shows her not everything is what it seems.  When Pen's son shows up home with a friend in tow she finds out that Amy's father died and her mother shipped her off instead of letting her go to his funeral.

Pen also learns alot about the author of the latest book or in this case various authors who contributed to the story and in this case the story is more real than fiction.  Which leads Pen to learn about Emma and what she was hiding.  This also brings Pen and Jack to 1947 and a case Jack had which led to a woman hiding from her past.

I love the way this book is part in current times part in Jack's time.  The relationship between them is so cute even if it is impossible.  As Jack is dead and Pen is very much alive.  If only they were alive in the same time they could definitely have something.  I think in some ways Jack helps Pen feel more alive than her deceased husband did.  Can't wait to see what will be next for Pen and Jack, of course hopefully we won't have to wait as long!

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