The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller by Cleo Coyle

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The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller by Cleo Coyle
A Haunted Bookshop Mystery #6
Berkley • September 25, 2018

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.

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My Thoughts

The Ghost and the Bogus Bestseller by Cleo Coyle is the sixth book in the Haunted Bookshop Mystery series. This is the first I’ve read ~ but I’m absolutely going back to read the earlier books. Even though I haven’t read any earlier books, I was able to jump right into this one and enjoy it. There was enough back story for me to understand and feel connected to the characters. Penelope and Jack make an awesome team. I loved the mysteries in this book. It seemed like the closer Pen and Jack got, the more mysteries that popped up. This is a 5-star read for me.

About the Author

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 nearly fifteen years in print. They also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, which were originally published under their second pseudonym, Alice Kimberly (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). Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, DC, and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. 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. You can learn more about Cleo, her husband, and the books they write by visiting

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  1. Brooke – Marc and I are absolutely thrilled to know you enjoyed our new Haunted Bookshop Mystery. Cheers for that stellar review. We sincerely hope you’ll continue to enjoy our books for years to come.

    Have a Happy Halloween Season!

    ~ Cleo Coyle

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