Some characters haunt you long after the book is done. That's what fans of our
Mysteries told us after we stopped writing them. For nearly ten
years their emails, notes, and posts implored us to revive the series. With this
month's publication of The Ghost and the
Bogus Bestseller, we finally did. We even dedicated
the book to our readers, who wouldn't rest until we brought Jack back. And who
THE HARDBOILED GHOST
A tough PI from the mean streets of New York, Jack Shepard lived on the seamier
side of life. His death (in 1949) was no picnic, either, leaving him with a
hardened outlook, especially when it comes to judging people and their motives.
Despite his troubled spirit, Jack has a wicked sense of humor, and he can't help
cracking wise about the absurdities of modern life—from bottled water and
"smart" phones to television cop shows.
THE PRIM BOOKSELLER
A young widow with a little boy, Penelope Thornton-McClure once believed in
spirits, until a succession of tragic losses took her faith away. Slowly, Jack
Shepard is restoring that faith, and though Pen bristles at his retro male
attitude, she's encouraged by the strangest irony of all—the ghost's belief in her.
THE QUAINT RHODE ISLAND TOWN
Readers love spending time in Penelope's charming hometown. Quindicott may be
smaller and less posh than nearby Newport, but its residents are proud of its
revived Cranberry Street business district and renowned Victorian B&B. Fresh
ocean air, amazing seafood, and a neighborly community make it one of the area's
most pleasant places to live—even if you happen to be dead.
THE QUIBBLERS AND THE BOOKSHOP
The "Quibblers" are a colorful cast of quirky characters who make up the local
Quindicott Business Owners Association. They meet regularly in Penelope's
charming old bookshop, guarded by mouse-hunter Bookmark, the cat. There's Fiona
Finch, the fastidious co-owner of Finch Inn, who has a penchant for True Crime
books and "happening to overhear" conversations between guests. Seymour, the
outspoken mailman who moonlights as an ice cream truck driver, collects vintage
pulp fiction and lives in a haunted mansion. And there's a crew of equally
entertaining characters who Pen dearly loves—and the ghost barely tolerates.
THE MURDER MYSTERIES: Fun Plots to Die For
The fun, twisty murder mystery storylines of our Haunted Bookshop series have
kept readers entertained for years. Join our prim bookseller as she teams up
with her hardboiled ghost to catch cunning killers. Each book can be read as a
stand-alone or in order. The six titles are…
The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
The Ghost and the Dead Deb
The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library
The Ghost and the Femme Fatale
The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion
And our newest release…
A big bestseller leads to small town trouble.
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.
Mystery Woman Sleuth
[Berkley, On Sale: September 25, 2018, Paperback /
e-Book, ISBN: 9780425237458 / eISBN: 9780698188624]
CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in
collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times
bestselling authors of the Coffeehouse
Mysteries, now celebrating fifteen years in print and three starred
reviews. Alice and Marc are also bestselling media tie-in writers who have
penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live
and work in New York City, where they write independently and together,
including the beloved Haunted Bookshop
Mysteries, now celebrating the publication of the first new entry
in nearly ten years: The Ghost and the
Bogus Bestseller. Visit Cleo Coyle's website at HauntedBookshopMysteries.com and follow
Cleo on Facebook and Twitter.
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