The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop Series #3)

The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop Series #3)

by Cleo Coyle

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Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her ghostly companion must solve the case of a literary killer in this Haunted Bookshop mystery from Cleo Coyle, writing as Alice Kimberly.

Pen 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 volumes, everyone who buys...dies.
Once these books go missing from their owners’ cold hands, Pen will need resident ghost and hard-boiled P.I. Jack Shepard to help crack the case. The police are skeptical that the deaths involved foul play—so it’s up to them to unravel these shocking endings...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425212653
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Series: Haunted Bookshop Series , #3
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 74,635
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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 more than ten years in print. As Alice Kimberly, they also write the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries. 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.

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The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (Haunted Bookshop Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Penelope Thornton-McClure and her aunt Sadie own the Buy The Book bookstore. They head out on a stormy night to look at some old books of Peter Chesley, an old friend of Sadie¿s. Turns out to be an extremely rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe¿s complete works. There is a rumor that there is a secret code hidden within the books¿ leather-bound pages, and that it leads to buried treasure. Bad thing is that as Pen sells off various valuable volumes, everyone who has bought one is murdered. PI Jack Shepard, the resident ghost of the bookstore that only Pen can hear helps her work on solving the case. The police believe most of the deaths were accidents, but Pen and Jack are certain that isn¿t the case. Can they discover the identity of the killer without putting Pen in harm¿s way? Plus what about the secret code and buried treasure. Is there anything to the rumor? I love this series. Pen and Jack are such likeable characters. Usually I have trouble with mysteries with a ghost, but this series is so well written that it doesn¿t bother me in the least. The bookstore setting is so natural and so is the fact that Pen gets involved in unraveling the mystery. The additional people in the story are well written and add to the story. I highly recommend this book and the complete series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Rhode Island book store owner Penelope Thornton-McClure obtained a rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe works however she learns that the seller died just after their deal was consumated. Not long afterward she sells her first volume only to learn the buyer died in a car crash soon after the sale.------------ When someone attacks Penelope, her store¿s ghost Jack Shepard, a private investigator before he was murdered at that location in 1949, takes exception. He believes that someone thinks that the tomes contain a code that will lead to a hidden treasure. Unable to stay out of it, Jack decides Penelope needs his help to uncover an apparent killer whose motive is ownership of the Poe books, but also cleverly disguises homicides as accidents with the book store owner on the list for elimination.-------------- Though a paranormal cozy, the story line like the rest of the Ghost and ¿ series (see THE GHOST AND THE DEAD DEB and THE GHOST AND MRS. MCCLURE) feels more like a time travel tale because of Jack¿s vernacular is out of the classic 1940s pulp detective stories. The Poe mystery is cleverly devised so readers know the crimes (murder, assault, and robbery) and the motive, but will have no idea who the felon is. THE GHOST AND THE DEAD MAN¿S LIBRARY is a terrific supernatural who¿s doing it starring an offbeat combo of a mortal amteuer sleuth and a spectral professional sleuth.------------------ Harriet Klausner
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An old friend of bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure's Aunt Sadie gives her a rare collection of Edgar Allan Poe's complete works. Shortly after giving Sadie the collection, Peter Chelsey is found dead. The police say it was an accident. Pen has her doubts, but doesn't want to get involved in yet another murder investigation. But when someone turns up dead shortly after buying one of the books in the collection, Pen is accused of stealing the book back since there is a rumor going around that there is a code contained in the collection that leads to a treasure. Pen wants to clear her name and sets out to do so with the help of the ghost of Jack Shepard, a hard-boiled PI who died in the 1940's. When she and then a friend of hers who is trying to solve the code are attacked, Pen knows she needs to find the killer before someone else is murdered. I love this series by Alice Kimberly (the pen name of husband and wife team of Marc Cerasini and Alice Alfonsi). The idea of having a ghost help a living person solve mysteries is a refreshing touch and Jack and Pen have a nice chemistry together. Kimberly slides effortlessly from Pen's modern point of view (in the first person) and Jack's 1940's point of view (third person). The supernatural touches are just right - Pen can communicate with Jack both inside the bookstore (where he was killed) and outside, but outside she needs to carry a buffalo nickel to communicate with him and his awareness of what is going on is much more limited. Pen can travel into Jack's past cases through her dreams which is a nice touch, especially since his past cases always add clues to her current case. There's a nice sense of humor throughout the book. The mystery itself is well plotted, with a huge nod to "The Da Vinci Code", and the identity of the murderer will come as a surprise to most readers. I highly recommend this addicting series.
grundlecat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My wishes were answered with a Haunted Bookshop Mystery that focused on the books!!! Wonderful puzzle, good historical background. Kimberly is getting better at segueing from the flashback/dreams to the current mystery and we're getting to know the ghost a bit better. So far my favorite in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Ghost and the Dead Man’s Library moves along and holds your attention.
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more please
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Carole J Strall More than 1 year ago
Love her imagination. There is just enough suspense and possible suspects to keep you guessing without too much gore. Also the story within the story is fun.
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Neeters73 More than 1 year ago
This series has yet to let me down. The classic detective story with a twist, weaved around a Poe mystery, it was a perfect match! It was very hard to put down and makes me want to dust off my Poe collection!
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